VideoStudio Instant Project Templates
I mentioned last week that I have been helping a friend get set up to regularly post videos to her YouTube channel.
Finally after a year or so enough people have told her that regular posting is one of the keys to success in that space!
Now that she has a little spot set up with good light and a reasonable camera she has begun to produce content far more reliably.
That has however brought us to the next step in the process which is cutting together her videos and getting them uploaded.
So that got me thinking about a feature in most video editing software that you will find today called Project Templates.
The name may vary from brand to brand but the concept is basically the same.
A preset template can be loaded and from there you just add in the assets you want to use where there are already placeholders… in place!
Originally these were intended as an easy way for people to create a video that looked OK without having to understand too much about the process.
These days they have become quite sophisticated but mainly they have become far more able to be customized to suit the user.
On top of that, once you customize a template to your own liking you can then save it as a new template to be used over and over again.
For YouTubers and the like this is a great tool for both speeding up the process of getting videos finished as well as maintaining a consistent branding of those videos.
In the video below you can see a run through of how it works in Corel VideoStudio but just about every video editing software program I know of offers something similar.
Using Face-Tracking AR Stickers in VideoStudio
Similar to the filter effects you see often on Instagram AR Stickers in VideoStudio are simple graphics attached to a face using motion detection.
The gist of it is that you can create an automated motion path and the software then “attaches” an image file that has a transparent background to that path.
It uses face detection to find the face in the first place then follows it within the frame.
I have tried it on a few pieces of footage and provided the face remains clearly visible throughout the sequence it works quite well.
10 Drone Moves to Capture With Every Flight
One of the great disappointments after having secured ownership of a drone is the realization that those great drone shots you have seen rely on something never mentioned.
That thing is the fact that you have to learn to fly the drone!
Not only that but to get epic drone footage you have to be able to fly that drone… well… epically!
So once you have mastered the art of getting that drone in the air and then back to earth in one piece here are 10 moves you really need to learn.
Do You Need a Nice Camera for YouTube? Yes and No…
One of the main difficulties that new creators on YouTube face is the idea that they have to be making almost broadcast quality videos right out of the gate.
They then embark on a seemingly endless quest to attain some kind of technical perfection before they even have anything uploaded.
If you are starting on YouTube or are engaged in producing video for YouTube now then the need for technical perfection is not a black and white situation.
Sure, if you are demonstrating wild editing techniques or mad camera shots then of course you have to have a high standard.
On the other hand if you are talking about how to train a dog then no-one is interested in your production values.
They just want to know how to train their dog!
Free Copyright Free Music for YouTube
There are a few places you can get hold of free music to use in your projects and one of the most common is actually the YouTube library itself.
One problem with that is that everyone else is using it too so it is very difficult to find anything that we haven’t all heard before… a million times.
Another course you can take on this is to reach out to the composer or owner of a music track and ask permission to use their track.
This can then lead to yet another set of problems.
First, the YouTube algorithm may flag your video because it “suspects” the track is being used without permission.
If that happens you have to go through the whole process of convincing them you are legit.
Secondly, at some point the owner of the music may make a claim over your video as the owner of the music in which case any income generated by the video would then go to the composer.
So the idea of finding free music which it totally free of potential strings (see what I did there?) is not so easy.
In the video below you can take a look at a relatively new service that appears to be a solution to this problem.
Motion Track a BLUR with Filmora X
About five months ago Filmora added motion tracking to their video editing software allowing you to track then attach assets to the created motion path.
This week they added some preset blur effects to that module.
Although this tutorial covers using those blur effects on the end footage the software can also attach an image object to the auto-generated motion path.
Given the complexity of adding a motion path module to Filmora it is a pretty good feature all things considered.
The only real downside is that if there is too much motion or the thing being tracked become momentarily unclear the auto tracking may “lose” the target.
As a work around to this you can cut the clip just before it loses the target then restart from the beginning of the next clip you just created by cutting.
NEW Wondershare Filmora X V.10.2 For macOS!
If you are using Filmora for Mac then this one is for you!
It covers some of the new features Filmora has added in the Mac version with some of them slated to be added to Windows very soon.
PowerDirector – Enhancements to LUTs, Color Picker, and Range Production
This video covers three enhancements that have just been released to PowerDirector 365 users.
PowerDirector 365 is the subscription model of the program and differs from the perpetual license model in that new features and enhancements are available as soon as they are released.
So for example the three features seen in the video below will not be available to non-365 users until the next full release.
3 Quick & Easy Color Correction Tools in PowerDirector
This is a run through of the color correction tools in PowerDirector with a demo of carrying out some basic corrections and changes.
It also contains some quite easy to understand explanations of what some of the most common terms are within color correction.
Worth watching because the tools and terminology are pretty consistent when moving between different brands of software.
Adding Countdowns and Timers to Videos – CyberLink PowerDirector 19
This is a simple walk though of using the timer effect in PowerDirector to add countdown clocks and timers to your footage.
In PowerDirector the effect used is called Timestamp but in most video editors you will find a similar feature.
For example in Corel VideoStudio it is called Time Clock and like PowerDirector is in the effects library.
Check your own video editing software to see if you have something like it.