The Best Software for Filmmakers / Best Filmmaking Editing Software
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Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best software for filmmakers available on the market now! We’ll look at a mix of backup software, dailies software, colour correction software and standard video editing software in this post.
We’ll discuss (in no particular order):
- Hedge / smart software for filmmakers
- ShotPut Pro / Imagine Products
- Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack
- ChronoSync / best backup software for Mac
- rsync / command-line utility for backups
- DaVinci Resolve / software for filmmakers
- HitFilm Express / free video editing / free filmmaking software
- Avid Media Composer / best editing software for filmmaking
- Final Cut Pro / best editing software for filmmaking
- Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects / filmmaking editing software
Hedge | smart software for filmmakers
Hedge is a footage backup and archiving solution that is impressively fast. Filmmakers can transfer and backup their video files blazingly fast using this software, available on Mac and Windows.
ShotPut Pro bills itself as “the industry standard for offloading video, audio and photo files”, available on both Mac and Windows. Filmmakers and editors can make multiple, verified copies from one source using this software.
Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack
Pomfort, a German company, has developed multiple innovative software products, including Livegrade Pro and Silverstack Lab, to simplify digital production workflows.
Livegrade simplifies the on-set color workflow and dailies process, while Silverstack is a dailies software for quickly copying and backing up footage.
These software products can be used along with Pomfort ShotHub, which is a cloud system for data integration and information exchange in film productions.
ChronoSync | backup software for filmmakers
ChronoSync is a macOS application for periodic backups, bootable drive clones and folder synchronizations. Thousands of photographers, video editors, filmmakers, musicians and other digital media creators use this software.
ChronoSync can synchronize and backup to just about anything you can connect to your Mac: select cloud services, other Macs, external drives, iPads, iPhones, etc.
rsync | command-line utility for fast video file transfer
rsync is an open-source command-line utility for Unix systems that provides fast file transfer. rsync is freely available under the GNU General Public License. Using rsync, filmmakers can efficiently transfer and sync their video files between computers, external drives and/or across networked computers.
rsync is a fast and powerful utility that works well not only for one-off media ingests, but also for complicated transfers involving many camera cards and/or hard drives.
rsync can even be automated for reliable, efficient backups. While it is true that the learning curve for a command-line utility is, naturally, going to be steeper than traditional software products that have GUIs, once filmmakers learn the commands necessary to do their work, it becomes straightforward to use.
DaVinci Resolve | colour correction software for filmmakers
DaVinci Resolve from Australian firm Blackmagic Design is a robust software product that combines editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics and audio post-production all in one. Initially launched in 2004, this software has been used on major film productions, including Avatar, Jason Bourne, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Available on Mac, Windows and Linux, Blackmagic Design bills their Resolve software as “the world’s most advanced professional non-linear editor.”
Resolve can be extended with various third-party plug-ins and storage solutions. Resolve keyboards, color panels and audio consoles can be purchased separately.
HitFilm Express | free filmmaking software
HitFilm Express from English company FXhome Limited has a free (“Pay What You Want”) version that is upgradeable to paid versions with more features.
This video editing software has professional-grade VFX features and is ideal for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.
Filmmakers can do both 2D and 3D compositing using this software. It comes along with over 400 effects and presets and is available on both Mac and Windows.
Avid Media Composer | best editing software for filmmaking
First launched in 1989 and by now one of the standards in the industry, Media Composer is a film & video editing software application/non-linear editor developed by American firm Avid Technology.
Available on both Mac and Windows operating systems, Media Composer can do both offline and online editing, including uncompressed standard definition, high definition, 2K and 4K editing.
Final Cut Pro | best editing software for filmmaking
Most film and video editors will already be well aware of Apple’s Final Cut Pro, which has become a standard in the industry and one of the most widely used editing programs. Although the fully rewritten Final Cut Pro X version released in 2011 faced much criticism, many of its shortcomings have been fixed in updates since then.
Final Cut Pro provides non-linear, non-destructive editing of any QuickTime-compatible video format. It is a Mac-only video editing software.
Well-known movies that were edited on Final Cut include Zodiac, Napoleon Dynamite, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite.
Premiere Pro and After Effects | filmmaking editing software
Last, but not least. Most film and video editors will also already be familiar with Premiere Pro, which is generally considered the main competitor to Final Cut. Adobe claims that it is “the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web.” In addition, full disclosure: Front Row uses Premiere Pro to edit the majority of its videos.
Available on both macOS and Windows operating systems, Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software product first launched in 1991 (as Adobe Premiere).
With an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, filmmakers can also access other great software that works seamlessly with Premiere Pro, including the compositing software After Effects. Notable movies edited on Premiere Pro include Deadpool, Gone Girl, Superman Returns, and Terminator: Dark Fate.
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