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The Friday Roundup – Masking a Video, Music and Emotion and a Better Mobile Vimeo

Last week I put up a video from Gripps where he showed quite simply how to use the masking function within VideoStudio Pro X7 to create text that seemed to arise from the ground.

In this video he shows how to do pretty much the same thing only this time doing it with a video clip.

Although you may look at it and think the effect is quite simple it is well worth learning how its done as it is a very common method of achieving more advanced results.

It is also worth noting that just because he does it in VideoStudio does not mean that the exact same process can be achieved with just about any comparable editing program.

Corel VideoStudio Pro x7, Masking a Video

Choosing Music Tracks

Very often, especially in the home movie field we are faced with the prospect of somehow filling in sound to replace awful audio we recorded in the field.

Without the sort of environmental control the average pro videographer has, it is pretty common for all of us to end up with useless audio tracks or at least significant portions of them.

Of course the obvious way to deal with this and keep our projects watchable is to add music, it’s a time honored tradition.

The type and style of music you choose will have quite an impact on the people watching your videos so here is a great little guide to what kind of music you should be choosing for what situations.

  • Audio: Emotions and Music

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Vimeo Updates Their Mobile Experience

Whilst it may seem rather innocuous to the average user that Vimeo is making noise about adding a mobile friendly site, it indicates a larger trend for many of us.

One of the problems facing many people these days in distributing or sharing their video projects is how to cover the entire range of devices that their potential audience may be using to view that project.

In the past when we thought of internet access to video it was all rather easy really.

Everyone was watching everything on their desktop so you just presented it for that purpose and you were fine.

These days it’s not so easy and I have recently seen some debate over whether people, especially bloggers, should host videos on their own sites or use a service like YouTube or Vimeo.

For me there is no question, I use YouTube and the reasons are pretty simple.

Once I upload a project to YouTube they re-render the video file at the highest possible quality but!

They also make available a whole range of other files sizes and delivery options to suit whatever device the person seeking to view the video is using.

That way I don’t have to render to a bunch of different parameters and I certainly don’t have to engage in any ninja coding of my site to detect what that device might be.

  • A Better Vimeo for Your Mobile Browser on Vimeo

Scrolling Your Images with Your Text

Well it’s been a while since PDToots has made a tutorial video for PowerDirector but this week he has made one that I think is pretty handy for just about all video editing programs.

Getting text to scroll through like it does in movie credits is not really all that hard to do and these days would not be considered to be in the advanced range of effects.

However getting images to scroll along with the text or in sync with the text movement so that it all looks to be one element is another matter altogether.

It is one of those things that you think would be easy to do but it doesn’t take long inside your editor to realize that is not the case!

The truth is that doing it is not really that hard at all once you see it demonstrated just like in the video below.

The video demonstrates the technique using CyberLink PowerDirector’s Titling Module to create the text titles and then the PiP Module to incorporate the images.

However the same basic principles apply to just about any well equipped video editor and for those it is simply a matter of finding the equivalent functions within the one you are using.

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