My Most Recommended Resources
These are some of my favorite tools for creating videos and building an online business. I only put tools that I use and love. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. I recommend you only purchase these products if you believe they will help you achieve your specific goals.
Building an Online Business
Bluehost: All of the websites that I have created are hosted on Bluehost. They make it super easy to create a professional website because you can choose hundreds of themes and use WordPress with it. Here are my sites hosted with Bluehost:
VideoSchoolOnline.com | PhilEbiner.com
ConvertKit: If you’re looking for a modern, simple, beautiful way to build an email list, educate your subscribers, and sell your products and services, ConvertKit is my new favorite option. It’s an email service provider built for bloggers and integrates with my Teachable courses seamlessly. Get started now.
ThemeForest: Once you sign up for a Bluehost account, you’ll need a beautiful and responsive theme to use. ThemeForest is the perfect place to find one. They have thousands of wonderful themes for everything you could imagine. I’m using the Avada theme for Video School Online.
VideoHive: If you need to stock footage, motion graphics, or video templates for any of your video projects, this is the place to go. They have files starting at $3, and I’ve used them a ton. If you need to learn how to use After Effects templates purchased from VideoHive, take this free course.
AudioJungle: Finding music for video projects is often a pain. Songs sound too simple and digital. Or they sound like every other video you’ve ever seen. AudioJungle has thousands of options for an affordable price. It’s my go to site for purchasing stock music. The YouTube Music Library is also a growing source for free music.
Screenflow: This is my favorite screen recording application. I use it to make 90% of my online tutorials and courses. You can bring in music, photos, and other media to add to your videos. You can add graphics and titles. Screenflow is for Mac users. I even have a full course on how to use it (enroll here).
- Sony A7S ii – mirrorless
- Sony F5 – professional
- Canon 5D Mark iii – professional DSLR
- Canon 70D – prosumer DSLR
- Canon C100 – professional cinema camera
- Canon 24-70 L-Series
- Canon 70-200 L-Series
- Canon 50mm
- Canon 10-18mm Wide
- Lens filters – I use Tiffen brand UV filters to protect his lenses.
TRIPODS & MONOPODS
- Ravelli APGL4 67″ Tripod (inexpensive and durable)
- Manfrotto MK190X3-2W Tripod
- Manfrotto 502 Video Head (purchased separately from legs)
- Manfrotto MVM500A Monopod
STABILIZATION WE USE:
- Movi M10 Stabilization System
- Movi M15 Stabilization System
- Osmo Stabilized Camera
- DJI Inspire Drone
- Kessler Pocket Dolly 3
- Cameras have different memory card options, so check out your camera
- We like using SanDisk brand cards
- SanDisk Extreme PRO 64 GB card with up to 95MB/s
- Zoom H4N Recording Device
- Rode VideoMic Pro On-board Microphone
- Sennheiser G3 Wireless Set
- Rode smartLav+ for Smartphones
- Heil PR-40 for Voice Over / Podcasting
- Pyle Boom Arm with ShockMount
- Pop Filter by Dragonpad
PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING KITS:
- Fiilex K301 – It’s a great professional kit that can dim and change color temperature.
- Flolight Kit – less expensive than Fiilex, still good quality.
- Kino Flo 2-Light 4-bank Kit
- Lowel Rifa eXchange Kits
DIY LIGHTING KIT:
- Backdrop Stand
- Seamless Savage Paper Roll (I use thunder gray, but they come in many colors)
- Green Screen Pop Up Disk
Online Teaching Platforms
Skillshare: This is another site that I host my courses. There are also a ton of other great skills to learn here. It’s very heavy in creative courses but is currently expanding.
Book – Teach Online: Make Money Doing What You Love
When I began teaching online in 2012, I had no online experience, no email list, and zero traditional teaching experience. I started out in a position like many of you.
Today, I have over 120,000 students taking my own high-quality courses. I’m making more money than I’ve ever made before, and I believe you can do it too!
In this in-depth book, I teach you everything I did to build my own online teaching career – from the very beginning to now.
Book – Best Seller Blueprint
How to Self-Publish, Write an Amazon Bestseller, and Make Passive Income Online
Do you want to publish your own book on Amazon? Do you not know where to start? The Best Seller Blueprint is the perfect guide that will walk you through writing, publishing, and promoting books on Amazon.
If you’re looking for the ultimate guide that will have you publishing your own successful book in a short amount of time, Best Seller Blueprint is the book for you.
Want to Start a Successful Freelance Business?
As a creative person, sitting inside a cubicle for 40 hours per week just doesn’t sound fun. What other options are there?
Freelancing is the popular term that I use for being your own boss. For me, this means everything from doing video work to starting my own online business. I’ve found that this lifestyle gives me much more freedom and pushes me to be a better creator. Why wouldn’t you be a freelancer?
I’m here to help you launch your own successful freelance career because doing it on your own can be difficult. So let’s do it together!
Just submit your email to get:
✓ 47-page Freelance Kickstart guide
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✓ Weekly newsletter with tips, tricks, and video tutorials
How to Start a Website in 5 Steps – The Ultimate Guide
Have you ever wanted to create your own website?
Read the how to start a website in 5 easy steps post to get started.
In the guide, I’ll show you how to:
- Purchase hosting
- Register a domain
- Install WordPress
- Choose a theme
- Start building your site