We need tools and other software ‘helpers’ if we’re going to survive in a constantly changing media landscape. There are some “must have” programs and applications here, as well as some “that’s so cool” pieces of software or simply links, that you may find indispensable in your investigations of our media world. As well, I’ll be posting programs here that are useful not only in technical theory, but in your general work in the media industry…or that may be helpful in other ways, too.
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http://users.telenet.be/worldstandards/electricity.htm – Power (AC) systems around the world. If you’re travelling internationally, you need to know this.
http://countrycode.org/tv-standards – International TV Standards (analog). But, seriously, if you’re travelling around and shooting stuff, you need to know this.
DivX Land – much more than just DivX: tips, software and more on all kinds of computer video formats
Images, Videos and Stuff:
http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ – Public Domain Pictures
http://www.flickr.com/ – Flickr
http://www.sxc.hu/ – Stock.XCHNG
http://www.public-domain-photos.com/ – Public Domain Photos
http://www.imageafter.com/ – Image*After
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page – Wikimedia Commons
http://www.creativecommons.org – Creative Commons
http://arthist.umn.edu/aict/html/ – Art Images For College Teaching
http://rubens.anu.edu.au/ – Australian National University ArtServe
http://www.imagescanada.ca/index-e.html – Images Canada: Picturing Canadian Culture
http://smithsonianimages.com/ – Smithsonian Institution Archives
http://www.archive.org – Moving images, live music, audio, texts, and the renowned Web “Wayback Machine”
http://www.canstockphoto.com – Can Stock Photo.com
http://cmap.ihmc.us/ – CMAP (concept mapping software)
http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page – FreeMind (concept mapping software)
http://www.openoffice.org/ – Open Office – a free open source productivity software suite