Software

Hi, I'm glad you clicked on the link and are interested in my software/programs that I use. Here I present you in detail with which programs I work!

Here is the main summary, which I update regularly:

Update 2021: Adobe CC2021

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Update 2021: Reelsteady GO

If you are specifically interested in 360-video video editing software, check this Gimbal Guru article: LINK
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Video editing software & more

Generally, there are countless programs and possibilities on the market to edit your videos and photos. Most are certainly looking for a freeware software, where they do not have to pay anything. I was also this attitude for a long time, but have also realized at some point that I will not be happy with it. Freeware programs have the great advantage that they are free, but exactly there the advantages stop. The disadvantages that often have to be accepted are: the software is not stable, few or no updates, limited compatibility of formats...

My Software – Adobe Creative Cloud

Yes I admit it! I am an absolute Adobe fan! As often as the Adobe programs (especially Premiere) are demonized, the more I can only express my encouragement. I have been using the Adobe software for video editing (primarily Premiere Pro & After Effects) for a very long time. My first contact with Adobe Premiere was before the "Creative Suite" series was introduced by Adobe. After that I was with the complete "Creative Suite" series and since 2013 now with the "Creative Cloud". I've been working with it for a very long time, so I'm certainly a bit fixated, but I think the programs are perfect for my needs. Of course, there are critical opinions here and there, which criticize that the programs are partly released too early and therefore do not run stable. I personally had to fight only very rarely with software crashes. As an Adobe fanboy, I can only recommend the entire software range, because I am really convinced of the performance and power.

I will briefly give you an overview of which Adobe programs I primarily use:

Adobe Premiere Pro – The heart

Adobe Premiere is the non-plus-ultra video editing program for me. 90% of my projects are realized with it. Premiere Pro is primarily used for video editing. Over the years many additional functions have been added:

  • Video mask editing (Masking)
  • Intelligent speed adjustment (frame interpolation) 
  • Software video stabilization 
  • Keyframe effect control
  • Professional color grading 
  • Sequence nesting 
  • Professional graphics & title animation (Essential Graphics) 
  • and much more...
If many of these terms don't mean anything to you, no problem...if you really decide to start producing videos, more and more of these terms will come to you and become clear as time goes on. So if you really want to get started, Adobe Premiere is the perfect video editing program for that. Adobe offers you the possibility to test the program in advance for free.

Here you can also get to the Adobe website where you can download Adobe Premiere Pro: *CLICK*

Also perfect for 360-video editing

My absolute favorite 360 video editor again is the Adobe Premiere Pro. 90% of my 360 video projects I cut, edit and reframe with Adobe Premiere Pro in combination with the “GoPro FX Reframe Plugin”.

Adobe Premiere offers you all the necessary tools for 360 degree video editing. Whether you want to create 360 immersive VR videos or reframe 360 videos. Premiere Pro is offering specially developed “immersive video effects” which are designed for editing 360-degree videos.

It is also easily possible to export VR videos, which are then automatically identified as 360 videos. This allows you to upload 360 content on Youtube or Facebook, which is automatically recognized and played back as 360 VR video.

If you want to reframe 360 videos, I recommend you to use the free “GoPro Reframe” Plugin. With this Plugin, you are able to easily reframe your 360° video and create unique perspective and effects. The “GoPro Reframe” Plugin makes it possible to let your creativity run wild. You are able to control all reframing-parameters. The GoPro Reframe Plugin is not limited to GoPro 360 footage, only. It is possible to reframe any 360 video material.

Another thing I really like about Premiere Pro, is the 360° video proxy footage management. Most of the 360° video files are very large, which requires a high performance PC. Proxy files are small preview files with low resolutions, which are perfect substitutes for video editing. In Premiere Pro these proxies can be created with just a few clicks.


Besides editing 360 footage, you can of course use all the classic video editing tools. In summary, Adobe Premiere Pro is my favorite (360) video editing software.

Quality also costs money, this is the reason why the Software is not free. Everyone has to know for themselves, how much a proper editing-tool is worth to them. Because I work with it quite a lot and I’m also convinced of Adobe, I can only positively recommend Premiere Pro to you. The subscription model offers you the possibility to purchase the software for a relatively small amount. It is also possible to test the software before you decide to subscribe.

PRO
+ 360-video reframing & 360 VR video editing possible 
+ Best 360 editor Software on the market (my opinion)
+ Many useful 360 video plugins available
+ Suitable for beginners and professionals

CON
- Not free (but a 30 day trial possible)


Follow this link to test or subscribe
to Adobe Premiere Pro:
 *CLICK*

You can download the “GoPro FX Reframe” Plugin free here.
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Adobe After Effects – The perfect partner

Adobe After Effects is a powerful special effects and animation program and is used together with Premiere Pro 99% of the time. Exactly when Premiere reaches its limits, After Effects comes into play. I use After Effects mainly for: Simple animations, video effects which Premiere doesn't offer me, object tracking, video masking and text animations. 

