Software, gear and websites
This is a list of software, online tools, gear, such as mobile devices, computers, microphones, cameras and more, I use to create multimedia for educational videos, travel and daily social media. - Jannet Walsh
Updated January 2019
Adobe After Effects - I have created a page at my Multimedia Toolkit for learning Adobe After Effects. I created a series of kayak sketches and logos in Adobe Illustrator and imported into Adobe After Effects to learn animation. Illustration by Jannet Walsh. ©2019 Jannet Walsh. All Rights Reserved.
Procreate App for drawing - I'm learning how to sketch with the Apple Pencil, using the Procreate app, creating digital images and video. View sketch example at YouTube, edited on iPad Pro with iMovie app. See more sketches at Instagram.
Adobe Creative Cloud: Use Acrobat, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro CC, Audition, Dreamweaver to update websites, create work for classes and review student work. Dreamweaver with Bootstrap is my preferred web design method, also used for teaching. Have basic knowledge and use of After Effects.
Adobe Creative Mobile Apps for iPhone, iPad Mini: I have working knowledge of Capture CC, Illustrator Draw, Comp CC, Preview CC, Premiere Clip, Post, Lightroom for mobile, Photoshop Mix and Photo Editor by Aviary. Most interested in Premiere Clip, video editing on mobile devices, for sending video directly to desktop version of Premiere Pro CC, along with the ability to enhance workflow speed and collaborative work
Apple: I can edit with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie. My preferred video editing application is Adobe Premiere Pro CC. I use the mobile iMove app on my iPhone, my preferred method for editing on mobile device.
Additional Apple applications: I use iBooks Author, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Calendar, Notes, iTunes, Maps and Photos. Learn more about these applications from Apple.
Audacity: This application is used for editing audio for slideshows and videos. Have used this program for many years, it is free and works great.
Fetch: Use Fetch to transfer websites files from my Apple computers to web- hosting server.
Microsoft: Use Word almost daily for writing, and Excel frequently for project management, class lists and student evaluations. I also regularly use PowerPoint for creating presentations.
Scribd: Use Scribd to display Portable Document Files, (PDFs), on my website. It’s free and allows viewing of files on WordPress or HTML sites without downloading documents. Also allows you to update the file without the link changing for the online document.
Soundslides: Used since approximately 2005 for combing audio and digital images. The quality will outshine YouTube or Vimeo if using quality digital images.
Skype: Used for live national TV broadcasts with HLN, CNN and more; a valuable tool for reporting and creating video interviews.
TextWrangler: Use on my Apple computers for editing Hypertext Markup Language, (HTML), and Cascading Style Sheets, (CSS). Students are encouraged to learn to use a simple text editor, along with Adobe Dreamweaver CC, for web design basics and beyond. SublimeText is also a great selection for Apple and Windows users. SublimeText and TextWrangler are both free.
Reflector: Use Reflector with iPhone and iPad for wireless mirroring with Mac Book Pro, especially for testing new web designs. Useful in the classroom for teaching mobile video or web design.
WordPress: WordPress is the most used Content Management Systems, (CMS), in the word. My website, Multimedia Toolkit, my website, is hosted by WordPress.com, and is used for teaching WordPress, as well as hosting class assignments, files, required readings, syllabi and more.
Ultimatum: This design suite is for creating web designs for WordPress sites. It uses plugins, Bootstrap and drag and drop layouts for fast designs. I’ve created a few website designs and find this a great resource for WordPress Design. Ultimatum: See Weebobby.com
D2L Brightspace: This is the online course management system used at St. Cloud State University and the entire university system in Minnesota. I post student assignments, files, required reading and more. Students use the dropboxes to deliver websites, videos and other class work.
GitHub: I have used GitHub to keep code used in my classes. It’s free and fast to grab code for web designs.
Udemy: I have one class hosted at Udemy, “Video Promo Essentials – Shoot, edit and share video online.” Udemy is also a great place to learn. The skills I learned from creating online videos for this class are now being used in my university course for editing video and creating websites.
Web Browsers: Opera is my preferred browser on my personal MacBook Pro. Opera originates from Oslo, Norway, and I find the browser appearance easy to use. Firefox is also a great browser with Firebug, a web developer tool. I also use Safari and Chrome for testing web site designs.
YouTube: This is an incredible resource for learning something you need to know quickly. YouTube is used by students in my classes, uploading their completed video projects for review. I have a video tutorial series for learning to edit video and another for creating websites. Video Tutorials: Learn to edit videos with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and web design with Dreamweaver.
Zotero: I encountered Zotero for research. Zotero works with the Word application and automatically senses content in your web browser, making it easy to save for later use. This app has great potential and it’s free.
HTML and CSS: Hyper Text Markup Language, (HTML), is basic literacy for today. I teach the basics of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, (CSS), in university class. Learn more about HTML and CSS at my Multimedia Toolkit website.
My preferred computer is a MacBook Pro Retina, combined with a Thunderbolt Display, or an iMac. I teach with an iMac and digital projector.
My mobile device is an iPhone 7. I use a MeFoto Sidekick360 tripod adaptor for shooting video with my iPhone.
I use an iPad Mini for shooting video with an iOgrapher case for mounting to a tripod, along with attachments, including LCD lights, microphones and lenses.
My pocket tripod for the iPhone and iPad Mini is a Pedco Ultra-Pod II.
I use the Camarush Camalapse 4 for 360-degree videos with iPhone and small cameras up to 5 pounds.
I use a Mophie Powerstation, an external battery to power iPhone 6 and iPad Mini when shooting video, especially for shooting timelapse.
I use a Marantz Recorder PMD661 and Rode NTG-2 Microphone for recording audio, along with an iPhone 6 with iOs adaptor.
I use DSLR cameras, microphones, LCD lighting, monopod for video, tripods, slider, timelapse devices and more to create videos. I use a Panasonic AC90 video camera for teaching video.
Syrp Genie Motion Control Time Lapse Device is used for DSLR for 360 degree video.
I have a small jib, called a Pocket Jib Traveler.
My slider is Stealth Slider.
Tripods: I have portable Gitzo Traveler tripod used for travel and a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod, used with my slider and heavier cameras, both carbon fiber.
Monopod: I use a Manfrotto Video Monopod for video and still photography for situations where a tripod will not work or I'm moving around.
JannetWalsh.com - Jannet Walsh Portfolio
Behind the scenes - This website was created by Jannet Walsh in March 2016, using the latest version of Adobe Dreamweaver CC with Bootstrap. The design is responsive, meaning it adjusts to all devices, mobile to desktop. The navigation or menu is a basic bar, created with the Bootstrap insert panel in Dreamweaver. Background images are sized for the page layout, with fixed positions and covering the entire web page, creating the two dimensional viewing experience. The footer and the main content are separated, allowing for viewing of the background images. Learn more about Dreamweaver with Bootstrap at Multimedia Toolkit and Adobe.
Multimediatoolkit.me – The Multimedia Toolkit website is an education and teaching site, created with WordPress. Create your own WordPress site with Jannet Walsh's WordPress guide and follow directions to turn a WordPress blog into a website.
HuskyAgency.org – Husky Agency is a student service-learning experience for aspiring public relations professionals at St. Cloud State University. The agency and online platform launched in fall 2016, is located at huskyagency.org. The pro bono student agency works with campus and community clients and partners to gain public relations experience, create professional portfolios and develop skills and confidence.
Demonstration Websites – Demonstration websites are posted for student projects, found at Multimedia Toolkit, located in the Web Design menu. Examples of student WordPress, Dreamweaver (HTML, CSS and Bootstrap) websites and videos can be found in the Student Gallery.