Color Matching, Keyframing and Audio Ducking in Filmora X
Last week the big announcement from Wondershare was the release of Filmora X and within that release three great new features.
I mentioned the Motion Tracking feature in last weeks blog post covering the release.
This week they have come up with two new videos covering the other two so here they are.
First up we have the Color Matching Tool then the Keyframing Tool and finally Audio Ducking
Color Matching Tool
What are Keyframes & How to Use Them
Over the past few years most video editing software has seen the introduction of keyframing as a standard feature.
In fact most of the early adopters of this feature have since added to it by enabling keyframing to all sorts of activities within their software.
Unfortunately there seems to be some kind of strange agreement within the software community that the only way the average user will end up using keyframes is for animations.
You know, the spinning whirling stuff!
Presenting keyframes in only that light really fails to convey the true power of using them.
So if you have software that allows for keyframes (most do) check out this video for an explanation of the feature and some ways you can use it outside of the usual animation world.
How to Make Great Films Anywhere
There is an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt.
When you apply that concept to the idea of shooting videos or even photographs there is a mindset you can easily get into.
That mindset is the idea that wherever you are is not as interesting or exciting or as exotic as what you see daily on social media.
Your hometown or city or where ever you live is just not as good as… “some other place.”
This is a dangerous mindset to get into because of one fatal, basic error it introduces.
That error is the expectation that whatever is around you will provide you with interest rather than you looking for and finding what is interesting in it.
If you keep waiting for interest to “come from” the things, people and places around you then you are effectively placing yourself at an effect point.
The far better place to be positioned in any creative process is to be at the cause point.
So in short it means that you need to find what is interesting rather than waiting for something to be interesting.
Check out the video blow for a more complete discussion of the subject.
10 Camera Movements on a Budget
This is a great video shooting tips tutorial on how to use techniques and things you have at hand to get great looking shots.
Office chairs that wheel around smoothly and go up and down, skateboards, basketballs, the list goes on!
How to Make a Stunning Glitch Effect Video – CyberLink PowerDirector 19
Adding a glitch effect to a video these days is usually pretty easy.
In fact most video editing software will come with some kind of “glitch effect” filter already built in.
However to really get this kind of effect looking good you need to avoid those pre-loaded effects which usually end up looking pretty cheesy.
In the video below Maliek goes through the process of adding this effect in a more professional way that results in a much better looking result.
It also shows in greater detail how to use the new Custom Masking Tool in PowerDirector 19.
Overall I think it is a good example of how you can really lift your results by dealing with tasks like this manually rather than relying on auto-generated effects.
PowerDirector – Tips on Normalizing Audio
Most editing software has some kind of audio levelling or normalization feature and PowerDirector is no exception.
Some programs only offer it at the render stage, some during the editing process so you need to check yours carefully to see what it can do.
You only have spend a few minutes on YouTube endlessly turning the volume of a video up, then down, then back up again to understand why it is a simple yet vital feature to use.
How to Use a Custom Selection Mask – PowerDirector
This is another example from CyberLink on how to use the new Custom Selection tool to create a mask and use it in a project.
Make a Monster with this Effect
This is a slightly advanced, kind of complicated tutorial that uses at least some kind of image editing software to pull it off BUT!
As they say in the video, the software is not important, the process is.
Off the top of my head I think PowerDirector 19 plus image editing software can do it, Pinnacle Studio 24 can do it, PowerDirector 365 can do it and there are probably more.
The basic idea is to use masks to create the effect then some creepy music to really sell it.
The Edit Page in 5 Minutes – DaVinci Resolve Basics Tutorial
This is a very fast run through of the “Edit” page in DaVinci Resolve and some of the accessible features and functions on it.
I was watching this earlier in the week and realized that you can pretty much spend your entire time in the Edit page and still make great looking videos.