Descript’s Big AI Feature Release: New AI Voices and More
If you are unfamiliar with Descript then let me give you a brief overview.
Descript came out a few years ago as a semi-online video editor with a bit of a difference.
A local “client software” is downloaded and installed on your computer and you work within this space to edit your videos using that “client” always in connection with the main site.
Alternatively you can just go to the Descript site to do your editing online.
The value in this is that if your internet connection is not great you can work locally (your own computer) and the client can coordinate in the background with the site itself lessening the need for large amounts of data to be transferred at any time.
The difference with Descript as an editor is that its main A.I. engine deals with transcribing voice tracks to text.
Once that conversion to text has occurred you then edit the video by actually just editing the text.
It is a super efficient way of cutting video by just reading the text and cutting out what isn’t needed.
Along with that capability Descript has a whole bunch of other features that are also A.I. driven such as cleaning up the quality of your voice overs to give them that “studio sound.”
Another thing you can do is train the software on your own voice (or anyone else’s) so that it can reproduce you actually speaking.
So if you miss a line in your script when recording you can just type those missing words into the text editor and Descript will “say” those lines for you in your own voice! Pretty cool really.
Anyway they have announced this week a whole new bunch of updates and new features that you can see in the video below.
Full Article https://www.descript.com/blog/article/descripts-new-ai-features
How to Edit Your Videos Faster? Beginner Mistakes
Some very solid advice here from the guys at Movavi on how to approach video editing to make it as painless as possible.
Very often as we start out we tend to follow a workflow which at the time seems to make sense.
Unfortunately these “self-developed” workflows are only good for very small, beginner type projects.
While they may be fine at that level, once you begin to expand your horizons you will probably find that the editing step is becoming drawn out and unrewarding.
Most often this comes down to workflow so check out the video below to find out.
Transform Horizontal Clips into Vertical Videos in Minutes!
There are quite a few different platforms these days for uploading and presenting your videos to the world.
In an ideal situation you would just shoot your video, edit it into shape, upload and Bob’s your uncle!
Unfortunately as is the case with most thing internetty it’s not quite that simple!
Most of the current services for uploading videos all have different requirements for how those videos must be presented and the main sticking point is aspect ratio.
YouTube is 16:9, FaceBook will take 16:9 but prefers 1:1 whilst Instagram prefers 9:16 but will accept 16:9 and 1:1 but then the videos don’t display well.
So if you are shooting in 16:9 you may have to resize to 1:1 or something else.
In the video below you can see how to resize your videos for this purpose given that most video editing software will allow you to do that.
The key point to watch for here are problems you may run into when trying to crop down to another size so it is important to bear that in mind at the shooting stage rather than the editing stage.
Shooting Phone Camera Tricks on a $0.25 BUDGET – PowerDirector
These are some great little tips on using stuff you most likely have lying around the house for getting unusual footage.
When you look at a lot of the cool short form videos you see on TikTok and similar you have to realize a lot of them are edited on the phone they were shot on.
That means those creators don’t have access to a lot of sophisticated editing tools so the real creativity here is in the shooting, not the editing.
PowerDirector – Creating a Visual Echo Effect
This effect is sometime referred to as a shadow trace effect but is essentially the concept of a subject moving and a trace of that thing being created behind their movement.
It can be an object or a person.
The video below demonstrates the effect in PowerDirector but like most effects it can be done in any reasonably equipped editing software.
Filmora 13 Release Date, QnA Video with Jacky Nguyen
As the title suggests this video contains the current information regarding the next big update to Filmora taking it to version 13.
This is totally in line with the rest of the industry in that they all try to get their major updates done around this time of year in preparation for the Christmas New Year season.
Jacky covers a few of the leaked updates that are coming but this is to some degree conjecture as inevitably features like this often don’t make the cut by the time the actual release rolls around.
Aside from that Jacky also does a Q&A for his subscribers and if you are using Filmora it is always good to see some new tips and tricks.
Cuts & Transitions 101
This is an old video from 5 years ago that I was reminded of the other day.
One of the least talked about subjects when it comes to video editing is a discussion of when to make a cut, how to make that cut and why.
This video although aimed at the budding professional gives great insight into cutting and the appropriate use of transitions.
5 Mobile Videography Tips – How to Shoot Video Without a Camera
It is still the case that the best quality video and the highest level of control yyou are going to have over how that video looks will come from using a dedicated camera.
However, not all of us have the resources to do that and not all of us have the technical knowledge necessary to pull it off.
More and more these days a very real alternative to a camera is a smart phone.
Not only are they moving forward in leaps and bounds as far as quality goes but there are now some great apps that can really unleash the hidden power in those phones.
Here are some simple tips on how to get the best out of your smart phone video.