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The Friday Roundup – Keyframing, Pre-production and Montages

How To Keyframe Video Exposure in Filmora X

As I have mentioned quite few times over the past few months, the ability to use keyframes in most video editors at the consumer level has become pretty standard.

What has also become pretty standard is that in most cases the software makers tend to promote keyframing as being almost exclusive to motion control.

To think of keyframing only in this way really ignores the real power of the feature when you consider the wide range of things you can tie into keyframes in most editors.

Each video editing program that offers keyframing will usually as a baseline incorporate it into motion control, that’s almost a given.

However depending on which software you are using you will generally find that there is a bunch of other things that can also be keyframed.

Speed controls, audio levels and in the example below, color adjustments are just a few of these other things.

So I would really urge you to have a look around inside your video editor of choice and for every feature or tool you find, check to see if there is an option to use keyframes and how they can be used.

The video below is from Filmora and shows how to use keyframes in conjunction with color and color correction adjustments.

Just as a side note here, the presenter keeps using the term “Pull.”

He refers to an “exposure pull” a few times but doesn’t clarify what that is.

“Pull” is a video or film term that describes a setting or value on something that is gradually changed over time.

The most common use is for a “focus pull” which is when the camera is moving and the camera operator is slowly adjusting the focus on the camera manually to keep the focus set.

How to Plan Travel Videos – Pre-Production Process

In watching the video below there are a few points to keep in mind.

The first and most important is that even if you are not going to be shooting anything that is anywhere near the complexity of the example shown, you will still be FAR better off if you have a plan!

The second point to be aware of is that once you have a plan no matter how simple or basic it is, everything gets easier after that.

I can’t stress this point enough. If you know where you are going then as far as shots go you will know what you need to get.

Then, having captured those needed shots your editing becomes way simpler because you have what you need… and you know where you are going!

Video Montages

One of the most effective and efficient ways for the average video maker to impart information to the audience is through what is called a montage.

In fact many amatuer videos almost totally consist of montages even if the creator didn’t actually know that was what he or she were doing at the time!

One of the main reasons they are so prevalent in amatuer videos is that very often you and I do not have access to high quality audio of the things we have captured.

To cover this we tend to cut the available footage together and add music so in essence we have created a montage.

Given the fact that this is something we do quite often, it is a really good idea to get this kind of thing well under control.

The article linked below goes into montages in quite some detail and provides some great tips on how and when to use them to enhance you projects.

Of course intentionally creating a montage to enhance your project is always going to be better than stumbling into one because you had good footage with crappy sound!

An Introduction to Curves and Levels – Beginner’s Color Correction

This demonstration has been done in Davinci Resolve and gives a pretty good explanation of what Curves are and how to use them.

They also goes through the process of using the Curve tool to adjust an existing piece of footage.

An interesting point to note in all of this is that it pretty much doesn’t matter what software you are using when it comes to color corrections like this.

Any software that offers color correction at pretty much any level will look either exactly the same as what you see in this video or if not, very very close to what you see.

So don’t get the idea that you need to be doing this in Resolve!

Beginner with $10,000+ Lights vs. Pro with Zero Lights

This is a very interesting experiment that really exposes the lie of having to have all sorts of “stuff” before you can do what you want to do when it comes to video.

If you are like anyone interested in video these days you will be checking out sites like mine, other sites and lots of YouTube channels on the subject.

That’s all great but what will also be happening is that Google tracking, YouTube tracking and the FaceBook pixel will be taking note of this and targeting you for advertising.

Based on that interest obviously you will be targeted to buy lots of video “stuff!”

Possibly you may not need it!

5 Timelapse Photography Tips for Beginners

Some good practical tips here if you are into or thinking of getting into timelapse videos.

Don’t sweat too much on some of the more advanced software recommendations he talks about.

At the totally professional end of the market those things are kind of just accepted.

The reality is that most pro’s are completely unaware that your average $100 consumer level video editing program can process time lapse sequences with dedicated modules within them to do it.

In fact just this week I had a friend who is a pro cinematographer ask me how I had done a particular wipe transition.

I told him I had just slapped it together in Corel VideoStudio… you could have cut the cognitive dissonance with a knife!

How to Change Title Object Colors – CyberLink PowerDirector 19

Just a quick video this week from Maliek on using the Motion Graphics Titles and how to adjust them to suit the look or feel of the video you are working on.

How to Sync Audio to Video In Resolve 16

This is a run through of a couple of tools you can use inside DaVinci resolve to get audio and video in snyc.

Casey starts off with a simple method that applies to any editing software but also requires that you have a common audio event at the beginning of the tracks to use visually as a reference point.

That event could be you clapping your hands or any short sharp sound that appears both on the in-camera audio and the externally recorded audio.

After that he goes into the automated techniques which are pretty cool.

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