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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 Tips, Codecs and Microphones

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video file types Codecs and Formats Explained I have had a little outbreak around here recently of people asking for help with a certain type of problem. I figured it was probably worthwhile to go over it in a more general sense here as it seems to be common. The question or problem that has been coming up usually has something to do . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Cinematic Tips, Codecs and Microphones

The Friday Roundup – Hydrogen One, Low Light and Rookie Mistakes

RED Hydrogen One Obviously over the next year or so one of the big talking points in the world of video will be 360 degree projects. At the moment we have consumer level software that can import, edit and export to 360 degree footage. We have camera setups that are beginning to come down in price as the technology evolves and the adoption rate . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Hydrogen One, Low Light and Rookie Mistakes

The Friday Roundup – Vertical Videos, Better Titles and 360 Editing

Shooting in Portrait Mode There comes a time in everyone’s life (well mine actually) that you have to decide whether you are going to descend into being a grumpy old fart stuck in your ways and resisting change or just relax and go with the flow. Personally I’d much prefer to take the grumpy old fart path but unfortunately logic is getting in the . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Vertical Videos, Better Titles and 360 Editing

The Friday Roundup – Wedding Videos, VFX Basics and Camera Movement

Wedding Video Tips As an introduction to the video below on tips for wedding videos let me just explain myself a little here. The whole purpose of these weekly roundups is for me to scan through the morass of information presented every week on the subject of shooting videos, editing videos and distributing them. This is all done with the amateur or enthusiastic amateur . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Wedding Videos, VFX Basics and Camera Movement

The Friday Roundup – Match Cuts, Sound Effects and Hyperlapse

SFX Secrets: The Graphic Match Cut Very often when you are wandering about the internet trying to find information on editing and how to cut things together you come across the term “match cut.” It is implied that this is a cut between two shots where the components of both shots although quite different, are in many ways the same. Imagine a guy in the desert . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Match Cuts, Sound Effects and Hyperlapse

The Friday Roundup – Motion Tracking, Transitions and Audio Tips

Transition Tutorial – CyberLink PowerDirector 15 One of the best ways to save a bunch of time when you are editing is to have certain defaults set up so all you have to do is point and click so that action occurs. This is especially true for transitions. Rather than having to repeatedly go into the transitions area in your effects library and go . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Motion Tracking, Transitions and Audio Tips

The Friday Roundup – Color Grading, Smartphone Tips and YouTube

6 TRICKS to shoot Cellphone Videos Probably nothing new here as far as smart phone video tricks go but really, most of it bears repeating. One of my pet hates when it comes to footage captured on the fly by amateurs is the application of the “watering the garden” technique for shooting. I am sure you have seen it and I am almost as sure you . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Color Grading, Smartphone Tips and YouTube

The Friday Roundup – Magix Offering 40% Discount on Vegas Pro Line

The Big Vegas Pro 14 discount Edition! Before I get into this week’s round up of video tips’n’tricks I wanted to get a little business out of the way. As you can probably tell by the banner at the top of the post there is a pretty awesome special deal going at the moment for readers of the DIY Video Editor. The guys at VegasCreative are . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Magix Offering 40% Discount on Vegas Pro Line

The Friday Roundup – Fades, LUTs, Audio Swells and More!

How to Fade In & Out of Videos EASY One of the main problems most people have when they start out with just about any video editing software is that the interface they are presented with looks like nothing they have seen before. This tends to send the new user into a kind of overwhelmed state and from that point forward nothing really seems to make sense! The difficulty software designers have with video editors is . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Fades, LUTs, Audio Swells and More!

The Friday Roundup – Multicam Capture from Corel and Filmora Tutorials

Corel MultiCam Capture This is a pretty cool new plugin that Corel have “sort of” released this week… kinda. So the video below demonstrates a product they have released called Multicam Capture. It is basically a plugin that is for Pinnacle Studio only so far but I would imagine it will get rolled out to VideoStudio quite soon as well. Once you have the plugin (more . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Multicam Capture from Corel and Filmora Tutorials