Gear and Resources
The gear, software & resources I personally use.
These resources have been thoroughly tested in my own creator business and have helped me get to where I am today. It is important to note that I only recommend resources that I know and trust.
The right tools can easily improve your results as a Creator.
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Tools For Building a YouTube Business
Video Membership Platform
All-in-One Easy-to-Use Video Membership Platform
You are actually on Uscreen right now! I built the Creator Film School using Uscreen and this is where I house all my digital products and video membership. Uscreen makes it easy to setup and start selling fast. There are a ton of marketing tools that allow you to build your business and increase your revenue.
YouTube Growth & Optimization
The Tool I use to help keyword research and grow my channel
TubeBuddy is a complete suite of tools for YouTubers. I’ve been using them for years to find topics and keywords to target so that I can rank #1 on YouTube & Google. Also a great tool to compare channels and deal with everyday management of my channel as a solo creator.
Productivity & Organization
Software that organizes my business & To Do lists
Notion is a 2nd brain that allows you to build databases with tons of information organized in a way that you can access everything you need to know about a project fast. I keep track of all my to do lists, past videos and current projects in on place.
Email List Management
Email lists can seem overwhelming but Convertkit makes it easy
The easiest way to setup an email list and build lead pages so that you can grow your list. There are plenty of automation features that allow you to setup email sequencing so that once you have it all setup you can let it run on its own.
Selling Stock Footage
The best way to sell your footage online
I sell all my footage online with multiple stock agencies. Blackbox makes it easy by allowing you to upload once and Blackbox will distribute it to multiple stock agencies. You save a ton of time when you use Blackbox. Once your footage is online then it can continue to make sales and you don't have to do anything.
Link Tracker & Shortener
An Affiliate link manager that allows you to track everything
This tool is essential for me to run my creator business. Every link I make gets turned into a GeniusLink. One super useful feature is that I can change the links inside GeniusLink so I don't have to go back through old videos if I need to update a link location. Saves me so much time with all my links
Thumbnail & PDF Design
Online Software to do any design work for my channel
Canva is a online tool that allows you to build things like YouTube Thumbnails, banner art and even full PDF guides that you can sell or give away for free. I use it for a variety of design features and it has built in templates along with lots of stock photos that you can use in any of your designs.
Tools For Making Videos
LUTs for Color Grading
Color grade footage fast with these LUTs I've built
A super time consuming part of editing is color grading. I've developed different looks over the years that I can use on any of my footage so that I can speed up the edit process. This is my set of LUTs that I use on all my videos.
Stock Music Library
Big Library of Stock Music that you can use on YouTube
I use Musicbed as another source of music for my videos. The music is different than you'll find on other platforms and works well for storytelling.
A collection of 450 unique SDFX that are super useful
This set of SDFX isn't like anything else out there. The collection is focused on being useful in a variety of settings. There are 7 distinct categories (Time-lapse, Slow Motion, Transitions, Loops, Drones, Risers, Ambiences)
Stock Footage Library
A big library of Stock Video
Artgrid is the perfect solution when you need some additional stock footage in your videos. They have a subscription that allows you to use everything for one price. Lots of Cinematic looking stock footage on this platform.
Stock Music Library
Huge Library of stock music to use in any project
Epidemic is a perfect resource to get all your music for your YouTube channel. To be monetized you need to have music that has been licensed properly. Epidemic makes it easy so you only have to pay a single fee and then get access to 1000’s of music tracks to use in your videos
Drag and Drop Motion Graphics
Easy plugins for titles, lower thirds and motion graphics
These Plugin packs allow me to edit faster. Every aspect of these graphics are customizable so that I can make them fit my branding and channel.
The main software I use to edit all my videos
There are lots of options for video editing and I suggest you pick one and learn it inside and out. I've been using Final Cut Pro for years and its a complete video editor that has so much creative potential. If you want to learn how to use FCP I have a in depth course on the Creator Film School that teaches you everything about the software.
Filmmaking & YouTube Gear List
16-35mm II F2.8
*New VLOG Lens
This lens gives you a super wide shot at 16mm and with the 2.8 it can get shallow DOF. Paired with the ZV-E1 you can use the clear image zoom and get a range of 16-52. 20% Lighter, 10% Smaller than Previous version.
Editing & Home Studio Gear List
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