Business Tools every AV Production Company Should Be Using
The tools you use to create or support your content are a crucial part for every company, especially an AV production company where everything is fast-paced and budgets can be tight.
Cheqroom has a lot of users within the AV industry. Here’s a list of their recommendations; fan favourites apps and lesser known – but still extremely useful – tools to boost your production in every way possible.
Giving and receiving feedback in a fast-paced AV environment isn’t always the easiest, especially when you’re working with clients from all over the world.
Frame.io gives you and your client the freedom to comment on every shot, so you can have efficient feedback and stay in touch throughout the entire production process.
The best part? All of the different integrations: Slack and Premiere Pro being the most important ones. It makes for a smooth process and saves a lot of time.
WriterDuet is a screenwriter software for seamless collaboration with other writers: real-time and both online and off.
Whether you are working on the script by yourself, or there are ten people making adjustments; you can see everything change whenever an edit is made by anyone. Don’t worry about losing work, because when you don’t agree on a change, every version is saved within the app’s history.
To make communication easier, WriterDuet also offers the possibility of adding comments to specific parts. You can select, color and move different parts as if you were working with post-its as well. This makes it easier to create a finished product in the program.
The app everyone in AV knows and loves: StudioBinder is a great project management software that makes life easier for every AV production company.
StudioBinder helps freelancers, SME’s and large corporations with the administration part of their business (call sheets, production calendar, film crew management, location scouting) but it’s also a great tool for the creative team to use.
It’s helpful for working together on editing videos without losing track of who’s done what, making great storyboards, breaking down scripts into handy reports for your costume, props and stunts team, etc.
Like the name suggests, Endcrawl is all about the ending of a project. When you are working on a big production, a lot of people have helped you create that end result. Chances are you want to mention all of them at the end of your video.
Endcrawl does this for you. When you put all of the different names and roles into the system, it will rearrange them for you. You can decide between different variations of the end generics.
It comes in helpful when you have over 150 people to thank and it’s a fast way to do it!
Cheqroom is sometimes overlooked when it comes to AV production, but is probably one of the most helpful tools if you have a lot of employees all wanting to create their own projects.
Cheqroom is an equipment management tool that helps you keep control of your inventory. No longer can cameras or tripods, lighting or microphones be taken from the equipment room without a clue where they went. With Cheqroom, people have to reserve equipment and check it out before they can take it from your inventory room.
Cheqroom is available on mobile as well, so there is really no excuse as to why equipment has disappeared without a trace.
While Airtable can sometimes scare users by how complicated it looks, once you’ve worked with it, many recommend it because of its user-friendly interface and many features.
Airtable is perfect for AV production companies that want a clear overview of their database and want to keep all their work in one place. The best part: it helps you understand complex projects in such a way that you know exactly what to tackle first.
What tools do you use?