Please note as the list gets bigger it will be modified so remember what you see today doesn't mean it will be there tomorrow!
The links have been colored according to their classification so they can be easily identified!
If there is a program/site that has two or more classifications it will be posted under the Utilities section.
Programs are not guaranteed to work on your operating system although most of them should.
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3D Modeling Programs and Models
1. Google Sketchup 7
Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models, and it's free.
2. Caligari TrueSpace 7.6
TrueSpace is a free 3D computer graphics and animation software developed by Caligari Corporation. As of May 2009, it has been discontinued. But is still available so download while you can!
Blender is a 3D graphics application released as free software under the GNU General Public License. It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including games. Blender is available for a number of operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
4. Organica 3D
This program takes the metaball concept, and applies it to blocks of different shapes. Its great for organic and natural shapes. I use it for caves and stone arches. No texturing here, so texture it elsewhere. It can save a mesh as 3ds, whick you can import into Sketchup or other.
This is a nice modeler that does subdivision surfaces. Very much like Silo, but free. It has a lot of interesting modeling tools, and does texturing and animation (with bones) as well. This is what I apply textures in because Sketchup is not the greatest for that.
This is the terrain modeler I usually use. It uses a grayscale image for a heightmap, but then applies textures based on things like elevation and angle. Can have as many different textures as you want. The texture and mesh can be exported at any resolution. Saves 3ds for Sketchup import. Hint. Always use the smooth command in Sketchup, and then omit back faces when you import into MW.
7. Genetica Viewer
Don't let the viewer name discourage you, this "viewer" creates all kinds of textures based on templates (has about 200 or something). The tiles it creates are seemless, and can be saved in several resolutions that are appropriate for MS.
8. Vue 7
For making fantastic virtual terrain using Vue 7 Pioneer which is free to download and use.
9. 3Dvia Shape
3DVIA shape, a modelling program similar to Sketchup, that saves your work online instead of your hard drive and can export to many different formats. No matter what your 3D skill level may be, design in 3D with ease using 3DVIA Shape. Perfect for the beginner, yet powerful enough for the expert, Shape allows you to easily create your ideas in 3D and share them online all for free.
LeoCad is a freeware 3D design software to create Lego models.LeoCad requires the Ldraw library which you must download from Ldraw. Now, LeoCad can export to 3Ds which is good. This program can help Moviestorm users to make Lego toys which you can use in your movies.
ScapeMaker is a landscape creator. It's easy to use. There is one problem though, you can't export to a graphics file, you have to render the 3D pic and select fullscreen then use a screen capture prog to capture your landscape.
Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit. Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.
13. Wings 3D
Wings 3D is an open source 3D Modeller. There are downloads for Windows, Linux and Mac. The Windows/Mac version can import/export FBX files (3D format created by Adobe), just in case you come across this file format. This program can also import/export 3DS/OBJ files also.
ngPlant is an Open Source plant modeling package. This program allows you to create 3D models of plants, trees, etc. The exported model can be loaded in Blender. Program is for Windows and Mac OS X.
15. Plant Studio
PlantStudio is a commerical program which was re-released for free download. It's a tool for creating 3D plant models and 2D illustrations. 3D Models created in this program are exported as DXF files. IIRC, Blender can load DXF files. You can get the registration code from http://www.kurtz-fer...t.com/order.htm .
16. Ivy Generator
Ivy Generator is a program for creating Ivy, the kind of ivy that you see running on vines. This program is avaliable for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. There is a tutorial on how to get the exported model into Blender.
Delgine has now gone open source. It is a 3D modeler/Level designer; nip over to the web site to find out more. There always has been a free version now the full version has been released, although it is now called a Community Edition. There are plugins available too.
18. Synfig Studio Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS X.
19. Insight 3D
It lets you create 3D models from photographs. You give it a series of photos of a real scene (e.g., of a building), it automatically matches them and then calculates positions in space from which each photo has been taken (plus camera’s optical parameters) along with a 3D pointcloud of the scene. You can then use insight3d’s modeling tools to create textured polygonal model.
