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5 Creative Video Tools You NEED [Video]

5 Creative Video Tools You NEED [Video]

Whether it be a Facebook timeline or Instagram feed, video is the way to get eyeballs. Eyeballs lead to subscribers, subscribers lead to super fans, and super fans lead to getting your own television show where you pull pranks on celebrities in Japan. It turns out that you don’t need James Cameron money to make your video look great. 90% of the video tools are right in front of you.

Smooth Footage With Your Phone

Some television studios use $50K cameras and $10K rigs to get their video to look good. It’s a bit overkill. With cell phone cameras getting better and better each year, you don’t really need anything else to get impressive footage.. You’d be surprised how many times I was a production assistant on a big shoot,  and we ended up using our iphone cameras for the final shot.You have a phone, right? Great. You’re set.

The biggest problem with phones is how light they are. Newton’s second law states that lightweight phones produce jittery footage.

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    This is where Stayblcam comes in. It makes your footage look silky smooth and eliminates all shaking. The actual camera quality is already up to par, so eliminating the jitters is all you need to attain professional polish. It has a telescoping pole, which means these smooth shots can be flyovers or low-to-ground shots that even the big cameras can’t pull off. What would THAT do for your vine?

    Collaborate With Your Team

    Video creation is a group activity. There’s the people who write it, light it, act it, shoot it, edit it, and the people managing all the other people. Have you seen how long movie credits are? Even if you’re on your own, at the very least you’ve got a group of friends to give you feedback. It’s a lot to keep track of.

    Communicating with this big web of people is a job in itself. You got files being shot left and right, email chains from different people and different chains of feedback. You’re using YouTube and Dropbox and Skype. It’s a mess.

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      That’s why Framez was invented. These guys are the google docs of video. They offer a central location to show footage, share assets, and send feedback. You can upload something and post a link to Facebook to get the immediate feedback of your friends. You can password protect it and share it with collaborators.

      Inject Amazing Graphics

      There’s just something about a well-polished video that gets more views than a video that looks like it was done by a 9-year old. Well… depending on the 9 year old. In the days of old, you used to have the talent to give your videos slick graphics, and now you only need a credit card and an adobe suite.

      Videohive

        Videohive has thousands of slick video templates, and animations that will make your videos visually compelling. Instead of your “top 10 Pokemon” YouTube video being some boring slideshow, you can get some animations to spice it up. This resource has animated openers and closers, and even some cool character driven stuff. If you can think of it, chances are it’s here.

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        Include Professional Aerials

        Did you know that Netflix is airing Video Game High school, a project originally intended for YouTube? If Netflix picked up the videos you’re making with your buddies, you’d finally be able to quit your job as a garbage collector! So how do you get Netflix interested in your videos? Kick it up a notch, starting with the one thing every professional production has: epic establishing shots. Next time you watch TV, pay attention to how every scene in a new location starts with an aerial shot filmed from a helicopter or drone.

        FocusFootage

          I’m guessing you don’t have a spare helicopter in your garage, so you’ll want to check out FocusFootage, which has epic stock-footage at ridiculously cheap flat-rate pricing. You’ll want to sign up to their mailing list for their royalty-free clips-of-the-week to get you started.

          Personality With Music

          Videos without music are boring. You probably wouldn’t have made it through the featured video on this page if not for the amazing music. Well every single piece of music you heard was obtained for free, legally, from the same place.

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          FreemusicArchive

            Check out FreeMusicArchive for royalty free music you can use in any project, so long as you appropriately credit the creators. There are some REALLY amazing musicians on this website, I’ve used them for television commercials and radio stations alike. Best of all, YouTube won’t be on your back for copyright infringement.

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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