What are the best resources for amateur filmmakers?

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    1. 9
      Video Editing Training Tutorials
      In these courses, you will find all the most professional tools and tips for creating and editing your own videos.
      Course

      $14.95- Varies by plan - Free trial available

      Justin Hu
      Written on January 25, 2017
      "So digital video is increasingly being used in more and more spaces. From advertising and marketing to e-learning, digital video is commonplace in most businesses. These tutor..."
      Justin Hu
      Written on January 25, 2017
      "So digital video is increasingly being used in more and more spaces. From advertising and marketing to e-learning, digital video is commonplace in most businesses. These tutorials can help everyone from experience pro to someone who wants to get started and pick up a marketable skill. "
      Sai Mehta
      Written on January 1, 2017
      "I'm so thankful I found this site! It has given me such a wealth of resources on video editing. I love being able to see the video's popularity and searching for tutorials I need. Their search function is easy to use and their content quality is always top notch. "
      Thomas Diaz
      Written on January 19, 2017
      "The video editing training tutorials that I watched on Lynda were clearly organized and quickly gave me the amount of time I needed to commit to each lesson. The quality of the videos was good and sufficient to help me brush up on my abilities."
    2. 9
      Filmora

      Filmora is a simply elegant video editing software geared toward beginner, novice, and casual users. Anyone can learn to use this software, regardless of their skill level, and the end results look and sound fantastic.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free- Varies by plan

      Vincent Weber
      Written on March 12, 2017
      "I was tired of the usual video editing software so I decided to try Filmora: man!!! It's really easy to use and it has very beautiful effects that will make your video edi..."
      Vincent Weber
      Written on March 12, 2017
      "I was tired of the usual video editing software so I decided to try Filmora: man!!! It's really easy to use and it has very beautiful effects that will make your video editing look absolutely professional! I suggest its use to all the amateur, but also professional, video makers: you won't regret it!"
      Patrick Hall
      Written on April 26, 2017
      "Looking for an application for a beginner filmmaker? Filmora can get you started. It's free and easy to use and can be a stepping stone to more advanced software. Don't let a steep learning curve stop you from diving into filmmaking, check out Filmora."
      Matthew Alvarez
      Written on March 18, 2017
      "This is a cool concept to teach people how to learn how to make videos and edit them without the use of going out and plopping down so much money, i like this idea and i want to see them expand out more and make this a global thing for people"
      Enrique Juárez
      Written on June 11, 2017
      "I found Filmora to be very slow when importing or exporting media and with very little technical support available I do not see the advantage to owning Filmora. I also got adware every time I tried to make a video."
      Peter Flores
      Written on January 18, 2017
      "Amazing product! It has helped me get my feet wet in video editing. I feel that I am now ready to charge for my services. Thank you Filmora!"
    3. 7
      ScreenFlow

      ScreenFlow is one of the best screen recorders for Mac. Please note that the free version will watermark your videos and you will need to register before you can get started.

      Software

      Mac

      $129

      Austin Greene
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "I needed software to trans code video files that I create. ScreenFlow seems like a good solution and they have a free trial that I can try out before I decide to buy the soft..."
      Austin Greene
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "I needed software to trans code video files that I create. ScreenFlow seems like a good solution and they have a free trial that I can try out before I decide to buy the software. You do have to give some detailed information like name,email, and a few other bits of information to get a link to the download for the trial. "
      Jose Evans
      Written on January 14, 2017
      "Yes, There are free screen capture and editing tools available but none of those come close to ScreenFlow. This application has it all... recording editing, uploading etc. If you are a dedicated producer, this application is a must-have."
      Jeffrey Tucker
      Written on February 23, 2017
      "This program allowed me to edit some videos to post on YouTube, but I was not overly impressed with the lack of functions on the tool."
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      Adobe Premiere Pro CC

      Adobe Premiere Pro is one of Adobe's flagship products. It is a set of video editing packages that supports high-resolution videos with the integration of After Effects and Photoshop geared towards professional editing.

