DIY SMARTPHONE FILMMAKING EQUIPMENT

Make your own equipment for less than a fiver with these step-by-step guides. Materials for each are less than £5. 

DIY MACRO LENS

DIY MACRO LENS

DIY LIGHT REDUCER

DIY LIGHT REDUCER

DIY STABILISER

DIY STABILISER


FREE EDITING SOFTWARE

Filmmaking on a budget is now cheaper than ever.

For most users, the video software that came with your computer (e.g. iMovie & Windows Movie Maker) is all you need. But for those interested in trying out something more advanced, have a look at these high quality - and completely free - video editing softwares:

iMovie, MacWorld
Windows Movie Maker


AVEDIMUS

  • Allows you to easily cut, copy, and paste sections of video, convert video formats, without losing quality.
  • Not hugely powerful, but it covers all the basics and includes some advanced features.
  • Get it for free here. 


LIGHTWORKS

  • Very professional, especially good for precise editing.
  • Fully-customisable interface and a well-organised community forum.
  • Output formats limited to 720p resolution.
  • Get it for free here.


HITFILM 4

  • Especially good for special effects (includes 2D and 3D compositing capabilities, automatic motion-tracking, plus green screen removal tools).
  • Expansion packs available for between £8 and £20, covering SciFi Adventure pack, lens flares, colour treatments, atmospheric lighting, and even classic film stock.
  • Get it for free here


BLACKMAGIC DAVINCI RESOLVE 14

  • Impressive colour correction and tracking features.
  • Powerful - its big brother costs $30,000 - and so a bit tricky to learn.
  • Get it for free here.