Now that we’ve hit spring, most student media outlets are likely outlining their budgets for the upcoming school year. While most of the best online tools are free there are a few services worth paying for:
If your student media doesn’t have a copy of Soundslides yet, let this be the year. Whether you’re a newspaper, news site, magazine, yearbook, radio station, etc., audio slideshows can be an effective tool and an easy means of creating quality multimedia.
Price: $35.95 standard, $65.95 pro
If you’re using Flickr as your archive and photo-sharing system, the free account probably won’t be enough to sustain your demands. A free account only lets you upload 100 MB of photos each month, and with full-size photos off an SLR, that storage can fill up with one batch of uploads.
What you get: Unlimited photo uploads, unlimited video uploads (90 seconds max), HD video, view statistics
For unlimited video uploads and HD capabilities, Vimeo is the best option. I only suggest Vimeo over YouTube because YouTube limits video duration to 10 minutes, which is inconvenient if you’re uploading a lengthy video from an event you live streamed, for example.
What you get: 5 GB a week (free account is only 500 mb), priority uploading (convenient for breaking news), unlimited HD uploading/embedding
Year-long shopping cart total:Â $120.85 (or $180.95 if you buy Soundslides Plus). Combine these tools with the countless free tools available (Google Maps, Facebook, Vuvox, Issuu, Twitter, CoverItLive, UStream etc.) and you’re looking at a cost effective, multimedia-driven site.
If you have any other suggestions for services worth paying for, let us know and we’ll add to the list.