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Below a list of places where you can go to watch and collect pre-existing media. Scroll down if you're interested in recording your own media.
YouTube (free, ad-supported)
Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
In 2004, Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work and personal moments from their lives. As time went on, likeminded people discovered Vimeo and helped build a supportive community of individuals with a wide range of passions. Today, millions of people from all around the world enjoy Vimeo, and we’re growing bigger every day. We hope this fun and friendly environment fuels your own creativity and inspires you to contribute to Vimeo in the ways that mean the most to you.
MediaSpace (free but requires ONID login to upload)
MediaSpace is Oregon State University’s own version of YouTube. Powered by Kaltura, a cloud-based media service, OSU’s MediaSpace is optimized for internal distribution of video productions. Integration tools in Drupal, OSU’s content management system for websites, make it easy to embed video from MediaSpace right onto a web page.
Khan Academy (free)
The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Lynda (subscription service)
lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals.
Team Treehouse (subscription service)
The extensive Treehouse library of step-by-step video courses and training exercises will give you a wide range of competitive, in-demand technology skills that will help you land your next dream job or build your startup idea. No experience? No problem!
iStockphoto (pay per download)
Every day you see thousands of images in magazines, packaging, posters, online and on TV. But very few of these images were created specifically for that product, promotion or concept - what you're seeing is stock photography. Stock photos are ready-made images that are licensable for use in your advertising or promotional materials to illustrate specific things, concepts or ideas. iStockphoto's images, media and design elements are just the beginning - they are the raw materials to get your graphic design started.
Pond 5 (pay per download)
Pond5 is a place to buy and sell royalty free stock photos, images, stock footage, stock video, after effects project templates, production music and sound effects.
Shutterstock (pay per download)
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in New York City, Shutterstock is an innovative technology company, operating in more than 150 countries and 10 languages. As a two-sided marketplace, our mission is to connect creative professionals with the best photos, vectors, illustrations and video from thousands of contributors around the world.
Digital Juice (pay per order)
Digital Juice is content royalty free for broadcast industry. High quality, pre-produced video, animation, sound, images, and music are all available from this vendor. Their media often appears in broadcast environments, especially news and sports media, where rapid turnaround time is a high priority.
If you have a smart phone or a tablet, or a flip cam, chances are you already have an excellent video recording device in your pocket. The picutre on these tends to be surprisingly good, given their small size (especially if they're stabilized), but the sound quality is often lacking. As a supplement, you may want to record sound using something like a Zoom recorder. This adds significantly to your audio production quality, and it's far less than the price of a new camcorder if you already have a picture recording device. Manually synchronizing the audio can be tricky, but some of the newer editing software will actually do that for you (see Edit Media). If you like the idea of producing video from a mobile device, you might be interested in some helpful how-to videos by this guy.
Choosing a Camcorder
If your pocket camera isn't cutting it, it may be time to consider a dedicated camcorder. There are many to choose from. This guide will help you get started.