Color Theory in Cinema – How Does Video Color Correction Affect the Viewer?
Two terms that are often used interchangeably are color correction and color grading.
Because the two are also often done consecutively they kind of merge into the one action but in reality they are not this way at all.
Color correction is the act of getting the video into a state to be displayed accurately or correctly covering things like white balance, hue, saturation, contrast etc.
On the other hand color grading is the action of applying effects or even intended imbalances to convey a certain mood or feeling to the footage.
The accepted sequence is to first color correct so that what you have is an image presented in its best possible condition.
Then comes grading to create the feeling you want.
Of course grading itself means that you need a basic understanding of how the audience will react to certain styles applied at that grading stage.
In the video below you can get a basic idea of how this works.
The Split Screen – The Ultimate Guide for Filmmakers
Split screen is absolutely one of those video effects that can be incredibly powerful in conveying a message… in the right circumstances!
However there is probably nothing better to communicate to your friends and audience that you are a complete amateur than using split screen badly!
Don’t be that guy.
The Most Deadly Mistakes When Capturing Interviews (And How to Survive Them)
This is a tutorial on shooting interview at a professional level and although most readers of my site will not be operating as such there are always things to learn!
How To Remove Background Noise In Videos (Awesome AI Tools!)
The tools shown in the video below are tools I have used often over the past year or so.
The video gives a pretty good description of how they work and I can’t argue with the examples they present.
However it is important to note that these tools are not all things to all people under all circumstances!
In the examples they show you can clearly hear both a difference and an improvement.
However the most important tool here is the use of headphones.
When you listen to a noise affected track then apply the A.I. filtering usually the results are quite marked and you think to yourself it’s all awesome.
What you tend not to hear until you have listened a few times over are the artificial tones and unnatural sounds that can be introduced.
The reason for that is that up until that point you have been focussing on the background noise.
What I tend to do is use Descript at 100% application then begin reducing the intensity of the effect down and down until the voice begins to sound natural.
In my case very often that means dropping it down to 60% or 50% application.
Check out Descript HERE
Combining Matte Painting and AI Technology
This is a simple demonstration of using Corel Video Studio plus some other free tools to create an original scene background for a video.
It also shows how you can finally turn the whole thing into an animated project.
How to: Ripple Delete in Filmora
This week I was editing a project in Filmora for my wife and unusually she was constantly making changes to how she wanted things to be.
Mostly it was changes to the running order of the sequences she had and although this isn’t really a problem, in this case it was.
The reason for that is that I had already added a bunch of other clips, titles, images and effects to the timeline.
The complication in this is that if you are rearranging chunks of the timeline the question always remains as to which other parts are supposed to move with it and what stays in the same position.
This is where turning the ripple delete or ripple cut feature on and off becomes vital to make sure everything isn’t thrown either out of sync or out of place.
As luck would have it Jacky Nguyen came out with a video on this exact subject so I though I would add it for this week.
As a side note just about every video editing software program I know of has a feature similar to this.
How to Turn Low Quality Video to 4K Easily in Filmora Wondershare Filmora
OK so let me be clear right out of the gate.
Although the title says turn you videos into 4K that’s not exactly what is going on here!
What is going on here are some little tips and tricks you can apply using Filmora to color correct and sharpen you videos to a higher standard.
PowerDirector Q&A Live July 5, 2023
OK! So Maliek seems to doing these once per week these days and as usual they are full of tips, tricks and the latest news regarding PowerDirector.
One question that does come up in the Q&A is that PowerDirector is failing to upload directly to YouTube.
This is not a PowerDirector problem.
YouTube is constantly changing the API it issues that allows software to directly upload by interacting with their interface.
Every time they do that (and they do it annoyingly often) it breaks PowerDirector’s and other software’s ability to communicate and upload.
The easiest way to deal with this is to not deal with it! Just upload directly.
How to Not SUCK at Masking – DaVinci Resolve Fusion Tutorial for Beginners
OK first up before you scroll past this entry for this week because it is in Fusion and you don’t use Fusion… STOP!
Yes this is a Fusion tutorial but most importantly it is a masking tutorial.
Most video editors these days have at least some kind of masking feature although some are more advanced than others.
If your video editing software is reasonably featured in the masking department you may very well have the feature shown in this video.
The feature I am referring to is the one where Casey draws a mask around a curve.
Masking circles and curves can be very time consuming of you try to do it point by point and can takes hours of very fiddly work.
In this video you can see how to handle curved shapes very easily and very quickly to get excellent results.