      Software

      Windows

      $20.99- 1 month

      David Reid
      Written on January 8, 2017
      "The Adobe Premiere program has been instrumental in helping me get my ideas off the ground. Without the unique tools that it offers, I would have been sitting at home mindless..."
      David Reid
      Written on January 8, 2017
      "The Adobe Premiere program has been instrumental in helping me get my ideas off the ground. Without the unique tools that it offers, I would have been sitting at home mindlessly clipping and pasting videos with my old pudgy software. The graphic design elements are really intuitive and helpful, especially for more inexperienced filmmakers."
      Jorge García
      Written on May 25, 2017
      "I wholeheartedly agree with this solution. I use Adobe Premiere myself to create music videos and other various promotional material, and as a standalone solution, it is great. I would suggest spending a lot of time in the program to learn the tricks."
      Jerry Medina
      Written on April 5, 2017
      "A great tool for any level of amateur filmmaker, from the beginner to the advanced!"
      Roger Duncan
      Written on January 13, 2017
      "Adobe Premiere CC is a great tool. I've used it a lot and produced a lot of animated films. It's very easy to put clips together and create effects. While not as powerful as Adobe After Effects, it's still powerful in its own way."
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      Final Cut Pro X

      Final Cut Pro is a video editing program which is designed with customizable effects, exceptional video editing and audio editing tools, and so on. It also features various title designs, transitions, effects, and more.

      Software

      Mac

      $299.99- with in-app purchases

      Patrick Dean
      Written on April 17, 2017
      "Final Cut Pro X is a must for serious video makers who prefer an Mac platform. The program has everything from simple to advanced video editing, multi-channel audio editing, ..."
      Patrick Dean
      Written on April 17, 2017
      "Final Cut Pro X is a must for serious video makers who prefer an Mac platform. The program has everything from simple to advanced video editing, multi-channel audio editing, 3D titles and clip library organization. It makes post-production almost enjoyable."
      Daniel Nelson
      Written on February 2, 2017
      "Post-production is one of the most time consuming parts of film-making. Final Cut Pro X changes all that. The automatic color-coding is my favorite new feature. The new interface is much more streamlined. It really is all you need to make your film pop."
      Madison Gardner
      Written on August 8, 2017
      "I've been a fan of Final Cut Pro for a long time, but the new X version doesn't seem to add enough new features to make it worth the cost. Plus, I can use Adobe's Premier, which I already pay for because of Creative Cloud, and save costs."
      Patrick Vasquez
      Written on February 25, 2017
      "Final Cut Pro X is a great tool for filmmakers who want to make everything look a little bit better. It has tools and gadgets that will make your films look great. The editing avail-abilities with this is truly awesome."
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      VEGAS Pro 16

      VEGAS Pro 16 is a professional video editing software used by professional filmmakers. It is capable of editing professional video and audio material and exporting outputs with a high-resolution quality of up to 4K.

      Software

      Windows

      $599- Free trial available

      Peter Bowman
      Written on February 8, 2017
      "As an amateur filmmaker, it's hard to find software resources that have everything you need in a comprehensive format. I was tired of looking at options that were thousand..."
      Peter Bowman
      Written on February 8, 2017
      "As an amateur filmmaker, it's hard to find software resources that have everything you need in a comprehensive format. I was tired of looking at options that were thousands of dollars, from brands I've never heard of, with tons of irrelevant features I'd never use. This is perfect. There are a few choices, I select the Vegas Pro. It has everything I need and is a great value for the price. It even does 4k!"
      Jeremy Bryant
      Written on February 15, 2017
      "Sony Vegas Pro is one of the best video editing software available for filmmakers. It's aimed at both amateurs and professionals alike with many features that will let you make great content. While the price is high and might be out of reach for some people, it's a worthwhile investment if you are serious about film making."
      Abhinav Das
      Written on February 25, 2017
      "This program looks like it would be expensive but it could definitely help with new filmmakers looking to learn how to edit. It looks very user friendly and that it can edit high quality video effectively."
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      StillMotion Blog
      StillMotion is a high-profile filmmakers group that also write about filmmaking and share their personal experiences.
      Websites

      Free

      Jason Carr
      Written on March 7, 2017
      "StillMotion is a fantastic resource for filmmakers that don't have a lot of experience. You will find answers to all of your questions and answers to the questions that y..."
      Jason Carr
      Written on March 7, 2017
      "StillMotion is a fantastic resource for filmmakers that don't have a lot of experience. You will find answers to all of your questions and answers to the questions that you didn't even know you needed to ask! Hands down the largest collection of informative articles that you will find anywhere. This blog is like a filmmakers holy grail."
      Robert Myers
      Written on February 7, 2017
      "I found the link to be very helpful! It contained a lot of information on places to find more info towards film making. There were several links right on the home page that took you to blogs containing lots of information. I could see myself using this site. The layout was also easy to read and looked very professional."
      Rodolfo Nieto
      Written on April 16, 2017
      "This isn't a terrible solution, but probably isn't the best either. Anecdotal stories from other filmmakers may help, but the meat and potatoes to learning how to become a film maker has largely to do with getting hands on with material."
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      No Film School
      No Film School is a blog that covers filmmaker from the indie/student perspective.
      Websites

