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25+ Best Tools to Create Videos in High Quality | 2023 Guide


25+ Best Tools to Create Videos in High Quality | 2023 Guide

In 2023, video creation is simple and accessible. 

You probably even have a high-quality camera in your pocket right now. 

But making professional-quality videos is a different ballgame. For instance, if you want to start a YouTube channel, record employee training videos, or make a video podcast, you’ll need more than just your phone.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the most important video-creation tools and list some of 2023’s most popular options to get you started, no matter your budget.

Best Tools to Create High-Quality Videos

You probably know that tools like a camera, mic, and editing software are essential for video recording. But below, we’ll tell you why. We’ll also discuss content-creation tools you might not have considered!

Hardware video creator tools

We’ll start with video-creation hardware—the physical equipment that you need in your studio.


We know we said you’ll need more than a phone to shoot high-quality video—but a smartphone camera is a great beginner tool. 

The newest smartphones record up to 4K video resolution and have up to 1TB of storage. There’s a reason you’ll see dozens of videos on YouTube labeled “I shot this on a phone!”

That said, there are many advantages to choosing an external camera. Among other factors, cameras often perform better in low-light settings and maintain better image quality than phones in close-up shots. 

Sony ZV-1F as the best video camera tool
Sony ZV-1F

There are several camera types to choose from:

  • Mirrorless cameras
  • DSLR cameras
  • Point-and-shoot cameras
  • Action cameras (like GoPros)

While the tools you choose for your video content should always depend on your intended use, a camera top-quality camera is a must for all creators. We suggest choosing a camera that record at least in 1080p, or even better if it can capture 4 resolution. 

Here are a few of 2023’s highest-rated options:

  • Panasonic Lumix GH6: Consistently rated among the top filmmaking cameras. (Price: $1,899.99)
  • Canon Powershot G7 X Mark III: Compact point-and-shoot especially suited for live streaming. (Price: $749.99)
  • Sony ZV-1F: Ultra-compact and designed for vloggers. (Price: $499.99)

Tip: Opt for a camera with a display screen that flips fully forward so you can see yourself while filming.

For more guidance on camera choice, check out our articles on the best camera for YouTubers and the best streaming cameras if you plan on hosting a live.


Even if you’re using your smartphone’s camera, purchasing an external microphone is helpful. That’s because, unlike its camera, your phone’s microphone is unlikely to produce professional-quality output. 

The same is true of external cameras—their built-in microphones often produce poor audio.

Blue Yeti microphone tool for creating videos
Blue Yeti

There are three features to choose in a mic: transducer type, form, and polar pattern. These terms refer to the mic’s sensitivity to sound, its placement relative to the speaker, and the direction(s) from which it picks up sound.

Within each feature, you’ll need to choose from a few options.

For instance, if you’re going to record in noisy environments, you might prefer a dynamic microphone form (which captures sound mainly from the front of the mic). But if you’re recording from a quiet studio, you might choose a condenser mic (since those tend to pick up better quality audio overall). 

In case that seems too complicated, we’ve rounded up a few options for you to start with:

  • Rode VideoMic Pro: Fully-featured super-cardioid condenser shotgun mic. (Price: $299.00)
  • Sennheiser MKE 400: Designed for smartphone recording. (Price: $199.95)
  • Blue Yeti: An extremely popular plug-and-play mic for home studio use.  (Price: $99.99)

For more suggestions, check out the 10 Best Microphones for YouTube Videos.


While not every video lends itself to wearing headphones, we recommend using them. They’re a valuable way to monitor sound in real-time and to preview what your audience will hear. 

Audio technica ATH m50x headphone tools for creating videos
Audio Technica ATH-M50x

If you prefer not to wear a pair in your videos, use them to listen to a test clip before recording.

One headphone feature to consider is open-back vs. closed-back. Closed-back headphones provide better external sound-blocking, which many creators value, while open-back headphones let creators stay aware of their surroundings.

Unless you have professional audio equipment like an amplifier, we also recommend looking for lower-impedance headphones. Impedance refers to the headphones’ resistance to electrical current. A pair with greater resistance (higher impedance) will produce a too-quiet sound unless hooked up to an amp.

If you don’t have an amp, choose headphones with an impedance of between 20 and 40 ohms.

