Online tools for beginner indie filmmakers

I constantly am in a search for good online tools, no matter what I am trying to do. I am far from being an expert but I am a self-taught videographer who was lucky enough to stumble upon a bunch of great online resources I’ve decided to share for anyone that wants to start a career/hobby in this area. To some, they might seem obvious but I am aiming to set a “must” list of tools to have in your browser’s bookmark/ favourites.

This is a great tool for anyone that wants to learn the basics of photo/video manipulation but also advanced techniques. Of course, such a hobby/profession is costly but don’t let that stop you from acquiring other skills. Information is what matters first and that’s what this resource is giving you.

No Film School is the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives. No Film School is where filmmakers learn from each other — “no film school” required. – www.nofilmschool.com

 

Before you go out and spend money on audio files for your future video, make sure you first check Youtube’s audio library.

To save you some research time, this is the most important things you need to know when downloading audio files from this library.

There are three copyright policies visible in each of the song’s description. Here’s what each policy means:

  • Monetise: The copyright holder has chosen to monetise this music, so ads may appear on your video. In some cases, the copyright holder may elect to share some of that revenue with you. Even if this policy is applied, the video may not be available everywhere or on all devices.
  • Block worldwide: One or more copyright holders don’t allow the use of this music on YouTube. If you use this music, your video may be muted or may be entirely unavailable on YouTube.
  • Block in some countries: One or more copyright holders has restricted the countries in which this music is available on YouTube. If you use this music, your video won’t be viewable where the music is blocked on YouTube.

There are obviously other good sources and I encourage you to “google it”. Nonetheless, I strongly advise making YouTube’s audio library your number one way to go as a starting filmmaker.

The name is pretty suggestive.

This is a great tool for finding icons for your small animations. Besides the featured ones, there are many free to download in many file types used for further manipulation.

 

 

I’ve started video editing on an Acer laptop with windows on it. Even though I was first using Sony Vegas, I later moved to an OSX environment and started using Final Cut Pro X. There way too many websites that will help you get deeper into the pros and cons of using these software solutions. However, I honestly think that most of you will come down to these two options when it comes to video editing.

 

This one might seem a bit odd to you but, trust me, you’ll need something like this. WeTransfer lets you send a download link to someone for a file of up to two GB in size. This comes in handy when you need to show some draft work to a client or even someone overseas. You don’t need an account unless you want to transfer more than 2 GB at a time.

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