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Multimedia tools - audio
AudioPal - Add voice to websites. Ring up if you're in the states, or if not, type, use your microphone or upload an audio file, You can then download and pop it onto your own site. Looks very simple to use.
Audio Recorder for Free takes any digital audio stream played through your sound card and captures it as a MP3, WMA, or WAV file on the fly.
BLAVING. Register, record what you want to say, upload it and then share it and respond. About as simple as you can get.
dig.ccmixter "You already have permission". Which is such a cool line to use. If you're looking for music for a podcast, this is a good place to come. Find music, download it, include it in a podcast and then credit it.
Evoz! (Baby monitoring) OK, there's the old fashion baby alarm thing, and the new one. This is a gizmo that you link to your mobile phone. Kind of neat idea. Don't know how much it costs, since it's a limited closed beta, and as I don't have children, I'm not interested. However, if you do, and you are, try it out and tell me all!
Free-Loops Free Drum Loops Wav MP3 Aif and Midi Sound Loops. Free loops and audio clip downloads for music production. They can be used to produce a bunch of music types, such as Hip Hop, Drum loops and other goodness. Think of Free-Loops.com as your online audio toolbox that you can access anywhere anytime.
Freesound project is a database of licensed sounds. Not songs, sounds. Lots of science fiction, horror, birdsong and so on. Register, download snippets to use, and use in your podcast.
Jamendo Free and legal music downloads. Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music, download your favorite artists!
Livepics is a mashup of images, talking and narrating and showing.
Live365 find music radio stations
SHOUTcast Radio, the home of free Internet Radio. Tune-in to thousands of free online radio stations from DJs and broadcasters around the world.
SoundBible offers thousands of free sound effects, sound clips, and straight up sounds. These sounds can be used in a variety of sound projects including Video Sound Scores, Movie Scoring, Game Design, Powerpoint Presentations, Prank Calls, Sound Boards, and the list goes on. SoundBible.com is a great source for copyright free sounds.
Streaming Audio Recorder is an all-around program you can use to record audio from both your computer's sound card and microphone. Using this tool, you can record streaming audio and radio stations, convert audio into various formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, FLAC), search and download your favorite music, and even edit audio files and burn them onto CDs.
TokBox is a free service that lets you talk with your friends over live video. Here's how it works: you sign up and they give you a link. When you want to talk with anyone, just give them the link - they click and you chat.
Vocaroo Record and send voice emails. Very simple and straightforward. Record what you want to say and send it on, or download it.
Voki This is a speaking avatar resource.You create a little person using the avatar interface, and then you can add in your voice directly from a microphone or you can type in some words and get the little person to speak them for you. I'm not sure of the value of this resource but it's vaguely fun and amusing.
Voxopop It's like a Wallwisher for voices really. Set up a group, invite others, chat back and forth over time to discuss what interests you.
celtx - Scriptwriting Software, Breakdowns, Collaboration.. Create your own movie, and be the next Peter Jackson.
Convert Youtube to MP3 "is the latest technology being used to convert Youtube video files to Mp3 audio files. One of the great features about YoutubetoMp3.com is the ability to also convert google video, yahoo video and flicker video to Mp3 audio files. It's simple and it's fast. Youtubetomp3.com is a free conversion tool taking some of the most popular video files and converting them to high quality Mp3 audio."
Creaza MovieEditor - online video editing. Create movies, complete with professional-looking titles, transitions, effects, animation, music, and narration. MovieEditor is a full-featured timeline-based video editor, similar to traditional desktop-based video editing tools. There’s just one big difference: MovieEditor is web-based and a web browser with Adobe Flash gives you instant access! Upload video and audio clips in any format to work with. Use multiple audio and graphics tracks on top of the video track. Add advanced effects, transitions and animated titles. Export the result to you favourite media player, or directly to YouTube or Facebook.
Dailymotion Upload videos, share them.
Educanon is a really nice, simple and free tool that can be used to enhance the videos that you create. It's made by teachers for teachers. You can choose an existing video, bring it into the eduCanon dashboard, add in questions in various formats, choose the appropriate actions to use for the responses and you're ready to go.
EmbedPlus This is a free flash based tool and it allows users to seamlessly and freely upgrade video embeds with attractive features that the standard YouTube players does not currently offer. It has features like scene skipping and 3rd party annotations, movable zoom, slow motion, chapter/scene skipping and embedding. This would be useful for marking up lecture, demo, and experiment videos – even for videos not created by the teacher. Similarly, slow motion and movable zoom can offer needed accessibility for some students and video events.
