8 Steps to Cinematic Movement
When you are shooting video especially as an amateur point and shooter there are certain dynamics at play.
You may not be aware of them but they are always present.
One of these dynamics is the effect camera movement has on the viewing audience.
Certain camera movements will cause specific reactions on the part of those watching the final video.
Of course professionals know this and use it to their advantage to further their stories and engage their audiences.
On the other hand most amateurs are unaware of these effects and whether they like it or not are often causing these effects.
The problem is that if you do not know what they are then you may be adding an emotional aspect to your video that is unwanted or inappropriate to what is being shot.
That’s one of the hidden reasons you may feel uncomfortable or uneasy when watching an amateur video.
What you are seeing on the screen is presenting something to you but an unseen factor (camera movement) is communicating something entirely different.
What is White Balance? Tweak Your Color Temperature
I wanted to add the video below for this week’s post because it contains an excellent explanation of white balance.
On top of that it also has a great “side by side” comparison of footage displayed at different white balance settings.
The demo of setting white balance is done in a GoPro but in reality almost every level of video camera including smart phones will probably have this.
Most of the time you and I may not really have the time to set a white balance before we get a shot but when you do, it’s a great idea to deal with it.
Don’t forget that you can still manipulate the white balance later in the process from within your video editing software as an effect.
This is not exactly the best time to be doing it but it is better than nothing.
How to Come Up with Awesome Video Ideas
One of the biggest problems YouTubers run into pretty soon after starting a channel is the constant need to come up with ideas for new videos.
A YouTube channel can be a bit of a beast in that it needs endless feeding if you want to build an audience.
In the video below Matt Gielen from Little Monsters Media covers the subject in depth.
Not only does he give some great information on how to come up with ideas but to have those ideas suit both your audience and the gods of YouTube.
Best Camera App for iPhone – 2021 Review
Last week I included a video from the guys a Primal video covering the best Camera Apps for Android phones.
This week they have covered the same topic for iPhones in the video below.
PowerDirector – Customize your Workspace
This is a tutorial specific to CyberLink PowerDirector covering how to dock and undock the various workspaces in the user interface.
I say it is specific to PowerDirector because that’s the program being used but most video editing software has this ability.
All you have to do is work out how your does it!
A lot of people think that this feature is video editing software is purely for those that want to run a two monitor set up.
That way you have the library on one monitor and the editing interface in full screen on the other.
However it can also be used very effectively on a single screen set up especially when you are working on more complicated projects.
You can just take everything you are not needing to have in front of you at that moment and push it completely off the screen.
The real advantage of this is that the uncluttering of your workspace makes for a much better editing experience.
Zach King Grab Object from Screen Effect – PowerDirector
This is a demo of an old and very basic Zach King effect that I am pretty sure I have covered before.
It is where you have an object on a computer or TV screen in the shot then magically reach over to it and pull the object out.
Like most of Zach Kings effects the real key is in the shooting of the footage.
The editing part is usually very basic.
Using Speed Ramp for Smooth Slow Motion – CyberLink PowerDirector 19
Up until a few years ago controlling the playback speed of clips in a project was restricted to either making the entire clip go faster or slower.
At some point keyframing was added to the speed controls and at that point “speed ramping” or “time shifting” became a possibility.
The advantage of this is that you can take footage and at any point within that clip you can begin to speed up or slow down the footage gradually.
This makes for a far smoother viewing experience and a far more professional outcome.
The video below executes the effect in CyberLink PowerDirector but many video editors offer this feature.
How To Move Clips Out of the Way in the Timeline – Resolve Quick Tip
In keeping with a few other articles this week on the subject of keeping things organized… here’s another!
This one is in DaVinci Resolve and has a few handy tips and tricks for effectively moving things around.
This is particularly useful for when you are working on a project that is on the more complex side of the scale.
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