Another excellent lighting tutorial this week from The Slanted Lens.
This one covers and important aspect of both lighting itself but more importantly the way the shooting angle affects how people look.
If you have someone that always complains that you are making them look fat this tutorial goes a long way in explaining why that is happening… unless of course the person IS really fat… in which case you are screwed.
Just about all consumer level video editing software will offer at least some degree of animation when it comes to graphics in your projects.
They also often come with some pretty good presets to take the work out of it. Like most things in editing often the presets will serve you well but the true power lies in being able to create effects that are tailored to your project.
Like transitions, a little goes a long way!
CyberLink Announce New File Format Support
The “generally” accepted format for the new Ultra-HD 4K video when it comes to T.V broadcast quality is the XAVC S format.
This week CyberLink announced that their flagship video editor, PowerDirector 12 will support this advanced files format moving forward.
Their current version of PowerDirector appears to be taking them higher and higher in the food chain towards fully professional software and this latest announcement indicates they intend to keep going that way.
Hard Drive Reliability
It is easy to get lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to computer equipment.
The problem with computer components is that they rarely give any sign of failing before they actually fail.
They almost invariably just out and out fail on the spot leaving you with that kind of blank look of disbelief on your face as you slowly begin to take in what just happened!
Over at Lifehacker they have done a comparison of hard drives well worth looking at.
Fashion and Beauty Shoots
Not that I think any of us will actually be out on a fashion or beauty shoot any time soon but like most lighting tutorials provided by the pros this one is chock full of great little tips and information to help you make you video shots look better under any circumstances.
- Basic Lighting Tips for Fashion and Beauty Shoots
muvee Reveal Tutorials
Just a quick tutorial here for any muvee users on how to quickly select in or out parts of your project.
Taking Advantage of Vimeo Settings
Vimeo has been an excellent alternative to YouTube for many years when it comes to hosting your videos online.
In fact many woulds say that it is superior to YouTube in a number of aspects but I’ll leave that for another post.
Like YouTube, Vimeo has a sometimes overwhelming array of settings and options for both channels and individual videos as well as your online profile.
Below is a link to a Vimeo page that goes through the various settings available explaining their purpose and how best to deal with each one depending on your needs.
- Learning Vimeo on Vimeo
Tips for More “Shareable” Videos
It’s been a long time since the days of shooting your home movies on a Super 8 meant that literally what “what you shoot is what you get!”
Shaky fuzzy handheld shots of family outings in a random series of scenes should be a thing of the past.
The power of modern video editing software, the quality of the average handheld device and the availability of information on how to put it all together should be leaving you with no excuse at all for turning out good video to your audience’s liking.
Take a look at these four example of projects that stand out from the crowd and maybe learn a little along the way.
Probably the best thing to do is to watch them a couple of times so you kind of drop the habit of just being an audience member.
Instead, start to look at them as an editor and see how they have achieved what they have. One of the first things I realized for myself was that there is nothing in any of these videos that you or I could not achieve.