Fotobabble to create talking photographs and slideshows
Freemake Video converter converts videos into various other formats.
Free Online OCR delivers advanced recognition technology to ensure high quality results. Simply upload a file, choose your preferred output format and click Convert. After the conversion process is complete, you will be able to download your document.
KeepVid Video Downloader is a free web application that allows you to download videos from sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch.Tv, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many more.
KickYouTube is the easiest way of downloading YouTube videos.
Livestation - Interactive live TV on your computer that works! It delivers a range of live radio and television channels to your computer over a broadband network.
Livestream. Create your own television studio, live, scheduled or on-demand. It's clearly a popular service, with thousands of channels - over 3,000 people were looking at stuff when I took a look around. Oh, and it's free.
Overstream -- Welcome. Capture a video. Add subtitles. You too can make your own Hitler Downfall Bunker parody.
Pixiclip is an interactive whiteboard. Upload images, draw sketches, and share replays with friends!
Present Me for simple, fast and hassle free recording. Your webcam matched to your slides.
ProxFree is a simple and completely free web proxy service. We have worked hard to get the best compatibility of any YouTube proxy! Unblock any YouTube video in your country now.
SafeShare.TV The Safest Way To Share YouTube videos. Very nice. Simple to use - just whack in the URL that you want to share, and you can also edit start/end time as well. The resource gives you a link that you can use and share.
TellyPrompter is a television programme guide and reminder service for UK TV channels.
Totlol - Video for Kids. This is a video website designed specifically for children. It is community moderated. It is constantly growing. It is powered by YouTube.
TokBox. is a free service that lets you talk with your friends over live video. Here's how it works: you sign up and they give you a link. When you want to talk with anyone, just give them the link - they click and you chat. You can put your TokBox on your social network profile, blog, or personal webpage. Anyone can come to your page and see a "Push to Talk" button. They click it and connect to you in real time using live video and audio. This is probably not advisable first thing in the morning before coffee.
TubeChop - Chop YouTube Videos allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it. 1. Find the video you want to chop.
2. Select & cut interesting part of the video. 3. Share it with friends.
Ustream is the live interactive video broadcast platform that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to quickly and easily broadcast to a global audience of unlimited size. In less than two minutes, anyone can become a broadcaster by creating their own channel on Ustream or by broadcasting through their own site, empowering them to engage with their audience and further build their brand.
Video Toolbox Advanced online video editor.It's FREE! Processing videos with filesize up to 300 MB Analyse video files and provide in-depth information such as video codec, bitrate, resolution, frame rate... Video converter supporting all well known file formats (3GP, AMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPEG, MPG, RM, VOB, WMV). - Simple mode: select output video format only - Advanced mode: wider range of settings available video settings: video codec, resolution, bitrate , framerate audio settings: audio codec, bitrate, sampling rate, channels Add watermark text to a video file Cut video by setting new start and end time Crop video with just few clicks Merge several video files into a single one Demux video files (extract audio, video or subtitles from a file) Record video from a webcam or any other available input device Take video snapshots (make video thumbnails) Add (hard-coded) subitles to a video file Download flash videos from more than 20 video sharing sites Advanced File Manager enabling users to upload local video files as well as to download videos from third-party URIs. Additionally it allows users to preview videos via state-of-the-art thumbnails rotator, activated by simple mouse over.
Vokle You can use Vokle to Host your own show or online event and have live video discussions with your audience quickly and easily. Login with your Twitter account etc, have a webcam available and create an event. Broadcast it live, take live questions in a chatroom or via Twitter, and invite participation from other people on webcam.
VP Factory. Straight-forward video solution Intuitive video platform for managing and publishing online video. 100% online. Easy to setup and use. No commitments.
Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime.
Weavly mashes up Tumblr GIFS with tracks from Sound Cloud
WebVideoFetcher.com Download and save videos directly from Youtube, Google, Facebook, Metacafe, Putfile and more. Simply copy and paste. Looks simple enough. Not tried it myself, but if anyone does, please comment!
Wibbitz automatically creates premium videos from text content within seconds
Zentation Webcasting made easy. Zentation combines video and slides to create online presentations that best simulate the live experience. Its easy to use functions allow anyone without any technical knowledge to create high-end webinars, webcasts, training, and virtual events.
Evoca. Create, organize, share and search voice recordings.
Mogulus Live Broadcast. Create your own television studio, live, scheduled or on-demand.
