The Free Software List [updt: 04/11/2013.]
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- Tutorials 7.7%
- Codecs 1.7%
- Screen Capturing Programs 49.6%
- Media Players 0.2%
- Converters 1.9%
- Pictures, Textures and Texturing Programs 1.2%
- Audio Editing Programs and Sounds 3.6%
- Video Editing Programs 24.7%
- 3D Modeling Programs and Models 9.2%
I've seen topics upon topics of free software, textures, models, etc. That everybody has tried here. I'm sure that pretty soon if you don't bookmark the link it becomes pretty difficult to find that program you like but was too busy (or lazy) at the moment to bookmark or download. So I would like to make a list of all the FREE SOFTWARE AND SITES useful for making MC videos. It can be audio it can be video compositing, model making, textures, whatever! But remember it has to be 100% FREE. So if you find something you think everybody here can use please post below and I would be delighted to post it up here on the first post! This is free software for the making of Minecraft Videos. So anybody who is interested in making a video can look in this list and maybe find something that can help them. Enjoy.
Please note as the list gets bigger it will be modified so remember what you see today doesn't mean it will be there tomorrow!
The links have been colored according to their classification so they can be easily identified!
If there is a program/site that has two or more classifications it will be posted under the Utilities section.
Programs are not guaranteed to work on your operating system although most of them should.
Mac compatible programs will be marked with a .
Linux compatible programs will be marked with a .
However check the program you are interested in anyway. Who knows? It might be Mac or Linux compatible by now!
If you see a program that is Mac or Linux compatible in this list please let me know.
Trials will not be accepted in this list. If you find one please notify me.
If it's not too much trouble. Please don't forget to vote in the poll above and click on the little green arrow button under my post!
This list is updated at least once a month.
3D Modeling/Animation Programs and Models
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models, and it's free.
Blender is a 3D graphics application released as free software under the GNU General Public License. It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including games. Blender is available for a number of operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
3. Organica 3D
This program takes the metaball concept, and applies it to blocks of different shapes. Its great for organic and natural shapes. I use it for caves and stone arches. No texturing here, so texture it elsewhere. It can save a mesh as 3ds, whick you can import into Sketchup or other.
This is a nice modeler that does subdivision surfaces. Very much like Silo, but free. It has a lot of interesting modeling tools, and does texturing and animation (with bones) as well. This is what I apply textures in because Sketchup is not the greatest for that.
This is the terrain modeler I usually use. It uses a grayscale image for a heightmap, but then applies textures based on things like elevation and angle. Can have as many different textures as you want. The texture and mesh can be exported at any resolution. Saves 3ds for Sketchup import. Hint. Always use the smooth command in Sketchup, and then omit back faces when you import into MW.
6. Genetica Viewer
Don't let the viewer name discourage you, this "viewer" creates all kinds of textures based on templates (has about 200 or something). The tiles it creates are seemless, and can be saved in several resolutions that are appropriate for MS.
For making fantastic virtual terrain using Vue Pioneer which is free to download and use.
8. 3Dvia Shape
3DVIA shape, a modelling program similar to Sketchup, that saves your work online instead of your hard drive and can export to many different formats. No matter what your 3D skill level may be, design in 3D with ease using 3DVIA Shape. Perfect for the beginner, yet powerful enough for the expert, Shape allows you to easily create your ideas in 3D and share them online all for free.
LeoCad is a freeware 3D design software to create Lego models.LeoCad requires the Ldraw library which you must download from Ldraw. Now, LeoCad can export to 3Ds which is good. This program can help Minecraft users to make Lego toys which you can use in your movies.
ScapeMaker is a landscape creator. It's easy to use. There is one problem though, you can't export to a graphics file, you have to render the 3D pic and select fullscreen then use a screen capture prog to capture your landscape.
Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit. Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.
12. Wings 3D
Wings 3D is an open source 3D Modeller. There are downloads for Windows, Linux and Mac. The Windows/Mac version can import/export FBX files (3D format created by Adobe), just in case you come across this file format. This program can also import/export 3DS/OBJ files also.
NgPlant is an Open Source plant modeling package. This program allows you to create 3D models of plants, trees, etc. The exported model can be loaded in Blender. Program is for Windows and Mac OS X.
14. Plant Studio
PlantStudio is a commerical program which was re-released for free download. It's a tool for creating 3D plant models and 2D illustrations. 3D Models created in this program are exported as DXF files. IIRC, Blender can load DXF files. You can get the registration code from http://www.kurtz-fer...t.com/order.htm.
