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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

The Friday Roundup – Shooting an Interview and Media Suite 12

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Video Interviews My guess is that most people that visit this site are much like me in the both the way they shoot and edit video and also the type of projects they are creating. By this I don’t mean they are churning out rubbish on a daily basis but that I think most people are shooting family or social events in some form or another and are not engaged in the actual production of “mini-movies” or anything like that. However there is one type . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Shooting an Interview and Media Suite 12

The Friday Roundup – Color Grading, Polarizing and Three Point Lighting

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OK lots to cover this week! First up there is some stuff on Color Grading as opposed to Color Correction and all the way at the bottom I found few very good videos explaining the three point system for lighting video… enjoy! Color Grading Probably the biggest news this year in the consumer video editing software market has been the introduction of color grading. This has always been a decidedly pro feature that has finally filtered its way down to the consumer. To be clear . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Color Grading, Polarizing and Three Point Lighting

The Friday Roundup – A Steady Hand, Speed Effects and Multi Level Menus

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You Need a Steady Hand These days it would be pretty safe to assume that the vast majority of people are shooting their video in at least some kind of high definition format. With the introduction of high definition one of the major problems that we all inherited was that of maintaining a reasonable stable image so that anyone watching our projects didn’t immediately suffer from motion sickness nausea! Yes high definition is great because it captures incredible quality and detail but at the same . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – A Steady Hand, Speed Effects and Multi Level Menus

The Friday Roundup – Shot Tips, YouTube and Explosions

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Pretty slim pickings this week for interesting news… or just about anything for that matter! OK, so Suarez bit someone in the World Cup but let’s face it, hardly any surprise there! However there was one really good blog post I came across that reminded me of a subject that I think a lot of people could benefit from. Shooting Better Video Over on the Wistia site this week they posted a great article with video examples of the some of the more common shots . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Shot Tips, YouTube and Explosions

The Friday Roundup – Background Music, Histograms and Teleprompters

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Histowhats? With the addition of quite advanced color correction tools as part of the overall feature set of the average video editor these days your ability to manipulate and correct dodgy color results has never been better. On top of this most of us now have access to even more advanced features which allow us to not only color correct but to also color grade our projects. Now I don’t know about you but one of the problems I always have when dealing with color . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Background Music, Histograms and Teleprompters

The Friday Roundup – Video Frame Rates, Monitor Calibration and Editing Tips

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Now that the new darling of the consumer level video editor is color correction and more importantly, color grading it is becoming increasingly important to make sure you are doing it right! One aspect of this that tends to get forgotten is that you can color correct and grade until the cows come home, all the while thinking that your project looks awesome, only to find it actually looks like garbage on anything other than your own computer! Instead of string that monitor railing at . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Video Frame Rates, Monitor Calibration and Editing Tips

The Friday Roundup – Video Lighting and YouTube Mistakes

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Most of us are not going to be hauling around a full lighting rig to get those perfect cinematic shots while on the family holiday… or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, if you have delved into the world of lighting with regards to shooting video (and you know you should) you have probably discovered that the most common set up for lighting is a three light configuration. It usually consists of one strong light directed at the subject at a 45 degree angle known as . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Video Lighting and YouTube Mistakes

The Best Video Editing Software Compared

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These are my current choices for the best video editing software solutions at the consumer or home user level. You can find a complete review for each one by following the links next to each one below. The order in which they are presented is based on my own experience in both using and reviewing each one on a standard “run of the mill” Win 7 computer that I also use for other things. In other words, not a single purpose computer used for editing . . . → Continue reading: The Best Video Editing Software Compared

The Friday Roundup – Copyright on Vimeo, Audio Editing and Glass Marbles

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First up this week let me explain the cat image I used as a thumbnail for this weeks roundup. Sometimes there are enough articles for me to share with a common theme, sometimes one of the articles lends itself to the easy selection of a suitable and interesting image… this week was not one of those times. In this case I can either search for an interesting image that bears no relationship to the post contents or, go with the internet’s lowest common denominator when . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Copyright on Vimeo, Audio Editing and Glass Marbles

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