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The Ultimate List of  Video Tools

Thirty years ago, you couldn’t make a professional video unless you had a big budget, a big crew, and years of production expertise. Today, it’s way different. There are hundreds of accessible, affordable video tools to help anyone—regardless of their production experience—quickly create a professional video. Using just your phone, you can film an entire movie!

We’ve rounded up the best video tools to cover every area of production, from video sizing to music scoring. Whether you’re making your first or hundredth video, this guide includes a variety of tools you can use to put together a high-quality, engaging video. 

Every tool on this list has been tested and approved by Vyond customers and/or members of our team. Click to jump to each section:

Audio Editing
Closed Captions
Equipment
Hosting
Miscellaneous
Music Libraries
Production Resources

Screen-Recording Tools
Stock Video Footage
Translation and Localization
Video Authoring (eLearning video course creation)
Video Editing
Voiceovers
 

Audio Editing

A video occasionally has complex audio needs—multitrack mixing, de-noising—that a standard video editor isn’t equipped to handle. If you need to make advanced adjustments to your audio files, edit them separately using one of these audio-specific editing tools.

Audacity

  • Cost: Free
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Core features: Audio recording, basic audio editing features, audio clip analysis, support for plugins, open-source

z-Maestro

  • Cost: $29.99
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Core features: Audio editing, music composition with instrument and drum parts, adaptive audio parts, effects, multi-track recording

Adobe Audition

  • Cost: $20.99/month
  • Experience level: Advanced
  • Core features: Recording, editing, and mixing audio (including multitrack sessions), waveform and multitrack modes

Garage Band

  • Cost: Free (for Mac)
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Core features: Audio editing and recording, a sound library for instrumental composing, audio effects

Closed Captions

Uncaptioned videos exclude a number of disabled audiences, including viewers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or autistic. Along with disabled audiences, there are also viewers who would prefer to watch a video with captions instead of listening to audio. Make your video more accessible by using one of the following closed caption services.

YouTube

  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Automatic captioning; sometimes inaccurate, but you can edit for incorrect parts and download the corrected file to use in other locations.

Wistia

  • Cost: $2.50/minute
  • Description: 99% accuracy, wait time is 4 business days (or $4/minute for one-day), need Wistia account

Rev.com

  • Cost: $1/minute
  • Description: 24 hour turnaround time, 99% accuracy

Amara.org

  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Free captioning and subtitling platform to create your own captions. Amara also offers quality translations at a cost. 

Equipment

Though you can make an entire video with just a computer, many professional videos involve additional equipment. Our pro tip: consider renting expensive equipment—such as lenses; they’re constantly being updated and quickly lose value. Here are a number of sites to buy or rent different types of equipment for video production.

B&H and Adorama are two of the most popular and well-respected sites for professional photography and video equipment. 

B&H

Adorama

BorrowLenses.com

Amazon

Hosting

Once your video is created, you need a host—a place where the video will live. It’s better to find a hosting service than to use your own site as a host: Video files are large, so they will take up a lot of space on your server bandwidth and possibly cause viewing glitches. We’ve highlighted a number of video-hosting sites to help you find one that fits your needs, whether you’re looking for a free option or a more premium tool with reporting.

YouTube

  • Cost: Free
  • Description: Receives lots of traffic, plays ads with videos, limited customization options for the video player

Wistia

  • Cost: Free to $99/month
  • Description: Customizable player, simple embedding and sharing, advanced video analytics, software integrations, and much more. Vyond has used Wistia since 2011.

Brightcove

  • Cost: Starting at $199/month
  • Description: High-quality playback, client-side interactivity, lead capture and conversion tools, viewer analytics, and much more. Vyond uses Brightcove to create video galleries. 

Vidyard

  • Cost: Custom
  • Description: Customizable player, simple embedding and sharing, advanced video analytics, integrations with other software, and video personalization campaign options

Vimeo

  • Cost: Freemium. $7/month to $75/month
  • Description: Player customization, no ads, video analytics, and quick customer support. Vimeo was originally a place designated for creatives to share their work. While that’s still at the heart of Vimeo’s mission, they have greatly grown their business offerings recently to mirror other professional hosting services: teams, security features, live streaming, galleries, portfolio sites, review and approval tools, marketing integrations, custom calls-to-action, and more. 

