I get a lot of questions and emails about what software and products that we like here at The Editblog. I set up this page as a place to list the stuff we use. I guess you could call these product endorsements as they are all items that we have worked with and/or do work with in our professional and personal projects. The web links to these products listed below will take you to different online stores like Amazon or Toolfarm. I thought that since we were beginning to assemble a list of stuff we use then why not try to monetize it a bit! That and I’ve always wondered if anyone with blogs ever make any money off of this type of thing. We get good traffic here at The Editblog so why not give it a try!
Of course there are mainstream brands that we work with and write about but a lot of the products listed below are from smaller manufactures or independent software developers. Support them by buying their products and you can support The Editblog by clicking through from the links below. Thanks for your support and thanks for reading The Editblog!
FxFactory Pro from Noise Industries is one of our favorite plug-in packages for Final Cut Pro, Motion and After Effects. Tons of great effects, affordable and updated often. Their architecture allows the user to build their own effects and transitions or other developers to build off of their technology and market their effects. They also make the Factory Tools plug-ins for Avid Media Composer.
The CoreMelt Complete Bundle is another great Final Cut Pro plug-in package that is very full featured.
Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite is another package that is a must-have for editors. The box contains installers for both the Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and Avid Media Composer versions. You can buy pieces of this bundle separately like Colorista for color correction, Steady for removing camera shake, Frames for getting the 24p look of film, Instant HD for uprezing SD to HS and Looks for color grading with a unique tool with a fantastic interface.
The Automatic Duck Pro Import FCP / Pro Export Bundle is a necessity to move edits between Avid and Final Cut Pro
Nattress plug-ins have been a Final Cut Pro standard and the Nattress Big Box of Tricks is one of the best values available. Nattress also produces their own version of Film Effects and a Standards Converter.
You must replace the Mac OS Finder with Path Finder from Cocatech right now.
RapidWeaver is easy web site creation that has a very active community and lots of add-ons.
Panic Software’s Transmit is our favorite FTP client.
Storyboard Quick is a great tool for storyboarding your film. You do storyboard right?
The desk is small so the Apple Cinema 30-inch HD Flat-Panel Display is the perfect monitor for all of the application windows one must have open while editing.
The G-Tech G Raid has been a workhorse hard drive over the years.
Once you use the little track ball on top of the Apple Mighty Mouse you’ll find it hard to use a mouse without.
The Kensington Expert Mouse Trackball is great with it’s customizable button and scroll ring.
The Contour Design Shuttle Pro makes navigating Final Cut Pro and Avid much easier.
If you do much Photoshop or effects then you’ll love a Wacom graphics tablet like the INTUOS3 or the smaller Bamboo tablet. If money is no object then we all would like the amazing Wacom Techno Cintiq Pen Display.
The Lowepro CompuDaypack is a great compromise between a camera bag, laptop bag and backpack.
The Giottos MM-9160 Aluminum Pro Monopod is light, sturdy, supports up to 33 pounds and telescopes down to a very small size.
The Sunpak VersiPod II Monopod/Tripod Combo is a great compromise for a light camera. And it makes a nice walking stick too.
Shane Ross’ DVD will help you with Getting Organized in Final Cut Pro.
Call Box produces a number of great training DVDs covering cameras and workflow.
Walter Murch’s In the Blink of an Eye is the other editor must read.
The DV Rebel’s Guide by Stu Maschwitz is another great resource for all of us making movies on the cheap.