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Software, gear and websites

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This is a list of software, online tools, gear, such as mobile devices, computers, microphones, cameras and more, I use to create multimedia for educational videos, travel and daily social media. - Jannet Walsh

Kayak - paddle over to Multimedia Toolkit website to learn more about Adobe After Effects with Jannet Walsh!

Adobe After Effects - Winter 2016-2017: I have created a page at my Multimedia Toolkit for learning Adobe After Effects. See the current page, with updates to come in early 2017, along with plans for video tutorials. I created a series of kayak sketches and logos in Adobe Illustrator and imported into Adobe After Effects to learn animation. Illustration by Jannet Walsh. ©2016 Jannet Walsh. All Rights Reserved.

Procreate App for drawing - In spring 2016 I updated my iPad to an iPad Pro, 9.7 inch. I'm learning how to sketch with the Apple Pencil, using the Procreate app, creating digital images and video. View sketch example at YouTube, edited on iPad Pro with iMovie app. See more sketches at Instagram.


  • Adobe Creative Cloud: I use Acrobat, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro CC, Audition, Dreamweaver for updating websites, creating work for classes and reviewing student work. Dreamweaver with Bootstrap is my preferred web design method, also used for teaching. I have a basic knowledge and use of After Effects, and this is the app I plan to learn more about in 2016, along with new releases from Adobe.

  • Adobe Creative Mobile Apps for iPhone, iPad Mini: I use or have a working knowledge of Capture CC, Illustrator Draw, Comp CC, Preview CC, Premiere Clip, Post, Lightroom for mobile, Photoshop Mix and Photo Editor by Aviary. I am most interested in Premiere Clip, video editing on mobile devices, for sending video directly to desktop version of Premiere Pro CC, along with the ability to enhance workflow speed and collaborative work.

  • Apple: I can edit with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie. My preferred video editing application is Adobe Premiere Pro CC. I use the mobile iMove app on my iPhone, my preferred method for editing on mobile device.

  • Additional Apple applications: I use iBooks Author, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Calendar, Notes, iTunes, Maps and Photos. Learn more about these applications from Apple.

  • Audacity: This application is used for editing audio for slideshows and videos. I’ve used this program for many years, it free and works great.

  • Fetch: I use Fetch to transfer websites files from my Apple computers to web hosting server.

  • iPhone and iPad photo and video apps: I use Miniatures, Timelapse, ProCamera, YouTube, Vimeo FiLMiC Pro and more.  The webiste iOgrapher has a great list of mobile apps.

  • Microsoft: I use Word almost daily for writing and Excel frequently for project management, class lists and student evaluations. I also use PowerPoint for creating presentations.

  • ScreenFlow: I use ScreenFlow for creating video tutorials or screencasts with a MacBook Pro Retina and Rode NT-USB Microphone.

  • Scribd: I use Scribd to display Portable Document Files, PDFs, on my website. It’s free and allows viewing of files on WordPress or HTML sites without downloading documents. Also allows you to update the file without the link changing for the online document.

  • Soundslides: I use this program for combing audio and digital images. The quality will out shine YouTube or Vimeo if you have quality digital images.  This is program I have used since approximately 2005.

  • Skype: I have used Skype for live national TV broadcasts with HLN, CNN and more. This is a valuable tool for reporting and creating video interviews.

  • TextWrangler: I use TextWrangler on my Apple computers for editing Hypertext Markup Language, HTML, and Cascading Style Sheets, CSS. Students are encouraged to learn to use a simple text editor, along with Adobe Dreamweaver CC, for learning web design basics and beyond. SublimeText is also a great selection for Apple and Windows users. SublimeText and TextWrangler are both free.

  • Reflector: I use Reflector with my iPhone and iPad for wireless mirroring with my Mac Book Pro, especially for testing new web designs. This would be useful in the classroom for teaching mobile video or webdesign.

  • WordPress: WordPress is the most used Content Management Systems, CMS, in the word. My website, Multimedia Toolkit, is hosted by, and is used for teaching WordPress, as well as hosting class assignments, files, required readings, syllabus and more.

  • Ultimatum: Ultimatum is a design suite for creating web designs for WorPress sites. It uses plugins, Bootstrap and drag and drop layouts for fast designs. I’ve created a few website designs and find this a great resource for WordPress Design. WordPress Websites Designed made with Ultimatum:

  • Online Tools

  • D2L Brightspace: This is the online course management system used at St. Cloud State Unviersity and the entire university system in Minnesota. I post student assignments, files, required reading and more. Students use the dropboxes to deliver websites, videos and other class work.

