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Software for Media Project
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  • Media Software Solutions

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  • Discovering appropriate software to edit your media is relatively easy in the 21st century. Whether you want to pay to access professional-grade proprietary software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, or you are interested in a free solution, an open-source or otherwise, the SMC is ready to provide you with information you need to take your media editing to the next level.
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  • Some software is available only on Mac OS, some software is available only on Windows, and some software is available on both platforms. The software described on this page is not necessarily available on SMC computers. If you have additional suggestions for software that should be included on this list, please email the SMC coordinator.
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  • Note: Please visit In-House Software page for software which is available at the SMC

  • Audio

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  • Audacity (free, open-source, Linux/Mac/PC)
  • "Audacity is free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds." More info and download.
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  • Adobe Audition (proprietary, Mac/PC)
  • "Record, edit, and create audio content with Adobe Audition's comprehensive toolset, including waveform, spectral display, and multitrack. This powerful sound editing program is designed to accelerate audio and video production workflows and deliver the highest standards for audio quality." More info and download.
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  • Ardour (free, open-source, Linux/Mac)
  • "Ardour is an open-source, collaborative effort of a worldwide team including musicians, programmers, and professional recording engineers." More info and download.

  • Video

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  • OpenShot (free, Mac/PC)
  • "We designed OpenShot Video Editor to be easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor." More info and download.
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  • Adobe Premiere (proprietary, Mac/PC)
  • Adobe's professional video editing software. More info and download.
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  • Panopto (proprietary, Mac/PC)
  • "Panopto is the easiest way to manage, live stream, record, and share videos across your organization." More info and download

  • Image/Graphic

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  • Adobe Photoshop (proprietary, Mac/PC)
  • Adobe's professional image editing software. More info and download.
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  • Canva (proprietary, 30-day free trial, browser-based)
  • Canva is an online graphic design platform that makes it simple to design presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of layouts. The tools can be used for both web and print media graphics. More info and sign up.
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  • Pixlr X (free, browser-based)
  • "Pixlr X is the only photo editor you need for quick yet professional edits. Designed with just the right amount of easy to navigate photo editing tools, you are about to experience the next best online image editor built with cutting edge technology." More info and app.
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  • Pixlr EDITOR (free, browser-based)
  • "For true layers-based image and graphic design." More info and app.
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  • SumoPaint (free, browser-based)
  • "Sumo Paint is an online image editor, without need to install anything to your device. It's the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser. You can open and save images from your hard drive or save it to cloud." More info and app.
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  • Paint.NET (free, PC)
  • "Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins." More info and download.
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  • Seashore (free, open-source, Mac)
  • Seashore is an open-source image editor for Mac OS X's Cocoa framework. It features gradients, textures, and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP's technology and uses the same native file format. More info and download.
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  • Krita (free, open-source, Linux/Mac/PC)
  • "Krita is a FREE digital painting and illustration application. Krita offers CMYK support, HDR painting, perspective grids, dockers, filters, painting assistants, and many other features you would expect." More info and download.
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  • GIMP (free, open-source, Linux/Mac/PC)
  • "GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages." More info and download.

  • Illustration and Vector Imaging

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  • Adobe Illustrator (proprietary, Mac/PC)
  • Adobe's professional vector and illustration program. More info and download.
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  • Inkscape (free, open-source, Linux/Mac/PC)
  • "Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is used by design professionals and hobbyists worldwide, for creating a wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps, and web graphics. Inkscape uses the W3C open standard SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as its native format, and is free and open-source software." More info and download.

  • 3D and Animation

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  • Blender (free, open-source, Linux/Mac/PC)
  • "Blender is a free and open-source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases. Blender is well suited to individuals and small studios who benefit from its unified pipeline and responsive development process." More info and download.
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  • Maya (proprietary, Linux/Mac/PC)
  • "Maya® 3D animation, modeling, simulation, rendering, and compositing software offers a comprehensive creative feature set on a highly extensible production platform. Maya provides high-end character and effects toolsets along with increased productivity for modeling, texturing, and shader creation tasks." More info and download.

  • Be sure to take a look at SourceForge for thousands of more open-source software projects that might support your media needs.

    • Hours:
    • Regular Hours
    • (06/25 - 08/01)
    • Tue, Wed, and Thur
    • 10 am - 4:30 pm
    • Summer Hours during Finals
    • (08/06 - 08/15)
    • Tue, Wed, and Thu
    • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Quarter Break & Fall Hours
    • Closed 08/16 - 09/23
    • Reopen in fall, Tue 09/24
    • Fall Hours: Tue & Thu 10am - 5pm, Wed 1:30pm - 8pm
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    • Contact:
    • Kannika Styron
    • SMC Coordinator
    • 206-934-0070
    • Email
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    • Location:
    • NSC Library, LB3131A