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The Friday Roundup – It’s an NAB Wasteland Around Here

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OK right from the outset this week let’s get totally real. The whole reason I can managed to scrape together a blog post each week is definitely NOT because I am a gifted blogger or natural writer! It’s because I can scrape together a bunch of what I believe to be relevant content from other places around the internet, cobble them together and make it all look like I am a screaming genius. The truth is I totally rely on other sources for both interesting . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – It’s an NAB Wasteland Around Here

The Friday Roundup – Monitor Calibration, Audio and Lighting Tips

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One of the key features being added to the average consumer level video editor at this point in their development is that of color grading. This is completely different to color correction where you are simply trying to compensate for incorrect colors generated by lighting conditions or shortcomings in the video shooting process. Color grading is actually taking control of the overall look and feel of your project by creating consistent (or intentionally inconsistent) color “looks” to enhance the viewing experience. I can’t say really . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Monitor Calibration, Audio and Lighting Tips

The Friday Round Up – The Perils of Camera Angles

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Over the past few weeks I have managed to track down a few good tutorials on lighting your videos. My intention in directing your attention to them has never been much about actually lighting your videos! Let’s face it, the idea of most of us taking or having the time to set up lights is kind of silly! My point with them has always been to direct your attention to the way in which you can position yourself within the available light to get the . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Round Up – The Perils of Camera Angles

The Friday Roundup – CyberLink Director Suite Live, Stabilizers and More

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Round up! The big news this weeks is that CyberLink announced the addition of a subscription based licensing model to their range of consumer to semi-pro video editing products. “CyberLink Introduces CyberLink Cloud Service and Director Suite Live“ Some of you may remember last year Adobe adopting a similar model for their pro level software and the ensuing hooha that surrounded that event. From the outset here it is probably important to note the differences in the CyberLink release just . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – CyberLink Director Suite Live, Stabilizers and More

Corel VideoStudio Pro X7 Review

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Corel VideoStudio Pro X7 and VideoStudio Ultimate X7 are the current versions of Corel’s popular consumer editing software. VideoStudio is a well matured and stable product that has been under constant development by Corel for a number of years now. It’s development has been largely market and technology driven however what sets it apart from many is Corel’s responsiveness to its existing user base. They have been tapping into the collective user experience whether good or bad, on their excellent “user to user” forum for . . . → Continue reading: Corel VideoStudio Pro X7 Review

Corel Video Studio Pro X7 Review Part 2

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Exploring the New Video Editing Interface The VideoStudio X7 interface has been redesigned to give it a clearer and sharper look whilst at the same time tidying up a few of the organizational features as well. The software always had a pretty good user interface in my opinion and given the enormous number of features and functions the interface needs to provide access to, I think they have done a pretty good job. You can take a look at this video below to get an . . . → Continue reading: Corel Video Studio Pro X7 Review Part 2

The Friday Roundup – Corel VideoStudio Pro X7 Released

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Well it’s the first of this years updates to the better video editing software choices and so we kick off with Corel’s VideoStudio. Last year VideoStudio Pro X6 was my number two choice at the consumer end of the market with it’s position at number two only coming down really to niggly little points. I will get to a full review of this new release which takes us to version X7, next week but in the meantime here is a brief overview of what’s new . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Corel VideoStudio Pro X7 Released

The Friday Roundup – Hair Lighting and Choosing a Lens

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Choosing a Lens These days is is becoming more and more likely that you will be shooting with a device that has the ability to take different types of lenses. Digital SLRS, compacts like the Sony NEX series and even a bunch of add-ons for phone cameras are all beginning to offer exchangeable lenses. Of course just when you thought it was all getting simple… it gets complicated! So, what is the the difference between various lenses and how does it all fit together? Check . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Hair Lighting and Choosing a Lens

The Friday Roundup – Time Lapse, B-Rolls and Setting Up a Home Studio

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Better B-Roll One aspect of professional movie making that makes it look different to us is the use of B-Roll footage. Now because it is called B-roll it tends to sound a little like it is some kind of footage that is somehow inferior to the main footage but this could not be further from the truth. B-roll footage are shots that are taken by a second and separate film crew and the shots they take are integrated into to completed movie. If the main . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Time Lapse, B-Rolls and Setting Up a Home Studio

The Friday Roundup – Video Editing, Not Like Eating Cake

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Clean up that Mess! As the title of this weeks roundup suggests, video editing is not made more enjoyable by getting messy! In fact one of the most common ways in which video editing can become reduced to a mindlessly boring chore is if you are constantly unable to quickly find the things you are looking for. As soon as you start to get frustrated by the process this will begin to reflect on your editing decisions and the amount of time and effort you . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Video Editing, Not Like Eating Cake