Podbean is an easy and powerful way to start podcasting. Easy to publish your podcast in 3 steps. No tech to learn. Powerful promoting tools, iTunes preview, statistics. Wonderful income chances with ads, paid subscriptions.
Podcasting Toolbox: 70 Podcasting Tools and Resources. Very useful collection of resources and materials.
PodcastPeople Your online podcasting studio. Assists you in creating podcasts and so on. But it's commercial, starting at $8 per month.
Canva is an excellent tool to create images - posters, social media headers, advertising and much more. Excellent.
IGifMaker creates animated gifs from videos.
kwout | A brilliant way to quote via kwout. This is great. Simply add the bookmark to your browser, find the page you're interested it, click the bookmark, cut the part of the page that you want and embed where you need.
Make your own Hitler Downfall video. Simple fill in the gaps and you’re done.
Mogulus Live Broadcast. Create your own television studio, live, scheduled or on-demand. It's clearly a popular service, with thousands of channels - over 3,000 people were looking at stuff when I took a look around. Oh, and it's free.
Overstream Welcome. Capture a video. Add subtitles.
Picovico converts photographs into videos.
Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Use your web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.
Tagxedo is a better word cloud generator You can now use the skip words function, cut and paste content and add words as shapes. This is a really nice tool, and is far superior to any of the other word cloud tools out there. If you've not looked at it yet, please do!
TokBox is a free service that lets you talk with your friends over live video.
Vimeo Upload, share
Vine for 6 second videos.
Youtube Upload, tag and share your videos worldwide
Flickr related photographic tools
The App Garden on Flickr. Here you'll find home grown applications created by Flickr members (like you!) using the Flickr API. The garden continues to flourish so go forth and frolic amongst the apps! There's some nice stuff here. Useful applications, fun, games and so on.
Color hunter is a place to find and make color palettes created from images.
Colrpickr Search Flickr by colour.
Compfight is a Flickr search engine
Earth album finds images based on Google Maps and Flickr.
Fastr is a game, based on images and guessing tags
findr Find photos on flickr by browsing and refining related tags.
Flickr Colorpickr Choose images by colour
Flickr Logomakr You can make flickr style logos.
Flickriver is a web-based Flickr viewer that allows viewing hundreds of awesome photos quickly and easily, in one seamless 'river of photos' view - never needing to hit 'next' to load the next page.
Flickr Slideshow Generator allows you to generate the HTML necessary to embed a custom Flickr Slideshow in your page or blog.
flickrSLiDR allows you to easily embed the classic flickr slideshows on your website or blog. All you need to do is enter the flickr URL address of the user, photo set or group you would like to embed along with some options. You'll receive the HTML embed code in return.
Flicktionary is a game - you guess the word from the images. Fun!
Flickr Toys. It's been around for a while now, and I'm late in the game on this one, but if you want to do fun things with your Flickr photographs, this is the place to come.
FotoFlexer. This is actually pretty good. Upload your picture or link from one of the photo sharing sites and manipulate it. There's a lot of different options and it's quite impressive.
Memry is a game using Flickr images
MOO prints your Flickr pics as tiny business cards
Picsviewr turns your photos into visually stimulating presentations. Choose one of the 10 slideshows templates available and enjoy!
PictoBrowser is a free web application that displays Flickr and Picasa images on websites and blogs.
Picturesandbox Type a search term and search across multiple stock photo collections at the same time. Click each tab to see the results for that collection. Click through on each result thumbnail to see more details.
Pullfolio Instant Professional Portfolio Site from your Flickr Photos. This is quite nice. Allow Pullfolio access to your Flickr account, choose the photographs that you want to display and it'll create a nice simple functional slideshow for you to share with friends. Slight drawback that I found was that it wasn't very flexible in letting you add stuff - either by tag or a photoset. If you wanted to add another photoset, it had to be as another portfolio, rather than being able to combine. Otherwise, not bad, and very quick. If you want a simple neat way to show off your photographs, this'll do it for you.
retrievr - search by sketch / search by image. Find images on Flickr by drawing something in retrievr and it will attempt to find matches for you.
Slideflickr is a slideshow package that lets you point to a flickr stream, set or tag and will create the slideshow for you. Very simple and easy, but you can't add in a narration.
Spell with flickr. Type in words and get Flickr photographs of the letters back to uh... spell the words out.
Tag Galaxy is a lovely visual way to search Flickr, based on the concepts of displaying results in planetary format.
