Entrepreneur offers schools free use of video-editing software

Bill Baird
Bill Baird

Phil Castle, The Business Times

A Grand Junction entrepreneur who’s developed video-editing software that combines powerful features with ease of operation believes his product has a lot to offer in the classroom. And he’s inviting schools to try it out.

The first 100 Colorado schools that sign up for the initiative will receive free use of the academic version of Loopster for six months.

“I want to give back,” said Bill Baird, founder and chief executive officer of Loopster.

The program is open schools of all types, from the elementary through college levels, Baird said. Schools can sign up by sending an e-mail to support@loopster.com.   The schools will receive back a promotional code allowing them to try Loopster for six months at no charge.

Baird has developed and improved software that enables users to upload and edit video footage and post that footage on Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. The software is available online at www.Loopster.com as well as through iPads and iPhones. Baird expects to soon launch a version of Loopster for Android devices.

Late last year, Baird entered into an arrangement with a mobile application company to help bring Loopster to a bigger market. KiwiTech acquired a share of ownership in the company and provides resources to add features to the software and expand the operation.

A redesigned Web site has attracted a growing number of visitors, a large proportion of which have become customers, Baird said. “It’s going fantastic.”

While a free version of Loopster remains available, the company also sells subscriptions to use software with additional features, he said.

While an increasing number of people share video content on the Internet for fun, Baird said Loopster can be used in a variety of other ways, including educational purposes. Students can create video presentations on various subjects or document science experiments. What’s more, the process can be more enjoyable than other traditional coursework.

“It’s fun for students to be able to go out and create something,” Baird said.