Video Creation Resources

Learn how to create quality videos, much faster!

With the right process and some basic gear,

it's easy to create amazing videos.

Creating quality videos & pro-grade livestreams can definitely SEEM overwhelming, but when you really break it down there’s actually only a few key things we need to get right to achieve awesome results.

Here's all the resources you need to level up every aspect of your video creation

Where would you like to start?

Shoot
quality videos

Level up your filming & shoot amazing videos using the gear you have, plus low-cost tools to take your results even further!

Edit
videos faster

Fast track your editing with the right video editing software, and step-by-step tutorials to streamline your workflow.

Live Stream
like a Pro

Take your live streaming to a whole new level with low-cost software, professional effects & tools to maximize engagement.

In each section below, we’ve included a ton of tips & resources to help you get results fast, along with links to any gear, software or other products & services we’ve tried, tested and recommend. Where available, we use affiliate links (more info here) when linking to these products & services and may earn a commission.

1.
Learn how to

Shoot quality videos!

These days, it’s easy to get amazing results WITHOUT spending thousands of dollars on new video gear. In fact, all you REALLY need to get started is your smartphone! In this section, we’ll start there – showing you how to get the most out of your iPhone or Android – before taking things up a notch with some low-cost gear upgrades & other advanced tutorials to level things up further when you’re ready.

Here’s what we’ll be looking at in this section:

Shoot quality videos

Shoot awesome videos with your iPhone or Android

If you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got everything you need to get started! That iPhone or Android in your pocket is capable of shooting awesome videos out-of-the-box.

Always start with the gear you have...​

Here’s a simple end-to-end process you can follow next time you’re filming on your iPhone or Android, with a ton of simple tips & hidden settings to use along the way!

Film like a PRO with Android
Film like a PRO with iPhone

BONUS Resource

To help you remember all the important steps next time your filming, we’ve created a free guide you can download & print to refer back to anytime!

And when you’re ready, grab some basic gear & advanced camera apps to level up your results!

Shoot quality videos

Gear to take your videos to the next level.

Looking to grab some new video gear? Here’s some of our top recommendations – from microphones & cameras to tripods & lighting… AND how to use them!

Recommended video gear
...and how to use it!​

Truth is, you really don’t need a whole lot of gear to shoot high-quality videos. In fact, we pretty much cover them all in this one video – including low-cost microphones, lighting & tripods!

Want to see what Justin’s using in his studio right now? Check out his latest studio tour, featuring all his favorite gear & gadgets right now!

BONUS Resource

Have you seen our Resources page? It’s got a complete list of all the latest gear, software, tools & resources we’re using and recommending right now.

Quick Tutorials

Whether you’re shooting videos with a DSLR, mirrorless or point-and-shoot – this video gives a complete overview of the settings you need for great results!

Here’s a complete video lighting tutorial to help you get great results, no matter what lighting gear you’re using.

Shoot quality videos

Streamline your filming process.

With some simple tweaks to your pre-shoot planning and production process, you can easily prevent mistakes, improve quality and save a TON of time!

Save time & improve quality
with the right process & tools!

While it’s not the most exciting part of creating videos, a little upfront planning and the right process can save you a TON of time and headaches. Don’t gloss over the stuff we cover in this section because you’ll likely find it’s the most impactful!

1. Managing the Process

This one’s an absolute game changer… Here’s our simple but POWERFUL video content creation process for planning videos & managing the creation process from video IDEA to RELEASE (all using free software!)

2. Scripting Your Videos

Here’s the simple video script structure we use to boost watch time, maximize value for viewers, and create our content MUCH faster!

3. Pre-Shoot Checklist

A LOT can go wrong when filming. For each mistake (…or lost project!) we’ve made, we’ve refined our pre-shoot checklists to make sure it never happens again. Here’s our checklist to save you from making the same mistakes!

A teleprompter can be a HUGE timesaver, and help you nail key parts of your video. Here’s some resources to get you started.

2.
Learn how to

Edit Videos Faster.