Miscellaneous

HandBrake

  • Cost: Free
  • Features: Compress your video file to save space, and more

Music Libraries

Music builds an emotional connection with viewers, directing their feelings as they watch your video. Whether you need strings to emphasize a dramatic moment or you want a lighthearted tune for a happy explainer video, we’ve gathered a number of music libraries to help you find the right tracks for your video.

Envato Music Market

  • Cost: Varies by track
  • Description: Over 800,000 tracks and songs, free music, and sound engineering tutorials

Premium Beat

  • Cost: Varies by track
  • Description: Royalty-free music, search by genre or mood, limited editing availability

Artlist

  • Cost: $199/year
  • Description: Royalty-free music library; unlimited use, commercial or non-commercial, for a single yearly price (This is what we use at Vyond to supplement our music library)

Filmstro

  • Cost: $49.89/year to $99.89/year
  • Description: Royalty-free library of background music; the ability to adjust the momentum, depth, and power of each clip

Vyond

  • Cost: $299/year (Essential plan), $649/year (Premium plan), $999/year (Professional plan)
  • Description: Video editor for animated videos; comes with a library of up to 100 royalty-free songs available to use on Vyond videos only

Production Resources

It’s never been easier to learn about video production. The internet is full of blogs, tutorial videos, podcasts, and more that cover everything you need to know about filming and editing videos. We’ve highlighted the top production resources that our video producers have found most helpful over the years.

Lynda

  • Lynda, an online course site, offers 642 courses for learning about video production.

Iconlogic

  • IconLogic, an online training site, offers several courses on creating videos with Adobe Premiere and Vyond.

NoFilmSchool.com

  • NoFilmSchool.com is a professionally curated website full of video production knowledge. The comments section on each post holds an active community discussion around each topic. 

Vyond’s Help Center Library

  • For Vyond customers, our help center library covers every aspect of video making in Vyond Studio. The resources section of our site shares video knowledge for learning and development experts, marketers, HR professionals, small businesses and sales teams. 

Screen-Recording Tools

Screen-recording tools, as you might have guessed, capture the contents of a screen. With this “footage,” it’s easy to explain how to complete a task on a computer, phone, or tablet. Whether you’re creating a demo for a software product or an educational tutorial, screen-recording tools are a valuable video resource.

Camtasia

  • Cost: $249.00/user license
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Core features: Offers a variety of capture tools with additional editing features

Soapbox

  • Cost: Freemium to $300/year
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Core features: Screen recording, webcam recording, view switching, built-in transitions, link sharing

Loom

  • Cost: Free
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Core features: Screen recording, webcam recording, built-in transitions, link sharing

Quicktime

  • Cost: Free (comes with Macs)
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Core features: Screen recording

Stock Video Footage

Some video projects—such as social media videos—are created on a tight schedule, with little time for filming. In that case, stock video footage is a great alternative to filming on your own. We’ve highlighted several sites that make it easy to find stock footage with clear categorization and powerful search engines. Stock video can be imported into Vyond and combined with animation.

Shutterstock.com

  • Cost: Starting at $29/month for photos and $79/HD video clip
  • Core features: 247 million images available with 150,000 added each day, one of the largest libraries of stock video available.

Dissolve.com

  • Cost: Starting at $10/photo and $29/HD video
  • Core features: A popular site for professional videographers with over 2.5 million stock photos and videos

Adobe Stock

  • Cost: $79.99/HD video, $199.99/4K video
  • Core features: Royalty-free HD and 4K videos in multiple categories, including lifestyle and sports

Envato Elements

  • Cost: $16.50/month for unlimited downloads
  • Core features: Over 92K stock videos and motion graphics, search by resolution and frame rate

Pexels

  • Cost: Free
  • Core features: Library of high-quality stock footage with easy search function

Videezy

  • Cost: Free
  • Core features: HD and 4K stock footage in multiple categories, such as nature and travel videos

Translation and Localization

There are a number of ways to make your video available to watch in different languages. The simplest solution is using a translation service to write subtitles in your international audiences’ languages. For a more immersive viewing experience, use a localization service to record your narration and dialogue in a different language and with some, even adjust the lip-synching to match the new speakers.

