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The Friday Roundup – Depth of Field, Zach King Effects and Dialogue Mixing

Depth of Field Explained: Ultimate Guide to Camera Focus

This is the fourth video in a series created by Studio Binder covering the basics of film making.

So far they have covered the types of shots used, the shot sizes, the framing of those shots and camera angles.

In this video they move to the next logical step which is depth of field.

How to Film a Conversation with Yourself

This is an end-to-end run through of creating one of those videos where you are having a conversation with yourself.

Technically it covers everything you need to know and do to pull it off convincingly… BUT!

There is one point missing and it can be seen at the beginning of the demo video.

The conversation between the guy and himself looks a little “off.”

There seems to be something not quite right about it and that thing is the eye line.

The guy on the left is not quite looking at the guy on the right at his eye level.

He seems to be looking slightly up and to the right of the other guy and that becomes distracting.

Everything else is pretty standard and as it should be but if you are going to do this yourself, get those eye lines matched up.

How to Film an Engaging Cooking Video

OK, so you are probably stuck at home and have been for quite some time now with no possibility of escape!

You may have video’d everything that moves and does not move around the house and both your partner, your kids or your pets are utterly sick of you poking a camera in their faces in the forlorn hope that you can put something together!

Well it sounds to me like it is time for you to make… a cooking video!

Yup, that’s what the world needs, another cooking video.

But don’t make any old cooking video like everyone else!

Make one that is totally different because it is good!

3 Zach King Effects Explained

For around six years now one of the kings of “effects” videos on YouTube has been Zach King.

He describes his videos as “sleight of hand” videos which I think is not a bad description.

They are usually very short optical illusions and tricks that seem technically difficult when you watch them but in reality are usually quite simple.

The key to them of course is Zach’s creative mind in conceiving them in the first place.

In the video below Brandon Fate (no slouch himself!) goes through three of Zach’s videos, dismantles them and then recreates the effect.

Dialogue Mixing Tips

This is a full run through of the workflow related to mixing dialogue in a professional video or movie setting.

If you are not operating as a pro a lot if what is in the article will not apply or not even be possible. However if you just read through it as an overview there are some good tips for dealing with dialogue and a sensible workflow to use.

11 Essential Demo Reel Tips

If you have spent some time making video and have learned a decent amount about what you are doing there is one thing that you may not actually be aware of.

The skills and knowledge you have is actually valuable to someone who lacks those skills but needs video.

These days more and more businesses, brands and even social media “influencers” need video.

They also need video in amounts that very often they cannot produce themselves.

So don’t sell what you have learned short!

If you want to offer yourself to others as a video maker one of the best things you can do is to create a demo reel.

A short video that showcases your work and your talent.

Easy Hologram Video Effect – Filmora9

This is a pretty cool effect and as I always say, if you can do it in Filmora, you can do it with just about any video editing software.

The effect itself is a basic blend mode then with some other simple effects layered on top to give the result.

How To Make the Old Film Look Effect – CyberLink PowerDirector 18

This is a simple but quite effective workflow to create an “old film” effect on any footage in CyberLink PowerDirector.

Bear in mind that the effect itself is a combination of things and I feel pretty confident that almost the exact same process could be achieved in just about any video editing software.

The reason I say that is that most software will allow you to go into the color correction module and drop the Saturation down to zero to achieve a black and white effect.

The “old film” filter used in the video is from Boris and a bunch of video editing software will have the same one or something similar.

The same goes for the “Skip” effect and the film scratches effect.

The only addition to the tutorial I would mention would be to check the footage after the first step of dropping out all of the saturation.

You may at that stage want to adjust the brightness and contrast to compensate for the changes in picture quality as a result of the color being stripped out.

PowerDirector – Tips on Color Adjustment Using LUTs

This is a good run through on using LUTs in PowerDirector and is both a good introduction to the module itself as well as LUTs.

You can find free LUTs all over the internet and if your software can handle LUTs then you can use them.

LUTs are formed using a universal language that is not exclusive to any particular brand.

One point I would add is that the pro’s generally color correct before they apply the LUT.

You can actually see a good example of why in the tutorial video.

The guy applies a Kodachrome style LUT and the image goes very dark so usually it is better to get the video corrected first then apply the LUT.

PowerDirector – Apply a Ken Burns Style Pan and Zoom to a Video Clip

The Ken Burns effect is that effect of a pan and or zoom being applied to a still image in a video project.

The reason it is called that is because Ken Burns was the first guy to use it to pretty much put together an entire documentary series on the American Civil war.

Pan and zooms were certainly used before that but Ken took it all to another level when faced with the fact that he had a wealth of still images to tell his story and practically no footage.

Anyway the traditional application of the effect is to give some movement to stills you are using in a video.

However you can also apply it very effectively to video footage as well especially when you are using 2K or 4K footage in a 1080p project.

How To Animate Masks In Fusion – DaVinci Resolve Tutorial

I was going to say that the video below is a simple run though of how to animate masks in DaVinci Resolve… just like it says on the box!

However when you watch the video you soon realize there is nothing “simple” about it.

Let’s face it, Resolve is aimed at pros and although they try to make it accessible to everyone, they don’t always succeed!

The bottom line is that if you are willing to confront and deal with the learning curve you can take full advantage of the power.

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