Helpful Resources

Writers lose their train of thought. Editors forget their keyboard shortcuts. We all get stuck sometimes. But wait! Something’s come to rescue us:

the World Wide Web.

There are countless resources on the Internet. Video tutorials, blogs, inspiration hubs, mind-mapping sites — whatever we need, the global network’s got us covered. Forget how to do something? Someone out there remembers. Want to learn more about your favorite style of editing? Someone’s mastered it and wants to share their skills.

Last week, I went on a little research spree, if you will. I was overwhelmed with the amount of free online resources available to us in cyberspace. Handpicking some of my favorites, I grouped them into 4 categories. Click on the photos to explore each site.

Explore what interests you most:

1. Organization

Evernote

Evernote

Mindmeister

Mindmeister

Evernote
The ultimate organizational tool for your creative ideas. Jot down notes to yourself or make to-do lists for every occasion. You can even download the app for your phone. A great way to keep all your thoughts in the same place.

Mindmeister
If you have a sporadic mind like mine, you’ll appreciate this site. Create flowcharts and maps of your craziest ideas. Create order out of the chaos, without having to resort to lined paper. *Cringe*

2. Instruction

Lynda

Lynda

Vimeo Video School

Vimeo Video School

Lynda
These video tutorials are great for the rookie who’s looking to start from the ground up. If you’re eager to learn the ins and outs of some new software, look for the Essential Training tutorials first. Beware: there is a fee to use Lynda. However, students: your school might offer Lynda training for free if you sign up with your student ID.

Vimeo Video School
By far one of the greatest resources I’ve come across. These videos are simple, engaging, and packed with just enough information. You can “graduate” out of each level, so why not shoot for the moon? Vimeo Video School is free.

3. Education

The Beat

The Beat

Digital Photography School

Digital Photography School

The Beat
This is the official blog of PremiumBeat, a major online hub for finding royalty-free music and sound effects. But if you’re interested in visual effects and editing, The Beat is a handy resource. As an editor myself, I’ve found this site invaluable. I’d recommend reading The 5 Keyboard Shortcuts I Won’t Edit Without.

Digital Photography School
Photographers and videographers share their fascination with manipulating light through a camera. This site has some clean-cut posts about honing in on cinematography (and photography) as your visual craft. I’ve come to this site seeking answers, and have yet to be disappointed.

4. Creativity

Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings

99U

99U

Brain Pickings
This site doesn’t get enough traffic. Check it out if you’re interested in broadening your cultural horizons. Chances are, you’ll be surprised at what you find. Head to the Bookshelf for excellent book summaries and thought-provoking articles. Might spark some great video ideas!

99U
This is the most comprehensive archive of get-you-going articles. Whether you’re looking for motivation or insight into the creative process, 99U is chock-full of helpful info.

There are countless other sites floating in the cyber network. A simple Google search can pinpoint what you’re looking for. Thank goodness for the Internet.

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