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Technology Used by Club Members

Editing Software

There are various editing programmes available, including:

Serif MoviePlus X6

A very versatile editor, used by several members of the club. Approx. price: 30

No longer made by Serif.

Cyberlink Power Director 365

Considered best for Windows. Approx. price: 70.

Cyberlink Link

Adobe Premiere Pro

A fully featured editor if you have the money. Approx. price: 900

Adobe Pro Link

Adobe Premiere Elements

A very poor editor which eats disk space. Not recommended. Approx. price: 90 (don't bother)

Adobe Elements Link

Corel VideoStudio Pro 2019

Considered best for beginners.
Approx. price: 70

Corel Link

Pinnacle Studio 23 Ultimate

Used by several members of the club, it has a lot of features but has an intuitive workspace. Approximate price: 100

Pinnacle Link

Magix Movie Editor Pro Premium

Approx. price: 60

Magix Link

Apple Final Cut Pro

Considered the best for Mac users. Approx. price: 300

Apple Link

Hitfilm Express

A fully featured editor. Approx. price: 0!

FXHome Express Link

Hitfilm Pro

An editor plus effects programme. Approx. price: 250

Hitfilm Pro Link

Other Software

FXHome Hitfilm

In HitFilm you'll find 2D and 3D visual effects of a quality never seen before at this price point. Transform your filmmaking without needing a blockbuster budget.

FXHome Link


Daz 3D

A free 3D figure pose and animation program.



A free 3D object and figure creator. A steep learning curve but good fun.



Go Pro Hero

Several members of the club have got Go Pro Hero 1 cameras which are used in many TV and film shoots for shooting extreme sports.


Panasonic SD900 Full HD 1920x1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder

Several members of the club have got variants of this camera which, with the addition of a conversion lens, will shoot in 3D. It has many features which are of use to a film maker such as 3MOS sensor, Manual Control Ring and mic and headphone sockets.


Other Hardware

DJI Spark

DJI manufacture drones and related equipment.



Datavideo manufacture video equipment including Mobile Video Studios, Mixer - Switchers, Chromakeyers, Converters and LCD Monitors.

Datavideo Link



Zoom produces a wide array of recording devices, including a line of portable handy recorders as well as multi-effects processors, effects pedals, drum machines and samplers.

Zoom H1 Link


The Smooth Q is a very useful gimbal for a smartphone.

SmoothQ Link

Useful Links


A good source of video and camera equipment, including lights and green screen setups.



Second hand, pre-owned, used film, tv & video broadcast equipment sales.



A very useful website specialising in converting cine film to DVD.

CineFilm2DVD Link

Creative Commons Music

Music for films with Creative Commons licenses.

Creative Commons Link

Hollywood Camerawork Website

Green Screen Assets and Information.

Hollywood Camerawork Link

Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

Lots of good information and a useful film library.

IAC Link

Mark Apsolon

A very interesting YouTube film maker who makes useful films.

Mark Apsolon Link

Stuart Mabbutt

Talks by one of the clubs collaborators.

Stuart Mabbutt Talks


Products are described honestly and their own-brand products are usually excellent value.

Studiospares Link


Two useful and very readable books:

'The Use of Microphones' by Alec Nisbett.

Focal Press ISBN 0 240 50861 0

'Producing Great Sound for Digital Video' by Jay Rose.

CMP Books ISBN 1 57820 208 6

Two very interesting books about scriptwriting:

'Story' by Robert McKee.

Methuen Publishing Ltd
ISBN-13: 978-0413715609

'Save the Cat' by Blake Snyder.

Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN-13: 978-1932907001