When creating a YouTube 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 to stand out, you will need some equipment that will help you accomplish just 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 YouTube channel. This post will be oriented toward Windows 10, but a similar post for macOS has already been posted and another one about Linux will be published in the following weeks.
Evernote allows you to view and save all your notes, photos, links and files using a single application and synchronize them with all your devices. Take notes, create lists, save images and web captures, record audio memos, and more. Each item created can then be viewed on your smartphone, tablet or other computer and shared with your friends.
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 that have the software installed.
With Microsoft OneNote, capture the important points of your personal and professional life. Write down your ideas, add pictures, update your shopping list, and check your tasks. Collaborate with friends, family, classmates, and colleagues. Share your notebooks with others to allow them to view or edit them.
Well known to video game streaming enthusiasts, Open Broadcaster Software is a free and powerful solution for broadcasting games on several platforms including Twitch and YouTube Gaming. It offers advanced scene management and allows unlimited customization of the streaming interface.
Camtasia allows you to record everything that happens on your screen in order to create, for example, tutorials or software presentations. The application captures everything that appears on your screen, from moving your cursor to entering text and dialog boxes.
Captura is a screencasting software developed in .NET Framework. Capable of recording everything that happens on the screen, Captura also supports audio recording from a microphone. Offered free of charge, Captura is an open source utility that can work very discreetly by being minimized in the hidden icon drawer. Thanks to it, you can easily take screenshots, but also video recordings of your computer's screen by triggering them directly from a keyboard shortcut that can be customized.
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 powerful enough to process your video streams. Premiere is a must in this field!
For compositing, motion graphics, and visual effects, you can use Adobe After Effects with it.
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 within specific areas of the image.
Sony Vegas Pro is an advanced video editing software with a simplified interface. Operating from a track system (by image sequences and in wave form for sound), the application allows you to more easily assemble audio and video elements, insert transitions, add audio and video effects, cut out parts that are too long, etc. You can also add text (titles, comments, logos, etc.) that you can customize, as well as images and other items.
HitFilm is one of the most powerful editing software on the market. Used in post-production, it offers a wide range of possibilities for full-length films, advertising and multimedia production.
Equipped with a relatively easy to learn interface, the software is designed for many types of work: 3D retouching, special effects, colorimetry, and more. HitFilm has a host of tools dedicated to editing such as a very advanced timeline that makes it easy to integrate one video onto another, many dynamic transitions, and a specialized tool for titles and special effects.
Adobe Audition CC provides sound and music professionals with an ideal audio production tool for recording, mixing, editing, and mastering. The application allows you to create your own music, record and mix a project, clean the soundtrack of a movie, etc.
Wavosaur is an audio file editor that supports most popular formats such as WAV, MP3, AIF, IFF, OGG, and many others. This application allows you to graphically visualize (in wave form) your song and transform it at will: copy and paste, add effects, fade, record, analyze the spectrum, insert silences, etc.
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 still very practical for easily editing your voice or some music.
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.
Paint.NET is a photo editing tool that is particularly easy to use. Many features are available, making the product an essential software for amateur photographers. The application supports layers, unlimited cancellation and blur, sharpness, and red eye filters.
Affinity Designer is an incredibly accurate vector illustrator that feels fast and at home in the hands of creative professionals. It intuitively combines rock solid and crisp vector art with flexible layer management and an impressive range of high quality raster tools for finishing. With accuracy, quality and speed at the heart of every single design task, and the ability to finesse designs without switching apps, this fresh-faced multi-discipline Adobe Illustrator CC lets creatives shine.
The GNU Image Manipulation Program, generally called GIMP, is a free photo editing and processing software. A true competitor to the commercial, professional Adobe 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.
TubeBuddy is a browser extension that integrates directly into YouTube to help you run your channel with ease. You can perform bulk updates to your videos such as adding annotations or cards to every video 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.
Buffer is a practical tool to manage, publish, and schedule your output on various social networks that include the following: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus (even if…).
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.
Well, this list is not going to make you a YouTube star overnight, but it might just help you produce quality videos, and that's a start! 🙂
hitfilm is not a video editor its build for SFX editing.
You can also edit with camtasia studio, not sure why you didn't mention that because it's a video editor anyway.
You can also record your screen with Nvidia Shadowplay (For Nvidia graphics cards) and Radeon ReLive (For AMD graphics cards)
You can also use the Windows built-in recorder to record gameplay.