On his 10,000 Words blog, Mark S. Luckie offers free alternatives to seven of the most commonly used software programs used to create multimedia stories.
His roundup includes programs for Web design, video editing, audio editing, photo editing, audio-slideshow creation, word processing, and even a substitute for Flash.
So if you want to save some money, and don't mind working with less familiar versions of Photoshop or Final Cut, you might want to start looking here.
BONUS: 10,000 words also offers invaluable tips for shooting better videos, here and here.
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