  • GitHub: I just started using GitHub to keep code used for in my classes. It’s free and fast to grab code for web designs.

  • Udemy: I have one class hosted at Udemy, “Video Promo Essentials – Shoot, edit and share video online.” Udemy is also a great place to learn. Many of the classes are free or offered at responsible prices. The skills I learned from creating online videos for this class are now being used in my university course for editing video and creating websites.

  • Web Browsers: Opera is my preferred browser on my personal MacBook Pro. Opera orginates from Oslo, Norway and I find the browser appearance easy to use. Firefox is also a great browser with Firebug, a web developer tool. I also use Safari and Chrome for testing web site designs.

  • YouTube: This is an incredible resource for learning something you need to know quickly. YouTube is used by students in my classes, uploading their completed video projects for review. I have a video tutorial series for learning to edit video and another for creating websites. Video Tutorials: Learn to edit videos with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and web design with Dreamweaver.

  • Zotero: I just encountered Zotero for research. Zotero works with the Word application and automatically senses content in your web browser, making it easy to save for later use. This app has great potential and it’s free.

  • Code

  • HTML and CSS: Hyper Text Markup Language, HTML, is basic literacy for today. I teach the basics of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, CSS, in university class. Learn more about HTML and CSS at my Multimedia Toolkit website.

  • Gear

  • My preferred computer is a MacBook Pro Retina, combined with a Thunderbolt Display. I teach with an iMac and a digital projector.

  • My mobile device is an iPhone 6. I use a MeFoto Sidekick360 tripod adaptor for shooting video with my iPhone 6.

  • My tablet is an iPad Pro, 9.7 inch. I use for sketching with the Apple Pencil, using the Procreate app, creating digital images and video. View sketch example at YouTube.

  • I use an iPad Mini for shooting video with an iOgrapher case for mounting to a tripod, along with attachments, including LCD lights, microphones and lenses.

  • My pocket tripod for the iPhone 6 and iPad Mini is a Pedco Ultra-Pod II.

  • I use the Camarush Camalapse 4 for 360 degree videos with iPhone and small cameras up to 5 pounds.

  • I use a Mophie Powerstation, an external battery to power iPhone 6 and iPad Mini when shooting video, especially for shooting timlapse.

  • I use a Marantz Recorder PMD661 and Rode NTG-2 Microphone for recording audio, along with an iPhone 6 with iOs adaptor.

  • I use DSLR cameras, microphones, LCD lighting, monopod for video, tripods, slider, timelapse devices and more to create videos. I use a Panasonic AC90 video camera for teaching video.

  • Syrp Genie Motion Control Time Lapse Device is used for DSLR for 360 degree video.

  • I have a small jib, called a Pocket Jib Traveler.

  • My slider is Stealth Slider.

  • Tripods: I have portable Gitzo Traveler tripod used for travel and a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod, used with my slider and heavier cameras, both carbon fiber.

  • Monopod: I use a Manfrotto Video Monopod for video and still photography for situations a tripod will not work or I'm moving around.

  • Websites

    • - Jannet Walsh Portfolio
      Behind the scenes - This website was created by Jannet Walsh in March 2016, using the latest version of Adobe Dreamweaver CC with Bootstrap. The design is responsive, meaning it adjusts to all devices, mobile to desktop. The navigation or menu is a basic bar, created with the Bootstrap insert panel in Dreamweaver. Background images are sized for the page layout, with fixed positions and covering the entire web page, creating the two dimensional viewing experience. The footer and the main content are separated, allowing for viewing of the background images. Learn more about Dreamweaver with Bootstrap at Multimedia Toolkit and Adobe.

    • About - How website was created
    • – The Multimedia Toolkit website is an education and teaching site, created with WordPress. Create your own WordPress site with Jannet Walsh's WordPress guide and follow directions to turn a WordPress blog into a website.

    • – Husky Agency is a student service-learning experience for aspiring public relations professionals at St. Cloud State University. The agency and online platform launched in fall 2016, is located at The pro bono student agency works with campus and community clients and partners to gain public relations experience, create professional portfolios and develop skills and confidence.

    • Demonstration Websites – Demonstration websites are posted for current student projects, found at Multimedia Toolkit, located in the Web Design menu. Examples of student WordPress, Dreamweaver (HTML, CSS and Bootstrap) websites and videos can be found in the Student Gallery.

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