15. Ivy Generator
Ivy Generator is a program for creating Ivy, the kind of ivy that you see running on vines. This program is avaliable for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. There is a tutorial on how to get the exported model into Blender.
Delgine has now gone open source. It is a 3D modeler/Level designer; nip over to the web site to find out more. There always has been a free version now the full version has been released, although it is now called a Community Edition. There are plugins available too.
17. Synfig Studio
Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X.
18. Insight 3D
It lets you create 3D models from photographs. You give it a series of photos of a real scene (e.g., of a building), it automatically matches them and then calculates positions in space from which each photo has been taken (plus camera’s optical parameters) along with a 3D pointcloud of the scene. You can then use insight3d’s modeling tools to create textured polygonal model.
Khed is a freeware 3D modeling software created mainly for creating low polygonal models for computer games. You can export your models in 3DS format to load into Google Sketchup. This program is for Windows.
20. DAZ 3D Studio
DAZ Studio is a feature rich 3D figure customization, posing, and animation tool that enables anyone to create stunning digital illustrations and animations. DAZ Studio is the perfect tool to design unique digital art and animations using virtual people, animals, props, vehicles, accessories, environments and more. Simply select your subject and/or setting, arrange accessories, setup lighting, and begin creating beautiful artwork.
21. Source Filmmaker
The Source Filmmaker is the movie-making tool built and used by Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine Because the Source Filmmaker uses the same assets as a Source-engine game, what goes into the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By using the hardware rendering of a modern PC gaming machine, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a “what you see is what you get” environment so that they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.
Note: You need Steam and Team Fortress 2. Both are free.
Is a website that has great catalog of free 3D models.
Mine-imator is a program used to make Minecraft animtions. You can add mobs, items and scenery. Textures are exchangeable. When you are done, you can save it in a .avi file.
Video Editing Programs
It is a great tool to work with .AVI files. Regardless of small executable size, this avi editor offers you unlimited power of digital video processing. Some high-tech tricks included into AVIedit allows you to perform with ease and fun the many interesting things, like video warping, color restore, noise reduction and so on...
If you’re someone that wants an easy way to edit digital videos, and you can’t figure out complicated video editing programs, it’s safe to say you’ll like this free easy video editing software.
VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the . It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.
Is a Windows based audio/video editor. Version 3.0 has, as usual, basic and pro versions, giving the user the chance of a 30 days trial. Trakax is a very powerful and easy-to-learn and intuitive tool, even in its basic version.
Note: Trakax was conceived originally as a sound-editing tool with video editing features, getting it to be right now a quite well balanced tool for sound and video.
Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime.
The first Linux based real-time editing and special effects system is a revolutionary Open Source HD media editing system. Long developed by Heroine Warrior with vital assistance from LMA, Cinelerra gives you real-time 1080p editing and compositing power on a state-of-art Linux video workstation. Developed for AMD64 OPTERON technology, the LMA CINELERRA system is a powerful and highly productive workstation for adding cost effective hardware and Linux software for Video and film production studios. The LMA CINELERRA system will support SMPTE-292 and SMPTE-259 native 10-bit resolution - the maximum resolution allowed in SMPTE SDI standards on OPTERON. CINELERRA was the first media editing system ported to support the AMD OPTERON 64 bit technology. CINELERRA has a number of effects built into the system including numerous telecine effects, video special effects including compositing, and a complete audio effects system. Cinelerra is featured on the APRO, the first 64 Bit Intellistation ever offered by IBM.
LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. It is a very flexible tool which is used by both professional VJ's and video editors - mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
Kdenlive is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor, including most recent video technologies.
10. ZS4 Video Editor
ZS4 Video Editor is video editing and compositing software which aims to provide media experts with a facility to combine a variety of media types (currently photos, videos and audio files) into one (or more) output file(s).
11. Avisynth (Linux compatible program known as AvxSyinth)
AviSynth is a powerful tool for video post-production. It provides ways of editing and processing videos. AviSynth works as a frameserver, providing instant editing without the need for temporary files. AviSynth itself does not provide a graphical user interface (GUI), but instead relies on a script system that allows advanced non-linear editing.
Designed to be intuitive, VideoPad is a fully featured video editing program for creating professional looking videos in minutes. Making movies has never been easier. A free video editor version is available for non-commercial use only.