Khed is a freeware 3D modeling software created mainly for creating low polygonal models for computer games. You can export your models in 3DS format to load into Google Sketchup. This program is for Windows.
Video Editing Programs
It is a great tool to work with .AVI files. Regardless of small executable size, this avi editor offers you unlimited power of digital video processing. Some high-tech tricks included into AVIedit allows you to perform with ease and fun the many interesting things, like video warping, color restore, noise reduction and so on...
If you’re someone that wants an easy way to edit digital videos, and you can’t figure out complicated video editing programs, it’s safe to say you’ll like this free easy video editing software.
VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the . It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.
Is a Windows based audio/video editor. Version 3.0 has, as usual, basic and pro versions, giving the user the chance of a 30 days trial. Trakax is a very powerful and easy-to-learn and intuitive tool, even in its basic version. Note: that Trakax was conceived originally as a sound-editing tool with video editing features, getting it to be right now a quite well balanced tool for sound and video.
Audio Editing Programs and Sounds
WavePad is a sound editor program for Windows, Mac OS X and Pocket PC. This audio editing software lets you make and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio you can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings and, if required, add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. WavePad is a wav editor and MP3 editor, and supports a number of other file formats including vox, gsm, Real Audio, au, aif, flac, ogg and more. Note: There are both a paid version and a free version. It is a good program for splitting and amplifying audio as well as adding effects and converting to different formats. When the trial is over just go and do as you would to unistall it. It will then ask you if you want to degrade to the free version.
Audacity is a free and open source software for recording and editing sound. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU / Linux and other operating systems.
3. Atmosphere Lite
A free program that can be used to make ambient sounds of rain, thunder, ocean plus the ability to add fauna sounds as well.
4. Acid Express
Free loop based music creation program.
Do you believe in magic? You will after using The Levelator® to enhance your podcast. And you'll be amazed that it's free, now even for commercial use.
So what is The Levelator®? It's software that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds better.
MadTracker™ is the composition tool that creates the shortest path between imagination and music. Based on the tracker concept, MadTracker provides a clean and intuitive interface for a powerful and efficient approach to making music. Versatility and compatibility are guaranteed due to full VST™, ASIO™ and ReWire™ support, while its computer charge is minimal.
Psycle is a free modular music production software program. This is a powerful program. It has a good amount of effects. This program supports VST Plugins so you can add more effects to the program.
8. ModPlug Tracker
Modplug is a 'Win32' X86 based audio application used to produce music. The application was initially a private project developed by Olivier Lapicque and is a popular 'tracker' used by many musicians.
Like VirtualDub but with less features. This one is multiplatform.
10. Jeskola Buzz Jeskola Buzz is a freeware modular audio creation program. This is a very powerful program. Download the program at the link and then download the giant machine collection at http://www.buzzmachi...com/getbuzz.php.
Jokosher is a simple and powerful multi-track studio. Jokosher provides a complete application for recording, editing, mixing and exporting audio, and has been specifically designed with usability in mind. The developers behind Jokosher have re-thought audio production at every level, and created something devilishly simple to use.
Musescore is a MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius and Finale. You can save the music that you create as a midi file. Versions are available for Windows, Mac Os, Linux.
Pictures, Textures and Texturing Programs
Is a website where you can get free textures for your 3D models.
Here's a nice image editor that is a version of the GIMP made more Photoshop-like. It has plugins installed already for DDS files and normal maps. Plus its got all the power of the GIMP.
Imagelys Picture Styles is a way of creating an unlimited number of beautiful graphic images in a minimal amount of time. You can create seamless backgrounds for your desktop or your web page, original wallpapers, textures for 3D modelling, skins for your favorite programs, and much much more. You don't have to be an expert designer to be able to produce truly amazing results.
Imagelys Picture Styles generates seamless textures using mathematical formulae and works with ready-to-use effects including generators, deformers, filters, colour adjustments, special FX and masks for transparency. It presents a variety of textures that you can modify, mix etc. Ready to use.