When it comes to editing your videos, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the options and frustrated with how long the whole editing process can take – especially when you’re first starting out! While we all START there, talk to any professional video editor and you’ll quickly see that it IS possible to edit awesome videos in a fraction of the time it takes most people… 

While most professional editors gradually streamline their process with trial & error over hundreds of projects, the good news is you can easily skip the learning curve with a few key tips & simple workflow improvements that will get you 80% of the way there in just a few hours!

Here’s what we’ll be looking at in this section:

Edit videos faster

Choosing the best Video Editing Software

Having the right tool for the job can make your life a LOT easier. There’s a huge range of options when it comes to video editing software & apps, so the first step is making sure you’re using the best video editor for your workflow.

Start with the best tool for the job...

With so many options, it’s tough to know which is the best video editing software for your workflow. We’re always trying & testing the latest software, and regularly update our recommendations to match what’s available. To help you decide, here’s our top recommendations on all the major platforms – whether you’re on Windows or Mac, Android or iPhone!

Best video editing software for mac
Video Editing Software for Mac
Best video editing software for windows 2020
Video Editing Software for Windows
Prefer to edit on your smartphone or tablet?
Best Video Editing App for iPhone _ iPad (2020 Review)
iPhone & iPad Video Editing Apps
Best Video Editing Apps for Android 2020
Android Video Editing Apps

Edit videos faster

Learn how to edit better videos, faster.

With some simple tweaks to your video editing process, you can edit your videos in a fraction of the time it takes most people!

Streamline your video editing process...

If you watch ONE video on video editing, make it this one. It packs in a ton of our top video editing tips, and the ultimate step-by-step process you can follow in any video editing software to help create better videos, much faster.

BONUS Resource

To help you remember the ultimate video editing process and all those awesome editing tips next time you’re editing, we’ve created a free guide you can download & print to refer back to anytime!

Video Editing Tutorials for Beginners

To kick-start your video editing, here are step-by-step tutorials for every major platform! Don’t worry if the software you’ve chosen isn’t what we’re using here… The process is exactly the same in every video editor – so just follow along in your preferred editing package!

Ready to step your editing game up even further? Check out these extra resources.

Edit videos faster

Resources to level up your video editing.

Now that you’ve got the basics, there’s a few simple ways you can quickly take your videos to a whole new level of professionalism. 

Animated effects, music & other cool stuff.​

Custom video animations, awesome music & cool b-roll footage are actually FAR more accessible and easier-to-use than most people think. In this section, we’ll share our go-to resources – and how you can use them! (When available, we use affiliate links for products & services we recommend and may earn a commission.)

Some of our recommended resources...

Here’s some of our go-to resources for awesome video music, stock footage, animations & effects (affiliate links). Then, check below for tutorials & how to use them!

Animations & Effects
Royalty-Free Music
Stock Video Footage

Have you seen our Resources page? It’s got a complete list of all the latest gear, software, tools & resources we’re using and recommending right now.

1. Animations & Effects

These days it’s super easy to create a super professional animated video intro. Using a service like PlaceIt (affiliate link), you can whip up a new intro customized for YOUR brand in just a few minutes! Here’s how to do it.

End Cards (or end screens) are a powerful tool for guiding viewers to related content or resources at the end of your YouTube videos. Here’s how to quickly create one unique to YOUR brand using PlaceIt (affiliate link), our recommended tool!

It’s easy to craft up animated video titles you can re-use in all your videos! We recommend starting with VideoHive (affiliate link), with a huge range of templates to choose from. Follow this tutorial for the full process!

2. Finding Awesome Music

Music is a key factor in any great video content, but finding the RIGHT tracks can be a real pain. Fortunately, there’s a few stock music sites that make it super easy! Here’s our top recommended sources for royalty free stock music.

3. Stock Footage & B-roll

When used correctly, stock video sites can easily take your videos to a whole new level in a FRACTION of the time it takes to shoot your own b-roll. Here’s our top recommended stock video sites, and how to use them!

Pro Tip:
How to easily outsource your video editing online.

When it comes to getting results from your video marketing, one of the best moves you can make is to HIRE A VIDEO EDITOR! Seriously – outsourcing is the number 1 way you can easily 10X your video output, improve quality, and do it in LESS time.

