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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- 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

The Friday Roundup – Chroma-key Tips, Magix Updates and more!

MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2018 This week Magix put out a new teaser video for Movie Edit Pro under the title of Movie Edit Pro 2018. The reason they did this is because since they have dropped the convention of re-naming each version numerically they have probably realized they don’t have an annual marketing “moment” anymore! Most software re-releases once per year with a . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Chroma-key Tips, Magix Updates and more!

The Friday Roundup – Vlogging, JibJabs and Stage Fright

OK, so now that the hoo-ha has settled from last week’s release of Pinnacle Studio 21 and the subsequent pain of re-writing the review, this week we are back to out normal routine. Well almost! Since that release of Pinnacle they have been trickling out updated videos introducing the new interface and features as well as a redo of their “getting started” video. You . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Vlogging, JibJabs and Stage Fright

The Friday Roundup – Corel Are Driving Me Crazy!

The Friday Roundup may be a little thin on content this week mainly because Corel have been slamming me with stuff to cover. Last week I featured that the new release of Pinnacle Studio 21 had hit the shelves so since that time I have been slightly immersed in getting a new review of it done. You can see my Pinnacle Studio 21 Review Here To . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Corel Are Driving Me Crazy!

The Friday Roundup – Pinnacle Studio 21 Released, Time Codes and Speed Ramping

Introducing Pinnacle Studio 21 Ultimate This week Corel announced the latest release of Pinnacle Studio 21 so it was with the usual “new release” mixed feelings that I got hold of an evaluation copy to take a look. Now bear in mind that the release of a new version of any video editing software in my world adds up to one thing. I am . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Pinnacle Studio 21 Released, Time Codes and Speed Ramping

The Friday Roundup – Video Terminology, Natural Lighting and Shot Length

The article linked below is not actually part of the recent blog series produced by NewBlueFX on the subject of video shooting and editing that you will find further down the page. However I think it is important to check it out as part of the series for one very often overlooked reason. One of the easiest ways to get lost in a subject . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Video Terminology, Natural Lighting and Shot Length

The Friday Roundup – Interlacing, Split Screens and Gear Envy

Your Camera Doesn’t Matter I have a friend (surprising I know!), he is a Director of Photography or Cinematographer at the top of the film making food chain. He has worked for many years on major Hollywood movies and a whole range of high end projects. He also teaches these days at one of the top film schools in the world. He began his . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Interlacing, Split Screens and Gear Envy

The Friday Roundup – J-cuts, L-cuts, Tripods and Non-Linear Editing

NLE Definition One of the biggest barriers to anyone starting off in the world of video editing is the often confusing or indecipherable technicals terms that get bandied about all over the place. The industry itself has an atrocious record for failing to define its own terms or for defining them in a way that is well… indefinable! Sometimes the terms themselves give a . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – J-cuts, L-cuts, Tripods and Non-Linear Editing

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