Media - Photos, Sounds, Videos

  1. How to use FreePlay Music in EUSD (we purchase every year a license for Education projects).
  2. 8 free font sites
  3. More Free Fonts—Submitted by
  4. 55 free sound FX sites
  5. Flickr Creative Commons—literally millions of usable images)
  6. Free Music from SmartSound—custom lengths up to 4 minutes.
  7. SonicFire Pro—Create custom scores for your multi-media projects. Watch this movie to see how.
  8. Compfight—A search engine that looks through Flickr and lets you filters fro Creative Commons. FAQs
  9. Library of Congress Photo Site
  10. Sony Pictures Sound Effects— Ten volumes of high-quality sound effects. You have to come to the CGEC to get the sounds, but you can see contents here.
  11. Online Archive of California
  12. National Archives and Records
  13. Free Stock Photography Directory— a good page of links for free use. Read conditions carefully.
  14. Find Sounds—Search for whatever sound you need
  15. The Freesound Project - great database of high quality, copyright friendly sounds - description w/ screenshots
  16. Free Sound Effects—Videomaker magazine's list of links for free sound (and other) resources.
  17. FreePlay - downloadable sound clips - copyright friendly (can be used for iVIE; check for other contests)
  18. Apple Trailer Site—Great for some quick looks at pro work.
  19. Partners in Rhyme—Free sound effects, loop's, etc.
  20. F7 Sound and Vision—Free sounds
  21. Stock footage for free—really. High Def and Standard Def.
  22.—another Creative Commons Search Site
  23. Insect Images—Everything on the site can be used legally for educational purposes. Bigger sizes require registering, but are still free and legal.
  24. Animal Photos—Everything on the site can be used legally for educational purposes.
  25. Creative Commons Search—Brings back only CC licensed content. Be sure to deselect "For commercial purposes"; you'll get more. Type in a term and then click on a tab such as Google Images.
  26. Free Music from SmartSound—custom lengths up to 4 minutes.
  27. Library of Congress Photo Site
  28. Finding Legal Images to use—Good information and Resources
  29. Flickr Blue Mountain Creative Commons—Easy to search
  30. Flickr Commons—A search engine for finding Public Domain photography
  31. Download a YouTube Video (easily)
  32. Guide to getting Public Domain and Creative Commons images from Harvard
  33. Creative Commons Audio Sites
  34. Pond 5 Public Domain Project—Video, photos, sounds, 3D models, free to download and use in projectse
  35. PhotoPin—A creative Commons search engine
  36. 74 Sites for Free Photos—Many require attribution, but that's it.
  37. 34 Sites for Free and Royalty Free Music—Read carefully to make sure it really is free. Anything with a Creative Commons license you can use comfortably so long as you attribute in the credits.

iMovie Resources

  1. Lessons for iMovie X—By Ripple Training; well worth the money for on-demand training.
  2. iMovie List of Shortcuts (keyboard commands)
  3. One-sided Audio - If your dialog comes out of only one speaker, here are a couple of ways to fix it.
  4. One-sided Audio 2—A quick fix if you have QuickTime Pro.
  5. Using Green Screen in iMovie'09
  6. Green Screen Techniques
  7. More on Green Screen—This agenda from an earlier PL meeting has some useful information; watch the Sin City clip.
  8. Media Management with iMovie '09
  9. Get Rid of One-sided Audio from iMovie with QuickTime Pro
  10. Make a flashing freeze frame in iMovie '09
  11. Using the Precision Editor in iMovie '09
  12. Backup your iMovie '09 Projects
  13. Exporting high quality out of iMovie for archiving or further editing
  14. Adding Sound and Pictures to the Media Browser
  15. Using the Precision Editor in iMovie '11
  16. Re-wrap .m4v video as .mov or .mp4 with QuickTime Pro 7
  17. Top 10 iMovie X Keyboard Shortcuts 
  18. Workflow and Speed Tips (PDF)
  19. iMovie X Video Tutorials
    1. Using the Voice Over Tool
    2. Exporting from iMovie X and Uploading to EUSD Google Drive
    3. Greenscreen and iMovie X
    4. iMovie X Workflow with Speed Tips
    5. Re-formatting an external drive for use on a Mac and in iMovie or FCP X
    6. Moving iMovie Libraries from a Mac to to an external drive (same process for FCP X)

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Final Cut Pro Resources

  1. Lessons for Final Cut Pro X—By Ripple Training; well worth the money for on-demand training.
  2. Folding the Flex Drop portable screen (although it doesn't work so easily for us)
  3. 2 Pop - Visit their forums; learn; get your questions answered
  4. Ken Stone's Final Cut Pro Site - A great place for information if you move up to FCP.
  5. LAFCPUG - Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group; good information from people who know
  6. - Great articles from a very knowledgeable source
  7. Final Cut Pro Planet
  8. DVXUser - This forum originally was for proponents of the Panasonic DVX 100, but it's grown much broader. A great resource regardless of what you're shooting with.
  9. DVI - Another great forum with sections for audio, cameras, paraphernalia; all things DV.
  10. Ripple Training
  11. Creative Cow
  12. Cheap Lighting Dimmers—Supposedly good up to 1500 w. Under $20.
  13. DownloadCompressor Settings for FCP X
  14. Sharing (Exporting) from FCP X

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  1. Seven Rules for Film and Video Editors—...and they're rules that are easy to understand.
  2. Wikipedia—See what they have to say on editing.
  3. Editing Tips from Walter Murch (editor of Godfather movies, Apocolypse Now, etc.).
  4. 12 Tips for Better Editing
  5. In the Blink of an Eye—Excellent book by Walter Murch. Very Readable; not technical.


  1. Project LIVE Award Winners: A growing list
  2. IVIE Awards Home Page
  3. IVIE Awards Digital Video Resources
  4. California State Media Festival
  5. Escondido Youth Media Festival
Frank Maggi,
Aug 27, 2014, 12:51 PM