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The Friday Roundup – Nesting, Teleprompters, Audio and More

Aaaaand we’re back!

This week the interwebs have been most kind offering a bevy of interesting and useful bits’n’pieces in the world of shooting and editing your video masterpieces.

In fact I found a bunch of video tutorials that have been recently published covering a pretty wide range of subjects.

So without any more verbal padding on my part let’s get into it!

Audio

Most of the video editing software around at the moment carries with it at least some kind of audio module to add and improve the sound of your videos.

In fact many have some pretty advanced features or are compatible with plugins that can be added to extend the range of effects and improvements you can make.

This is all very well but when you don’t have much of an idea as to what those various settings are and how they can change an existing audio file it’s not really of much use.

Given the importance of audio in any video project you can go a long way in making improvements by at least having an understanding of the basic tools.

The video below is aimed at the slightly more advanced user and can get a little technical in parts.

However what it does contain are some clear definitions and explanations of common audio tools such as Equalizers, Compressors, Noise Reduction, and Delay effects.

The Fundamentals of Sound in Post Production

Stabilizing Your Shots

Just about every week someone comes up with a guide to stabilizing your video and there is a good reason it is such a popular subject.

High definition footage, as good as it is, has the nasty habit of accentuating any camera shake present in any part of the footage you take and by the time you process it all into a finished product it can look pretty bad.

Below is a guide to some techniques you can use to deal with this problem and it is interesting to note that this article like all the good ones makes an important point.

Your absolute last resort for dealing with camera shake should be a software solution.

Yes, video editing software programs are offering better and better solutions to this problem every years but, they have their limitations and the best solution is to adopt best practices when shooting in the first place.

Build Your Own Teleprompter

Many people these days are finding that appearing in their own videos for whatever reason is not such a difficult thing to do.

In fact it has been shown over and over that you don’t really need to come across on camera as a super slick totally professional presenter to gain an audience.

The public seem to quite like watching real people talk about the things that interest them.

This doesn’t mean to be successful you need to make an intentionally bad video!

One way that the pros succeed at achieving their seemingly relaxed presentation style is by rehearsing and by using teleprompters.

Using a teleprompter is a great way of at least outlining what you want to say if not word for word so that as you are recording you can stay on track and not be worried about going off on a tangent and forgetting where you were!

The article below has some good guides to making you own teleprompter and is well worth checking out if your video projects make use of talking head presentation.

Nesting!

OK, not that kind of nesting.

Nesting is an editing technique where you can tie certain elements together so that if you change your overall projects you can adjust those “nested” elements as a group rather than having to do each one individually.

In the video below the demo is done in Premiere Pro but the concept can be achieved in just about any video editor out there.

Basic Editing – Nesting

Lighting Tips

Q&A: Best Video Lighting for Beginners

Video Studio Tips

And finally this week a word from the mighty Gripps!

Corel VideSudio Pro x7, quick zoom edit

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