So for you to be a filmmaker, you’re gonna need to know how to use certain softwares and apps. Either its for simple collaboration tools for your group, or for complex VFX scenes. Also, if you want to be reliable, you’ll need to know how to use multiple softwares. I’ll show you some of the best softwares and collaboration tools for filmmakers of all budgets.
When you would need to be able to plan you film with others and to collaborate on the same page, then Google Apps will definitely help , even when you are in a budget as well. I would just use Google Docs for scripting and planning, Google Sheets for checklists, budgeting, Google Slides would be for simple storyboards. This allows others would you share it with, to be able to edit the projects on real-time. Best Free Collaboration App!
Mentioned by Film Riot as Best Video Collaborator App for many great reasons, you can take certain notes on the video’s frame, invite others, add videos, great organizing for your projects. It does cost money, although you can do it for free for 1 project and up to 5 collaborators. Sounds perfect if you have a small group! This is also compatible for Adobe as well, the info is in its website video.
iMovie-Free (Apple only)
One of the best free video editor for Apple! Only if you have a Mac or iPad. It is also great for beginners for it has many filming features. iMovie has a great library of music and intro/outro/lower-thirds. You can even use greenscreen/bluescreen and other popular effects.
Best free video editor for Windows, great alternative to iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Has many features as to be able to do simple editing. Has a great effects library and music. And has a great Effects Store if you want more elements for your film.
Adobe Premiere Pro-Adobe Cloud-$50/month
This is one of the best professional video editors out there, as well as Final Cut Pro. It’s also pricey with a yearly or monthly plan, although there is a great discount if you are a student. It has many great effects/transitions/audio effects as well. Its a great choice for many professional filmmakers.
Final Cut Pro-$300
The best professional video editor for Apple, because it can only be used on a Apple Product. Very Efficient workflow, and simplistic timeline. Can be used for Motion Graphics, Audio, and is great for Organizing as well. Although it is pricey, although it isn’t yearly, its just a simple buy, but it’ll be worth it.
Another alternative of both Final Cut and Premiere Pro is Hitfilm, its a combination of compositing, video editing, and color correction, a all-in-three! Its a great alternative towards Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro! Having over 820+ effects and new animation tools, proving very useful for your average VFX Artists.
After Effects-Adobe Cloud-$50/month
One of the Best Professional VFX Software out there, comes with Adobe Cloud, which can come with Premiere Pro. Many, many plugins and effects that you can use. Meant for cinematic motion graphics and effects to put in your film. I would definitely recommend this, because I own Adobe Cloud. But I will recommend you to completely look up tutorials on this software, because there are many effects in it and options.
Explained it above!
Another of one of the Best Professional VFX, Compositing Software there is. Features include complex particle simulations, motion graphics, nodes workflow, advanced keying, rotoscoping and more!
Garageband-Free (Apple only)
Very great choice for making beats, soundtracks, and music for your films, and its free! Its also great for beginners as well.
Filmstro-Pricey depending on plan
Great, simplistic, powerful software, its a chance to make you the composer of your film. With a large library of music tracks, you can adjust and key-point certain areas of the track, giving you plenty of flexibility towards your work.