Tools & Resources

Great equipment and great software do not guarantee great work by any means... but it does open up a whole lot of creative options.

In this page, you will find a curated list of all the resources, tools and services I use daily. Every single item listed here is essential for my work and for all the ideas that I'm still developing.

Before digging into the lists, an important disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. All the products and services I recommend are things I use every day and I endorse them because they are so helpful and useful. I urge you not to spend money on any of these products unless you feel like it would directly benefit you and your goals.

To keep this roughly organized, I divided everything up in the following sections:

  • Filming gear
  • Video Editing PC build
  • Software and Services
  • Books


Filming gear

These are all the products I've managed to acquire ever since I purchased my first camera for video. Everything from the camera, to the lens, to the microphone and all the accessories that compose my updated rig that's based on the wonderful workhorse that is the GH5.


Camera Probably the most dedicated video camera in 2018. Feature packed mirrorless with tons of customizability.
Cage Not only does it protect the GH5, but it also offers a better grip and better mounting options for my microphone and led.
Adaptador The 18-35 1.8 turns into a aprox. 25-50 f1.3 FF equivalent. I chose the ultra 0.71 to avoid vignetting.
Lente Super-fast, super sharp zoom lens! All I need.
Anéis Magnéticos Magnetic rings to quickly put on and remove my variable ND filter.
Filtro ND Variável Offers me better light control, to keep a fast aperture and still have great depth of field.
screen protector Screen protectors avoid scratches on the camera monitor and that gives me some peace of mind.
Cartões SD I chose 128GB each to limit myself to avoid filling my disks. 2 sd's allow me to film an entire project with backup recording.
Microfone Excellent price to performance, especially with its size! Comes with a cable, rycote shockmount and deadcat. Gets power from the camera.
Baterias 4 original Panasonic batteries, for safety.
Carregador baterias Allows me to charge 2 batteries and a USB accessory simultaneously. It also comes with a quick-release plate to charge AA batteries.
Manfrotto MVMXPRO500 This is a must for the work I do as a videographer. Perfect for really stable shots, the only difference being that mine has the carbon sections, instead of the regular aluminum.
Gravador + lavalier Ultra-compact, incredibly convenient digital recorder/lavalier microphone combo. The included lavalier is attached via a screw-down lock connector, for added security.
MicroSD gravador 32GB Micro SD for my Tascam DR-10L. Enough for hours and hours of recording.
Led It is the brightest, strongest, tiniest led video light. 5-step adjustable color temperature ranging from 2800-6500K.
Backup camera The Nikon D7000 paired with the 17-55 2.8 allowed me to grow and develop my current video business. I'm going to keep using it and it is now my first backup camera.
nikon lens Nikon 17-55 f2.8 is an excellent zoom for DX sensors. Super versatile and very tough.
Mala Clean and minimal design. Love the fact that it's black, love its organization and the quick access to the camera.
Mala de apoio Quick and easy storage for accessories like the filter and batteries when they're not being used.
Strap Love its size. Easily adjustable and super practical with their anchor quick release system.
Hand strap For an added peace of mind. When not in use, Cuff stores as a bracelet for quick accessibility.
Carregador + Pilhas Super useful charger with individual battery status indicators. I carry these AA's with me just in case.
Pilhas The AAA's I use to power the DR-10L and some other accessories I use around the house.
Ear plugs Hearing protection to reduce party volume to a safe level. That irritating ring after a wedding is a thing of the past.



Video Editing PC build

When I decided to start creating video professionally, my pre-built computer had a first generation i7, the i7-870. It didn't take long until I realized how it lacked the power for the kind of work I needed to do. So, I made the decision to upgrade my system.

I bought a used computer with an i5-6600K to which I added some new, more capable components. Still, as soon as I tried to export a video, the computer became unusable for the simplest of tasks, like even checking email.

