What are the best resources for amateur filmmakers?

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    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.


    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 editing look absolutely professional! I suggest its use to all the amateur, but also professional, video makers: you won't regret it!"
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    #2Video Editing Training Tutorials

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

    $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 tutorials can help everyone from experience pro to someone who wants to get started and pick up a marketable skill. "
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    #3Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    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.



    $20.99- Varies by plan

    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."
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    #4Final Cut Pro X

    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.



    $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, 3D titles and clip library organization. It makes post-production almost enjoyable."
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    ScreenFlow is a software for Mac which allows users to take screen recordings as well as edit recorded videos. The software also offers a free trial for those who want to get a feel for its layout and convenience.



    Varies by plan

    William Deng
    Written on April 5, 2019
    "Not really a fan of the screen recorder option, but the video editing in this software is pretty good. I've been able to make good, short films with it!"
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    #6StillMotion Blog

    StillMotion Blog
    StillMotion is a high-profile filmmakers group that also write about filmmaking and share their personal experiences.


    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."
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    #7VEGAS Pro 16

    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.



    $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 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!"
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    #8No Film School

    No Film School
    No Film School is a blog that covers filmmaker from the indie/student perspective.


    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."
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    #9Vimeo Video School

    Vimeo Video School
    Vimeo Video School has created and curated content for filmmaker. It's a great place to learn


    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."
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    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. 


    $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 all video works I made. "
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    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.



    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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    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


    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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    #13Filmmaking Lifestyle

    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!



    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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    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.



    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 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.


    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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    #16Motion Array

    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. 


    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!"
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    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.


    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."
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    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.


    Windows, Mac


    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!"


Best What are the best resources for amateur filmmakers
1FilmoraSoftware 12 Free
2Video Editing Training TutorialsCourse 7 Paid
3Adobe Premiere Pro CCSoftware 6 Paid
4Final Cut Pro XSoftware 5 Paid
5ScreenFlowSoftware 5 Paid
6StillMotion BlogWebsites 4 Free
7VEGAS Pro 16Software 4 Paid
8No Film SchoolWebsites 3 Free
9Vimeo Video SchoolWebsites 2 Free
10SoundstripeWebsites 1 Paid

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