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Keep Making TV & Radio from Home

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  • Roland Boyden
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  • March 23, 2020

So this is a wild time.... no way around it. And with PhillyCAM currently closed to the public, we're all going to have to get creative to keep making content for TV and Radio. So how do we do it? Let's dive right in.

First, these are only a handful of suggestions. There are so many different ways to make content. If you've already got your favorite setup, apps etc that you know works for you, then forget me here and just go for it! But if, like me, you've spent the last week wading through the endless sea of programs and apps that are out there for creating content from home, here are a few gems we've pulled out.

STREAMYARD: For members looking to continue their talk/interview shows, this free browser-based interface offers a super simple and (mostly) elegant solution for recording 1-4 guests at once. The free version does include at ugly watermark, but it's not giant so you can easily crop it or cover it with your own logo. This works best being set up on desktop, but your guests can join from their phones right from Safari on iOS or Chrome on Android without having to download any apps themselves. Click here for our full tutorial.

FILMIC PRO: This app is the gold standard for shooting mobile video on iOS or Android. It's not free, but at $15 it has enough features to justify its cost. But you can also shoot great video right from your phone's default app. For more info on how to also do all your editing on your mobile device, check out this video for iOS or this video for Android. If you need to edit on desktop for free, check out iMovie on Mac and Windows Photo on PC.

OTHER FREE RESOURCES:

Audacity - This is one of the best free editing programs for audio/radio/music. For way more great info, check out Allison from WPPM's blog post about audio recording.

Davinci Resolve - This is a pro-level industry standard editing/color grading suite and it's FREE. It does have a learning curve, but there are lots of good tutorials on youtube about it.

Adobe Creative Cloud - So this one ISN'T free normally, but in a roundabout way they've agreed to make it free during the crisis. Here's a blog post where they go into more detail about how to capitalize on it.

So there's just a few. We'll keep posting more links as they come across our radar. Join us for our weekly water cooler talks and share your own findings. And stay creative during all this!