4. Share CG
Another site that has 3D models and textures, be sure to limit your search for items with, Limited use with credits, Non-commercial use only or Unrestricted use.
5. Got 3D
We take thousands of photographs each year for our products. Because of time or quality, most never see the light of day. We are making these textures available to help everyone. These Free Textures cannot be resold.
6. Pic Master
A free image editor, with some great options.
Sqirlz Morph provides a more 'traditional' approach to warping/morphing based on the use of control points to mark key image features.
8. Sqirlz Water Effects
Make animated puddles and lake surfaces; rain, snow effects
9. Sqirlz Morph
Sqirlz Morph allows you to mark features on several images, and the program mixes the images so that each feature on one image moves smoothly to the corresponding feature on the other images - a technique widely used in the film industry.
Xnview is a freeware image viewer. It can also convert between different formats. Over 400 formats are supported.
Bricks'n'Tiles is designed to create photorealistic textures for high quality 3d content by using advanced texture synthesis algorithms. If you have a picture of a brick wall you can now make your own perfectly seamless brick wall texture in a couple of minutes.
SSbump is a free program for creating bump maps and normal maps. This program was designed mainly with Half-life 2 in mind but it might have a use for Moviestorm. One problem though, it only supports TGA pic files.
MaPZone is only intended to be used for producing high quality textures and this is what it does best. Based on a unique and patented technology called the FX Maps, MaPZone is the only procedural tool giving you that much control over your creation.
CrackArt is an Open Source 3D Texturing application that includes Texture Painting, Texture Baking, Procedural Materials and Textures, and much more.
15. eLynx Lab
eLynx Lab is an open source image processing software. Currently, binaries are available for Windows only.
16. Luminance HDR
Luminance HDR is an open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging. HDR aka High dynamic range imaging produces realistic imaging. Versions for Windows and Mac OS X are available. Linux users should ask their OS vendors for pre-packaged binary.
1. Format Factory
Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter.
All to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF.
All to MP3/WMA/AMR/OGG/AAC/WAV.
All to JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO/GIF/TGA.
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux.
Format Factory's Feature:
support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
Repair damaged video and audio file.
Reducing Multimedia file size.
Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
Supports 50 languages
2. Any Video Converter
Any Video Converter Freeware- the Free Video Converter - is the most renowned free video converter for converting video files between various formats, with fast converting speed and excellent video quality. This powerful free video converter application makes video conversion quick and easy.
Input formats: avi, asf, mov, rm, rmvb, flv, mkv, mpg, 3gp, m4v, vob, YouTube videos and more
Output formats: avi, mp4, wmv, flv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac. Note: Better for converting to wmv for use in particle Illusion.
Super is a freeware audio/video converter which can convert to many different formats.
Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. A GUI to FFmpeg, MEncoder, MPlayer, x264, musepack, monkey's audio, true audio, wavpack, ffmpeg2theora and the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn. If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need.It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click.
Mediacoder is a free audio/video converter. This program is constantly updated a lot and supports many audio/video formats. Also, if you have an Nvidia card, this program supports CUDA acceleration.
Transcoding on a Mac is a serious pain, especially since MS only supports very limited codecs and only the AVI container format. As of this post (Feb 22, 2010.), the only video format that MS is supposed to handle for adding video to prims is MP42 in an AVI container. This is what it generates when it renders it's own video.
There seems to be a bug in handling this on Mac platforms though because adding video to a prim doesn't always work. Download this tool to fix it. Instructions below:
The download instructions ask you to download mpeg2enc.intel and a tar file containing mplayer and mencoder. They fail to tell you to unzip the archive and select the unarchived binaries during the installation phase, so the steps are:
1) Download ffmgepX (IMG file) and mount it, drag it to the Applications folder.
2) Download the mpeg2enc.intel file.
3) Download the gzipped tarfile of mplayer and mencoder and unarchive it.
