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

Posted 4 Dec 2021
Top 10 Free Video Tutorials and Courses

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, video editing tips and more—all free to watch and/or read. Enjoy!

1. Create Cinematic Color Grading in Premiere Pro

What distinguishes a professional video from an amateur one? There are lots of components, but one thing that can make a big difference is color grading. Watch this free video tutorial to learn how to create dramatic, Hollywood-style color grading in Premiere Pro, using three simple methods.

2. Edit Video Online With Kapwing

If you’re not confident with professional video editing software and just want to edit video quickly online, the browser-based Kapwing tool is a great option. It’s simple, intuitive, and it offers a free version. Learn how to use Kapwing.

kapwing video editing

3. Edit Animations Online Using the Lottie Editor

Lottie is another browser-based tool that video creators should know about. It’s free and open source, and it gives you some impressive tools for creating custom animations. Learn all about editing Lottie animations online in this free tutorial.

lottie editor screen

4. Learn After Effects From A to Z

On the other hand, if you want to dive into the powerful Adobe After Effects program and learn all its features, this A to Z tutorial is a great place to start. It takes you through a series of helpful After Effects tips and tricks—one for each letter of the alphabet.

5. Make an Animated Particle Slideshow in After Effects

Now, to practice the skills you picked up in that A to Z tutorial, why not try a practical, hands-on After Effects project? This free After Effects course shows you how to make animated particle slideshow transitions, step by step.

6. Get Rid of Mouth Clicks Using Fairlight

Mouth clicks are annoying. They can ruin even the best videos by distracting viewers and diluting the video’s message. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to edit them out, using the Fairlight tool in DaVinci Resolve. Learn how to get rid of mouth clicks in this free tutorial—and, as a bonus, you’ll also get some tips on avoiding them in the first place!

using fairlight to edit out mouth clicks

7. Animate Snow in After Effects

Creating realistic falling snow isn’t easy. We’ve all seen those unconvincing scenes with identical white dots falling down the screen, but that isn’t what real snow looks like. In this detailed, step-by-step video tutorial, Jonathan Lam shows you how to make a beautifully animated snowfall in Adobe After Effects. As you can see from the video below, the result really does look like the real thing!

8. Learn to Use a Gimbal and Microphone With the BMPCC

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a great tool for video makers, and here are a couple of tutorials to help you get the most out of it. First you’ll learn how to use a gimbal with the BMPCC, and then how to use microphones with it. By reading these tutorials, you’ll be able to create professional-looking video even on a tight budget.

gimbal in use with the BMPCC, photo by Marie Gardiner

9. Animate Rain in After Effects

Here’s a tutorial to complement the snow animation tutorial above. This time, you’re learning how to make it rain in After Effects. And you won’t just be animating the rain falling, but the ripples of puddles on the ground, the bouncing of raindrops from surfaces, the flashing of lightning, and more!

10. Add Video Captions Automatically in Premiere Pro

Good news! Adding captions to your videos is now a lot easier than it used to be, thanks to the inclusion of the Sensei Speech-to-Text software in the latest versions of Adobe Premiere Pro. Learn how to add video captions automatically in this simple tutorial

adding captions in premiere pro

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 1,300 courses and 30,000 tutorials. Here are some of the best video tutorials and courses from previous months.

Make a Ramadan Greeting Animation in After Effects

Ramadan may be over now, but the After Effects skills you learn in this free video tutorial will last all year. Why not see if you can adapt it to create an animated greeting for a different event?

Animate in After Effects

This in-depth three-hour course is just what you need if you really want to master animation skills in After Effects. You’ll learn about keyframe animation and how to reveal text with masks and shape layers, before moving on to three practical projects that’ll teach you to create complex and subtle movement. Try it out!

How to Use Premiere Pro Transitions

Wondering how to use Premiere Pro transitions? Join Dave Bode in this quick video to discover five great transition templates and to see the steps involved in installing and using them.

Make a Storyboard for Video

A video storyboard is a way of visualizing your video through scenes drawn out like a comic strip. Learn the benefits of using a storyboard and how to create your own video storyboard in this free tutorial.

Make a YouTube Intro the Easy Way

A solid intro is a great way to stand out on YouTube. If you don’t know your way around Premiere Pro, try this simple tutorial. You’ll learn how to take a Premiere Pro intro template and customize it to create a unique intro for your next video. It’s easier than you might think.

Fix Flat Video With Look-Up Tables

If your video footage looks as flat as the left half of the image below, then you need to use look-up tables (LUTs) in Premiere Pro. This tutorial will show you how to bring the best out of your video with just a few clicks.

Correcting flat video

Make a Logo Sting Animation the Easy Way

In the world of video, everything is fluid, so why should your logo be static? A logo sting is a great way to make your brand more memorable by creating a short animation to use as a transition in your videos. Learn how to create one in After Effects, using a great template to give you a head start.

Create Animated Slideshow Transitions in After Effects

Earlier, we looked at creating transitions in Premiere Pro, but you can also do it in After Effects. This free course shows you how it’s done. By the end, you’ll know how to create a range of different transition styles to make your videos look smooth and polished.

After effects course

Master Adobe After Effects

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.

Make an Explainer Video

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.

Make Live Video for Free With OBS Studio

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

Animate Handwriting

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!

Create Stunning Video Brush Effects

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.

Create Video Openers the Easy Way

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.

Save Time With After Effects Templates

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.

Create a Cinematic Text Animation

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.

Customize a Logo Sting in Adobe After Effects

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 free After Effects 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.

Add Text to a Video in Final Cut Pro X

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

Learn Drone Video Post-Production

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.

Produce Professional Drone Videos

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.

Add Particle Animation Effects to Your Videos

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.

Add Closed Captions to Social Media Videos

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

Start Color Grading Your Video

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.

Edit Video With Adobe Rush

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

Color Correct Video in Adobe Premiere

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

Stabilize Your Video Footage

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

Learn More

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.

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