The great thing about the modern age is that DIY filmmaking is easier than ever. There are many aspects to this, but I wanted to take a quick look at one: software. There is a bevy of great, easy-to-use, and FREE software out there for the budding filmmaker. Some of these you know, some maybe not, but I’ll make this easy by just pointing out what free software I have on my MacBook Pro:
-Open Office: No need to purchase the expensive Microsoft Office suite, when Open Office has (essentially) all the same features.
-VLC: Plays every type of video file, which is a must.
-Gimp: The replacement for Photoshop. Missing a few bells and whistles, but there is still no reason why Gimp is not more than adequate enough for professional image post-production. I used to have PS, but ever since I downloaded Gimp there has been no looking back.
-MPEG Streamclip: Great for converting and encoding videos.
-Skype: You need to call people around the world as you network, make production plans, etc. Skype’s got you covered.
-Handbrake: Rips DVDs easily.
-iMovie: Yes, it’s iMovie. But when you only need some basic editing, it gets the job done.
-Sophos Anti-Virus: Macs are finally being targeted by viruses. Good thing Sophos has a basic, free version of their security program.
Look at all the things I can do on my computer for free! After purchasing my MBP, I have not put any money into software; there has been no need.