Being a YouTube content creator can be daunting. There can be a lot of moving parts when making small or large scale videos. Whether its script writing, keeping track of release/filming schedules or the process of editing your video to look like a pro, there are tools available to help you. Here are 8 of my favorite tools that I use on a regular basis.
1. Dropbox – File Management [Free/$$$ ]
Collaborating with other YouTubers is a big part of growing as a creator. Having even a free account from Dropbox makes sharing files easy and should be an essential part of any creator’s tool box.
2. Celtx – Script Writing Software [Free/$$$ ]
Have a script idea that would make a great video, web series or movie? Everyone has ideas but unless you can make that idea into a flushed out piece that will help you get support to make it, it’s going to remain an idea. Celtx is a Hollywood quality script writing format software that comes in free and paid studio versions. The free version allows you to write properly formatted scripts while the studio version takes you through other phases of production on projects. Both are cloud based so you can share your scripts with others you may be working with as long as they have their own account.
3. Google apps – Calendar, Doc, Sheets [Free]
Staying organized is tough for a lot of creatives. Having a calendar or video release schedule that you can stick to will help you be successful. These free app tools from Google will help you tackle almost any project.
4. Youtube.com – Royalty Free Audio [Free]
Great videos need great music and YouTube has the hook up. YouTube has an entire collection of usable free music that you either has to credit the artist or don’t. The catalog of music has over a thousand songs as well as a sound effects library you can use in your video projects as well.
5. Transfer big file – Sending large files [Free/$$$ ]
Need to send one large file that can’t be emailed? Try Transfer Big File. You can send up to a 100mb file for free or a 20GB file with a paid account.
6. Clip Converter- Video Downloader [Free]
There have been several times where I wanted to reference videos that I had made in my end slate but couldn’t find the original or wanted to link to my friends videos visually but couldn’t get Dropbox to sync their overly large video. Clip converter is an ad supported site that allows you to download any video 20 minutes or less to your desktop.
7. YouTube Thumbnail Downloader [Free]
If you are a creator long enough there will be a time where you need to get the thumbnail from a video you uploaded. YouTube currently doesn’t have an option for you to retrieve it so this nifty site allows you to do just that.
8. Adobe Creative Cloud – Everything you need for editing your videos and designing your brand [$$$]
I consider this the holy grail of creative tools. The Adobe Creative Cloud is a professional and industry standard of design tools that include Photoshop (photo manipulation and art), Illustrator (vector illustration), Dreamweaver (website coding), Muse (Visual web design), Premiere (video editing) and After Effects (VFX) as well as many more. You can get started with a free trial then switch over to the monthly paid subscription if you wish to go this route.