Toolbox

Having good tools and resources to work with is important for crafting media. Below are free or low cost tools and resources we recommend and use.

Software

Audio

Audio Editing

Ocenaudio - Free. Simple, single track (mono or stereo) recorder & editor.

Audacity - Free. Single or multi-track recorder & editor. Many features & effects. Some processes do not function the same way as professional software.

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Reaper - $60 USD. Excellent multi-track audio software for professional recording, editing, mixing, mastering and restoration. Regarded as very powerful and professional.

Adobe Audition - $30 USD subscription fee every month. Excellent single & multi-track software for professional recording, editing, mastering and restoration. Built-in compatibility with Adobe video software is a great feature when working with audio & video. Subscription is expensive and risk of losing use of project files when no longer subscribing should be considered.

Android

WavePad (Android) - Free version is well-equipped. Powerful features, easy to use. Only records in WAV. Paid version enables MP3 recording, stops ads and unlocks extra features.

translationRecorder (Android) - Free. Designed for basic recording and editing of the Bible or Open Bible Stories, specifically in small, predetermined sections.

For file formatting and conversion solutions, see File Management section.

Video

Video Editing

Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate - $130 USD. Powerful video editing capabilities. Includes soundtrack files.

Adobe Premiere Pro - $30 USD subscription fee every month. Considered among the best professional video software. Built-in compatibility with Adobe audio software is a great feature when working with audio & video. Subscription is expensive and risk of losing use of project files when no longer subscribing should be considered.

For file formatting and conversion solutions, see File Management section.

File Management

Formatting and Conversion

MP3Tag - Free. Powerful tool for writing and editing metadata of MP3 and MP4 files.

MediaHuman Audio Converter - Free. Convert audio files to other formats. Allows batch conversion.

Format Factory - Free. Convert audio and video files to other formats. Allows batch conversion. Be careful during software installation to avoid installing extra, unwanted software during the process.

Bulk Rename Utility Free. Very powerful tool for renaming files.

File Sharing

SHAREit - Free. Effective tool for fast file sharing among WIN laptops and Android devices.

Text Writing and Translation

LibreOffice - Free.

translationStudio - Free.

OmegaT - Free.

Image Editing and Raster Art

GIMP - Free.

Vector Graphics

Inkscape - Free.

Equipment

Laptop Recording Equipment

Mics

Zoom H2n - Excellent sound quality and versatility, including ability to set to uni-directional recording pattern. Can be USB mic or stand alone recording device. Accessory kit highly recommended.

Zoom H2n with Accessory Kit - Includes Zoom H2n mic, standard accessories like USB cable, case, windscreen & more, basic headphones.

Samson Go Mic - Simple, easy to setup USB mic with good sound quality

Mic Accessories & Stands

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Cables

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Monitoring

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Mobile Phone Recording Equipment

Mics

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Mic Accessories & Stands

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Cables

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Monitoring

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Video Equipment

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Mobile Phone Video Equipment

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Guides

Audio

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Source audio and visual media

Visual

Open Bible Stories by unfoldingWord

JPG 360px - files (47MB) | zip folder (36MB)

JPG 2160px - files (784MB) | zip folder (769MB)

MP4 1080P - files (7.3GB) | zip folder (7.2GB)

Attribution of artwork: All images used in "Open Bible Stories" are a revision of "Bible Images from Sweet Publishing" (by Sweet Publishing made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license). Revisions made by Distant Shores Media and the Door43 World Missions Community made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.