23 Photo Sharing: Introducing 23. Making it easy to share your photographs.
43 Places. Share stories about your city and around the world.
BeFunky Funky Ways to Express Yourself. Neat and easy - upload your own pictures. You can then turn them into cartoons, avatars, or even play with video effects.
Cameroid - Use your webcam to take photos online!. And then play around with them.
Community.webshots Search function and resolution is apparently better than Flickr
Dphoto Share and manipulate images
DropShots Share photographs and videos online with other people, post to your blog.
Fotolog. Upload photos, share them.
Fotki Photo Sharing and Printing. Free unlimited photo hosting for sites, blogs auctions and so on.
Freeimagehosting Maximum size of 3Mb per image
Gickr does software-free animated GIF creation. This is a simple tool that lets you upload up to 10 files from Flickr or your PC and turn them into an animated GIF with variable speed control.
Historypin is a like a digital time machine that allows people to view and share their personal history in a totally new way. It uses Google Maps and Street View technology and hopes to become the largest user-generated archive of the world's historical images and stories. Historypin asks the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin lets you layer old images onto modern Street View scenes, giving a series of peaks into the past.
imagecross (ic) provides free myspace image hosting. You can upload images up to 2.5 Mbytes in size. Get convenient code for myspace, ebay, forums, email, and more!
Imageshack One of the premier hosting sites
Imagevenue Unlimited uploads and space, but max size per image is 3Mb
imgur The simple image sharer. Very simple it is too. Just upload your image and share the URL in various different formats. Don't even have to log in or register. Looks very simple. I was a bit concerned about the possibility of adult material given there's no restriction, but I looked through the browsable images and didn't see anything particularly NSFW. Actually, there were some really fun images there, and I spent longer looking at them than I should!
LoonaPix to Create Funny Pictures Online. Upload picture, whack a frame around it, laugh like a fool, move on.
LunaPic Online Photo Editor. Has some interesting animation options.
Photobucket. Free image hosting, online photo albums and photo sharing.
PhotoPeach helps you share your memories in a lively and vivid way by moving your photos like a video with your choice of background music, captions on each photo, fun effects, and more.
Picasa - Google’s answer to photo sharing. (Download)
pixavid is a FREE image hosting and sharing service. There are no complicated login or sign-up requirements.
Pixisnap Free Photo Mosaic Maker and Polaroid Picture Editor. Create photo mosaics and Polaroid pics in a snap.
Pixlr loads a PhotoShop like interface into the browser, has lots of functionality, has an express mode for very quick changes, does layering, filters, easy adjustments and so on.
Photo2Text. Upload a photograph and it will turn it into text for you.
Pho.to - Online Photo Enhancement and Presentation Platform. Fairly basic options - nothing you couldn't do with a graphics package, but might be worth a play with if you want something that works quickly without fuss.
Photo Tricks. Upload your pictures, put frames around them, overlays, neat borders, text, fun fun fun.
Rollip - Create Polaroids from your photos!. Very easy system to use
rsizr - intelligent image resizing. This resizes images so that they still look good.
Shutterfly Develop, Print & Share Digital Photos: Create Photo Gifts Online. You get the idea by now I'm sure...
SmugMug Another photosharing utility.
Stockvault Free Stock Photos and Images. This is a stock photograph sharing website where photographers, designers and students can share their photographs, graphics and image files with each other for free.
Tinypic Free image sharing, hosting, sharing and video hosting
Villagephotos Free hosting, sharing, image management services and so on.
Background Burner quickly removes the background from any image or photo.
Block Posters - Create large wall posters from any image for free!
Cropp me is the easiest and smartest way to auto crop your images.
EasyMoza Free Online Photo Mosaic Creator. Use your own photos Very user-friendly No software download No registration NEW: Free low resolution download! If you like the result, you can save your photo mosaic to your computer. Print the photo mosaic yourself or print it at your local printshop.
ePassportPhoto - Online DIY passport photos. Make valid passport photos from a home-taken digital photo.
FlyInside Free Virtual Tours for Real Estate is a free, do-it-yourself, online service that lets you create real estate virtual tours using your own digital photos.
Fotoflexer This is actually pretty good. Upload your picture or link from one of the photo sharing sites and manipulate it. There's a lot of different options and it's quite impressive.
Fotor is a tool whereby you can resize your photos, crop them, adjust the lighting curve, rotate them, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness, adjust the tone and colors, or just straighten a crooked shot! But wait! That's just in the basic edits module. You can also add a photo effect, photo frame, clip art, text, or use our unique color splash, mosaic, and tilt shift tools!
