We've used the snowball and found it to be awesome. There is another
version of it called the Snowflake
(http://www.bluemic.com/products/snowflake) which is smaller and
cheaper... it might even be more awesomer, but we haven't tried one yet.
We do hate audio recorders that only record in .wma format, so we've
been trying to use Sony ICD-UX70 which is about $80. We'll have to try
out that H2 doohickey, it looks great.
As for converting those nasty .wma files to a move civil and functional
format try Super... it's really super
(http://www.erightsoft.net/SUPER.html). Speaking of converting, I'd
recommend Handbrake for video conversions, and DVDflick
(http://www.dvdflick.net/) for making and burning DVDs (it will even
convert files to a DVD playable format).
And... Adobe Photoshop and Priemer Elements are some of the slickest
apps I've used in a long time. They just work great and cost about $50
for the suite/per station. Though if you're looking for a Photoshop
like experience you can try GimPhoto and Gimpad (http://www.gimphoto.com
- together that go like peanut butter and choclate and make a slick
photoshop like interface).
Oh, and has anyone used CamStudio before? I've tinkered with it a bit
and it seems pretty slick.
Michael Vining, SB Network Services
South Burlington School District
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
Direct: (802) 652-7298
DNS Help Desk: (802) 652-7050
From: School Information Technology Discussion
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Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 7:54 AM
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Subject: Re: best hand held recording devices?
I agree with Lucie on the Zoom (we have a few H4s but the H2s look
great) - whatever you get make sure you are aware of what format they
record in - we have a few Olympus DS-30 recorders which are great but
they record in .WMA. Since Audacity does not work with .WMA files, they
have to first be converted with iTunes or another program if you want to
edit them. The Zoom recorders will record in .WAV or .MP3 which makes
them easier to throw into Audacity.
Educational Technology Integration Specialist
Essex High School
>>> "Drescher, Peter" <[log in to unmask]> 2/4/2009 2:18 PM >>>
A small portable digital recording device. Something with decent
quality for doing podcasts, etc. Pretty decent space allocations..
something that allows for recording a keynote or presentation.
Education Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
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