These are the TOP 10 software packages I currently use for my image and video editing and the hardware I use to run them on.
Surprisingly six of the ten programs can be had FREE for non-commercial use!
While four are paid or subscription model products.
Links to all the applications both free and paid are at the bottom of page.
What I edit still images with:
- Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom Classic
- Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop
- Skylum Luminar 2018 (Jupiter update!)
- Topaz Studio
- Microsoft ICE
Image developer and catalog
Still image artistic effects
Focus stacker by Heribert Cypionka
My image catalog database is currently
- Adobe Creative Cloud Lightroom (Image developer and catalog)
What I try to bash together videos with:
- Blackmagic DaVnci Resolve 15
- Adobe Premier Elements 9
Insanely powerful video and audio editor
video editor lite
entering some features like the Fusion nodal editor quickly blows chunks saying I’ve run out of GPU memory, and I should try to reduce the number of active nodes even though I only have 1 open with no effects inserted yet.
Hopefully a temporary situation to be resolved by an update
All other components, like the Media manager, Timeline editor, Color grader, Fairlight audio editor, and exporter seem to work OK
Unfortunate but for now I do the main work in DaVinci Resolve and then have to add any effects in Adobe Premier Elements.
- ASUS xxx (Main image editing display)
- Samsung xxx (Text and control panels)
The eater of bits
- Custom built Intel I7 system with
- 32Gb RAM
- 250Gb SSD + 500Gb SSD + 4Tb sata3 + 2 * 1Tb sata2 internal drives
- Radeon R9 4Gb video card with 3 hdmi/dvi outputs
- Wacom Intuos 3 9*12 tablet
- Spyder Pro (colorimeter)
Backup & Stability
- Acronis TruImage 2018 (data backup)
- A random array of Western Digital external drives (backup medium, on and offsite)
- Apc UPS units (power stabilization)
Here are the links to all the products if you want to get any them
(Full disclosure: I do use affiliate links for some products, you do not need to use them)
Adobe Photography bundle includes both Lightroom & Photoshop for $9.99us/month at
Skylum Luminar is available for 99$Cdn at http://bit.ly/luminarpp
Adobe Premier Elements is available from Amazon here Adobe Premiere Elements 2018
Acronis TruImage 2018 for 29.99$us (search the web for discount coupons!) at http://bit.ly/Acronispp
The following six products I use can all be downloaded and used for free!
BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 15 (video/audio editor) for free at http://bit.ly/resolvepp (non commercial use)
Topaz Studio for free at http://bit.ly/Topazst (Pro adjustment packs are at extra cost, if you want them.)
Microsoft ICE (Panorama stitcher) for free at http://bit.ly/msICEpp
Picolay (Focus stacker) for free at http://bit.ly/picolay
Handbrake (video converter) https://handbrake.fr/
Audacity (audio editor) for free at http://bit.ly/audaditypp
qDslrDashboard (remote camera control) for free win/mac and paid app for android/ios at http://bit.ly/2IVppWf
Wired and wireless camera control, timelapse with bramping, focus stacking, quite a powerful package.