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by Russ Fairley, Videomaker


Low budget projects call for low cost solutions. Before referring cheapskate clients to an uncle with a camcorder, take a look at a few free tools which, with little else, can produce some professional results. Read More…

Of course you can find a plethora of FREE software and apps found on our own Daily Cavus Media Blog.

Speaking of Free Production Tools That Pros Use… also found this entry in the comments section of Videomaker by Justin Reto. Since there are no links, you’ll have to google the apps he references all of which are great to add to your toolbox…

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Justin Reto: I run my production company solo for now so I wear all the hats some of mine might not be exactly for video, but business in general.

OpenOffice – Who needs Microsoft?

Foxit Reader – Because PDF’s are awesome.

IMGburn – Sometimes you just need to make img disk’s and this is the best free tool for it.

Gimp – Without access to creative cloud, This is by far the best photo editing suit.

Picasa – If setup correctly keeps all your photo’s and videos sorted and easy to find, also has some nice photo touch up tools, and best of all free.

Scribus – If you make posters/flyers/any kind of paper documents this program is a good replacement for microsoft publisher.

Audacity – Free audio editing, and a very good one.

Teamviewer – as long as it’s not “business” I.E. making money it’s free. This is a great program for controlling your home rig while away, even with your phone!

Any video converter – free and not always perfect, but a great alternative when you need to convert files and formats.

Incompetech.com – free royalty free music, Kevin McLeod has tons of works and lets people use them with attribution for free.

Tera Copy – Ever copy a large file or folder only to find out it failed halfway through? No More! This free file transfer utility has tons of great features.

Explorer++ – Windows explorer on crack. Great for managing files and folders.

wax – steep learning curve, but free and powerful 3d and effects.

OpenBroadcast software – This is a suit of tools for capturing and streaming video from your desktop.

Google Hangouts – Team meetings, Sharing screens, documents with GDoc’s. Nothing better for free.

Free Studio – This tool has lots to choose from, and while it might not be the cream of the crop, it’s certainly worth the price tag.

7zip – Zip files happen, so you need this tool.