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

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

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 ( or Adorama (

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.


Conversion Lenses


Rigs & Cases



Gimbals (Amazon/B&H)


LED - Pocket/Portable/Studio lights

Battery Pack

  • Anker - —- Amazon is the best place to purchase

  • Vemico - Amazon

  • Goal Zero (offering solar power, as well)

  • Tons of others out there. Just grab some.


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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