Making a professional video can look like one uphill task that is left for only those experienced in that field. And you will have to pay before you can access it. But it doesn’t have to be so, you can create your own professional videos too even in 3D if you have the right tools. Let’s look at the best 6 free video production tools that Pros use, you can use too.
When time is of the essence, and production quality is a must, Animoto can come in handy. Choose a theme, upload some clips or still shots and the web-based application will produce a high-quality, beautifully produced animation-based slideshow-style video. There are paid options, but lots of fun can be had for free.
Magisto is a cool, free tool for making simple videos. It doesn’t get much simpler either. Much like Animoto, simply upload video clips and still images, choose a theme, and then choose a soundtrack. In no time, Magisto will have them edited into a nice little video.
Visual effects can be either tough to create or require expensive plug-ins and years of practice. Rampant Design Tools has created a free version of their amazing drag and drop effects. Snow, dirt, sparks, fire, style mattes, all for free. The best part of 4KFree.com is that the clips are pre-rendered Quicktime files, so to use them just drag one or more of them onto a layer above existing footage in an editing application and change the blend or transfer mode and your footage is instantly cooler.
Camtasia or Quicktime
Both of these applications for Windows or Mac can capture video of your computer screen. Whether creating a how-to video or just capturing a clip of your screen to use later as a reminder of how you did something, these applications will quickly and easily record what you’re up to.
Blender is an open source 3D animation suite that stands on its own. It has the power, tools, and support to compete with the mainstream, expensive 3D applications. Blender features all of the tools necessary to manage the 3D workflow: modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking. There are even tools for video editing and game creation packed in there. Being open-source, some people use Blender’s API for Python to customize the application and create their own tools. Another plus with Blender is that it is totally cross-platform, so it’ll run equally well on Linux, Windows, and Mac computers.
Freeimages.com / professional video
Stock images come in handy for all sorts of things: backgrounds, perspective shots, creating an environment, filling in for b-roll. When it comes to low-cost productions, low-cost solutions are the way to go. Fortunately, long-long-favored free image site sxc.hu has stayed awesome, even after the rebrand to freeimages.com.
Search thousands of images to find the right one for a project and download it and as many others as needed. There are still attributions that need to be heeded, but the selection isn’t too bad. If the exact right shot isn’t available, premium iStock options will be displayed too and link back to the parent’s paid site.