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Top 10 Free Video Tutorials and Courses

Learn how to produce top-quality video with these free video tutorials and courses.

Portrait for Andrew Blackman By Andrew Blackman
Posted 29 May 2020

As we saw in our video marketing guide, video is becoming an essential tool for everyone from bloggers to businesses. But although it's easy to point a camera and start recording, the technical aspects of editing your footage and producing a top-quality end product can be more tricky.

So here are ten free video tutorials and courses to help you out. You'll find After Effects tutorials, courses on Adobe Premiere Pro, and more—all free to watch and/or read. Enjoy!

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've all been using live video more than we ever did before. But if you want to go beyond Zoom calls and set up a successful live video stream to promote yourself and your creative work, you'll want to read this free tutorial by artist Melody Nieves. She walks you through everything from overcoming online stage fright to choosing the right apps and tools. There's now a free video to accompany the written tutorial too!

Visual effects and motion graphics can really take your video to the next level. Learn how to use Adobe After Effects from start to finish in this massive four-hour video tutorial with Dave Bode. From the After Effects basics right up to more complex topics like motion tracking and spatial interpolation, you'll find it all in this comprehensive beginner's course.

Here's something a little different, but very cool. Learn how to make a lyric video by starting with some stock footage and splicing it together with some slick effects in Final Cut Pro. Not sure what lyric video looks like? Check out the example below:

As if the four-hour After Effects course we mentioned earlier wasn't enough, here's another After Effects tutorial for you. In this follow-up video, Dave Bode answers some frequently asked questions, like how to export video in After Effects, how to mask, how to animate text, and more.

Explainer videos are everywhere these days! This tutorial teaches you how to create your own, from planning through to production. You'll also see some great examples of explainer videos done well, like Vox's video on why and how claw machines are rigged.

If you were inspired by our introductory tutorial on live streaming and want to learn more, try this free video tutorial, which takes you through how to use OBS Studio in detail. OBS Studio is a free, open-source app to help you create your own live video streams. This tutorial takes you through all the steps and setting you'll need to use it like a pro.

OBS Studio settings

We've already looked at a couple of free After Effects tutorials, so now it's time for Adobe Premiere Pro to get a look-in. This powerful video-editing software is one of the most popular choices for producing top-notch video, and in this course, you'll learn how to use it. From the basics of editing and making cuts through to exporting your finished video, it's all here.

Editing video in Premiere Pro

Editing video on your own is one thing, but what if you're part of a team? No, you don't have to keep sending the file to each other and waiting for your colleagues to finish with it and send it back. The latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro offers some very useful collaboration features, and this tutorial shows you exactly how to use them to work together more efficiently and save yourself a ton of time.

Collaborating on video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

If you're into live streaming or video conferencing, you'll want to choose the right equipment and set it up for the best results. You can do so much better than the webcam on your computer, and in this free video course, Dave Bode walks you through the process of setting up a professional video conferencing and live streaming rig.

Video streaming equipment setup

Let's round out our list with another live streaming tutorial. What if you want to add custom graphics to your stream? You can do that easily in OBS Studio, the free streaming software we mentioned before. Learn how in this simple video tutorial with Marie Gardiner.

Custom graphic for a video stream

In this post, we've highlighted ten of the best free video tutorials and courses published recently, but that's just scratching the surface of what you can find in the full Envato Tuts+ library of more than 1,250 courses and 28,000 tutorials. Here are some of the best video tutorials and courses from previous months.

Would you like to create animated handwriting like the examples in this video? You can do it just by watching this informative YouTube video tutorial by Dave Bode. Set aside half an hour to watch this one and you'll be amazed at how much you learn!

Wouldn't it be cool to reveal the star of your next video with a paintbrush effect like the one shown below? In this free YouTube video, Dave Bode shows you how it's done in After Effects. There's also an accompanying article where you can not only watch the video but also discover some other useful After Effects brush templates.

If you have half an hour to spare, why not spend it watching this amazing video tutorial on creating video openers? You'll be using After Effects, but it's OK if you're a complete beginner—this technique uses ready-made templates and shows you how to customize them to get the effects you want. Simple! See how it's done.

Adobe After Effects is a powerful video editor and animation suite, but creating everything from scratch can be very time-consuming. So why not save yourself some time by using elegant pre-made templates that you can customize to your heart's content? Discover some wonderfully useful After Effects templates and see how you could use them in this video.

The cinema has its own instantly recognizable style of text animation: big, bold and shiny. Learn how to create those awesome moving titles with the light glinting off them in this free YouTube video course.

Logo stings are those cool animated logo effects that you often see at the start of videos. They're a great way to communicate your brand in a stylish way that even jaded YouTube viewers will remember. In this course, you'll learn to create a complex logo sting the easy way, by downloading an awesome template and customizing it. For a limited time, the Projection Mapping logo sting template is available for free for you to follow this course and learn. Simply create an account on Elements and then download it for free.

It sounds simple, and it's a prerequisite of most video projects, but adding text to a video is sometimes not as easy as it should be. This free tutorial shows you how to add text to your videos in Final Cut Pro—plus it links to some useful resources for creating more advanced text effects. Read the tutorial.

Add text to a video

Getting professional-looking drone video is about much more than just your flying skills. This free YouTube video course shows you how to get the most out of your video with post-production techniques designed specifically for drone video. You can also try the companion video on drone video production.

Anyone can fly a drone, but it takes skill to produce beautiful, cinematic video that would belong in the opening scenes of a big-budget movie. This free course on drone video production shows you how to produce professional-looking drone videos without a Hollywood budget. Get started here.

Particle effects are everywhere, and for good reason. They are a great way of adding movement and dynamism to a website background or video transition. Read this article to find out how to create these effects and add them to your videos.

Particle animation effect

If you don't have time to create the effect yourself, simply download one of our templates. Check out the top 10 particle effect templates for 2019 in the video below.

There are loads of good reasons to add captions to your social media videos. The most important, of course, is accessibility—you want to be able to reach the millions of people out there with hearing difficulties. But there are other reasons, too, which this article explains, before explaining how you go about adding those captions. Read about it here.

Social media captions

Color grading sounds like a dull, technical topic, but it can make a huge difference to how your videos look and how your viewers respond to them. So settle in for an hour and a quarter with Dave Bode and learn all the ins and outs of color grading. Watch the free course on YouTube.

When Adobe comes out with a new app, it's worth paying attention. While the company isn't flawless, it does have a great track record at producing software that becomes the new industry standard. So take the time to have a look at Adobe's new video editing app, Adobe Rush. Follow this tutorial to see how it works and get up and running quickly.

Editing video in Adobe Rush

Don't you just hate it when you shoot video that looks perfect in every way—except that the color balance is off? Problems with tone, white balance and other color settings are common when shooting video, and they can ruin the end result. So watch this free video to get instructions on salvaging your work by adjusting the color in Adobe Premiere.

Colour correcting video

Have you ever taken some great video footage, only to find that it is too shaky to be usable? Unless you use a tripod or have the steady hands of a neurosurgeon, the answer is probably yes. Luckily, Apple's Final Cut Pro X has stabilization processing built in. Find out how to stabilize your video footage in this video tutorial.

Stabilising video footage

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This post has highlighted the best free video tutorials and courses that Tuts+ has published recently, but you'll find a lot more in the full archives—not just video tutorials, but also photography, graphic design, web design, and more. So if you're still hungry to learn more, search the full Tuts+ library to find exactly what you need.