This class has two distinct parts: The theory (which comes from the book and the lectures) and the practice.
The practice involves projects that you guys will be creating using software.
We primarily use Open Source software that runs on Mac and on PC.
This is good news because if you like the software you can have your own copy on your own machine.
Open source software is FREE for you to download from the web.
The only software that we use that is not Open Source is iMovie which is for the Mac. You can use any equivalent PC software instead if you like.
For audio processing: Audacity 1.2.X
For video editing: iMovie
For vector Graphics: Inkscape 0.4
For 3D animation: Blender 2.5
For graphics and images: GIMP 2.4.x