And that is how, in 2018, and for the first time in my life, I built a new computer. The i7-8700K was a major, major boost in terms of productivity for my video editing work. I believe it is really important to work with gear that doesn't bring you frustration, so here is the updated parts list of my current workstation:


CPU The 8700K with 6 cores and 12 threads seemed like one of the best options with regards to price and performance.
CPU Cooler Not only does it really cool the CPU, but it does it in a really cool way!
Motherboard Really edgy design, but without a doubt, the angles and the dark look really helped with choosing this motherboard.
GPU 1070ti, with 2432 CUDA Cores, seemed like the best choice for me and for Premiere Pro.
RAM (2x 16GB) 32GB 2400MHz DDR4.
Wi-fi card The Z370-F doesn't have wi-fi, so I got this black PCIe card from TP-Link.
Disk 1 250GB SSD | OS, Programs - Enough for the operating system and all the other software I have installed.
Disk 2 250GB SSD | Cache, Scratch Files - To keep Premiere Pro optimized an running efficiently.
Disk 3 1TB SSD | Personal - For my personal files, like personal images and videos, games, etc.
Disk 4 1TB NVMe M.2 | Desktop, Current Projects - For my sometimes messy desktop and to keep the projects I'm currently editing.
Disk 5 4TB HDD | Completed Projects, Local Backups - To house my completed projects and local backups of the other disks.
Sata Cables 5 SATA 3 ModFlex. cables from CableMod.
PSU 750W 80+ Gold, the standard for good power supply units.
Case It might not seem like it, but is has a lot of space! It made it really easy for me to assemble this computer.
Monitor 24" FHD. I thought about the 25" 4K one, but ended up purchasing two 24", one for me and another for my wife.
Mouse The best mouse for video editing. With some configurable macros and a horizontal scroll wheel, perfect to scroll through Premiere's timeline.
Keyboard I bought the KM636 wireless kit, but I only use the keyboard. Later I got its respective wrist rest 580-ADLR.



Software and Services

Here are all the programs and services I use daily for all the different strands of my work: the creative part, sales, management, and organization. These resources feel like they have been tailor-made for my personal taste and I really depend on them. I've put all my trust into these companies and their products, and I've done that in a pinch! But it took a long time to master them. So, in the future, there might be a slight chance that I will be teaching other people how to use these solutions the same way I use them every day.


Adobe CC It is the best suite of apps for all kinds of creatives. I mostly use Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom and Audition. I pay monthly for the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Notion Notion was the best discovery of 2018. It is where I manage all my client work and where I also write and organize my ideas and projects. I'm using the monthly personal plan.
Paperform This is the tool I've been using to present my services online. Like Notion.so, it is one of the best monthly investments I'm making right now.
Backblaze Cloud Backup Online Backup for my workstation. Unlimited backup for all the disks and files in my computer.
Vimeo This is where I upload completed work and it's where my clients see and download their videos. I use the Vimeo Pro Annual Plan.
Dominios.pt Where I buy and manage my domains.



Books

They are an amazing source of inspiration and offer some great practical advice on how to make it on your own, doing your own thing. The entrepreneur in me requires a lot of inspiration to keep going in this competitive enterprise world. Below are the must-read books that I own and absolutely loved reading. I hope someday you'll be able to read and I hope they inspire you as well.


Show Your Work - Austin Kleon Show Your Work - Austin Kleon
Steal Like An Artist - Austin Kleon Steal Like An Artist - Austin Kleon
Manage Your Day-to-day - 99U< Manage Your Day-to-day - 99U
Make Your Mark - 99U Make Your Mark - 99U
Company of One - Paul Jarvis Company of One - Paul Jarvis
Launch - Jeff Walker Launch - Jeff Walker
Jump Start Your Business - Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business - Shark Tank
The 100$ Startup - Chris Guillebeau The 100$ Startup - Chris Guillebeau
The Little Book of Lykke - Meik Wiking The Little Book of Lykke - Meik Wiking
Persuasion - James Borg Persuasion - James Borg
Start Where You Are - Chris Gardner Start Where You Are - Chris Gardner