Project Description


There are many options for watching, creating and sharing video online. For Thing 13 we’re looking at video platforms, and a couple of tools to generate your own videos.



YouTube was created in 2005 as a website for users to share original video content. Since then it has become a repository for video, film, animation, art, and advertising. Anyone can view content on YouTube, and can also sign up and share their own content. YouTube videos can also be shared and embedded within other webpages and platforms such as Twitter.

YouTube has two licensing options for content uploaded to its site. The first is a Standard YouTube licence which allows for the embedding and sharing of YouTube video on other websites using the YouTube platform. The second is a Creative Commons CC BY Attribution licence allowing anyone to re-purpose and re-use the video so long as attribution is provided to the creator of the video.


Vimeo was founded in 2004, and in 2007 became the first video sharing site to support high-definition video.  Like YouTube, anyone can view content on Vimeo, and can also choose to sign up and share their own content. Vimeo videos can also be re-shared and embedded within other websites by using the Vimeo platform, and it offers the full suite of Creative Commons and Public Domain licensing options.

Tools for making videos

Video-editing – Magisto

Most smartphones come with a video option under your camera, so making a simple video is easy.  If you want to add music, do some editing, and generally make your video a bit more professional looking there are free video-edting apps you can use such as Magisto (iOS and Android).  With an app like Magisto, you can edit, splice, choose a style, add music and upload to your favourite social media site or website.

Screencasting Screencastomatic

Have you ever wanted to show someone how to navigate your web site, or use a software program or search tool? Or have you had to show way too many people the same steps and need a way to record these steps so students and staff can find the directions they need, when they need them. Screencasting tools can help.

Screencasting tools record whatever is happening on your computer or mobile device screen and let you record a voice narration as well. When you’re done recording, you end up with a video.

Screencastomatic is a free, easy to use tool that works on a PC or a Mac. There are paid software packages such as Camtasia that provide higher-end features if you need them, but for many purposes, the free online tools are perfect.


Step 1

Go to YouTube and find a video of your choice!

Step 2

Download the free Magisto app onto your phone (look it up in your app store) and try adding some music to a video you took with your phone.


Go to the Screencastomatic website and download the free recorder. Create a brief video showing the steps for booking a group study room at the Library.