GEAR UP! Low Budget/Mobile Filmmaking Gear/App List

Updated: Mar 1



All the gear below is not in any particular order. Gear is like dating, you might need to try a few different ones out. Don’t try to fall in love with a piece of gear just because someone recommends it. Almost all of these can be found on Amazon or B&H Photo/Video (bhphotovideo.com) or Adorama (adorama.com).

There are lost of companies out there, but there are lots of quality differences. Jump on YouTube to find reviews of these products. Also, there is not a direct correlation between price and quality. This is just something you will find out as you purchase or find reviews.



Camera

Conversion Lenses


Filters



Rigs & Cases


Stabilization

Mono/Tripod

Gimbals (Amazon/B&H)


Lighting

LED - Pocket/Portable/Studio lights

Battery Pack

  • Anker - anker.com —- Amazon is the best place to purchase

  • Vemico - Amazon

  • Goal Zero (offering solar power, as well) goalzero.com

  • Tons of others out there. Just grab some.


Audio


Apps & Software

  • LumaFusion - professional video editing; can be where you start and finish your edit or fits within a larger workflow; a MUST HAVE - iOS/iPadOS/M1 Macs

  • Filmic Pro - pound-for-pound the best way to capture video with manual control; another MUST HAVE - iOS/iPadOS/Android

  • XtoCC - translates fcpxml to standard xml for Premiere and other apps - MacOS

  • Automatic Duck Ximport AE (plugin) - translates FCPX to Adobe After Effects - MacOS

  • Automatic Duck Xsend to Motion - send Final Cut X timeline to Apple Motion - MacOS

  • Adobe Spark Post - graphics for social media, video thumbnails, basic motion graphics - iOS/iPadOS/Android/browser based

  • Shot Professional (ShotPro) - previsualization app/software; figure out your shot before you leave your desk; create animated or still storyboards - iOS/Android/Mac/PC

  • mojo (pro) - great motion graphics templates for video and social media; good for title sequences, YouTube openers, and more - iOS/iPadOS & Android

  • Alight Motion - great for motion graphics; full manual control of elements; it's not After Effects... yet! - iOS/iPadOS/Android

  • Procreate/Procreate Pocket - amazing drawing app; can also do frame-by-frame animation - iPadOS/Pocket for iPhone

  • Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer - Similar to Photoshop and Illustrator - iPadOS/Mac/Win

  • Adobe Photoshop/Fresco/Illustrator - the industry standards for graphics and photo manipulation; some apps are iPad only right now - iOS/iPadOS/Mac/Win

  • Keynote - for presentations, but you can use it for limited graphics/motion graphics; It's free and it comes with your apple devices - iOS//iPadOS/MacOS/Browser-based

  • MS Powerpoint - like Keynote, it's for presentation, but if you're creative you'll find a way to make it work for you - iOS/Android/Mac/PC

  • DigiSlate - app for iPad/iPhone that helps you sync your audio and video; a digital clapboard

  • Clapboard Pro - another clapboard

  • MovieSlate 8 - probably the most expensive clapboard, but has a lot of high-end functionality; more for professionals on big movies/series

  • Celtx - script, budget, schedule, and organize all in one place. MUST HAVE for indie to larger productions - iOS/iPadOS/Browser Based

  • Shot Lister - keep your shoot day on track with this app. MUST HAVE for complicated shoots - iOS/iPadOS/Mac/Android

Other links that may help

  • Triune Digital/Film Riot - Triune Digital is a part of the Film Riot company. Film Riot is a brilliant YouTube channel and resource for low budget filmmaking. A MUST VIEW channel. Check out their videos and the triune website is where you can find LUTs, Sound FX, Music, VFX elements, and more.

  • Video Co-Pilot - another incredible resource for anyone who uses Adobe After Effects to do visual effects. There is a great YouTube channel, but start at the website and you'll be amazed!

  • Mobile Movie Making Magazine - a great place to find out who's doing what in the world of mobile filmmaking

  • No Film School - one of the best filmmaking blogs out there.

  • YouTube Studio - an absolute MUST USE if you upload to YouTube. It's your video/channel's hub

  • TubeBuddy - Get it! Use it! Don't question it! If you upload to YouTube, this app/plugin will help you take your video's SEO, thumbnails, etc. to the next level

  • VidIQ - a lot of the same tools as TubeBuddy, but there are a few cool differences. You can't go wrong with either one, but you need to have at least one of them!

Keep checking back. I will continue to compile my list of companies and gear that I feel are important for you to consider.

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