In What Language

  • Cost: Get a quote
  • Description: Professional translation and localization

LinguaLinx

  • Cost: Request quote
  • Description: Hires voiceover talent to re-record dialogue and narration in other languages, subtitle creation

TransPerfect

  • Cost: Get a quote
  • Description: Records voiceover talent; film editing to adjust timing and lip synchronization

Amara.org

  • Cost: Get a quote
  • Description: Professional translation service

Video authoring (eLearning course creation)

E-learning professionals don’t need a background in production to create video course content. There are plenty of simple, user-friendly learning management systems available that make video-course creation easy for all types of users. Here are a few options to help e-learning professionals get started with video-course creation.

Lectora Inspire

  • Cost: Starting at $2,595
  • Description: Learning interactivity features for videos, course templates, video and audio recorder, and editor, Camtasia for screen recording

Articulate 360

  • Cost: Starting at $499/year
  • Description: Content library of 3 million+ course assets (templates, videos, icons and more), includes authoring apps Storyline 360 and Rise

Adobe Captivate

  • Cost: $29.99/month
  • Description: Interactive learning features, 360 video support, HD screen, and webcam recording, mobile course creation

HapYak

  • Cost: Varies
  • Description: Interactive video editing (add chapters, quizzes, links, etc), video analytics

WireWax

  • Cost: $708+/year
  • Description: Interactive editing (hotspots, in-video navigation, camera switching, branching, etc.)

BranchTrack

  • Cost: Varies
  • Description: Create playable branching scenarios, compatible with Storyline 360, Lectora and Captivate

Video Editing

It doesn’t matter how incredible your footage is—if your video isn’t edited well, it’s not going to look polished. To help you turn your video into a finished product, we’ve highlighted a wide range of editing tools for beginners and seasoned filmmakers alike.

Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Cost: $20.99/month
  • Experience level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Core features: Color grading, intelligent audio cleanup, edit vector graphics, Motion Graphics templates, team collaboration

Final Cut Pro

  • Cost: $299.99
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Core features: 360-degree VR editing, video noise reduction, timecode window,multi-cam editing, motion graphics templates

iMovie

  • Cost: Free with a Mac
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Core features: Animated titles, special effects, 10 filters, built-in sound effects and soundtracks, voiceover recording

DaVinci Resolve (blackmagicdesign.com)

  • Cost: Free app or $299 for the pro version
  • Experience level: intermediate to professional
  • Core features: Even the free version includes a powerful video editor with professional coloring tools, an audio editor, motion graphics, 3D animation tools, and more.

Vegas Pro Edit

  • Cost: $299.00
  • Experience level: Advanced
  • Core features: 360 editing, motion tracking, proxy editing, smart upscaling, multicam editing

VideoStudio Pro

  • Cost: $63.99
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Core features: Split screen video templates, lens correction, 360 video editing, stop motion animation, 3D title editor

Vyond

  • Cost: $299/year (Essential plan), $649/year (Premium plan), $999/year (Professional plan)
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Core features: Drag-and-drop animation editor, animated templates, character creator, props, music library

Voiceovers

Professional voiceover recordings take a narrated video to the next level. A trained actor will bring emotion and depth to your video content. Not to mention, a professional voiceover will have a polished sound quality that lends credibility to your video. We’ve highlighted a number of online markets for voiceover talent, so you can easily find a trained actor to narrate your video.

Voicebunny

  • Cost: Varies by actor
  • Description: Average turnaround time of 6 hours, quality screening

Voiver

  • Cost: Varies by actor
  • Description: Delivery typically 24 hours or less, free revisions

Voices.com

  • Cost: Varies by actor (pricing estimator)
  • Description: Free audition process, hire in one click

Learn more about adding voiceovers to your video with our resource, “How to Add High-Quality Voice-Overs to Your Video.”

Create professional videos with the right set of tools

From editing software to closed-captioning services, there are numerous video-creation tools available to everyone, regardless of their production experience. Using this guide, you can find tools that match your experience level, fit your budget and have the features you need to make a professional, high-quality video.