We have recently received some questions about some of the tools we use to make our videos and illustrations. Keep in mind it's a changing process. We started quite simply with using a cell phone to record audio, Moviemaker (free), and Microsoft Paint.
Tech is simply a tool in our eyes, and because of that, we focus on our goal of what we are trying to do as our driving force---not the tech itself. There is really a lot of freedom in that statement. It's why we believe that you can do video creation with students in the classroom even when tech is limited. That's what we love to present on!
As we grow, we tend to want to create more types of things with more detail. We now make infocomics, GIFs, misconception comics, and add more detail to our videos---so we have looked for tech to help us meet those goals.
Here's what we use as of August 2016 with a very limited budget. ;)
Audio Hardware- Brianna no longer uses a cell phone to record audio or the internal microphone on her laptop. She now uses this Yeti microphone. She also created "portable sound booth" to put her microphone in which we think has made a difference in our more recent videos. Here are awesome instructions on YouTube for making one! (Note: We used egg crate mattress foam because it was cheaper).
Audio Software- Brianna still uses the free program Audacity to record. It works for both PC and Apple computers. While you don't technically need any audio software (we didn't in the beginning), it adds a lot of awesome features like cutting things out or removing background noise.
Drawing Hardware- It's hard to imagine (or maybe it's not ;P), but Sarina used a simple computer mouse to draw for a long time for a lot of our videos. As her drawings have changed, she now uses a Wacom Intuos.
Drawing Software- Sarina has no artistic background, but she practices a lot. She started with MS Paint. Over time, her style of drawing has changed. She uses the software Sketchbook Pro for all video illustrations and GIFs. All of the illustrations---for videos and for GIFs---are individual image files. For infocomics, which require a lot of text and images, she uses Manga Studio. Here are some other suggestions for free programs on a variety of device types.
Movie Editing Software- We used to use free Windows Moviemaker to put the audio and pictures together, and it really is an easy to use, great program for the classroom. After wanting some extra features, we switched over to Camtasia, which we really like. Camtasia is not free though--- if you are looking for some free options for movie editing, check these out.
P.S.- We're very passionate about involving students as video creators in the classroom. Check this out for step by step instructions on a teacher-student collaborative video creation procedure that maximizes your classroom time.