Here are a few models to choose from:

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: Many creators’ go-to studio headphones. (Price: $169.00)
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro: Consistently top-rated headphones available in several impedance levels. (Price: $139.00)
  • Sony MDR-7506: An entry-level industry standard, though their higher impedance (63 ohms) means they work best with an amplifier. (Price: $99.99)
Read more:  The 11 Best Podcast Headphones (2023 Guide).


You might have a top-of-the-line camera, but no one will watch your videos if the lighting is terrible.

And despite what you may think, more than the overhead lighting in your house is needed for a top-quality video. Instead, you’ll want at least one light aimed directly at your face while recording. 

Lighting video creator tools

And for the best lighting, consider purchasing a three-point lighting kit.

3-point lighting tool for creating videos

Here are a few lighting setup options:

  • GVM RGB LED Studio 3-Light Video Light Panel Kit: A high-end three-point lighting setup. (Price: $339.00)
  • Godox SL-60 LED Video Light: Pair with a light stand and softbox for light diffusion in your at-home studio. (Price: $139.99)
  • Boling BL-P1 Pocket LED RGB Video Light: A compact camera-mounted light for filming on the go. (Price: $129.00)

For more information on setting up your lighting kit, see our article on Video Lighting.


A tripod is another valuable tool for creating videos. Even if you plan to film on your phone, you’ll want a tripod to stabilize the device and hold it in position.

Types of tripods include:

  • Extendable tripods
  • Compact, portable tripods
  • Phone tripods
  • Flexible tripods
  • Suction cup tripods

Consider your tripod’s material, the compatibility of its clamp with your camera, and the ability to mount a microphone or light.

You should opt for the features that best support your videos. For example, if you’ll be recording on the go, choose a lightweight carbon fiber tripod instead of a heavier aluminum version.

Check out these tripods to get you started:

  • Peak Design Travel Tripod: Available in aluminum or carbon fiber and has a built-in phone mount. (Price: $379.95)
  • Manfrotto MT190X3 Aluminum Tripod: Fully-featured option with a built-in ground-level adapter for versatility. (Price: $259.99)
  • iFootage Cobra 2 C150-II: Monopod that can extend from 24–59 inches. (Price: $179.00)


An often underrated piece of gear, a gimbal can make a huge difference in the professionality of your videos

A gimbal is a tool that attaches to a camera or phone and stops shakiness while filming. It’s even useful for those who film stationary footage since anything from sound wave vibrations to a car driving by can cause camera movement undetectable by the human eye.

Zhiyun gimbal tool for creating videos in high quality

Here are a few popular options to consider:

  • Zhiyun Crane M3: Lightweight camera or smartphone gimbal designed specifically for vloggers. (Price: $419.00)
  • Zhiyun Weebill 3: Optimized for large cameras weighing up to 14 pounds. (Price: $379.00)
  • DJI Osmo Mobile 4: Magnetic 3-axis smartphone gimbal. (Price: $149.00)

See our Video Production Equipment Essentials List for more on tripods and gimbals.

Software tools for video

While choosing the proper hardware lets you capture high-quality raw footage, the software turns that footage into a masterpiece.

Below, we’ll cover the three most crucial video creation tools: recording, editing, and hosting software.

Recording software

  • As its name suggests, video recording software is the tool that captures raw footage from your camera (or phone). Powerful recording software, like Riverside, lets you create HD video content easily and reliably.
Riverside video creator tool online

Riverside is a studio-quality video creation platform you can access from any device. You can record videos in up to 4K video resolution without worrying about your internet connection and you can download separate audio and video tracks for all your participants. To streamline your workflow, Riverside has a text based video editor. Using highly accurate Ai transcriptions, you can edit your videos as easily as editing a text document.

You can also effortlessly turn one long-form recording into multiple short form videos. Our Magic Clips tool uses AI to take key moments in your recordings and turns them into short, shareable clips, ideal for social media.

Riverside also offers: 

  • Local recording to each participant’s device so you don’t have to rely on the quality of your internet connection
  • Lossless, uncompressed 48kHz audio for optimal quality
  • Remote recording with up to 8 participants 
  • Separate audio and video tracks for each participant for more post-production flexibility
  • Mobile app that lets you film videos on your phone and automatically upload them to your computer
  • White-label video production with your channel’s or company’s logo 
  • Live streaming to popular platforms like Twitch and YouTube
  • Audience call-ins during live streams
  • Text-based Editor that lets you split and trim footage, rearrange layouts, add custom graphics and logos, and more
  • Magic Clips tool for easily repurposing one recording into multiple pieces of content for social media
  • Simultaneous video, audio, and screen recording
  • 24-hour customer support via email or live chat

If you’re ready to try Riverside, you can sign up for a free plan today—or if you’re looking for advanced features, paid plans start at just $15/month. 

