3 Surprisingly Good Default Mac Apps to Make Engaging Videos

If you've wanted to try your hand at creating videos, but have dreaded tackling the daunting interfaces of professional editing tools like DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro, here's some good news for you. The tools that you already have on your Mac are probably good enough to help you get started on a YouTube or video production career. It turns out that you don't always need to use professional tools to make good videos.

Of course, if you intend to work with other professionals in the video editing field, you'll probably want to learn how to use some of those previously mentioned tools, but the best way to get started with filmmaking and storytelling is to get started with whatever you have at hand.

In this video, Michael Kinney shows you just how you can make use of three apps that ship with every single Apple Mac to make videos that are well edited, with background music, animation, text titling, and more.

The three apps that he's talking about are iMovie, QuickTime, and Keynote.

iMovie can be used for a surprisingly wide range of applications, including capturing video shot on your webcam or mirrorless camera, adding some effects, zooms, transitions, green screens, and more.

Keynote can be used to create animations to explain concepts, for intro animations, lower-thirds text, titles, YouTube thumbnails, and so much more! Michael shows you how to use Keynote and iMovie together to create surprisingly good text animations and titles, something that iMovie lacks straight out-of-the-box.

For screen recording, Michael uses Quicktime Player and screenshot. Together, these three apps are surprisingly versatile and powerful, allowing you to create high-quality video productions with relative ease, avoiding the need to learn software with complex interfaces. 

This video is not a tutorial, though it is amply filled with screen captures showing you exactly how things are done, but it does give you ideas about how you can put together classy videos for social media, YouTube, or maybe for your business promotions. 

While wrapping up, Michael reveals that the video was actually made using the principles that he has revealed to us over the course of the last five minutes. Satisfying indeed!

Check out this information-packed video to see the potential that these three tools have, and get started on your journey immediately!

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Susheel Chandradhas is a professional photographer and filmmaker based out of Chennai, India. He has a background in advertising and graphic design.

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