20 Free Resources for Video Creators

Question:

How can you find free resources on IzzyVideo.com?

Answer:

I’ve been adding new resources to this website for the past 14 years (since 2005!).

And for the past 12 years or so, paid customers have been supporting the continued growth and development of IzzyVideo.com.

But I’ve also been adding plenty of free resources to the website.

Anyway, just in case you missed some of the free resources, I’ll create a list here of twenty of the most popular and useful (in my opinion) resources on this website:

Related to Final Cut Pro

My Basic Final Cut Pro Course: My most popular resource. This (currently) free course gives you a complete introduction to the fundamentals of Final Cut Pro.

Videos

Small Stories Manifesto: This is the manifesto I released which I hope encourages folks to work on more short-form productions, mini-documentary style.

How to Tell Small Stories with Video: This video helps you get the ball rolling with creating your own Small Story videos.

7 Ways to Hide a Lavalier Microphone: This is one of my most popular videos on YouTube. It demonstrates 7 different ways to hide a lavalier microphone, such as under a shirt, in a tie, etc.

How to Turn a Hard Light into a Soft Light: This video about lighting for video demonstrates one of the most fundamental and important lighting concepts.

How to Get Easy Access to More Animations in Final Cut Pro: This video demonstrates a technique you can use to suddenly multiply the number of animations you can see from the 3D title in Final Cut Pro.

How to Use Animation in Final Cut Pro: This video demonstrates how to create animations in Final Cut Pro using keyframes.

Video Lighting in Small Spaces: This video demonstrates how you can create dramatic lighting, even when you’re limited to a small space.

The Three Keys to Great Audio for Video: This video demonstrates the three keys to capturing great audio with your video. Of course there are more than three things to keep in mind, but these are the big ones in my opinion.

Kinetic Typography: Swinging Text in Motion 5: This video demonstrates a kinetic typography technique you can use in Motion.

Final Cut Pro Technique: How to Highlight by Repurposing the Censor Effect: This video demonstrates a way you can use the included “Censor Effect” to highlight something in the video image.

Motion Technique: Three Camera Flyover Effect: This video demonstrates a bit of an advanced technique using three cameras in Apple’s Motion. Even though the Motion interface has changed since I released this video, the techniques still work and can yield an interesting effect.

Lavalier Microphone Comparison: This video demonstrates two different lavalier microphone systems, an inexpensive option against a mid-range option.

Shooting Video of Interviews: How to Create a Quality Background: This video demonstrates techniques and tools you can use to help ensure you have a nice looking background behind your interview talking head shots.

Downloads and Other Resources

I also sometimes provide links to download useful resources. If you’re a Final Cut Pro user like me, you might find my titles useful.

Bundle Download: 18 Free Final Cut Pro X Titles: This is a bundle of 18 titles that you can add to your Final Cut Pro Titles library.

Download: Crawling Text in Final Cut Pro X: This is a collection of titles that use a “Crawling Text” effect. Crawling text is text that scrolls horizontally across the bottom of the screen.

Download: B-Roll Shot List: This is a PDF that includes a large number of inspiration items. You can print this list and take it out with you into the field as you’re shooting to help generate ideas for B-roll shots to collect.

17 Point Quality Video Assurance Checklist: This is a checklist you can use after you’re done editing a video project. It helps you double-check the quality of the video edit.

Music for Your Videos

Most video creators need to use music in their videos, so it can be a good idea to be continuously adding new music to your library.

Music Download: “New Style”: A bouncy, happy piece of music.

My free Music Newsletter: I have a separate email list where I send out links to music. When you register for this email newsletter, you get three free pieces of music right away.

A Final Note

I might need to update this list from time-to-time because as I release new free content, some of the above items might drop out of the top 20.

Anyway, thank you for being a subscriber/reader/viewer, and I hope you get good use from these resources.

6 thoughts on “20 Free Resources for Video Creators

  1. Thank you Izzy mate. I am slowly learning the magic of editing with FCPX & hope to expand and go that one step further with Adobe After Effects.

    I thank you very much for the generous way that you share your knowledge with others just like me to help us learn from.

    I am on a pension with limited financial resources (for now) and looking forward to becoming better with film making and editing so much so that I may get a paying client or two in the future. I am in no hurry but who knows, if one does not have a dream how can one make a dream come true.

    Cheers my friend
    Spike (Western Australia)

  2. Thanks for these it’s really filled my back pocket and should keep me busy for hours, no, days, maybe weeks, ….. for ever. I doubt if one viewing will be enough. looking forward to the late nights and yawning days.

    Thanks again

  3. Izzy, I’m a beginner in FCP and I enjoy your presentations. I get a lot out of them.
    Please keep them coming.

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