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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DaVinci Resolve (blackmagicdesign.com)
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.
Learn more about adding voiceovers to your video with our resource, “How to Add High-Quality Voice-Overs to Your Video.”
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.