Welcome to this week’s Friday Round up!
This week a real mixed bag of stuff from around the web including lots of great tips, fading social social sharing sites trying to come back from the dead and of course the age old question of what really is the difference between AVCHD and H.264.
OK, I admit that the AVCHD / H.264 thingy may not actually be an “age old question” but was a great way of filling in some text so that the image to the right aligns properly on the page.
In fact you would have to admit it serves that purpose very well… even if no other!
Music Video Tips!
Not just some good tips here for how to make a music video but also just some great video making tips all round.
File Formats and other Gobbledygook
Boy, this subject NEVER gets old! This is a pretty good explanation not just of the difference between AVCHD and H.264.
It also covers, without any attached headaches, the difference between containers, Codecs and formats. Try not to get too caught up in the alphabet soup and you should survive!
Former Zombie Service Digg Seeks to Unzombify Itself. (Yes! Unzombify is a word!)
A substantial part of getting your video projects seen these days is through the use of social bookmarking sites.
Simply posting a video to YouTube will not get people to view it because they are blissfully unaware of it.
Posting a notification that the video exists on your blog, your FaceBook page and any other social site may not assure you of the next viral video hit but it will increase your chances.
Digg was formerly one of the most powerful bookmarking sites around but sadly went into decline.
Efforts to resurrect the site have been met with mixed results over the years and now they seemed to have suddenly realized that video comprises a major portion of content sharing today.
To try and get in on the act they have now added a specialized “Video” section to the site.
I can’t say for sure what the effect of this will be (if any at all) but for the sake of a few seconds work you have nothing to lose by posting a bookmark to your latest videos and video channel.
Video Schema is a special markup code that you can apply to a website which gives search engines, especially Google, a clear picture of what is on the page it is crawling.
More than that it gives Google a sign that you actually care enough about the way in which you are presenting your content that shows you give a shit!
The “give a shit” factor will help in your authority in their eyes and ultimately can help in search rankings.
Gripps Saves the Day!
Apparently some users of VideoStudio Pro X6 have been encountering problems when using the Green Screen module.
They have been getting a sort of “white snow” effect under certain circumstance.
Below is a video by the ever reliable Gripps offering a solution.
This is pretty interesting!
I am by no means anything of an expert when it comes to Apple products but noteworthy is that their free editing software may have actually been subjected to… wait for it… development!
I wish Microsoft would get on to their free editor and give it a little polish up.
New YouTube Commenting System
YouTube have recently begun rolling out a new commenting system for videos uploaded to their site.
Read the link below for full details but it is worth noting that they have integrated G+ profiles and behavior into the mix.
And following on from the recent roll-out of YouTube’s new Commenting system integrated with Google Plus here are some pretty interesting Tweets about the whole thing.
Warning: Some of the Tweets are possibly not that complimentary and are, in some cases, expressed rather “colorfully!”
Time for a More Professional Video Editor?
If you are starting to think that perhaps you may want to move your editing software from the “Home User” level or “Consumer” level up to maybe “prosumer” or even pro it is often hard to work out what direction to take.
In my opinion there are two excellent choices in this regard.
You can see my reviews of them by clicking on the links above but aside from that another great way to get an idea of which way you would like to go is to learn from the experience of others.
The link below goes to an article by a film makers that used Video Pro X for his particular brand of project and gives a great insight into the features of the program he actually uses and how he uses them.