      Free

      Christopher Fowler
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "I love this website. I've always been into film making and recently it's been my ambition to make a short film. This site has all sorts of tips and reviews for differe..."
      Christopher Fowler
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "I love this website. I've always been into film making and recently it's been my ambition to make a short film. This site has all sorts of tips and reviews for different products I might need. It's given me a focus for my film making. Now I know where to start."
      Cheryl Douglas
      Written on February 27, 2017
      "This site is a great resource for amateur filmmakers. In addition to the articles, it has a nice place where people can ask questions, share ideas, and get advice. I think that the forum is what makes it a great resource."
      Nathan Owens
      Written on April 14, 2017
      "This site has some interesting point for a small filmmaker, I found many of the tips very useful. The site even had some tips on how to create a great horror movie, which are my favorite to create and watch."
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      Vimeo Video School
      Vimeo Video School has created and curated content for filmmaker. It's a great place to learn
      Websites

      Free

      Jerry Mendoza
      Written on March 20, 2017
      "If you want to learn how to make better films, then Vimeo Video School is where you want to be! You will learn all the tricks of the trade on how to make some great films. The..."
      Jerry Mendoza
      Written on March 20, 2017
      "If you want to learn how to make better films, then Vimeo Video School is where you want to be! You will learn all the tricks of the trade on how to make some great films. There are tons of video resources and you can break it down by topic to make it easy to focus on what you want to learn most. It really helped me step up my film game."
      Robert Powell
      Written on February 7, 2017
      "While Vimeo obviously has some motives for teaching amateur filmmakers and putting it all out there for free I'm not going to be one to complain. It's quality work written by people in the industry about how to make and hopefully, fingers crossed, profit off of film-making now. "
      Dylan Ryan
      Written on February 19, 2017
      "Vimeo is widely used and regarded. Up and coming filmmakers should really utilize the video school as it will help out with many different things, that they may or may have not thought of. It's a great resource for new film makers."
      Craig Cooper
      Written on January 15, 2017
      "Hey, this is a perfect little crash course in film making. An amazing resource from a leader in video distribution, Vimeo. You will learn so much from this series. "
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      Filmmaking Lifestyle

      Filmmaking Lifestyle is a complete website that offers you useful articles and amazing tutorials about video productions and independent filmmaking. It's perfect for those who want to learn to run a video production!

      Websites

      Free

      Matthew Crawford
      Written on April 5, 2018
      "A detailed and thorough resource for filmmakers and videographers, especially if you're looking at the business side of both...."
      Matthew Crawford
      Written on April 5, 2018
      "A detailed and thorough resource for filmmakers and videographers, especially if you're looking at the business side of both."
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      Kapwing

      Kapwing is an online image, GIF, and video editor developed by Eric Lu and Julia Enthoven in 2017. It can also make sound effects, montage, video collage and stop-motion effect. The video file can be from Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 

      Online Tools

      Free

      Jessica Cruz
      Written on January 4, 2018
      "This is an awesome resource I use almost daily to make memes and other cool things. It's not great for filmmaking though. ..."
      Jessica Cruz
      Written on January 4, 2018
      "This is an awesome resource I use almost daily to make memes and other cool things. It's not great for filmmaking though. "
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      Camtasia

      Camtasia is a video-editor that enables users to produce stunning videos without being a professional video editor. This drag-and-drop editor easily lets users create remarkable videos by adding eye-catching animations, music, and more.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

      Sara Matthews
      Written on July 21, 2017
      "Camtasia is a professional video editor you should try out yourself. The video effects with this program alone will leave you stunned. Your videos are going to look amazing ..."
      Sara Matthews
      Written on July 21, 2017
      "Camtasia is a professional video editor you should try out yourself. The video effects with this program alone will leave you stunned. Your videos are going to look amazing if you use this software!"
      Juan Weaver
      Written on March 22, 2017
      "Great, great tool. Not only can you edit imported video/audio file, you can just record your screen and edit it. It let's you easily perform all you editing operations. Love this. "
      Jose Cunningham
      Written on January 15, 2017
      "I think this is a good idea. However it has already been created many times. I think Camtasia is easy to use, it's just over done in the market place. "
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      Soundstripe

      Soundstripe is a music service providing royalty-free and unlimited high-quality songs for filmmakers and aspiring ones for their own video productions to download.  It also adds new songs monthly on its catalog. 

