Keep Your Edits Classy – Tips For New Editors
Generally speaking Casey Faris makes almost all of his content from the perspective of using DaVinci Resolve.
This one is a little different in that although he demonstrates what he is talking about in Resolve the actual subject of the video is the act of editing itself.
In other words what he is showing is truly universal and has absolutely nothing to do with what editing software you are using.
Additionally within the video he refers to some free LUT packs that are available on his website. The link to that page is here (https://groundcontrolcolor.com/collections/free-color-grading-luts).
Unfortunately the way his site is set up is that you have to add the free LUTs to a Shopping Cart then checkout (at zero cost) after providing name, email address etc, so its up to you.
They are very good LUTs though.
Adding Depth to Your Images – 7 Filmmaking Tips
One of the key points that separates an ordinary shot from and extraordinary one is through the creation of depth.
As an amateur video maker very often your ability to create depth is somewhat limited by the equipment you are using.
Small cameras or even phones with tiny lenses, tiny sensors and a lack of manual controls do not really lend themselves to creating depth.
Their point and shoot nature means that they are designed to capture everything in the scene and if possible have everything in focus.
That’s pretty much the opposite of what any decent cinematographer is trying to do!
There are however ways in which you can arrange the objects within a given shot even under these circumstance to create depth.
Even if you are just thinking in terms of “layers” in your shots you can lift those images up to a higher level.
Teleprompting Made Easy – Tips and Tricks!
Some great tips here for not only using a teleprompter for your video work but some suggestions for Apps that you can use on your phone.
Bear in mind that the best way to approach this is by treating the teleprompter as a stepping stone.
The ideal scene would be to eventually not use one and just present from notes as this always comes across far more naturally and helps you connect with your audience.
The 180 Degree Shutter Rule Explained
This is very short and very accurate!
OK, so the 180 shutter speed rule comes from pro cinematography and as such is a bit of a misnaming at our level.
Basically it means that in order to get the most natural looking motion in your videos you should be shooting at a shutter speed that is as close as possible to twice the frame rate.
Anyway check the video for yourself before I confuse you totally.
Making a Travel Video in 3 Hours! (Filmmaking Challenge)
On the surface this looks to be a pretty dumb premise pulled of by a bunch of idiots.
However like a lot of silly stuff done by these guys, along the way they impart some great tips and demonstrate some excellent techniques for getting a video made.
This will Make Your Video Look Cinematic
Last week Daniel Batal posted a video on techniques anyone can use to create a more cinematic looking video.
In that video he concentrated mainly on the editing and post production process in a simple video editing software program.
This week he has extended that discussion by taking up the subject of shooting footage in a way that would more easily lend itself to the tips in the previous video.
Video Storytelling In 2021 – NewBlue
Fair warning here.
This article is from the guys at NewBlue FX so it does contain a bit of shameless self promotion and some heavy plugging of their products!
However in an overall sense there is some good information.
The title is a bit misleading because the article itself is actually discussing the creation of “live” content and the need even within that genre to follow some of the rules of “story.”
Vlogs – 5 Tips on Editing, Structure, and Getting More Views
If you are thinking about getting into vlogging or are already doing it but having trouble gaining traction, this is the video for you.
Like most things on the internet these days there seems to be thousands of “experts” on any given subject.
Vlogging is no exception to this and it is really hard to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Check out the video below for some common sense and basic tips on vlogging.
Add Text Behind Objects! – Wondershare Filmora X
First up let’s remember the golden rule here.
If it can be done in Filmora then it can be done by just about any video editing software!
The effect itself relies on basically two things.
Reasonably static subjects in the video footage being treated and the ability of your software to create masks.
This one is very easy to do and incredibly effective in the way that it draws the viewers attention to the screen.
Animated Split Screen Transitions – Wondershare FilmoraPro
This is a good example of building a transition specific to your footage rather than just adding some kind of preset transition.
Remember, professional video editors rarely use preset or “out of the box” transitions in their work.
They are far more likely to use straight cuts, J-cuts, L-cuts or crossfades and when it comes to using something else they will build the transition themselves.
8 Steps You Need to Create Better Video – CyberLink PowerDirector
This is quite a good workflow that is quite specific to CyberLink PowerDirector.
It is part setup and part workflow but a good run through of editing in PD from start to finish the most efficient way.
It generally follows the rules of most standard workflows and can be easily adapted to suit your own video editing software.
The workflow itself is importing and preparing the library, selecting and trimming clips, building the story, color correction and grading, audio design, FX and titles finishing with render settings and final output.
Using a Mask to Focus on Action in a Clip – PowerDirector
Just a simple technique shown here for using a mask to close down the shot and make the audience focus on the action or a specific part of it.
Although done here in PowerDirector, any software with basic masking can replicate the effect.
Let’s Talk About Audio – Live Video Editing Tips
This is an extensive (an hour and a half!) discussion on the subject of audio for video.
There are a couple of products plugs in the video itself but as is usually the case with Daniel they very minor when compared to the incredible information provided.
You can use the playtime listed below to go to any part of the video you are interested in of grab a drink and settle in!
Just note that he uses a particular brand of audio software in the livestream that offers a free trial but is then becomes a paid service.
As a free alternative to that you can use Audacity to carry almost all of the things shown in the video.
The exact timings of what specific subject is is being discussed at what timing in the video is listed below.
- 00:00 Start
- 01:42 What is an audio Soundscape?
- 04:18 What is a DAW?
- 06:52 What Video editing software does Daniel mainly use?
- 08:54 Sign up for Streamyard for Free
- 09:38 What is Reaper DAW?
- 12:54 How can I use Reaper DAW?
- 14:27 How to use an EQ in Reaper DAW
- 14:33 What is the Difference between a Parametric EQ and a Graphic EQ?
- 19:00 What is a VST Plugin?
- 20:15 What is a Spectrum Analyzer?
- 26:55 How Can I use a Compressor or Limiter?
- 29:47 What does Compression Do?
- 34:44 What is the difference between EQ and Volume?
- 36:39 How can I remove background Noise?
- 43:04 What is AutoTune?
- 45:17 What is Pitch shift?
- 47:01 Which sound effect resources are free?
- 49:45 What is the best Audio equipment to use?
- 51:19 What is the Oril River plugin in Reaper DAW?
- 52:25 What is Reverb?
- 55:17 How can you save an FX chain in Reaper DAW?
- 59:30 Is it good to put background music in your videos?
- 01:04:46 What is a good Lavalier Mic?
- 01:05:22 What is the difference between TRS and TRRS?
- 01:11:37 Can you export audio clips from Filmora X?
- 01:14:42 What other audio software is available?
- 01:17:34 How much audio bitrate can YouTube support?
- 01:18:49 What Bitrate is good?