13 Video Websites You Need to Know About

It's true. This site isn't the only video resource on the internet.

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While it would be fun to say that this is the only website catering to the needs of burgeoning video pros, enthusiasts and video fans in general, that simply isn’t the case. The internet is chock full of excellent resources for video news, product reviews, online retail, stock music, and much more.

Video training is another area where online resources are vast - vast enough, in fact, that we’ll cover that in another article altogether.

So where do fans of video go to stay up to date, learn about the latest and greatest tools of the trade, and buy products without spending too much?

Let’s take a quick look at a baker’s dozen of the websites that keep the video world spinning.

Videomaker - as the elder statesman of the group, we would be remiss to not include the team from Videomaker magazine and their website. Not only are they the original news provider for the video industry, they have been steadfast in their aim to help everyone make better video. From hobbyists to experienced pros, everyone can take something valuable away from an issue of Videomaker, and their recently redesigned website puts out a handful of daily articles covering everything from product reviews to press releases, and just about everything in between.

Pro Video Coalition - Pro Video Coalition is an online resource for those looking to use professional equipment, employ professional techniques, and basically make great quality video. That’s not to say that the rest of us can’t benefit from this website. Quite the opposite, in fact. PVC’s team of experts delivers a massive wealth of valuable information about everything from drones to iPhones.

No Film School - No Film School has become a true powerhouse in the area of online news, reviews and industry highlights for fans of video. Regular video content and great writing combine with excellent access to industry personalities and equipment to deliver high quality content.

Red Shark News - Red Shark News is another excellent resource for news, reviews and more. Peppered with fun, lighthearted articles, and catering to video enthusiasts of all levels, Red Shark News is a site that needs bookmarking.

Studio Daily - Offering news and reviews relating to the world of video production, as well as valuable job postings, webinars and more, Studio Daily is a site that independent producers and major studios alike need to keep an eye on.

Adorama - One of the “big two” video equipment retailers, Adorama features massive inventory, deals on refurbished items and and handful of brands exclusive to them. Hammer & Anvil mics, 24/7 bags, and Flashpoint lights are just a few of the Adorama brands offering good quality equipment at a fraction of the cost of larger brands.

B & H Photo Video - This NYC-based megastore’s brick and mortar presence is only overshadowed by their immense website. Huge new and used product inventory, a colossal range of product types, and a top-notch product blog keep B & H at the top of the video buyer’s list.

Premium Beat - Those of us who make video need music. Music can improve video in many ways, and Premium Beat offers a massive library of high quality, royalty free tracks at reasonable prices. One of the most read video production blogs on the internet doesn’t hurt their case, either.

Audio Jungle - Serving as chief competitor to Premium Beat, Audio Jungle is another popular stock music website. While thousands of these types of sites exist, Audio Jungle consistently delivers high quality music at affordable prices with a nice, usable interface.

Ground Control - Whether you shoot with a GoPro, iPhone or ARRI ALEXA, creating a consistent look and feel with a final video can be a challenge. Enter LUTs or Look Up Tables - specially made files to manipulate image data. Adding LUTs to give multiple clips a similar look is a technique often reserved for the pros. Thankfully, Ground Control has created a plethora of nicely-priced, professional grade LUTs for a wide range of cameras, usable in just about any editing suite or motion graphic application.

EditStock.com - Without getting a job with Warner Brothers, it can be tough to practice working with high end footage. Most of us can’t get our hands on video shot on a RED camera, or an ARRI. We don’t have the luxury of looking at clips shot with cinema lenses costing as much as a condo in Miami. EditStock.com helps the rest of us get our mitts on professionally shot motion picture footage for the purpose of training and practice.

Rampant Design Tools - Not only do the folks at Rampant Design Tools offer studio grade pre-created drag and drop video effects, they also offer free training and a blog to help budding video experts take their video and special effect work to another level.

Wipster - Video review and approval experts, Wipster, have added a handful of tools to add value to their web experience, including a blog that covers a plethora of topics not directly related to their own offering. Learn to edit, shoot, and operate a business, all without a hard sell.

These sites are just the tip of the iceberg, but should keep us busy for at least a little while as we find which sites speak most directly to us. Failing these, feel free to check out this writer’s blog too. It may not be updated as regularly as the rest of these sites, but it can still be a fun read.