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ItemBrand We UseCost rangePurposeHow Often
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Video MixerRoland V4-EX$1000 - $7000Studio recordings: instantly add effects and save time on editing by layering images in real timeEvery day for recording content for YouTubeUser friendly: kids quickly figure it out. Many fun uses and a unique experience for students. Saves time on post-production. Greater student engagement as you can have multiple camera operators for school eventsOnly one channel goes beyond 480p which means videos look like they are from the year 2004. These machines can be expensive; folks aren’t used to seeing them so it can be hard to describe its use when justifying purchases
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Live events: connect multiple cameras and Chromebooks, output to projectors and/or YouTube livestreamSeveral times per year for important assemblies
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CameraCanon Rebel t5i$500 - $1500Record videos and images at greater quality and aspect ratio compared to Chromebook webcamsEvery day for recording content in studioThis device plus its lenses and other components make it an extremely powerful enhancement to our image qualityexpensive and fragile, requires training to operate independently
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CamcorderVixia line of camcorder$200 - $1000Recording school events, capturing moments in classroomAbout once per week for recording lessons or other projectsCord lets it plug into wall, while battery makes it mobile. Usually inexpensive so they are low risk allowing you to liberally permit student uselower image quality
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Live event zooming/scanning for livestreamAbout once per month for live assemblies - these camcorders tend to have insane zoom and it is easier to operate and more versatile than the Rebel camera
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LightsVarious lamps, spotlights, and greenscreen lights that illuminate either the presenters or the greenscreenEvery time we recordGreatly improve image qualityTake up space
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Green Screengeneric sheet of muslinChroma-key effectsEvery time we recordPortablegets dirty, matted
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Green WallNo setup requiredpaint might peal off
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ChromebookDell (cart)Students editing content after they record it, composing music, creating images, doing research, etcEvery day for individual or small group assignmentsPortable, versatileLower processing power, editor or other software might crash, student files (recorded videos, prepared projects) cannot be saved locally
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All-In-One Desktop ComputerRecord and edit on the spotEvery day for recording or processing videosMore reliable to run editor and recording software, more processing power makes editing faster, save files locally to backupNot very portable
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Video Editing SoftwareWeVideo$100 - $1000/yearCreate, record, redact, superimpose, manipulate, arrange, annotate, synthesize and publish all our media
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Digital Audio WorkstationSoundtrap$250 - $1000/yearCreate music, play audio samples during recording, alter vocal qualities
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Image EditorPixlrfreeCreate and alter images
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Audio Mixing BoardYamaha MG06X$119Direct microphones and chromebook sounds into one common pool, then toggle volume as neededEvery time we recordHas all the inputs you would need, easy to use, small size
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MicrophoneShure VP-82 Shotgun Mic$200 - $400Capture clear sound from vicinity of recording areaEvery time we record, also during live streams to capture sound from stagePick up clean sound from the area being aimed atVery sensitive, can cause feedback
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Mic StandsGeneric Floors standUse on floor or as boomEvery time we record, in different arrangements depending on the height of the student, amount of students, prominence of spoken wordFlexible and versatileSome learning curve
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Audio Adaptorgeneric XLR to USB$30 - $50Send sound from microphone directly into Chromebook or DesktopEvery time we recordSmaller size, simpler designLess reliable
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Scarlett Solo Guitar Interface$200 - $500Alternative converter, allows us to plug in multiple microphones plus a Chromebook playing student music or a prerecorded voiceoverOnce per weekGreater number of inputsYou're adding more factors that can go wrong that cannot be fixed in editing (music volume too loud, voices too quiet)
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MIDI controllerAlesis$40 - $200Pre-program sound effects and radio-style "stingers" (for example Buzzer or Ding for a gameshow format)Rarely, depending on genre being produced
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Web EditorWixfree - $130/yearHost videos, house and share media, promote contentone site administered by teacherGreater amount of editing options and customization, very attractive websitesSteeper learning curve, too many options overwhelming, less secure
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Web EditorGoogle SitesfreeStudents can easily and safely create web content for an authentic audienceeach student has made at least oneEasy to learn for students, option to collaborateVery few customization options
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FormsGooglefreeStudents submit stories for news tickerEvery week when posting new videosStudent voice
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