Lightworks is the fastest, most accessible and focused NLE in the industry, because it is based on the simple idea that the editor, not the computer industry, knows what’s best. The latest release of Lightworks is based on the cumulative knowledge from twenty years of top-flight editing.
Audio Editing Programs and Sounds
WavePad is a sound editor program for Windows, Mac OS X and Pocket PC. This audio editing software lets you make and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio you can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings and, if required, add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad is a wav editor and MP3 editor, and supports a number of other file formats including vox, gsm, Real Audio, au, aif, flac, ogg and more.
Note: There are both a paid version and a free version. It is a good program for splitting and amplifying audio as well as adding effects and converting to different formats. When the trial is over just go and do as you would to unistall it. It will then ask you if you want to degrade to the free version.
Audacity is a free and open source software for recording and editing sound. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU / Linux and other operating systems.
3. Atmosphere Lite
A free program that can be used to make ambient sounds of rain, thunder, ocean plus the ability to add fauna sounds as well.
4. Acid Express
Free loop based music creation program.
Do you believe in magic? You will after using The Levelator® to enhance your podcast. And you'll be amazed that it's free, now even for commercial use.
So what is The Levelator®? It's software that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds better.
MadTracker™ is the composition tool that creates the shortest path between imagination and music. Based on the tracker concept, MadTracker provides a clean and intuitive interface for a powerful and efficient approach to making music. Versatility and compatibility are guaranteed due to full VST™, ASIO™ and ReWire™ support, while its computer charge is minimal.
Psycle is a free modular music production software program. This is a powerful program. It has a good amount of effects. This program supports VST Plugins so you can add more effects to the program.
8. ModPlug Tracker
Modplug is a 'Win32' X86 based audio application used to produce music. The application was initially a private project developed by Olivier Lapicque and is a popular 'tracker' used by many musicians.
9. Jeskola Buzz
Jeskola Buzz is a freeware modular audio creation program. This is a very powerful program.
Note: Download the program at the link and then download the giant machine collection at http://www.buzzmachi...com/getbuzz.php.
Jokosher is a simple and powerful multi-track studio. Jokosher provides a complete application for recording, editing, mixing and exporting audio, and has been specifically designed with usability in mind. The developers behind Jokosher have re-thought audio production at every level, and created something devilishly simple to use.
Musescore is a MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale. You can save the music that you create as a midi file. Versions are available for Windows, Mac Os, Linux.
Pictures, Textures and Texturing Programs
Is a website where you can get free textures for your 3D models.
Here's a nice image editor that is a version of the GIMP made more Photoshop-like. It has plugins installed already for DDS files and normal maps. Plus its got all the power of the GIMP.
Imagelys Picture Styles is a way of creating an unlimited number of beautiful graphic images in a minimal amount of time. You can create seamless backgrounds for your desktop or your web page, original wallpapers, textures for 3D modelling, skins for your favorite programs, and much much more. You don't have to be an expert designer to be able to produce truly amazing results.
Imagelys Picture Styles generates seamless textures using mathematical formulae and works with ready-to-use effects including generators, deformers, filters, colour adjustments, special FX and masks for transparency. It presents a variety of textures that you can modify, mix etc. Ready to use.
4. Share CG
Another site that has 3D models and textures, be sure to limit your search for items with, Limited use with credits, Non-commercial use only or Unrestricted use.
5. Got 3D
We take thousands of photographs each year for our products. Because of time or quality, most never see the light of day. We are making these textures available to help everyone. These Free Textures cannot be resold.
6. Pic Master
A free image editor, with some great options.
Sqirlz Morph provides a more 'traditional' approach to warping/morphing based on the use of control points to mark key image features.
8. Sqirlz Water Effects
Make animated puddles and lake surfaces; rain, snow effects
9. Sqirlz Morph
Sqirlz Morph allows you to mark features on several images, and the program mixes the images so that each feature on one image moves smoothly to the corresponding feature on the other images - a technique widely used in the film industry.
Xnview is a freeware image viewer. It can also convert between different formats. Over 400 formats are supported.
Bricks'n'Tiles is designed to create photorealistic textures for high quality 3d content by using advanced texture synthesis algorithms. If you have a picture of a brick wall you can now make your own perfectly seamless brick wall texture in a couple of minutes.
SSbump is a free program for creating bump maps and normal maps. This program was designed mainly with Half-life 2 in mind but it might have a use for Minecraft users. One problem though, it only supports TGA pic files.
