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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 – Filmora Updates, Color Correction and Storytelling

Filmora 8.5 Released First cab off the rank for this week’s roundup is the latest release from my favorite easy to learn and use video editing software Filmora. The people at Wondershare tend to update the software pretty regularly and seems to be following a six month major update cycle with the occasional smaller one thrown in. This week’s release takes Filmora to version 8.5 and . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Filmora Updates, Color Correction and Storytelling

The Friday Roundup – Lifting Your Selfie Game and the Secret to Stress Free Editing

How to Video Yourself with iPhone and Android Like a PRO! Much as I hate to admit it there will be times when you may need to take shots of yourself to be included in your projects. Hopefully this will be outside the current world of narcissism with endless selfies posted to social media… or maybe not. Anyway if you feel you must do . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Lifting Your Selfie Game and the Secret to Stress Free Editing

The Friday Roundup – Handling Criticism, Audio Ducking and Rotation

Handling Criticism One of the unavoidable side effects of creating video projects and having other people view them is that you open yourself to criticism. How you handle that criticism is an important point to consider as you move forward because the reality is, if you don’t handle it well, you won’t move forward! In fact if you handle it poorly you may eventually . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Handling Criticism, Audio Ducking and Rotation

The Friday Roundup – Slider Tips, LUTs and Transitions

Creative Slider Techniques One of the most common accessories you will have thrust at you from online advertising are sliders and no, I don’t mean those little hamburgers you get at outrageously expensive restaurants! I mean the little tracks you can use to attach a camera and add movement to shots. One of the reasons sliders are used is that you can add just . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Slider Tips, LUTs and Transitions

The Friday Roundup – Focal Length, Stabilization and VR

What You Need To Know About Focal Length Given the fact that more and more people are shooting footage with either DSLRs or MILCs these days it would be a real pity not to take advantage of what those better cameras have to offer to the amateur video maker. The key feature is the fact that by nature they allow for different lenses as well as . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Focal Length, Stabilization and VR

The Friday Roundup – Audio, Templates and Color Matching

Audio Tips I can very clearly remember a number of years ago when I purchased my very first digital video camcorder. Foolishly I had taken the advice of someone who as it turned out, had absolutely no idea about camcorders. So there I was, the proud owner of a brand new state of the art mini-dvd Sony camcorder. Now despite the fact that it . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Audio, Templates and Color Matching

The Friday Roundup – Glitch Distortions and Basic Editing Tips

OK, so it seems we are back to normal this week after what seemed like an endless procession of updates. Running a site like this is generally not too much of a problem but maintaining the weekly roundups during update season does get a little overwhelming at times! Thankfully I think most of the annual updates are finished now so I can relax back . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Glitch Distortions and Basic Editing Tips

The Friday Roundup – Color Matching and Pixar in a Box

First of all I have to apologize for the lack of content in this week’s Friday Roundup. I have spent the past week or more getting the latest update to CyberLink PowerDirector sorted out which included getting a copy and then taking it for a spin. On the surface I thought this would be a quick one to handle because from the PR blurb . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Color Matching and Pixar in a Box

The Friday Roundup- PowerDirector Gets an Update and a Bunch of Other Stuff

PowerDirector Updates to Version 16 Well the big news this week is that CyberLink have released their annual version update of their video editing software suite, PowerDirector. This now takes us to PowerDirector 16 which is pretty logical because the last one was 15! Given the fact that PowerDirector 16 comes in a number of configurations depending on how many bells and whistles you . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup- PowerDirector Gets an Update and a Bunch of Other Stuff

The Friday Roundup – Color Matching, Wide Angle Lenses and RED News

How to Make Footage from Different Cameras Look the Same Home editing has changed vastly over the past few years and one of the driving forces behind that change is the availability if footage from different sources. It used to be that there would be “a guy” at the party or event with a camcorder and that was the footage we had! These days nearly everyone at an event has a camera that can capture footage . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Color Matching, Wide Angle Lenses and RED News