Filmmaking can be a very expensive business, with post-production often eating up the majority of your budget. But there are some fantastic post-production tools that are available to download for free, that can help you to achieve a professional finish to your production and help. Epic Studios’ post-production team have put together a list of their top 5, so why not give them a try while they still don’t cost a penny?
Free Post-Production Tools Recommended by Epic Studios
Blender – FREE animation and modelling software (runs on: Windows, Linux & Mac)
Blender comes highly recommended. It is an open-source modelling program that has numerous capabilities, including animation, photorealistic rendering, 3D print modelling, video game creation, UV wrapping and visual effects. It has a steep learning curve but is well worth it and there is a fantastic online community that can be turned to for support, plus online tutorials if you get stuck. There are lots of teens out there using Blender to great effect, so no excuses! Oh, and it was also used for animation on Spider-Man 2.
Want to see how good it is for yourself? Take a look at this clip from short film Sintel, which was made with the software.
Find out more and download here.
Lightworks – FREE non-linear video editing system (runs on: Windows, Linux & Mac)
Lightworks is an Academy and Emmy award-winning, open source, non-linear video editing system. It is able to support resolutions up to 4K, as well as SD and HD formats and was used in the production of 28 Days Later, The King’s Speech, Hugo, Gangs of New York and Pulp Fiction, among others. There are two versions of Lightworks available, Free and Pro. Lightworks Free has many of the Pro version’s features but allows you to export only to MPEG-4 (Web, YouTube and Vimeo) at a maximum resolution of 720p.
To see the full comparision between Free and Pro and to download either version click here.
Ardour – FREE audio software (runs on: Windows, Linux & Mac) (audacity for windows)
Ardour is a fantastic free Digital Audio Workstation that enables recording, editing, mixing and mastering. It is a professional-quality piece of software, offering unlimited tracks and built-in MIDI synchronisation. It supports 30+ audio formats including Apple’s core AU. Ardour is more powerful than Audacity, though it is not compatible with Windows, so if you are using Windows, Audacity may well be your best alternative. Download here.
Post Haste – FREE project management tool (runs on: Windows & Mac)
Post Haste is a project management utility, designed for video professionals, audio professionals, photographers, web and graphic designers. It assigns a file number and name and creates project folders for organising files and documents associated with production (such as Photoshop, After Effects, FCP). The program is available on both Windows and Mac and is integrated with Kollaborate for syncing templates and settings and creating cloud projects. Find out more and download here.
GIMP – FREE image editing software (runs on: Win, Linux & Mac)
If Photoshop is out of your budget, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) provides a good alternative for image editing – and it works on all main operating systems. This powerful piece of software is suitable for tasks such as image authoring, composition and retouching. It has become easier to use in recent years after gaining a reputation as being less than user-friendly in its earlier stages but if you’re on a Mac and have a small budget, you may prefer Pixelmator (approx. £23).
Learn more about GIMP and download here.