Gickr.com Create animated Gifs online in seconds Upload files or get pictures from Flickr. Whack in an account name, choose the images you want, and create the animation.
Hollywood makeover to create different styles.
Image Effects. Straightforward image manip program that lets you create various effects. Still in beta. No 'about', so can't tell you any more really.
instagr.am. It's a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr - it's all as easy as pie. It's photo sharing, reinvented.
IPiccy makes your photo awesome with many easy to use photo tools. Edit pictures, apply beautiful photo effects, add text and even paint! Enjoy free photo editing online and show your creativity with iPiccy editor!
Loonapix for photo frames, face effects etc. Basic.
LunaPic Online Photo Editor. Has some interesting animation options.
Makeover - choose a model or your own picture, choose hair colour, eyeliner etc. Basically dressup.
myImager is your own free everything online image editor!
Onlinephototool you can edit and save your images, screenshots and photos online.
PICFONT Add text to picture. Insert text, add comments to picture, canvas, shape very simply in 10 seconds...You can simply add text on 3 differents mods : over a picture (uploaded from computer or from an Url) over a canvas (which represents a space where you can select a background color), or over a shape (badges, signs....)
Phixr - Online Photo Editor. Supports flickr, fotopic, livejournal and a whole bunch of others. You can fiddle around, add text, combine photographs, create borders, crop, blah blah. Looks good, and it's free, but wants registration but you can creat a temporary one.
Photofunia is a great site for adding your photograph to various different things, such as book covers
Photomontager is a simple way to create various montages.
Photovisi - Collage photo effects. They have developed a free and easy way for people to make photo collages online and offer several creative templates and options. The process is easy. First, the visitor chooses one of the many templates. Next, they add their own photos to make it unique, with options to edit images however they like. Finally, once the collage is done, it can be downloaded and shared with the world. Looks nice and simple, easy to use with good results.
Picjoke to select a photo effect or a photo frame.
PictureCloud Create your free picture cloud now.. This is very cool. Take about 24 photographs of something and they'll create a free moving image around it for you.
Picture2life Edit, Collage, Animate and Share your pictures online.
Pimagic is a simple free online photo editor.
Pixenate Edit photographs and add effects.
Pixisnap Free Photo Mosaic Maker and Polaroid Picture Editor. Create photo mosaics and Polaroid pics in a snap with Pixisnap! Turn your lifeless picture to awesome photo mosaics or cool Polaroid and make them your desktop wallpaper or Myspace background.
Pixlr Online image / photo editor. I don't normally get excited about resources that play with photographs online, because however good they say they are, they seldom produce what they promise. This one is different however. Loads a PhotoShop like interface into the browser, has lots of functionality, has an express mode for very quick changes, does layering, filters, easy adjustments and so on. I'm very impressed!
Preloadr offers professional tools to optimize your photos for free! Use Graduation Curve, Histogram, Layers and more like pros do.
Quick Thumbnail: The fastest and most powerful way to resize images online.
ResizR - Easy online image resize. Choose a local image, upload it and get it resized. Free, JPG only.
Ribbet lets you do seriously powerful things with your photographs.
roflbot Add text and captions to your pictures. Roflbot is for adding text to a picture, a.k.a. an image macro generator. You can do it all in your browser without using Photoshop.
Rollip - Create Polaroids from your photos!. Very easy system to use - choose the type of image that you want to create, upload your photograph (though a link to an existing image on a website would also be helpful), look at the result and download it. Various different Polariod types, with the ability to add text in a number of styles underneath.
Scrapblog Take all of your images from different places and scrap book them together
Startextures.com. Lots of free textures in different sizes. If you like playing with your pics, you might enjoy these.
StickerYou Customize High-Quality, Die-Cut Vinyl Stickers. Create your own stickers. They are printed in high quality vinyl and sent to you for $6.99 a sheet. Look great!
The Rasterbator Create really, really big posters from your own images.
Web Resizer Optimize pictures for websites and email. This reduces picture size by a large amount (well over 50%) but the smaller images look as good, if not better. Great if you're not sure how to resize using your own graphics software.
Photographic printing, book creation
Fotki Prints, print books, gifts, photo hosting for auctions and so on.
Moo Great resource that works with Flickr and others. Business cards, gifts, sticker books - the works!
Photobox I've used these people and they're excellent. Photos, gifts, wide variety. Very quick too.
Shutterfly Wide variety of different items that they can put pics on for you.
Snapfish Prints, print books, calendars, personalised photo gifts.