GEAR UP! Low Budget/Mobile Filmmaking Gear/App List
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 Moment - shopmoment.com Beastgrip - bestgrip.com Sirui - siruiusa.com Moondog Labs - moondoglabs.com SV Optics - svoptics.com Ulanzi - ulanzi.com Filters ND or Variable ND (neutral density) K&F Concept - kentfaith.com Tiffen - tiffen.com PolarPro - polarprofilters.com Diffusion Tiffen black promist Moment cinebloom Check out B&H and Amazon for others Rigs & Cases BeastGrip - beastgrip.com Small Rig - smallrig.com Ulanzi SV Optics Moment Shoulderpod - shoulderpod.com Stabilization Mono/Tripod Amazon Basics Sirui Manfrotto - manfrotto.com K&F Concept Joby - joby.com Neewer Gimbals (Amazon/B&H) DJI - dji.com Zhiyun - zhiyun-tech.com Feiyu - feiyu-tech.com Moza - gudsen.com Hohem - hohem.com Lighting LED - Pocket/Portable/Studio lights Aputure/Amaran (Amaran is the budget brand of Aputure) - aputure.com Yongnuo - yongnuousa.net Neewer - neewer.com or the Neewer store on Amazon FalconEyes - falconeyeshk.com best place is Amazon falcon eyes store GVM - gvmled.com Dracast - dracobroadcast.com Viltrox - viltroxstore.com Fotodiox - fotodioxpro.com 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 Zoom - zoomcorp.com Rode - rode.com Comica - comica-audio.com Sennheiser - sennheiser.com Movo - movophoto.com Diety - dietymic.com Saramonic - saramonicusa.com Boya - boya-mic.com 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.