Most people hear that and think “it’s too expensive”, “it’s too difficult”, “I don’t have time” or “I’m just not ready”…  But in reality, outsourcing can be super simple, low cost (think $3-7/hr!), and free up a TON of your time so you can focus on GROWING your business.

This video steps through how to hire a video editor fast, easy & super low-cost – so you can focus on growing your business instead!

BONUS Resource: Hiring a Video Editor

To help you find your new video editor, we put together this free guide featuring the super simple job description template we’ve used to hire PRO video editors online for just $3-7 an hour, and the hiring platform we used to do it.

Check out these extra resources to get even more creative with your content!

3.
Learn how to

Live Stream like a pro.

Live streaming is an amazing tool to engage with your audience on a whole new level, and the software & tools available today make the entire process incredibly simple! With a few tips and tricks, it’s easy to host a polished, professional live stream without spending thousands on fancy gear or software.

Here’s what we’ll be looking at in this section:

Live stream like a pro

Choosing the Best Live Streaming Software

Having the right tool for the job can make your life a LOT easier. There’s a huge range of options when it comes to live streaming software, so the first step is making sure you’re using the best solution for you.

Start with the best tool for the job...​

With so many options, it’s tough to know which is the best livestream software for your workflow. We’re always trying & testing the latest software, and regularly update our recommendations to match what’s available. To help you decide, here’s our top recommendations on both Windows & Mac!

Best LIVE STREAM Software for MacLatest Roundup 2019
Live Stream Software for Mac
Best Live Stream Software for WINDOWS PC 2020 Review
Live Stream Software for Windows

Already have some software in mind? Check out these in-depth reviews!

live stream like a pro

Learn how to Live Stream like a PRO!

With some basic gear & a solid process, you can easily boost the quality of your livestreams AND avoid many common problems.

Now it's time to go LIVE.

This is the COMPLETE beginners guide to YouTube Live Streaming, covering everything from the streaming options available, to pro animations & effects (and how to use it all!)

Learn how to live stream on your (smartphone) and get PRO results every time with this step-by-step livestreaming checklist for both iPhone and Android!

Live Streaming with a Video Camera

It’s super simple to use your DSLR, mirrorless or other video camera for live streaming – and it delivers a HUGE boost in livestream quality! Learn exactly how to do it in this video.

Here’s more tutorials on other popular live streaming questions we get asked all the time!

live stream like a pro

Resources to level up your Live Streams.

Now that you’ve got the basics, there’s a few simple ways you can quickly take your live streams to a whole new level of professionalism. 

Live Streaming gear, animated effects and other cool stuff.

Custom titles, branded animations and intro sequences are actually FAR more accessible and easier-to-use than most people think. In this section, we’ll share our go-to resources & gear to level up your live streaming – and how you can use them! (When available, we use affiliate links for products & services we recommend and may earn a commission.)

Live Stream Animations & Effects

Some of our recommended resources...

Here’s some of our go-to resources for awesome animations & effects (affiliate links). Then, check below for tutorials & how to use them!

Animations & Effects for Live Streaming

Placeit

Quickly and easily generate custom video intros, motion graphics, logo animations and a ton of other cool graphics for your live streams!

VideoHive

An awesome resource for customizable animation templates. It takes extra steps, but you get more flexibility & options.

Have you seen our Resources page? It’s got a complete list of all the latest gear, software, tools & resources we’re using and recommending right now.

These days it’s super easy to create a super professional animated video intro. Using a service like PlaceIt (affiliate link), you can whip up a new intro customized for YOUR brand in just a few minutes! Here’s how to do it.

It’s easy to craft up animated video titles you can re-use in all your videos! We recommend starting with VideoHive (affiliate link), with a huge range of templates to choose from. Follow this tutorial for the full process!

Gear for Live Streaming
Multicam Livestream Video Switcher: Elgato Stream Deck Review! - Streaming media
Multicam Video Switcher
Elgato Stream Deck
Live Streaming Gear for
iPhone & Android

Check out these extra resources to take your Live Stream results even further!

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