4) Run ffmpegX from the Applications folder and when it asks for the installation location of these files, use the finder browser to locate each file separately, even though it says to locate the tar file for both mencoder and mplayer.
6. Sothink Free Video Converter
Sothink Video Converter is 100% free video converter software for converting rich formats of video audio files, with high definition and top speed. The supported media formats includes video AVI, MP4, MPG, WMV, 3GP, TS, FLV, RMVB, MKV, H.264, HD Video, and audio MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, etc. Let you enjoy high definition movies on desktop PC, laptop, many portable media players and latest mobile devices.
Kantaris is a new media player based on code from Videolan client (VLC) and Bass audio library. Kantaris has a graphical user interface similar to that of Windows Media Player.
It works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.
2. VLC Player
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats (H.264, Ogg, DivX, MKV, TS, MPEG-2, mp3, MPEG-4, aac, ...) from files, physical media (DVDs, VCD, Audio-CD), TV capture cards and many network streaming protocols. It can also convert media files, transcode and act as a streaming server over unicast or multicast and IPv4 or IPv6. It doesn't need any external codec, program or codec pack to work.
The KMPlayer is all-in-one media player covering various formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, QuickTime etc. It has an extra feature to play Incomplete/Damaged AVI file, Locked Media Files while downloading or sharing, Compressed Audio Album (zip, rar) and so on. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways.
Screen Capturing Programs
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).
Codecs (can't watch that video or play that song because of a strange format?)
1. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack
This is a pack full of audio/video codecs. Codecs like Dixv, Windows Media, Xvid, X-264, AC3/DTS, MP3, etc. Apple Quicktime is not included, must be download separately.
2. QuickTime Alternative
QuickTime Alternative is a trimmed down version of QuickTime that contains only the essential components needed for playing QuickTime content that is embedded in web pages.
Advantages of QuickTime Alternative are:Quick and easy installAbility to make an unattended installation. No background processes. No unwanted stuff and other nonsense.
Utilities (For everything that doesn't fit in the other categories)
1. Detonation Films
They have some great free special effects for downloading and some very interesting tutorials.
2. Poster Website
This like the name implies, is a website that lets you make a poster Hollywood style for your movie.
3. 3Dvia Models
Models for the 3Dvia Shape program if compatible with MS they blend pretty easily with it.
OpenDisc is a high quality collection of open source software (OSS) for the Microsoft Windows operating system.
The two main goals of the project are:
To provide a free alternative to costly software, with equal or often better quality equivalents to proprietary, shareware or freeware software for Microsoft Windows.To educate users of Linux as an operating system for home, business and educational use.It's a freely-downloadable CD packed to the gills with free and open-source software for Windows users. It's regularly updated, and contains a really impressive range of applications. Of course, each of the apps can be downloaded separately as well.
Celtx is the world's first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces 'paper & binder' pre-production with a digital approach that's more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.
One of the best sites for free video and audio editing and downloading programs including the great You Tube Downloader.
Its a site which offers many free comic fonts.
Some nice "Independent Movie Maker" tutorials, with links to nice tools.
9. Debug Mode Wax
Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime.
Wax can create 2D & 3D special effects and can work in two modes - as a standalone application which would appeal for home users/beginners, and as a "plug-in" to video editors/NLEs which would be more useful for professional editors. Currently Wax can work as a plug-in with Sony Vegas®, Pure Motion EditStudio and Adobe Premiere® and work for integrating with various other NLEs is in progress.
LSMaker is a freeware program that lets you create lightsabers like the Star Wars Movies.
LSText is a program lets you create the scrolling text like the Star Wars movies too!
Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view the text from DOC, RTF, PDF, ODT, FB2 and HTML files, customize font and background colour, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys. Balabolka uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of VBScript.
It is a site that has over 36,000 freeware/open source programs.
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Patchmaker is a motion tracking tool, you can use it to track either a static image or a video file on any surface. You decide the starting parameters. The image, or video, is locked to the surface and moves with it, so no need for keyframing.
IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7.
*Special plugin: Plugin for some formats