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Other popular recording software options include:

  • Camtasia: Recording and basic editing tool to create training videos. (Price: $299.99/user/yr)
  • Movavi Video Suite: Screen-recording software that also includes basic editing. (Price: $152.85/yr)
  • Loom: High-security software designed for enterprise collaboration. (Price: $150/user/yr)

We’ve got a full guide if you want to learn more about Video Recording Software.

Editing software

The editing stage puts the finishing touches on your videos. Editing software can add text, transitions, voiceovers, music, and more to turn your videos into truly studio-quality content.

Riverside’s Editor tool provides basic editing functions like splitting and trimming footage, choosing a layout, and adding custom graphics. But if you need advanced editing, Riverside’s automatic exporting to Descript and Adobe Premiere Pro streamlines the process.

Editing tool to create videos
Adobe Premiere Pro

When choosing editing software, consider pricing packages offered, user-friendliness, compatibility with your recording and hosting software, audio control, and computer requirements (RAM, etc.). 

The most popular editing software in 2023 include:

  • Final Cut Pro: Stable, affordable editing software for Mac users. (Price: One-time fee of $299.99)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: Fast, professional editing software for Windows and Mac. (Price: $252/yr)
  • Wondershare Filmora: Simple, beginner-friendly software for Windows and Mac. (Price: $69.99/yr)
  • iMovie: Basic editing software for Mac and iOS devices. (Price: Free)

For more ideas, try our article on the 10 Best Video Editing Software in 2023 (Every Level + Budget).

Hosting software

After editing, there’s one more step to take before getting your content in front of your audience: uploading to hosting software.

Just like bloggers need a website to store their written content, video creators need a website to store their audio-visual content. Hosting software provides that service. 

Brightcover hosting tool for videos

Features to look for in hosting software include privacy and security, branding features, storage capacity, SEO services, audience reach, and data analytics.

Here are a few popular video hosting platforms to consider:

  • YouTube: Popular hosting software with a large audience. (Price: Free)
  • Wistia: Ad-free software that generates an embed code to put your content on your website. (Price: $79/yr up to 50 videos; $319/yr up to 250 videos)
  • Brightcove: User-friendly option designed to integrate with marketing software. (Price: Contact Brightcove’s sales team for a quote)
Read more:  Top 9 Best Video Hosting Sites for 2023 (Free & Paid).

FAQs on Tools to Create Videos

What equipment do I need to make videos?

The most critical video-making tools are a camera, microphone, and tripod.

You can use your phone as a camera or buy an external camera, but neither will provide professional audio—which is why it’s essential to purchase an external microphone. You’ll use the tripod to set your camera in your desired location and height for filming.

For a list of tools to consider, see our article on Video Production Equipment Essential List for Beginners and Pros.

What software do you use to make videos?

For studio-quality videos, we recommend Riversid.

It’s an all-in-one recording, editing, and streaming software for both beginners and professional content creators. You can film and live stream on your computer or phone using Riverside’s browser-based software or mobile app. 

Your footage will automatically upload to your personal recording studio, where you can edit it on your computer with Riverside’s Editor. You can then export your video in multiple formats for uploading to advanced editing software, if needed.

But don’t take our word for it—try Riverside free today!

How can I create videos for free?

There are numerous free video-creation tools to choose from. If you have a smartphone, you can use its camera to record your videos. iPhone users can edit videos for free using iMovie, while Android users can use Android’s native Photos app.

But a more straightforward way to record and edit for free is using’s free all-in-one recording, streaming, and editing software. While a paid subscription is necessary to access some features, the free version is a great place to start.

Regardless of your choice, you can then make a free YouTube account to host your videos.

How do you make a video high quality?

The two factors contributing to a high-quality video are the quality of the raw footage and the professionality of the editing.

Choose a camera and recording software capable of recording in 4K, 1080p resolution to capture high-quality raw footage. Be sure to invest in an external mic capable of recording 48kHz audio; don’t use your camera’s built-in low-quality mic!

Next, research equipment that enhances video smoothness, like a tripod and gimbal.

Finally, invest in professional editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. The time you spend learning to get the most out of this software will pay off exponentially in the quality of your videos.

Now that you know the most essential tools for creating high-quality videos in 2023, get out there and take that first step toward your content creation goals!

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