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Our program relies almost exclusively on using industry-standard software from Apple and Adobe used on Apple Macbook Pro computers, which are made to handle the large video and audio files that we work on during class.


These items can be expensive with the computer running as high as $1300 and $200+ per month for the software subscription. Most of the time students can get all of their work done during the class period, but there are always circumstances that get in the way of this. We do have students that would like to or benefit from spending time working from home (extra time to study, an extended illness) so we searched for some FREE resources so you can keep up while you're out of class.


These programs are not replacements for what we use in class, but they have the basic capabilities to work on projects from home and be able to access them when they get back to class. See the list below to read the descriptions and download the programs. Some programs are web-based meaning you can work on any computer and others you need to download and only works from the computer you downloaded it to. Also, these programs will work on both Apple and PC computers.


If you have any questions or need any help, please let us know!

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OBS Studio is a free and open-source, cross-platform screencasting and streaming app. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux distributions, and BSD. 

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Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Audacity is free, open-source software.

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CapCut offers easy-to-use video editing functions, free in-APP fonts, and effects, and free advanced features such as keyframe animation, smooth slow-motion, chroma key, and stabilization, to help you capture and snip moments.

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GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, macOS, Windows, and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.

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Inkscape is a Free and open-source vector graphics editor for GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS. It offers a rich set of features and is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming, and flowcharting. 

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KRITA is a free and open-source raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital art and 2D animation. The software runs on WindowsmacOSLinuxAndroid, and ChromeOS, and features an OpenGL-accelerated canvas, colour management support, an advanced brush engine, non-destructive layers and masks, group-based layer management, vector artwork support, and switchable customisation profiles.

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Welcome to Scribus, a page layout program for Linux, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, OpenIndiana, Debian GNU/Hurd, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4, eComStation, Haiku and Windows. Since its humble beginning in the spring of 2001, Scribus has evolved into one of the premier Open Source desktop applications

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Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

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ULTIMATE VOCAL REMOVER V5 is the best vocal remover application on the internet, and it's totally free and open source! It gives you the ability to import a song and break it down into its individual parts like vocals, instrumental, and even individual instruments

Screenshot 2023-11-06 at 1.38.06 PM.png allows you to separate music into an individual stream such as vocal, bass, and percussion, and lets you rebalance their individual volumes. This is the simplest way to get multiple tracks from any song. Once you choose a song, artificial intelligence will separate music into stems: vocals, bass, drums, and others. Processing usually takes about 1 minute.

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Sample and edit audio directly from your browser

Sample is an in-browser sampler that makes recording web audio easy and fun. You must use the Google Chrome browser to add this extension

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