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 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 YouTube channel. This post will be oriented toward Linux, but a similar post for macOS and another one about Windows have already been published.
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.
Standard Notes is a note-taking utility similar to Evernote. All notes written with the program are end-to-end encrypted and synchronized on Standard Notes servers. Thanks to AES256 encryption, notes written with Standard Notes remain private and can only be viewed by you.
The Standard Notes interface is very simple and allows you to navigate within your notes according to their category. It is available on all platforms and allows you to easily find your notes regardless of the medium at your disposal.
Joplin is a free and open source note taking and to-do application available for Linux, Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. Its key features include end-to-end encryption, Markdown support, and synchronization via third-party services like Nextcloud, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive or WebDAV.
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.
SimpleScreenRecorder is a Qt-based screencast software made for Linux operating systems, which was created as a simpler alternative to programs such as ffmpeg/avconv and VLC. It allows you to record all or part of what your screen displays while also capturing the audio, all with a formidable simplicity.
SimpleSreenRecorder uses libav or ffmpeg to encode the final file (depending on the distribution).
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.
Kdenlive is a multi-track video editing software that supports a wide range of audio (WAV, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, etc.), video (Mpeg, AVI, VOB, etc.) and image (GIF, JPG, PNG, etc.) formats. Via an intuitive interface, you can give free rein to your creativity and enhance your projects with the many transitions (scanning, incrustation, fading, etc.) and various audio and video effects (blur, contrast, speed, technicolor, sepia, etc.) offered. The software supports drag-and-drop and copy/paste.
Inherited from a program designed for professional editors in the 1990s, Lightworks is a complete video editing program for advanced users. It requires a certain technical knowledge. Although it can be downloaded free of charge, this program has a Pro version with additional features and greater export flexibility.
Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux. Flowblade has some operational advantages over other video editors which make it faster. Simple tweaks in the latest version which make it more precise and it is robust and stable by design.
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.
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.
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.
Vectr is a simple and intuitive vector drawing software that provides all the necessary tools to create your graphic designs.
Vectr makes vector drawing accessible to everyone thanks to a well thought-out and easy to understand interface. The program includes a real-time sharing module allowing collaboration with other people on the same project.
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 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.
Buffer is a practical tool to manage, publish, and forecast your publications 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 help you produce quality videos, and that's a start! 🙂
It will give you full and useful technical details on the media files you want to work with. It will also give you the metadata tags (I prefer the simple terminal flavor).
Avidemux, the Swiss-army-knife of video editing
Good for cutting, copying, exporting images and video clips from bigger videos. Very good for transcoding entire videos, as well.
Pretty nice list, thanks for the linux edition!