MaPZone is only intended to be used for producing high quality textures and this is what it does best. Based on a unique and patented technology called the FX Maps, MaPZone is the only procedural tool giving you that much control over your creation.
CrackArt is an Open Source 3D Texturing application that includes Texture Painting, Texture Baking, Procedural Materials and Textures, and much more.
15. eLynx Lab
eLynx Lab is an open source image processing software. Currently, binaries are available for Windows only.
16. Luminance HDR
Luminance HDR is an open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging. HDR aka High dynamic range imaging produces realistic imaging. Versions for Windows and Mac OS X are available. Linux users should ask their OS vendors for pre-packaged binary.
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
18. Pixen (Not Windows Compatible)
Pixen is an open source pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With innovative features like a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Mac-native interface. Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy.
Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter.
All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF.
All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.
All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA.
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux.
Format Factory's Feature:
support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
Repair damaged video and audio file.
Reducing Multimedia file size.
Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
Supports 50 languages
2. Any Video Converter
Any Video Converter Freeware- the Free Video Converter - is the most renowned free video converter for converting video files between various formats, with fast converting speed and excellent video quality. This powerful free video converter application makes video conversion quick and easy.
Input formats: avi, asf, mov, rm, rmvb, flv, mkv, mpg, 3gp, m4v, vob, YouTube videos and more
Output formats: avi, mp4, wmv, flv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac. Note: Better for converting to wmv for use in particle Illusion.
Super is a freeware audio/video converter which can convert to many different formats.
Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. A GUI to FFmpeg, MEncoder, MPlayer, x264, musepack, monkey's audio, true audio, wavpack, ffmpeg2theora and the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn. If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need.It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click.
Mediacoder is a free audio/video converter. This program is constantly updated a lot and supports many audio/video formats. Also, if you have an Nvidia card, this program supports CUDA acceleration.
Transcoding on a Mac is a serious pain, especially since MS only supports very limited codecs and only the AVI container format. As of this post (Feb 22, 2010.), the only video format that MS is supposed to handle for adding video to prims is MP42 in an AVI container. This is what it generates when it renders it's own video.
There seems to be a bug in handling this on Mac platforms though because adding video to a prim doesn't always work. Download this tool to fix it. Instructions below:
The download instructions ask you to download mpeg2enc.intel and a tar file containing mplayer and mencoder. They fail to tell you to unzip the archive and select the unarchived binaries during the installation phase, so the steps are:
1) Download ffmgepX (IMG file) and mount it, drag it to the Applications folder.
2) Download the mpeg2enc.intel file.
3) Download the gzipped tarfile of mplayer and mencoder and unarchive it.
4) Run ffmpegX from the Applications folder and when it asks for the installation location of these files, use the finder browser to locate each file separately, even though it says to locate the tar file for both mencoder and mplayer.
6. Sothink Free Video Converter
Sothink Video Converter is 100% free video converter software for converting rich formats of video audio files, with high definition and top speed. The supported media formats includes video AVI, MP4, MPG, WMV, 3GP, TS, FLV, RMVB, MKV, H.264, HD Video, and audio MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, etc. Let you enjoy high definition movies on desktop PC, laptop, many portable media players and latest mobile devices.
7. [email protected] Video and Audio Converter
This utility will convert a great variety of video and audio formats into files which ZS4 can read/import.
Kantaris is a new media player based on code from Videolan client (VLC) and Bass audio library. Kantaris has a graphical user interface similar to that of Windows Media Player.
It works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.
2. VLC Player
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats (H.264, Ogg, DivX, MKV, TS, MPEG-2, mp3, MPEG-4, aac, ...) from files, physical media (DVDs, VCD, Audio-CD), TV capture cards and many network streaming protocols. It can also convert media files, transcode and act as a streaming server over unicast or multicast and IPv4 or IPv6. It doesn't need any external codec, program or codec pack to work.
The KMPlayer is all-in-one media player covering various formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, QuickTime etc. It has an extra feature to play Incomplete/Damaged AVI file, Locked Media Files while downloading or sharing, Compressed Audio Album (zip, rar) and so on. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways.
4. Media Player Classic
The player supports all common video, audio and image file formats available as well as video playback.
iTunes is a free application for your Mac or PC. It lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers.
