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Favorite Online Courses and Education for Video Production

"If you are the smartest person in the room – find another room."

And, with the internet available nowadays, the digital room is HUGE! There are so many people that are incredibly talented at what they do and are sharing their skills online. I am obsessed with becoming better than I was yesterday and, as such, have watched many online courses. Many were good, many were not-so-good, and below are my favorites.

 

Full-Time FilmmakerTHE BEST and most practical course I have ever taken on becoming better at filmmaking and applying those skills into making it into a full-time job. As someone who went to a 4-year college to learn video (and loved it), this is very worthwhile and I highly recommend it to anyone that is looking to either improve their filmmaking or make videography a career.

MZED (Philip Bloom Cinematic Masterclass)Philip Bloom does a magical job creating a Netflix-quality video series about filmmaking. With his humor and clear talent...

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Video Gear Buyer's Guide

The question everyone wants to know the answer to: "What do you shoot with?"

In this round-up, I'll go through a few different gear options: one for those that want to shoot with their phone, one for those who want to shoot a little better quality than their phone, and then my personal kit I use for client work and passion projects.

 

A quick note before I jump into the gear...

 

Chances are, the phone is your pocket is plenty good to start recording videos right now. I've seen really bad videos shot on extremely expensive gear and I've seen amazing, cinematic videos shot on an iPhone. More expensive gear can make achieving a certain quality or look easier, but it is not always the solution. For example, Quentin Tarantino could make a film much more watchable and entertaining than many people could if he used his phone and everyone else used a cinema camera. At the end of the day, these are just tools to help us capture something.

 

Try to capture and...

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Software and Resources I Use and Recommend

I get asked all the time the tools and software I use to make videos. So, I put together this resource that puts all that information together.

Some of these are affiliates, but all of the links posted here are tools I have used and recommend.

 

Video Software

What software do you use / should I use?

Adobe Creative Cloud SuiteI use Premiere Pro for editing, Photoshop for creative photo editing, Lightroom for general photo editing, and some of the other Adobe software as well!

iMovieiMovie is a little underestimated because it is free software for Mac users. It is a fantastic starter software and I highly recommend it for people starting out in video.

Final Cut Pro XThe big brother of iMovie, FCP X is a fantastic, budget-friendly software that has pro features. If you are not a fan of the subscription model Adobe has and do not need the other Adobe products (and just want to edit video), FCP X is likely the best fit for you.

LoomThis is a...

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