Here are links to some programs you may want (or need). I have tried to find the ones that are FREE and WORK.


  • Quicktime Pro 7 - The “new” Quicktime 10 does not have the ability to export out like this version does.
  • MPEG-2 Playback component for Quicktime 7
  • X.264 - Replacement encoder for Quicktime H.264. Lots more options and better encoding.
  • JES Software - GREAT de-interlacer and software for Standard conversion (PAL<->NTSC) General noise reduction, logo removal, etc...
  • Perain - To many Quicktime playback codecs to list
  • Flip4Mac - Free Windows Media playback inside Quicktime
  • MPEG Streamclip - This is the BEST FREE converter out there (If you want to see how to rip Windows Media or DVD's look in the Tutorials section)
  • ClipWrap - ClipWrap rewraps the video samples from your existing m2t, mts, m2ts files without re-encoding them. This means blazingly fast convert speeds and no image degradation.
  • Voltaic - If you are having quality issues with your AVCHD camcorder import, Voltaic is a simple yet effective high definition video converter, light-weight AVCHD Editor and sharing utility.
  • Handbrake - Used for Ripping DVD’s and converting videos
  • VLC - Works in conjunction with Handbrake and MPEG Streamclip to rip DVD’s. It acts as a “player”
  • Miro Video Converter - Convert any type of video to mp4 or theora. Convert any video for use with iPhone, iPod, Android, etc. Very clean, easy to use interface.
  • iDive - Another great video cataloging tool for your digital library
  • iStopMotion - is the tool of choice for Stop Motion Animation (aka. Claymation) and Time Lapse Recording.
  • Snapz Pro - Useful for capturing both still and video screen shots from you desktop. So if you wanted that iTunes visual in your movie, this program is how you capture it.
  • Video Space - This widget will calculate how much space your imported footage will take up and remember iMovie will finalize a project 1080P so you will have to add the 2 numbers together.


  • Photo to Movie - A WAY better Ken Burns ability than iPhoto or iMovie has the ability to do. If you have a lot of photos you are working with this is a better solution.
  • Snapflow - Turns your HD movies into individual pictures.


  • Onyx - Free and fast utility to keep OS X running at peak. I use this after every upgrade OS or iLife.
  • Burn - Free CD and DVD Burner. Burn any video to a disc that plays in your DVD player!
  • Pacifist - Great for extracting Apple applications off install CD’s or DVD’s. i.e. Like getting the old iMovie off an install DVD.
  • Grand Perspective - Freebie file utility to track down where all your filesystem space went.


  • Audiohijack - Will pull anything you can hear on your Mac
  • Audacity - Free, Simple sound recording tool.
  • Matton Royalty Free Music & Sound Effects - Provider of Royalty Free Music Clips, Royalty Free Songs and Royalty Free Sounds. All available for immediate purchase and download.
  • Freeplay Music - a very LARGE section of music.
  • Music Bakery - Cheap quality music and effects.
  • Partners in Rhyme - Free sound effects, Music, Midi files, drum loops, and more.
  • Royalty Free Music - aka Award Winning Music, presents comprehensive Royalty Free Music packages, suited for every musical need.
  • Smart Sound - Create you own royalty-free music with Sonicfire Pro. Cool stuff!
  • Sound Dogs - Need a sound clip? They have millions of them.

Video Footage

  • ALuna Blue - the creative leader in royalty free stock footage and photography. Images and sequences; beautiful, strange, useful, odd, royalty free; perfect for your broadcast, desktop video, advertising and the internet.
  • Dreamtime - royalty free stock footage the easy way to get into Digital Video in the classroom.
  • Foto Search Footage - Royalty Free Stock Footage by Foto Search.
  • Gman Video Backgrounds - 3D Animations, Video Backgrounds, Loops & Motion Graphics, for Video Editing, DVD Motion Menu, and Presentations
  • Matton Images - Provider of Royalty Free Stock Footage, Film Clips and Flash Animations. All available for immediate purchase and download.
  • Time Image - provides royalty-free stock film footage for unlimited use and worldwide broadcast.
  • Royalty Free HD - Hi-Def stock footage

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