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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 – Video Resolution, Shutter Speed and a Few Tutorials

Video Resolution Over the past few years the development of video as a medium has seemingly exploded with advances being made in the creation, editing and distribution of projects. One thing that is pretty obvious is that whatever is happening at the pointy end of the market will eventually find it’s way down to us average users at some time. The difficulty in this is that . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Video Resolution, Shutter Speed and a Few Tutorials

The Friday Roundup – DIY Transitions, Documentary Projects and Other Tips

DIY Transitions Demonstrated One of the biggest selling points you will find at the consumer end of the video editing software market is the inclusion of a gazillion transitions. Even potential buyers who have no idea really what transitions are get all excited by the prospect of getting just a bucketload of the things cos’ that gotta be good right? Wrong! The real definition . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – DIY Transitions, Documentary Projects and Other Tips

The Friday Roundup – Proxy Files, Polarizing Filters and Framing

To Filter or Not to Filter One subject in the world of shooting your own videos that can be a bit polarizing is that of filters. Haw haw! See what I did there? Polarizing? Anyway there are two types of camera filters that are most often discussed when it comes to shooting video at a basic level. The first is the neutral density filter. Very often . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Proxy Files, Polarizing Filters and Framing

The Friday Roundup – Frame Rates, Slow Motion and GoPro Tips

Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate Slow Motion Tutorial One of the things in video editing that a lot of people have trouble wrapping their heads around is applying slow motion effects to a clip. Usually the directions on the box simply state that all you have to do is load the clip, apply the slow motion effect any way you want and hey presto, slow . . . → Continue reading: The Friday Roundup – Frame Rates, Slow Motion and GoPro Tips

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