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
Listen to and manage and organize your media catalogs, including audio, video, streaming media, podcasts and internet radio stations. It supports playback for 60 audio and video formats (including Webm). And also ships with robust tools for creating playlists, customizing playback preferences and listening remotely.
8. LightWorks Beta
Resolution, format and codec independent timeline
Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60 fps
Advanced Multicam editing with unlimited sources
Source/Record three-point editing
Insert and Overwrite editing
Replace, ﬁt to ﬁll, backfill
Drag-and-drop replace editing
Extend and Split edits
A/V Sync indicators on timeline
Single-click re-sync of whole timeline
Multi-colored markers for edits and clips
Matchframe for clips and subclips
A powerful multimedia technology with a built-in media player, QuickTime lets you view Internet video, HD movie trailers, and personal media in a wide range of file formats. And it lets you enjoy them in remarkably high quality.
iTunes is a free app that lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It’s also a store that has everything you need to be entertained. That makes it the perfect place to listen, watch, read, play, explore, and shop.
Screen Capturing Programs
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
HyperCam captures the action from your Windows screen and saves it to AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved) movie file. Sound from your system microphone is also recorded.
3. Virtual Dub
VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.
Jing is a screencasting computer program launched in 2007 as Jing Project by the TechSmith Corporation. The software takes a picture or video of the user's computer screen and uploads it to the Web, FTP, computer or clipboard. If uploaded to the web, the program automatically creates a URL to the image that can be shared with others. Jing is compatible with Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.
One-click screen recording on Windows or Mac with no install for free.
Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format.
7. RecordMyDesktop (Windows Incompatible)
It is a desktop session recorder that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it's primary task. As such, the program is separated in two parts; a simple command line tool that performs the basic tasks of capturing and encoding and an interface that exposes the program functionality in a usable way.
8. Active Presenter - Free Edition
Record full motion video with crystal clear quality and high fps (depends on your computer speed). Capture screenshots automatically with mouse clicks or key presses. Automatically generate appropriate annotations for each action.No watermark or time limit!
This software is very good at recording video from firewire, rca, s-video, vga, and even local desktop. Freeseer is open source software, licensed under the GPLv3.
Is a freeware screen-capture and tutorial-creation program. It supports many features such as input-based capture and text annotations. Navigation buttons can be added to any presentation and the bitmaps for all presentation controls can be edited.
11. MSI AfterBurner
Is a graphics card overclocking and monitoring software that also records uncompressed video. Note: This software is primarily an overclocking application read carefully before using. If used in a wrong way it has the potential to destroy your graphics card.
Ezvid is the world’s easiest free screen recording solution for Windows. Simply download and install Ezvid, click the “screen capture” button, and begin recording your desktop, browser, or gameplay. Perfect for tutorial creation, showing someone how to do something on the internet, or showing off your website or game, Ezvid is the perfect tool for Machinima videos and all kinds of screencasts and tutorials. Ezvid automatically records and renders your video at 1280 x 720 HD, optimized for sharp display on YouTube.
Codecs (Can't watch that video or play that song because of a strange format?)
1. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
This is a pack full of audio/video codecs. Codecs like Dixv, Windows Media, Xvid, X-264, AC3/DTS, MP3, etc. Apple Quicktime is not included, must be download separately.
2. QuickTime Alternative
QuickTime Alternative is a trimmed down version of QuickTime that contains only the essential components needed for playing QuickTime content that is embedded in web pages.
Advantages of QuickTime Alternative are:Quick and easy installAbility to make an unattended installation. No background processes. No unwanted stuff and other nonsense.
MeGUI is the most comprehensive GUI based ISO MPEG-4 solution. It suports MPEG-4 ASP (XviD & libavcodec MPEG-4) using mencoder, MPEG-4 AVC (x264) using
x264 CLI or mencoder, (HE)AAC audio using BeSweet & Nero AAC encoder and MP4 muxing using mp4box. One click encoder option. Requires .NET framework.
Utilities (For everything that doesn't fit in the other categories.)
They have some great free special effects for downloading and some very interesting tutorials.
2. Poster Website
This like the name implies, is a website that lets you make a poster Hollywood style for your movie.
3. 3Dvia Models
Models for the 3Dvia Shape program if compatible with MS they blend pretty easily with it.
OpenDisc is a high quality collection of open source software (OSS) for the Microsoft Windows operating system.
