OK – Some of my less expen


OK – Some of my less expensive but very useful tools:

Sonic Fire Pro and/or Sony Cinsescore – Very good royalty free music at just the lengths you need. I have both and use both on a regular basis. They’re both a bit pricey right now but both companies have had great upgrade deals. (I paid $300 for SFP 3 but was able to upgrade to V4 for only $99 including two new music libraries – I was also able to get Cinescore for basically free when I upgraded to Vegas 7).

As previously mentioned, Digital Juice has had some phenomenal deals – I have spent around $300 inclusive for Editors Toolkits, 1 & 2, six volumes of Jump Backs, Season 1 of DJTV, Presenter’s Toolkit (look on their website for descriptions of each).

On2 Technology’s Flix Standard – For $39 it’s a very good FLV & SWF encoder (from almost any form of video).

Bluff Titler is a very powerful and reasonably priced program to create animated titles for your productions.

Xara 3D can also be used for titling – While not as powerful Bluff, it is better for just static text with simple animations and can export as AVI as well. It’s also reasonably priced.

For plain oldbuyout music (royalty free) I have found some pretty good stuff at reasonable prices on eBay – Particularly the Impact Music Library and Tracks Now collections. Twisted Tracks (twistedtracks.com) offers $50 worth of free downloads for registering. Kevin MacLeod offers free use of his music if you credit him (http://www.incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/).

You can get free stock video at the Prelinger Archives (http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger). Artbeats (www.artbeats.com) also offers a free video clip each month.

I have more free/cheap resouces bookmarked at work – I’ll add them next week.


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