How to Film Yourself
Creating video content even with a very small team can be pretty challenging at the best of times.
However if you are going it totally alone the demands can go through the roof.
That’s not to say you can’t do it but the reality is that doing for a sustained period of time will ultimately start to break you down.
If you have no other alternative than to go solo then there is pretty much only one strategy you need to employ.
Whilst it is simple… it requires discipline.
That strategy involves only two parts.
The first is to develop a repeatable process that you… well… repeat and the second is to spend just as much time on planning as you do on the rest of the production process.
Thorough planning will save you every time.
Blue screen or Green screen which one is best?
Most people are probably aware that you can use green screen to “key out” backgrounds or parts of video footage to create an effect or replace certain elements.
However the original was Blue Screen and was introduced back in the 1930’s.
Later on it was found that green was a better “all-purpose” color to use to achieve a good key so these days we tend to think more green than blue.
However there are still situations where what you may want to leave in the shot have elements of green in them so in those cases a blue screen may be the better choice.
Small Channels: Follow This and Youtube Algorithm Will (Probably) Love you!
Given the fierce competition on YouTube these days anything you can do to stand out is worth trying.
One such tip that has a reasonable record of success is discussed in the video below.
It is better that you watch it yourself rather than have me butcher it for you.
Speed Up Your Editing In Audacity – How to Splice and Crossfade Audio Easily in Audacity
Just some cool ninja tricks here for manipulating audio tracks in Audacity.
- You can download Audacity Free HERE
Everything Everywhere All At Once Multiverse Montage – PowerDirector
Just like it says on the box this is the Everything Everywhere All At Once montage and although a bit of fiddly work to get done it still looks awesome.
Worth the time if you ask me.
Handwritten Text Animation – PowerDirector
A simple way of creating a handwriting effect is to create a text title using a handwriting font then do straight left to right reveal.
The problem with that is that it looks nothing like someone actually was writing!
In the video below Maleik shows quite a simple mask reveal to make the whole thing way more realistic.
PowerDirector – How to Sequence Movement of a Series of Pictures in a Slideshow
Creating slideshows these days is a bit of a problem.
That’s not because they are hard to do but because everyone is so used to dynamic videos coming in at all levels.
So any tips or tricks for spicing up a slideshow are well worth learning if you have to make them.
How to Rack Focus in Filmora 12
Rack Focus is a technique usually pulled off “in camera” and you see it most often in fully pro videos.
It is the technique whereby the focal length of the lens is adjusted throughout a shot so that the background becomes blurred leaving the foreground in focus or vice versa.
It is used to direct the attention of the viewer on to some part of the overall frame as the scene plays out.
You can sort of “fake” a rack focus in software and in the video below you can see it done using Filmora.
Master the FUSION Page! (even if you’re an Absolute Noob) – DaVinci Resolve
OK, sit back, get a cup/glass of your favorite beverage (non-alcoholic… trust me!) and get ready for the Fusion Page in DaVinci Resolve.
This has to be one of the most confusing and overwhelming parts of DaVinci and I have to admit I avoid it like the plague!
On the flipside this is also probably the most powerful module in the DaVinci array so if you can crack it a whole new world opens up.
In the video below Daniel Batal takes you through that page so if you want to really learn it then he is one of the best to help you.
Go forth and may god have mercy on your soul.