Shooting & Editing Software

Here’s some useful software and supporting guides for working on video in a quick and efficient manner:

Web-based

  • Wotchit — commercial product, designed especially for social video production. Worth checking out if you’re serious about it.
  • WeVideo — low cost online tool. Very basic, but quite quick and simple to use.
  • Adobe Spark – also avaialble on iOS

Desktop/Laptop

  • iMovie — free with Apple devices. Quite a powerful editor, but limited in its captioning options.
  • GoPro Quik — surprisingly versatile free editor from GoPro
  • Final Cut Pro — Apple’s pro-level editor. An easy step up from iMovie when you get frustrated by its limitations.
  • Adobe Premiere Elements — probably the best low-cost PC video editor. (Also available on Mac)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro — The industry standard video editor. Often it’s a sledgehammer to crack a pistachio nut — but there are times when you appreciate the depths of its toolset

iOS

  • iMovie— great app for getting started on video editing.
  • LumaFusion — pro-level video editing on your phone (or, better, iPad) – highly recommended.
  • FiLMiC Pro — a great video capture app if you want more control than the built-in app offers
  • ProCamera — an alternative if FilmicPro isn’t to your taste.
  • Adobe Spark - quick and easy social video creation

Android

  • Kinemaster – this seems to be the preferred Android editor amongst the mobile journalism community

Hardware

Stabilisation

The Glif in use

  • Glif — a great new product, recently Kickstarted that I highly recommend. Can be anything from a tripod adaptor to a full MoJo rig. Also available with a wooden grip. Go for that, if you have the budget.
  • Shoulderpod — this has been displaced by the Glif for me, but some people prefer the physical robustness of the R2
  • Gorillapod – this is the best and most versatile small tripod they produce, I think.
  • MicRig – a new microphone and grip combination, funded via Kickstarter. Usable with phones, DSLRs, CSCs and GoPros.
  • The DJi Osmo Mobile 2 – astonishing bit of kit for just £129 – a fully featured smartphone gimbal that’s really easy to use

Microphones

Røde VideoMic Go

  • Røde VideoMic Go — fantastic value for money. Small, light and self-powered. A perfect “throw in the bag and go” mic for use with cameras or smartphone. You’ll need this cable to attach it to a smartphone, though
  • Røde SmartLav+ — Great little smartphone lav mic, for attaching to lapels or people’s clothes.

Lights

Last Updated: April 3rd 2018

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