The Friday Roundup – Filmora Update Drama and the 180 Degree Rule

Filmora is BROKEN!… (again?… not really)

OK so there’s been a bit of hoohah this week with the release of Wondershare Filmora X to version 10.7.

There has been wringing of hands and many tears before bedtime throughout the land.

After about a week or so once the dust settled we have found that it was “mostly” a storm in a teacup and the majority of problems were the result of poor computer management on the part of the users affected.

Some people have had to re-link previously imported assets into the “Shared” folder and some people have had performance issues that could easily be traced to a lack of resources on the computer, not the software.

So, whether you are running Filmora or not it would be a really great idea for you to watch the video below.

All the things Daniel shows in it are just plain commonsense best practices regardless of what video editing software you are using and will save you a ton of angst when updating any software.


Filmora 10.7 is NOT BAD – Upgrade Now

And just to put this whole thing fully to bed here’s another take on the supposed Great Filmora 10.7 Fiasco of 2021!

Again… much ado about nothing.


How to Remove Silences in Your Video Automatically in Filmora X

For some time now there has been a feature within Filmora that could detect and remove silences in a clip or project.

Once the silences were identified you could then automatically delete those sections with a single click.

Unfortunately this was a paid feature so for many a little out of reach.

The good news is that with the release of version 10.7 that feature has been added as part of the program at no extra cost.

You can see how it works in the video below and if you are doing talking head YouTube videos this is a great time saver.


Understanding the 180-degree Rule

The 180-degree rule says that two characters (or more) in a scene should always have the same relationship with each other as far as left and right goes.

This way the audience can keep track of where everyone is in a scene and can remain oriented within what they are seeing.

Most people reading this blog will not actually be producing work that strictly speaking needs to apply the rule but having an awareness of it can help you work out angles and shots better.


How to Make a Video Intro for YouTube on Smartphone, iPhone & Android

This is an excellent walk-though on creating a video intro for a YouTube channel.

It shows the process step by step in both Canva as a free option as well as using Placeit as a paid option.

Either way as is always the case with Primal Video “How to” content, it is very well explained and demonstrated so that anyone can follow along.


Replace the Sky in Your Videos – CyberLink PowerDirector 20/365

The release of PowerDirector 20/365 recently saw the introduction of a few A.I. driven modules one of which is shown below.

It is a sky replacement feature that analyses a video, identifies the sky and then automatically replaces it with one of your choice.

Kind of a cool feature but there is one tiny elephant in the room that isn’t really being mentioned here.

These A.I driven features require some pretty hefty computing resources and there are specific minimum specs you need to have in order for them to work.

So if you like the idea of them then make sure you check out the requirements before you leap in!


PowerDirector – Tips on Masking Title Text

This is a pretty cool tutorial showing how to have a title appear from behind a feature of a scene using a mask and some keyframing.

Quite simple to do yet very effective.


10 Tips to Create a Great Gaming Montage

The title of this video would tend to suggest it only applies to gaming montages but that’s not strictly true.

These are quite standard tips for any form of montage.



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