Software to help you launch your YouTube channel (macOS edition)

When creating a Small YouTube iconYouTube channel, one of the first things that you need to think about is your equipment. There are over 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, and in order for you to stand out, you will need some equipment that will help you do that.
There are 3 different things that are crucial to have before uploading your first video: a microphone, a camera, and some video software.

In this post, we're going to talk about software that can help you launch your Small YouTube iconYouTube channel. This first post will be oriented toward Small macOS iconmacOS, but a similar post for Windows and Linux will be published in the following weeks.


  • Write up your ideas

  • Bear

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad Website

    Bear is a focused, flexible writing app used by everyone from bloggers and web developers to aspiring authors and students. It has quick organization, editing tools, and export options to help you write quickly and share anywhere.

     

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  • Simplenote

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Simplenote is a free, lightweight, and easy-to-use cross-platform note-taking utility with the unique feature of being synchronized on the cloud. All notes created on Simplenote are automatically synchronized on all devices on which the software is installed.

     

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  • Typora

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Typora is a simplified text editor specially designed for inexperienced users who want to work with the Markdown language.
    The program overlooks the preview window, the switch mode, or the visible syntax of the source code written in Markdown, and focuses exclusively on your need for speed and efficiency through its live preview window.

     

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  • Record & stream your screen

  • Open Broadcaster Software

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Well known to video game streaming enthusiasts, Open Broadcaster Software is a free and powerful solution for broadcasting games on several platforms including Small Twitch iconTwitch and Small YouTube Gaming iconYouTube Gaming. It offers advanced scene management and allows unlimited customization of the streaming interface.

     

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  • ScreenFlow

    Commercial Mac Website

    ScreenFlow proposes to create a video stream of your actions on your computer desktop. In other words, ScreenFlow is a screencasting software that allows you to create videos of everything that happens on your Mac screen.
    Among its features, the software offers editing tools, 3D positioning functions, and various export options.

     

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  • Edit your videos

  • iMovie

    Free Mac iPhone iPad Website

    Available for free with the purchase of a Mac, iMovie is a video editing software that everyone can use. A simple interface (which contains many options, however, albeit basic ones). The software has a playful and cinematographic dimension, through its numerous filters and the guided creation of trailers. To be reserved for a family and beginner audience.

     

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  • Final Cut Pro X

    Commercial Mac Website

    A must for video editing on macOS. It is enhanced each update with new features and quality 3D effects. This software is known for its easy-to-use interface and very good editing tools. A reference for its feature set is available in a 30-day free trial version.
    For compositing, motion graphics, and visual effects, you can use Small Apple Motion iconApple Motion with it.

     

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  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    With Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro is a must for video editing and post-production professionals. It is full of advanced tools and is very powerful to process your video streams. Premiere is a must in this field!
    For compositing, motion graphics, and visual effects, you can use Small Adobe After Effects iconAdobe After Effects with it.

     

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  • DaVinci Resolve

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    DaVinci Resolve is a very complete calibration software that allows you to play with colorimetry as well as edit your videos and composit.
    Thanks to its very complete interface, DaVinci Resolve allows you to manage your projects from A to Z without too much difficulty. Multitrack management allows you to work with multiple video and audio sequences simultaneously. Multicam support gives your work a formidably professional look and quality, automatically synchronizing audio and video tracks through sound wave analysis.
    DaVinci Resolve offers very complete colorimetry tools including wheels for primary corrections (lift, gamma, gain, offset) and modules for secondary corrections for specific areas of the image.

     

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  • FXhome HitFilm

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Create breakout content and stunning VFX with one souped-up software: HitFilm Pro. The latest release comes jam-packed with a professional editor, compositor, 820+ VFX and presets, and new built-in animation tools.

     

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  • Record & edit the audio

  • Audio Hijack

    Freemium Mac Website

    Audio Hijack offers to record any audio source on your Mac. The tool allows you to retrieve all sounds from iTunes, Skype, or a movie. Audio Hijack can also recover audio streams from the internal microphone, an external microphone and several other types of equipment.

     

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  • Ocenaudio

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Ocenaudio is an easy-to-use complete and free audio editor. It offers several effects, support for VST plugins, and a spectrogram display. A software not as complete as Audacity but very practical to easily edit your voice or some music.

     

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  • Audacity

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... LAME Website

    Audacity is a free audio editor, both complete and easy to use. It allows you to manipulate files in WAV, AIFF, OGG or MP3 format: delete silences, add echoes or special effects, delete noise, mix, etc. Thanks to the integrated editor, you can also copy, paste, and assemble sound clips to create multi-track projects.

     

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  • Design your logo, banner, etc.

  • Pixelmator

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad Website

    Pixelmator is a complete and easy-to-use graphical editing tool. Through a user-friendly and neat interface, the software offers many drawing, retouching, and image editing features: layers, color selection and correction tools (saturation, brightness, contrast, etc.), retouching instruments, various filters and effects (more than 130), etc. In addition, Pixelmator supports more than 100 graphic formats (PSD, Tiff, Jpeg, PNG, PDF, EPS, etc.) including Small Adobe Photoshop iconAdobe Photoshop files with layers.

     

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  • GIMP

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD ... PortableApps.com Haiku AmigaOS Website

    The GNU Image Manipulation Program, generally called GIMP, is a free photo editing and processing software. A true competitor to the commercial, professional Small Adobe Photoshop iconAdobe Photoshop solution, this software is one of the flagships of free software since its first version was released in 1995.
    Despite an unattractive interface at first glance, GIMP has a wonder of power for free and open source software. It's hard to find a better performance without paying a single penny.

     

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  • Manage your YouTube channel and social media accounts

  • TubeBuddy

    Freemium Web Chrome YouTube Website

    TubeBuddy is a browser extension that integrates directly into Small YouTube iconYouTube to help you run your channel with ease. You can perform bulk updates to your videos such as adding annotations or cards to all your videos with just a few clicks. You can perform Find/Replace on your videos just as if you were using a word processor. You can generate professional custom thumbnails using screenshots and branding/text layers. You can engage with your audience quicker and more efficiently. You can export your list of subscribers and their social profiles. You can get details analysis of competitor channels. You can promote your new upload across all other videos. The list goes on and on.

     

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  • SocialBlade

    Freemium Web Android iPhone iPad Chrome ... Firefox Website

    Social Blade tracks user statistics for YouTube, Small Twitch iconTwitch, Small Instagram iconInstagram, and Small Twitter iconTwitter. It's a great tool that can help you get a deeper understanding of user growth and trends.

     

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  • Hootsuite

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Blackberry iPad ... Chrome Firefox Website

    With Hootsuite, save time and manage all your social networks through a single interface. Both simple and fast, just connect and add the different social networks you want to track.

     

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Well, this list is not going to make you a YouTube star overnight, but it might help you produce quality videos, and that's a start! 🙂



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