The two main goals of the project are:
To provide a free alternative to costly software, with equal or often better quality equivalents to proprietary, shareware or freeware software for Microsoft Windows.To educate users of Linux as an operating system for home, business and educational use.It's a freely-downloadable CD packed to the gills with free and open-source software for Windows users. It's regularly updated, and contains a really impressive range of applications. Of course, each of the apps can be downloaded separately as well.
One of the best sites for free video and audio editing and downloading programs including the great You Tube Downloader.
Its a site which offers many free comic fonts.
Some nice "Independent Movie Maker" tutorials, with links to nice tools.
8. Debug Mode Wax
Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime.
Wax can create 2D & 3D special effects and can work in two modes - as a standalone application which would appeal for home users/beginners, and as a "plug-in" to video editors/NLEs which would be more useful for professional editors. Currently Wax can work as a plug-in with Sony Vegas®, Pure Motion EditStudio and Adobe Premiere® and work for integrating with various other NLEs is in progress.
LSMaker is a freeware program that lets you create lightsabers like the Star Wars Movies.
LSText is a program lets you create the scrolling text like the Star Wars movies too!
Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Balabolka uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of VBScript.
It is a site that has over 36,000 freeware/open source programs.
Welcome to one of the world's largest collections of music modules. The Mod Archive is currently enjoying it's 14th year online and is still as active as ever. Whether you're a budding musician, established scener, avid module fan or just a casual passerby we warmly welcome you and hope you enjoy your stay.
Patchmaker is a motion tracking tool, you can use it to track either a static image or a video file on any surface. You decide the starting parameters. The image, or video, is locked to the surface and moves with it, so no need for keyframing.
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7.
*Special Plugin: Plugin for some formats
Freemake offers freeware in the truest sense of the word: no feature or time limitations, no hidden costs. Download and use our free Video Converter, Video Downloader, Audio Converter and Free Music Box!
Jmc2obj is a tool that converts a Minecraft world into an .Obj model that can be used by most 3D rendering suites. Written in Java to ensure that everyone who can play Minecraft can also export their worlds using the easy to use graphical interface instead of the clumsy command-line tools that had to be used before.
Same as JMC2OBJ. Esxports Minecraft map as a .obj file.
Script and Text Editing Programs
Celtx is the world's first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces 'paper & binder' pre-production with a digital approach that's more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.
OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
4. Adobe Story
Adobe® Story is an online service that helps you efficiently create scripts or outlines that serve as blueprints for your video projects. Integrate directly with Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5.5 software to streamline post-production workflows.
FiveSprockets is a web-based software company based in San Diego, California, United States focused on developing resources, social networking, and web-based collaborative software for scriptwriting, filmmaking and digital-video production.
6. Page 2 Stage
Page 2 Stage is screenwriting software designed expressly for people writing screenplays, scripts, and plays.
Trelby is a free and open source screenwriting program which focuses on providing a simple, uncluttered interface to writing screenplays.
Is an online text editor program. It allows you to make and edit text documents alone or with up to 8 other people. Note: Does not work with iPad or iPhone.
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How to use Valve Filmmaker
6. Time Selection
13. Particle Tutorial
How to export and render your Minecraft world
1. Interface and Navigation
besides that. good job on getting a list of editing programs.
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I wonder if sansavarous is online...
Where is Media Player Classic?
You should also add a section for Audio players/iTunes alternatives (Things like Winamp, Foobar etc.).
How about Text editors too, things like Notepad++ and OpenOffice.
I find the icon editor useful for making .ico and .cur files (no way!), and the map generator is pretty neat.
One problem: I downloaded Camstudio and recored about 10 minutes of Minecraft play, and then re-watched the clip to check the quality. It turned out OK, except when it was night or I was in a dark cave, at which point the graphics became very low quality and most rock/dirt blocks became dark and one-or-two colored. So I was dissapointed, and went on to get Hypercam... but it has the same problem! Does anyone know if there is a way to tweak the recording settings or something so this doesn't happen? If not, it seems that buying Fraps is the only way to do it...
EDIT: I found a great program that fixed this problem! "Debut" video recording, by NCH Software, is really good, and has a long free trial that can be extended quite easily.
install the CCCP.
Once that's installed change the video codec in camstudio to "ffdshow" and go to it's settings, there you'll get the option of a ton more video codecs. Uncompressed will give you perfect quality, but will make the filesizes HUGE, and may crash after recording for too long due to some math limits in camstudio (can't record past a 4GB file), so you'll want to experiment with other codecs and the quality slider to find what works for you.
That's my Recommended list, right there.