One of the key features being added to the average consumer level video editor at this point in their development is that of color grading.
This is completely different to color correction where you are simply trying to compensate for incorrect colors generated by lighting conditions or shortcomings in the video shooting process.
Color grading is actually taking control of the overall look and feel of your project by creating consistent (or intentionally inconsistent) color “looks” to enhance the viewing experience.
I can’t say really that any of the companies that have introduced this feature have created any particularly good tutorials on how to use it properly but I am always on the look out.
In the meantime another aspect of both color grading and color correction is that of monitor calibration.
The problem is that even though you may get something looking great on your computer the settings you have used may not then carry over on to the final viewing device.
Different screens display things in different way and colors can vary enormously.
This is a good tutorial on how to calibrate you monitor correctly and gives a few tips on the differences you may need to compensate for.
Working With Audio
Over the past few years one area that the modern batch of video editors has vastly improved is the area of audio control.
However because of the constraint of screen real estate these improvements are often over looked.
The problem for the designers is always how to include functionality yet at the same time not clutter the interface so the whole thing becomes a confusing mess.
Take a look at the video below to see just how feature rich they can be… as long as you know where everything is and how to access it!
Nothing to learn here except that I feel old and this kids is totally kicking my butt.
- Stop Motion – Bringing LEGO to Life
YouTube Copyright Perils
One of the best ways to add that touch of professionalism to any of your videos is to provide a background sound track.
Now of course most of us are not going to be employing an army of sound effects guys and ambient sound recordists in order to achieve that!
Inevitably for most of us the best way to do it is by adding background music.
A lot of the major software producers include some kind of music solution and most of the time this is enough.
However in case you want to step outside that environment and get some tracks from the internet it is important to keep in mind that although there are countless tracks freely available, that doesn’t mean they are free for you to use!
Below is a link to an excellent article of lighting for video.
Hey! It’s even go little diagrams and everything!
It gives a great picture (no pun intended there) of the way in which different types of light from different angles can create completely unique effects.