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CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Review – Overview and What’s New

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On this page and the next few you will find my CyberLink PowerDirector 13 review in all its long rambling glory. Every year when CyberLink releases the new version of the program I feel like it is getting harder and harder to sit down and try to put together some kind of helpful review. The main reason for this is probably that consumer level video editing programs like PowerDirector now pack so many features and functions inside them that going through all of them becomes . . . → Continue reading: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Review – Overview and What’s New

CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Review – Editing to Sharing

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Now that we have all the new stuff out of the way let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this PowerDirector 13 review. If I am going to be honest (and I am… just in case you were wondering), most modern video editing packages of the caliber of PowerDirector 13 would take pages and pages of text to go through all their features one by one. All you really need to know is that this program has just about everything you would ever need . . . → Continue reading: CyberLink PowerDirector 13 Review – Editing to Sharing

The Friday Roundup – Magix Movie Edit Pro 2015 Release and a Whole Lotta Tips

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Magix have just released the latest version of their consumer editing suite, Movie Edit Pro 2015. They are the first off he rank with updates for this year although CyberLink should be due for their new version around the middle of this month. I have included the glossy, all singing, all dancing wizzbang effects promotional video below for your viewing pleasure just below this scintillating text! Just on first impressions it looks totally cool but of course that’s completely based on viewing a video created . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Magix Movie Edit Pro 2015 Release and a Whole Lotta Tips

The Friday Roundup – Editing Tips, Muvee Tutorials and Copyright

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First up this week a subject near to my heart, audio. OK to be honest it’s not really a subject near to my heart but as far as video goes, audio is pretty important. So important in fact that as a subject it rears it’s ugly head on a regular basis all over the place whenever video is being discussed. To the average user or the newcomer it is one of the first “oh my god!” moments they tend to have. I can clearly remember . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Editing Tips, Muvee Tutorials and Copyright

The Friday Roundup – GoPro Guides, Night Shots and Green Screen Tips

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If you own a GoPro or are intending to get one as your next video camera there’s some good news here. One of the problems with modern video devices that tends to keep most people in “point and shoot” mode is their sheer complexity. Just like video editing software, when you start ramping up the features you inevitably ramp up the learning curve in working out how to use them. Well the folks at GoPro have taken this into consideration and have created an excellent . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – GoPro Guides, Night Shots and Green Screen Tips

The Friday Roundup – Better Screencasting, Spotting a Fake and Travel Videos

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I have mentioned a few times in my blog posts regarding services like YouTube that the often overlooked factor here is that they are social sites, not just video viewing/sharing sites. In fact the driving forces at work on those sites are most definitely of a social nature. If you want to gain any traction at all and get your projects viewed by a wider audience you have to understand and apply social principles. For the average user this can be as simple as watching . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Better Screencasting, Spotting a Fake and Travel Videos

The Friday Roundup – Secret YouTube Ninja Tricks and More!

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One of the lesser known techniques for optimizing any video you upload to YouTube so that it can be found easily is by adding Closed Captioning or subtitles for the hearing impaired. Now of course this will only apply to a video that has some kind of spoken content in it but the subject itself is well worth taking a look at. If you have already uploaded such a video then chances are that YouTube has already used its own internal speech recognition software to . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Secret YouTube Ninja Tricks and More!

The Friday Roundup – Video Marketing and Building a Home Video Studio

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I would hope it is pretty obvious that this site is not really aimed at professional video editors or for those who are looking for commercial video marketing strategies. However to totally discount the commercial aspect of producing video would be to ignore a whole owrld of tips and techniques that can cross over into many other areas of interest. Let’s face it. As soon as you have at least some desire to have your videos viewed by more than just close friends and family . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Video Marketing and Building a Home Video Studio

The Friday Roundup – It’s All About the Jump Cuts

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Not a lot of particularly interesting news from around the traps this week so I thought I would cover a particular editing technique in a little more detail. One of the most (over?) used types of cuts employed by amateur editors these days is the jump cut. Although when I say that there are a lot of people who think they are using jump cuts when in fact they are not. So what is a jump cut? A jump cut is a cut from one . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – It’s All About the Jump Cuts

The Friday Roundup – Its All About the YouTube

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Getting it Right on YouTube Well it seems that through no effort of my own this weeks appears to be all about YouTube! One aspect of uploading video to YouTube that is most often overlooked is that of optimizing the text fields around that video for maximum effect. Because this activity falls under the title of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) many people simply ignore it or do it badly. They either don’t really understand it or don’t think it is of much importance. The importnt . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Its All About the YouTube

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