Filmmaking: Tools to tell better stories with video

Filmmaking makes me happy and poor as I buy more gear! I make videos to tell stories and teach what I have learned in various video series I upload to YouTube.
Filmmaking: Tools to tell better stories with video

You found my blog. You read my articles. Now, you can watch my videos on YouTube.

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.

You can find the five most recent articles I wrote or videos I made about filmmaking here.

FILMMAKING RESOURCES

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✔️ = 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

  1. Davinci Resolve ✔️: I used to hate editing until I began using Blackmagic's editor. It's also free (for the most part)!
  2. Handbrake ✔️: Converting video files efficiently for online use. It's totally free!
  3. Kyno ✔️: The best video management software. Stay organized and find the video clip among thousands in seconds!
  4. Audacity ✔️: Audio software that I mostly use for voiceovers. It's free!

Where do I find music for my videos?

  1. Artlist.io ✔️: Music licensing for video. My current music resource.
  2. Free Music Archive: The #1 resource for royalty-free music.
  3. Incompetech ✔️: We all used at least one track from Kevin MacLeod when we got started in filmmaking! Some still do!
  4. Jamendo: Free and commercially-licensed music.
  5. FreeSound.org ✔️: Free sound effects.
  6. Audionautix Free production music by Jason Shaw.
  7. Music Vine: The music licensing platform created for discerning professionals.
  8. Premium Beat: Exclusive music library. Stress-free licensing.
  9. Filmstro ✔️: Adapt professional soundtracks to your vide with the world's first dynamic, royalty-free music library.
  10. Epidemic Sound ✔️: Music subscriptions for content creators. Covered for social media, online platforms and websites.
  11. SilvermanSound: Royalty-free music.
  12. AudioHero ✔️: Get a free subscription with Tubebuddy (below).

Where to find Video Effects, Intros/Outros or Stock Footage

  1. VideoHive ✔️: Stock footage and video effects.
  2. NeatVideo: The best denoiser in the market.
  3. Storyblocks ✔️: I usually get stock footage to fill up my timelines from here.
  4. DigitalAnarchy ✔️: I use their Flicker Free plugin to remove flicker from night footage.
  5. RE:VisionEffects: Apply natural-looking motion blur on your videos (ReelSmart Motion Blur) or add artificially slow-motion (Twixstor) among other plugins.
  6. Rocketstock: Get 16 free 4K light and dust overlays!
  7. MotionArray: Templates, stock music, unique transitions and effects for Adobe's software.
  8. EndCrawl: End credits made easy.

LUTs for color grading your footage quickly

  1. IWLTBAP ✔️: Affordable cinematic and GoPro LUTs.
  2. Vision Color: Get the Popular Osiris LUTs and the ImpulZ film emulations.
  3. John Rellis: Export your Lightroom color grades as a LUT for a coherent brand look in your videos.
  4. 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

  1. FilmConvert ✔️: The go-to software to get the film look and match footage shot with different cameras.
  2. FilmBrute: Visual workflow for getting a film look.

Filmmaking tutorials and education content

  1. Mzed ✔️: Subscription-based courses. I learned a ton while I was a Mzed Pro subscriber.
  2. Video Compression: Guidelines by Vimeo.
  3. 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

  1. oTranscribe ✔️: A free web app to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews. I use this to transcribe my non-scripted films.
  2. Tubebuddy ✔️: A browser extension & mobile app that integrates directly into YouTube to help you run your channel with ease.
  3. ThumbsUp.tv ✔️: Preview various sizes of your thumbnail before posting online.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Grau Video Repair Tool: Repair utility that may fix your broken or damaged video files.
  7. Speechpad: Transcription and captioning service.
  8. TheFilmPoets ✔️: Fix barrel distortion on DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

Improve your story-telling skills

  1. James Harris: The periodic table of storytelling.
  2. StoryMastery: Learn story structure, the five key turning points of all successful screenplays
  3. StillMotionBlog: A guide to build your story's plot.

Film Festivals

  1. FilmFreeway: Enter the world’s best festivals in a few clicks!

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