If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new content creation apps. But if finding apps isn’t your hobby, don’t worry because I will to share some of my discoveries here with you.
Like a video creator myself, I am often play around with interesting applications that I come across. I usually deal with long-form content, so you won’t find any mobile apps on this particular list. All of the software and web apps recommended here are for desktop computers.
Here are a few apps you might not have heard of that could be really useful if you’re a YouTuber, TikTok creator, or really do anything with video.
Marie Kondo would probably consider me a challenge. I am generally not a very well organized person. There’s a method in my organization madness that can usually work for me, but my condolences to anyone collaborating with me who needs to find files or resources for an edit.
Here is where Eagle is very convenient. This organizational app is designed for content creators who need to view their designs or assets in one place.
Eagle can help you organize your creative resources.
Credit: Screenshot: Eagle
Eagle lets you save photos, artwork, movies, audio, fonts and more to your own personal digital library. Users can better organize their files with folders, tags, color filters, ratings, ratings, etc. There’s also a browser extension to easily save images you come across online to your Eagle library.
The app is very much like a mood or inspiration board for content creators, but with the added utility of actually bringing the file you’re looking for into an organized hub, rather than just being a collection of images. If you’re a filmmaker capturing and recording footage you’ve shot, you’ll likely continue your editing workflow. But, if you are, for example, a YouTube essayist constantly working with screenshots or images and videos from the Internet, Eagle will certainly help you organize your collection of resources.
The app costs $29.99 and there is a Mac and Windows version.
One of the biggest challenges in online video is keeping your audience’s attention. Add video length limits on platforms such as TikTok and YouTube Shorts, and you’ll often need to integrate a lot of information in very short time frames.
There is no time to breathe, literally. (No, I’m not telling you to stop breathing, but there’s no extra time in your video for pauses caused by those pesky puffs of air you need to “stay alive.”)
Enter TimeBolt. This desktop application has one main purpose: to automatically remove dead air from your videos.
Timebolt detects dead air on your videos and automatically removes it and creates skips.
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If you’re someone who prefers to record a long take when recording your vlogs, you’ll probably want to check this out. Simply upload your video to TimeBolt and the app does all the work to remove complete silence, as well as your breathing. Users can even manually adjust the setting to remove (or keep) the sound at a certain decibel to fine-tune the removal process.
Anyone who edits video knows how tedious it is to sift through hours of footage, remove dead space, and create skipped cuts. It saves you all that trouble.
TimeBolt works on both Mac and PC. Pricing starts at $17 per month, $97 per year, or a one-time payment option of $247.
Some days our creative juices don’t flow as well as others.
If you ever feel stuck, it’s good to take inspiration from others and check out what the great topics of conversation are online.
Trend Watchers is an app that will help you do that by tracking topics that are exploding in a multitude of different niches. There are a few platforms that have popped up in recent years that are following internet trends. Most of them, however, focus on flagship products or other upcoming business ideas. Trend Watchers focuses specifically on creatives and offers growing trends for the purpose of creating videos on YouTube or TikTok.
Trend Watchers will help creators find trending topics to inspire content ideas.
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The app is a bit of a work in progress, but it provides very useful data if your content revolves around the latest trends or hashtags. One thing I particularly like is the “Discover” feature which shows you the specific buzzwords within a topic. For example, as I write this, NFTs are a trending topic on Trend Watchers. But, the discovery tab tells me that people are mostly looking for what an NFT is, as opposed to information about upcoming Bored Apes or Cryptopunks.
The service offers a free plan as well as paid monthly options starting at $15.
There is a surprisingly large number of people consuming online video content with the audio muted. Burned-in captions have become a staple, especially for content creators making videos specifically for social media audiences.
There are a number of apps that do this very well, but Spoke combines one crucial time-saving feature that sets it apart.
Unlike most of these other apps, Spoke can also record your video and transcribe the clip in real time.
Quickly post your clips to social media with Spoke.
Credit: Screenshot: Spoke
So let’s say you’re having a live chat with a guest. If there’s a particular moment you think would be great as a standout clip, you can highlight the transcript as the conversation continues. When you’re done, you can just export those highlights from Spoke and get your clips quickly with burnt-in subtitles. Users can even fine-tune the video by editing the transcript. Anything removed from the transcript will be removed from the final video.
Spoke offers a free plan as well as paid options starting at $17 per month.
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