Friday, 23 September 2011

Tip #87: 12 Essential FREE video production software!

By Dan Parkes (Director/editor)

Film making can be an costly exercise, but that doesn't mean everything has to be expensive. Seeing that this is our 100th post to celebrate we are listing 12 of what we think are worth having as part of your arsenal.

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1. Celtx -free production software. They have recently introduced paid subscription for using its collaborative features, but if you use it in conjunction with something like DropBox you can still use it to collaborate (although it may not be as easy).


2. Dropbox An excellent collaborative tool -meaning you can instantly share files via a common folder. The free version allows up to 2GB.


3. Muvizu If you need to some 3D previsualisation for effects shots or complicated sequences, Muvizu is free software that enables users to make 3D animations.


4. Lightworks A video editing software package that was used on the film The Kings Speech and is now open source, meaning you can download a free version of it. Looks like it has some great features. It does require 'Matrox VFW' codecs and a recent version of Apple Quicktime and is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 32 bit and Windows 7 64 bit.

5. VLC A free open source media player which seems to play just about anything and everything! Can also be used to convert between formats and works on most platforms, Windows and Mac.

6. StarBurn (Rocket Division Software) Free CD burning, DVD burning, Blu-Ray Burning software.

7. ImgBurn A lightweight CD/DVD/HDDVD/Blu-ray burning application that enables you to burn disc images with ease. We recommend using Imgburn has a better workflow for burning multiple discs as it is faster and has verification features.

8. VisualSubSync A subtitle program that facilitates subtitle synchronization by showing you the audio form. For more information on how we used it check HERE.


9. Subtitle Workshop Free subtitle software which is good for converting subtitle formats and also translation. For more information on how we used it check HERE.

10. VirtualDub VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7). We use it to help create burned in subtitles. For more information on how we used it check HERE.

11. NVU Webpage design software that we use to create the official website. For more information on how we did that check HERE.

12. FreeFilesync An Open-Source folder comparison and synchronization tool. It is optimized for highest performance and usability without restricted or overloaded UI interfaces. A great and free method of backing up files over multiple discs or computers, especially if you cannot afford expensive backup systems such as Raid.

Note: The software was free at the time of writing. Any updates to links or additional information please comment below.

3 comments:

  1. Great tools here, thanks. A couple of suggestions:

    MPEG Streamclip is a fantastic freeware tool for video transcoding, for example from H.264 to ProRes. It's easy to batch process many files with it, and it's very fast indeed.

    DCP Builder is a freeware DCP creation package for your finished product.

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