These are the core tools and resources I use and recommend for content creators. A lot have free plans, some come with discounts too. If you want to check one out, click on the name and it will take you that site.

BTW, some links are affiliate links. if you buy something I may make a small commission at no extra expense for you.

Live Streaming and Recording

Ecamm Live - a live stream and video production studio for your Mac. Even has a StreamDeck integration. Try free for 14 days.

StreamYard - a simple browser-based way to live stream and record videos. Free and paid plans.

Music and Sound Effects

Uppbeat - production music and sound effects made for content creators. Includes an AI playlist generator. Free and paid plans.

Track Club - top level production music for any type production. Includes individual tracks on songs too. Get 2 months free with this link.

YouTube Optimization

TubeBuddy - Features include keyword research, SEO studio, thumbnail A/B testing, and more. Free and paid plans.

VidIQ - Features include daily ideas, keyword rankings, AI titles, and more. Free and paid plans.


ReCut - fast way to edit videos by automatically cuts out the silence in your videos. Use my link and save $10!

CleanShot X - amazing easy way to do screen recordings, including your camera and computer audio. Tons of features.

Final Cut Pro - powerful video editing for beginners and professionals too. Mac only. Buy once, own forever.

Graphics and Animations

Canva - simple to use graphics tool for beginners and pros. Free and paid plans.

MotionVFX - easy-to-use and customize animations, titles, and effects for video. Free and paid options.