Under the following link you have the possibility to download Adobe After Effects and test it for free: *CLICK*

Unleash the full 360 video potential with Adobe After Effects

If you want to unleash the full 360 video potential, I recommend you to use Adobe After Effects in combination with Adobe Premiere Pro. After Effects is a very powerful special-effects Video Software also for 360 videos. I personally use Adobe After effects for 360 video/ Photo Animations. 360 video animations are the best way to bring your 360 content to the next level. I recommend After Effects + Premiere Pro for the professional 360 video sector.


Follow this link to test the
Adobe Premiere Pro + After Effects Bundle: *CLICK*
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Adobe Lightroom – Photo editing deluxe

Adobe Lightroom is a very simple but powerful photo editing program. In simple terms, Lightroom gives you the ability to use sliders to change selected parameters so that you can perfectly adjust your photo to your liking. I use Lightroom in connection with video projects, especially when creating timelapse videos. For me, Lightroom is the perfect photo editing program that allows me to achieve my desired results very quickly and easily.

On the Adobe website you can download Lightroom again and also test it for free: *CLICK*

Offer tips

Adobe has switched from a standalone license to a subscription model with the Creative Cloud. This means that you have to pay a monthly or annual fee if you want to use the programs. There are numerous ways to combine the programs.

For example, there is a photography package where Lightroom and Photoshop can be purchased together: *CLICK*

Unfortunately, there are still no video packages where, for example, Premiere Pro & After Effects can be combined. You can only subscribe to the programs here as individual software..

Therefore I give you the following tip:

  • If you only need Premiere Pro, subscribe only to the single program: *CLICK*
  • If you need Premiere & After Effects, it is cheaper to subscribe to all Adobe applications instead of both programs separately. I personally have subscribed to all Adobe applications. The advantage is that you can use all Adobe applications (Photoshop and Lightroom are also included in the package) and get 100GB cloud storage.
    Click here for the complete Adobe package: *CLICK*

Price tips

Students as well as teachers receive especially favorable conditions. Up to 70% cheaper than the normal price! Therefore, make sure (if possible) that you purchase such a license!

Click here for the Adobe Creative Cloud offer for students: *CLICK*

There are also special offers at Adobe (e.g. BlackFriday promotion) where the price is reduced again significantly. For example, I took advantage of a promotion and paid 75% less than the normal price for 1 year. 

I will update the page regularly to inform you about such special offers. So check back regularly!

Of course there are also free solutions:

DaVinci Resolve – free

If you are looking for a free software solution for video editing, you will always come across DaVinci Resolve. DaVinci Resolve is a professional video editing program that is already well established in the market. Numerous users rave about the software and the video editing possibilities it offers. I have to be honest, I haven't worked with DaVinci Resolve myself yet, but I know some users personally who use the program enthusiastically. So if you're new to filmmaking/video editing and don't want to spend any money yet, I highly recommend DaVinci Resolve.



Here you can go to the website where you can download DaVinci Resolve for free: LINK

Also 360 video editing possible


With Reactor and KartaVR you are able to easily reframe your 360 video in DaVinci Resolve. Here is a very useful tutorial, which explains step by step how to install and reframe 360 videos in DaVinci Resolve.

Unfortunately there is one big disadvantage. The free DaVinci Resolve version, only allows you to import & export a max. resolution of 4k. 4k sounds like enough in the first moment, but you have to consider, that “only” a 4k resolution if available for the entire recorded 360 video.

Most of the consumer 360 cameras are recording in 5,7K, 8K or even higher and this will increase in the future. When you reframe or playback the 360 video, only a small certain part is shown. As an example, imagine that 6K resolution is available for the entire 360 degree spherical space. But if only the front part of the room, say 1/6 of the area, is visible to the viewer, he will see only 1/6 of the full resolution. (1/6 of 6k = 1k) With a classic 16:9 ratio, these were only 960 x 540 pixels. So the higher the 360 video resolution, the better the quality of the 360 video. 4k for the entire 360 video, is therefore not much.

But there is a simple solution for this problem. When you purchase DaVinci Resolve Studio, you are not limited with the resolution. Plus you additionally get a lot of useful features.

PRO
+ Free in the standard version
360-video reframing & 360 VR video editing possible

CON
- limited with the resolution in the standard version

 

Click here to purchase the DaVinci Resolve Studio Software*
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If you are specifically interested in 360-video video editing software, check this Gimbal Guru article: LINK

Additional software which I use:

Reelsteady GO – GoPro stabilization software

With the stabilization software ReelSteady GO* you can perfectly stabilize your GoPro videos and raise your videos to a professional level. Every GoPro user has surely struggled with shaky video recordings. Through the Hypersmooth function, video recordings are electronically stabilized internally in the GoPro, which also works very well, but compromises must be accepted. The electronic image stabilization crops the image, which leads to a loss of resolution. There are many programs that you can use to stabilize your videos afterwards on the PC, but especially for GoPros ReelSteady has released the software ReelSteady GO*. The special thing about it is, that ReelSteady GO* uses the data of the GoPro gyro sensor for the stabilization. Therefore, impressive results are achieved, where even the Hypersmooth function is left behind. In addition, an optic compensation is performed.