      Websites

      $135- Varies by plan

      Megan Turner
      Written on June 18, 2018
      "Wow! Choosing a fitting track has never been this easy for me! I just recently discovered this and I must say that this is very to easy to use, affordable, and helpful in a..."
      Megan Turner
      Written on June 18, 2018
      "Wow! Choosing a fitting track has never been this easy for me! I just recently discovered this and I must say that this is very to easy to use, affordable, and helpful in all video works I made. "
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      Blurbiz

      Blurbiz is a Cloud-Based Platform to Create, Distribute and Monetize Vertical Videos. The site helps users create videos for their different social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

      Websites

      Free

      Timur Daudpota
      Written on January 18, 2019
      "If you have not tried have not tried Blurbiz yet, I hight recommend it, it is really made to create social videos...."
      Timur Daudpota
      Written on January 18, 2019
      "If you have not tried have not tried Blurbiz yet, I hight recommend it, it is really made to create social videos."
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      Kanopy

      Kanopy is an Australian free video-on-demand streaming platform created for students around the world to find and watch more than 30.000 films, documentaries and more educational content.

      Websites

      Free

      Maria Cruz
      Written on April 12, 2018
      "A very large catalog of films. The subject matter is also very diverse. Unlike most sites like this it is well organized and has a great rating system. A great hub for amate..."
      Maria Cruz
      Written on April 12, 2018
      "A very large catalog of films. The subject matter is also very diverse. Unlike most sites like this it is well organized and has a great rating system. A great hub for amateur filmmakers. "
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      Storyblocks

      Storyblocks is a useful platform for content creators in which you can find video footage, motion backgrounds and After Effects templates, as well as stock photo and audio to add to your works. If you are a creator, you can upload your images or templates and earn money with them.

      Websites

      Shaurya Pawar
      Written on March 12, 2018
      "Storyblock is the best platform I've ever used for finding motion backgrounds and video footage. I've even made extra money selling my images here. Thanks Storyblocks..."
      Shaurya Pawar
      Written on March 12, 2018
      "Storyblock is the best platform I've ever used for finding motion backgrounds and video footage. I've even made extra money selling my images here. Thanks Storyblocks"
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      RocketStock

      RocketStock is a platform created by ShutterStock in which you can find designer video assets and a large collection of After Effects templates. You can buy video packs, download some free content and learn new techniques with the tutorials featured.

      Websites

      Socorro Martínez
      Written on March 7, 2018
      "This website is super awesome it lets me design my videos and and unique features to them. I use this site every time I need to create cool and unique videos that stand out. A..."
      Socorro Martínez
      Written on March 7, 2018
      "This website is super awesome it lets me design my videos and and unique features to them. I use this site every time I need to create cool and unique videos that stand out. Also it is very easy to use and manage no guessing everything is straightforward."
      Mary Graham
      Written on March 12, 2018
      "The videos are high quality. This has saved me a lot of time instead of searching online for videos."
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      Motion Array

      Motion Array is a useful platform for video compositing. It features a huge selection of After Effects, Premiere Pro and Motion Graphics templates, royalty free music, sound effects, stock video and more content to use in your works. Some resources can be downloaded for free. 

      Websites

      Aaryan Chatterjee
      Written on March 19, 2018
      "I'm always using Motion Array on my videos! It has so many cool effects that I use and the music selection is decent and always adds a bit of a punch to whatever I'm doing. Mo..."
      Aaryan Chatterjee
      Written on March 19, 2018
      "I'm always using Motion Array on my videos! It has so many cool effects that I use and the music selection is decent and always adds a bit of a punch to whatever I'm doing. Most of it is free, but there's also some that cost money but its ALL great!"
      Wayne Diaz
      Written on March 8, 2018
      "I will be using some of the features displayed on this website for my youtube channel, it is very cool with a large variety of content, i find it very useful and easy to use, i can think of at least 3 people that would like it as well as me."

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    Best resources for amateur filmmakers
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Video Editing Training Tutorials Course 9 Paid
    2 Filmora Software 9 Free
    3 ScreenFlow Software 7 Paid
    4 Adobe Premiere Pro CC Software 7 Paid
    5 Final Cut Pro X Software 6 Paid
    6 VEGAS Pro 16 Software 5 Paid
    7 StillMotion Blog Websites 5 Free
    8 No Film School Websites 4 Free
    9 Vimeo Video School Websites 3 Free
    10 Filmmaking Lifestyle Websites 2 Free
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