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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 – Cinematic Videos, Preview Quality and Lighting Tips

Cinematic Tips One of the problems that is created by the modern batch of video cameras and video editing software is that after a while everything starts to look the same. The reason for this is that when shooting in high definition the safest way to go is to use the auto settings of the cam. Most of us don’t have the opportunity to intervene and . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Cinematic Videos, Preview Quality and Lighting Tips

The Friday Roundup – Smoke Machines, Camera Movement and Timelapse

Simple DIY Smoke for Videos and Photos So this is a simple little technique to sock away in your bag of tricks for effects. It is an easy way to create a smoke effect in your projects without having to resort to hiring an industrial grade smoke machine or resorting to cheesy pre-packaged effects in your video editor. Meaning Behind Camera Movement When professional video cameramen, . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Smoke Machines, Camera Movement and Timelapse

The Friday Roundup – 360 Degree Video and the 180 Degree Rule, it’s all degrees this week.

Why Do I Sound Like That? This is something I think everyone can relate to. For whatever reason or in whatever project you are doing you find you have to create or there already exists a recording of your own voice. You play back that recording and as you are listening to it you are horrified by that sound. You of course are absolutely . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – 360 Degree Video and the 180 Degree Rule, it’s all degrees this week.

The Friday Roundup – Stabilization, Cutting Rules and Zooming

Remove the Shake, Stabilize your Video in ProDAD Mercalli One of the features that is often called for in these days of mostly high definition shooting is that of video stabilization. The downside of HD is that every tiny little shake or bump that occurs while shooting gets magnified by the higher resolution in the same way that it is totally unforgiving of being . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Stabilization, Cutting Rules and Zooming

The Friday Roundup – Vegas Movie Studio 14, Depth of Field and When to Cut

Vegas Movie Studio 14 Released The big news this week is the release of Vegas Movie Studio 14. Generally speaking the release of a new version of any software is not really big news as such but this one is a little different. If we go back to the very beginnings of the software it started out as an audio editor created by a now defunct . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Vegas Movie Studio 14, Depth of Field and When to Cut

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