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An image is a thousand words. A video, which is a series of images glued together, is a million words. Instead of putting them on paper, I put them on the screen for a more pleasant and enjoyable experience.
Below, you can find the five most recent articles I wrote or videos I made about filmmaking.
LATEST FILMMAKING TIPS AND POSTS
✔️ = I have personally used the service/software.
What gear I use to make my videos and films
Check out my filmmaking kit here.
My favorite video editing software
- Davinci Resolve ✔️: I used to hate editing until I began using Blackmagic’s editor. It’s also free (for the most part)!
- Handbrake ✔️: Converting video files efficiently for online use. It’s totally free!
- Kyno ✔️: The best video management software. Stay organized and find the video clip among thousands in seconds!
- Audacity ✔️: Audio software that I mostly use for voiceovers. It’s free!
Where do I find music for my videos?
- Artlist.io ✔️: Music licensing for video. My current music resource.
- Free Music Archive: The #1 resource for royalty-free music.
- Incompetech ✔️: We all used at least one track from Kevin MacLeod when we got started in filmmaking! Some still do!
- Jamendo: Free and commercially-licensed music.
- FreeSound.org ✔️: Free sound effects.
- Audionautix Free production music by Jason Shaw.
- Music Vine: The music licensing platform created for discerning professionals.
- Premium Beat: Exclusive music library. Stress-free licensing.
- Filmstro ✔️: Adapt professional soundtracks to your vide with the world’s first dynamic, royalty-free music library.
- Epidemic Sound ✔️: Music subscriptions for content creators. Covered for social media, online platforms and websites.
- SilvermanSound: Royalty-free music.
- AudioHero ✔️: Get a free subscription with Tubebuddy (below).
Where to find Video Effects, Intros/Outros or Stock Footage
- VideoHive ✔️: Stock footage and video effects.
- NeatVideo: The best denoiser in the market.
- Storyblocks ✔️: I usually get stock footage to fill up my timelines from here.
- DigitalAnarchy ✔️: I use their Flicker Free plugin to remove flicker from night footage.
- RE:VisionEffects: Apply natural-looking motion blur on your videos (ReelSmart Motion Blur) or add artificially slow-motion (Twixstor) among other plugins.
- Rocketstock: Get 16 free 4K light and dust overlays!
- MotionArray: Templates, stock music, unique transitions and effects for Adobe’s software.
- EndCrawl: End credits made easy.
LUTs for color grading your footage quickly
- IWLTBAP ✔️: Affordable cinematic and GoPro LUTs.
- Vision Color: Get the Popular Osiris LUTs and the ImpulZ film emulations.
- John Rellis: Export your Lightroom color grades as a LUT for a coherent brand look in your videos.
- Paletton ✔️: A color scheme designer. Learn how to combine colors properly and why teal and orange is such a popular look.
Get the film look on your videos
- FilmConvert ✔️: The go-to software to get the film look and match footage shot with different cameras.
- FilmBrute: Visual workflow for getting a film look.
Filmmaking tutorials and education content
- Mzed ✔️: Subscription-based courses. I learned a ton while I was a Mzed Pro subscriber.
- Video Compression: Guidelines by Vimeo.
- Filmmaking Tutorials for Stock Videographers: A great resource for those of you that may be transitioning from photography to video.
Filmmaking tools that will make your work easier
- oTranscribe ✔️: A free web app to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews. I use this to transcribe my non-scripted films.
- Tubebuddy ✔️: A browser extension & mobile app that integrates directly into YouTube to help you run your channel with ease.
- ThumbsUp.tv ✔️: Preview various sizes of your thumbnail before posting online.
- Subtitle converter ✔️: In order to import properly formatted captions/subtitles to my video editing program, I need to convert them usually in SubRip format (.srt) after downloading them from YouTube.
- PiliApp ✔️: Place a blue or green screen on a device (smartphone, tablet, TV, etc), to mask anything on it in post production. I usually do this for showing a screen recording on screen, avoiding flickering or glares.
- Grau Video Repair Tool: Repair utility that may fix your broken or damaged video files.
- Speechpad: Transcription and captioning service.
- TheFilmPoets ✔️: Fix barrel distortion on DJI Mavic 2 Pro.
Improve your story-telling skills
- James Harris: The periodic table of storytelling.
- StoryMastery: Learn story structure, the five key turning points of all successful screenplays
- StillMotionBlog: A guide to build your story’s plot.
- FilmFreeway: Enter the world’s best festivals in a few clicks!
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