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This is where you will find my weekly roundup of all the latest news, tips, tutorials and releases in the world of shooting, editing and producing video.

The Friday Roundup – New Version Releases from Corel and Magix and other stuff

Ok, I am a bit stressed out this week so if there more typos in this post than the usual (which I know is usually high) then please forgive. I was happily piecing together the Friday Roundup at my usual lazy pace when I received emails from both Corel and Magix that caught me a tad off guard. VideoStudio Pro and VideoStudio Ultimate Upgraded Corel have . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – New Version Releases from Corel and Magix and other stuff

The Friday Roundup – Frame Rates, Green Screen and PiP Tutorials

Video Frame Rates: What You Need to Know I have had a few questions this week on the subject of shooting and editing in some quite specific circumstances. One of the problems that keeps coming up is that a lot of people are not really familiar with the effect certain file settings will have on the final result. Things such as frame rates, data rates, resolution . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Frame Rates, Green Screen and PiP Tutorials

The Friday Roundup – Color Grading in Resolve and a Little Pinnacle Glitch

Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate – 4K Green Line Fix There have been a few reports lately of a a particular problem involving Pinnacle Studio and 4K video. The problem itself is that a small number of users have reported that when they output a 4K video project to a new file there is a tiny green line appearing at the bottom of the screen. . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Color Grading in Resolve and a Little Pinnacle Glitch

The Slightly Late Because It’s Chinese New Year Friday Roundup!

Oops! It’s A Little Late! Ok so first up this week yes this is the Friday Roundup coming to you ever so slightly late because here in Asia it has been the lunar new year. For those of you who don’t know it, literally everything stops until we get that stuff out of the way! I had very good intentions this year to get . . . → Continue reading: The Slightly Late Because It’s Chinese New Year Friday Roundup!

The Friday Roundup – Vegas Pro Discounts, Laws of Light and Editing 101

So this week I wanted to kick off with a bit of a change from me because I rarely get into all the discounting blah blah that is going on at any given time. Generally speaking despite all the noise you get from promotions, marketing and advertising the reality is that most discounts on offer are actually already on the respective website of the software maker . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Vegas Pro Discounts, Laws of Light and Editing 101

The Friday Roundup – Super 8, Pixels and Re-linking Media Assets

The Return of “Dad Movies!” I don’t often cover cameras on this site because to be honest it is a full time job just trying to keep up with the latest releases let alone any of the technology in the area. However this week an interesting one came onto my radar which I thought was worth mentioning. This is a case of everything old is new again with . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Super 8, Pixels and Re-linking Media Assets

The Friday Roundup – A Few Tips Before The End of 2016

I think we can all relate to this. Express Projects Tutorial – CyberLink PowerDirector Most video editing software featured on this site is aimed at the consumer level or home video editor although these days many of them are beginning to punch their way up into the pro leagues. Because of that they all have some kind of auto editing function and in fact most of them have two to be more precise. Generally there is . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – A Few Tips Before The End of 2016

The Friday Roundup – Khan Academy and Pixar in a Box, Cinemagraphs

Pixar in a Box – Khan Academy I wanted to kick off this week’s Friday Roundup on a subject that is not totally connected to video shooting or video editing per se. I was wandering about the internet this week as is my want and re-stumbled upon a site called Khan Academy. Now the way I stumbled upon it was through a link to something called Pixar in . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Khan Academy and Pixar in a Box, Cinemagraphs

The Friday Roundup – Bitrates, Color Grades and Cameras

Bitrate Tutorial I was having a bit of a moment this week with someone who wrote in to me here for help with his video projects. The person in question was having trouble getting the quality he wanted from his software for what on the surface seemed to be a pretty straightforward process. All he was trying to do was to add some images to the timeline, some music in the background and then output it . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Bitrates, Color Grades and Cameras

The Friday Roundup – Equipment Envy, Bitrates and Color

sin-city-baboon What Makes A Good Color Grade? It is interesting how last week’s latest and greatest, totally awesome feature so quickly fades into the distance as we have our attention placed firmly on the next big thing. What am I talking about here? Glad you asked! The “last week’s darling” is color grading and the new kid in town is 360 degree shooting, editing with a view to VR . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Equipment Envy, Bitrates and Color