The results are brilliant in my opinion. I don't know any other program that delivers such good results in video stabilization. For me, ReelSteady GO has become an important program that I use in almost all my GoPro projects.

The advantages of ReelSteady GO are obvious:

  • Perfectly stabilized GoPro video recordings with minimal effort.
  • The operation is very simple and easy
  • In addition, I also immediately get a lens distortion
  • Regular updates constantly improve the results. 
However, there are also points of criticism:
It is possible to test a free trial version of Reelsteady GO. If you want to use the full version, you have to buy it. I was skeptical at first, but the cost-benefit ratio is unbeatable. ReelSteady GO is worth every cent in my opinion!

Reelsteady GO* is for all users who want to get the best out of their GoPro recordings. The effort is higher compared to simply activating the Hypersmooth function, but in my opinion the results are much better with Reelsteady Go! In my opinion, there is no alternative, that delivers nearly as good results as ReelSteady GO. By including the GoPro gyro data into the video stabilization impressive results are achieved. You can test Reelsteady GO for free and see for yourself.

Use the discount code: "GIMBALGURU" to get a discount. Purchase ReelSteady GO here:

Click on "Add to Cart", then you can enter the Gimbal Guru discount code "GimbalGuru". Then click on "Checkout" and receive a discount.

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Mit der Stabilisationssoftware ReelSteady GO*  könnt ihr eure GoPro Videos perfekt stabilisieren und somit eure Filme auf ein professionelles Level hebt. Jeder GoPro Nutzer hat sicher schon einmal mit verwackelten Videoaufnahmen gekämpft. Durch die Hypersmooth Funktion, werden Videoaufnahmen zwar intern in der GoPro elektronisch stabilisiert, was auch sehr gut funktioniert, jedoch müssen dabei auch Kompromisse in Kauf genommen werden. Die elektronische Bildstabilisierung cropt den Bildausschnitt, was zu einem Auflösungsverlust führt. Es gibt zahlreiche Programme, mit denen ihr eure Videos nachträglich am PC stabilisieren könnt, doch speziell für GoPros hat ReelSteady* die Software ReelSteady GO* veröffentlicht. Das Besondere dabei ist, das ReelSteady GO* die Daten des GoPro Gyrosensors für die Stabilisation verwendet. Somit werden eindrucksvolle Ergebnisse erzielt, wo sogar die Hypersmooth Funktion das Nachsehen hat. Zusätzlich wird eine Optikkompensation durchgeführt und das Bildmaterial entzerrt.

Die Ergebnisse sind meiner Meinung nach genial. Ich kenne kein anders Programm welches so gute Ergebnisse bei der Videostabilisation liefert. Für mich ist ReelSteady GO* ist wichtiges Programm geworden, welches ich bei fast all meinen GoPro-Projekten verwende.

Die Vorteile von ReelSteady GO liegen klar auf der Hand:

  • Perfekt stabilisierte GoPro Videoaufnahmen mit minimalem Aufwand
  • Die Bedienung ist sehr einfach und simpel
  • Zusätzlich erhalte ich auch sofort eine Linsenentzerrung
  • Regelmäßige Updates verbessern ständig die Ergebnisse
Dennoch gibt es auch Kritikpunkte:
Es ist möglich eine free trial version von Reelsteady GO vorab zu testen. Wer die Vollversion Nutzen will muss diese kaufen. Ich war am Anfang auch skeptisch, doch das Kosten-Nutzen Verhältnis ist unschlagbar. ReelSteady GO ist meiner Meinung nach jeden Cent wert!

Reelsteady GO ist also für alle Nutzer die das beste aus ihren GoPro Aufnahmen herausholen wollen. Der Aufwand ist zwar höher im Vergleich dazu, wenn einfach die Hypersmooth Funktion aktiviert wird, jedoch sind die Ergebnisse meiner Meinung nach mit Reelsteady Go deutlich besser! Meiner Meinung nach gibt es hier keine Alternative, welche annähernd so gute Ergebnisse liefert wie ReelSteady GO. Durch das miteinbinden der GoPro Gyro-Daten in die Videostabilisation der werden eindrucksvolle Ergebnisse erzielt. Ihr könnt Reelsteady GO kostenlos testen und euch selbst überzeugen.

Mit dem Discount Code: „GIMBALGURU“ erhaltet ihr einen Rabatt und könnt somit die ReelSteady GO Software günstiger erwerben:

Anschließend auf "Add to Cart" klicken, wo ihr dann bei klicken auf "Checkout" denn Gimbal Guru Discount Code "GimbalGuru" eingeben könnt und somit einen Rabatt erhaltet.
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