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    Video, web, photo and graphics software

    My school is a Junior so Y3 to Y6 (7 to 11 year olds). The head has put money into the proposed budget (new financial year in April) to buy cam corders and digital cameras. I think we will also need software for video and photo editing. Any ideas what's hot, what's not and what I should/could be looking at? Particularly interested in any software that people are already using.
    Many thanks.

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    My Y3-Y6 School uses the following:

    Paint.NET - Free Image Editor

    MS Photo Story 3 - Make videos from Photos

    Windows Movie Maker - Edit video / stop frame animation

    Comic Life - Make comics from your digital photos

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    Well if you are letting the kids use them, how about the digi blue movie creator. for more info try here http://digiblue.com/digital_blue/

    We haven't really used them alot, but they have been used by some key skills pupils and i have been told that they are usefull in a primary environment. The build doesn't look good, but i have been told that they will survive being dropped by the young ones.

    We have used windows movie maker when doing some video editing, and it worked fine. I would have thought that it would be good enough for the level you are talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    My Y3-Y6 School uses the following:

    Paint.NET - Free Image Editor

    MS Photo Story 3 - Make videos from Photos

    Windows Movie Maker - Edit video / stop frame animation

    Comic Life - Make comics from your digital photos
    Yep - exactly the same here except the last one which I'm off to look at now...

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    Yep - exactly the same here except the last one which I'm off to look at now...
    It's not free but very well priced. 100 users for less then £200.00. Kids and teachers love it. Good for SEN too.

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    Can I just pirate the thread and ask if anyone can recommend a camcorder with hard disc?

    What I want is something simple to use which you can then just plug into a PC and drag the movie onto a drive for editing. I'd guess that if it saves the files as WMV then that would be good - Movie Maker would be enough for tidying up rough edges!

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    I wouldn't recommend hard drive cameras at all,

    I've found the quality shaky, they often use propiertry software and a generally a PITA

    BACK TO MiniDV!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leco View Post
    The head has put money into the proposed budget (new financial year in April) to buy camcorders and digital cameras.
    I'm still hoping for half-a-dozen Sanyo Xacti CA65's - waterproof, records straight to SD card, functionality of both a camcorder and a stills camera (i.e. half-decent zoom, half-decent image resolution, but both quite adequate for school use). Around £200 each. Haven't actually got one yet, (no money :-(), but they sound just the ticket.

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    Thanks for the help guys. I will take a look at them hopefully tomorrow. Nice that some of them are free:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    Can I just pirate the thread and ask if anyone can recommend a camcorder with hard disc?

    What I want is something simple to use which you can then just plug into a PC and drag the movie onto a drive for editing. I'd guess that if it saves the files as WMV then that would be good - Movie Maker would be enough for tidying up rough edges!
    Dont agree with Dominos comment, but who does.

    Check out sony DCR-SR32 - think they're awesome built in 30gb.

    potential for more with an SD card

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    JVC also do GZ-MG30 which is very similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Comic Life - Make comics from your digital photos
    Has anyone got this and worked out how to deploy it on a network or as a shared application from the server?

    Tech support on this was vague to say the least...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flashsnaps View Post
    Dont agree with Dominos comment, but who does.

    Check out sony DCR-SR32 - think they're awesome built in 30gb.

    potential for more with an SD card
    Yep - we've got one of these - great bit of kit.

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    Yep, Comic Life works on our RM network. Will get m'network admin to join eGeek tomz and let you know how he made it play nice. AFAIK there were no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spookingdorf View Post
    Yep, Comic Life works on our RM network. Will get m'network admin to join eGeek tomz and let you know how he made it play nice. AFAIK there were no problems.
    Following up on this as it's just been pointed out I missed getting it installed

    Edit: Not to worry, found there is an MSI.. Separate thread here:
    Comic Life MSI
    Last edited by contink; 1st October 2008 at 08:29 PM.

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