The Friday Roundup – Rookie Mistakes, Lenses and YouTube Tips

6 Mistakes Beginner Filmmakers Make

Although aimed at budding filmmakers this one has some (slightly) more advanced tips most of us can take advantage of.

They open up with a discussion on frame rates and whilst what they say is absolutely true, for many of us it may not be practical.

So as with all the tips in this one, see what it is, have a think about it and implement to the best of your ability. Don’t sweat it too much if some of them are out of your reach… yet!

Ultimate Guide to Camera Lenses – Every Type of Camera Lens Explained

This is Part 7 in the series from Studio Binder on the subject of shooting videos or films.

So far they have covered scenes, shots, camera angles and a bunch of other stuff.

This week they cover lenses and although for many of us this may be a little too far in the technical stakes it is well worth taking a look at to see why lenses play such an important role.

Filmmaking 101: Shooting a Video from Start to Finish

Well this is an absolutely huge resource from the people over at Premiumbeat.com that covers… well… everything!

It pretty much starts at the exposure triangle, moves through how to choose the right camera, takes a detour past the various types of shots and finally ends up at gear and audio.

Not sure that they missed anything there!

It’s a good read read because each subject is covered quite well without going techno-crazy so that it all gets a bit overwhelming.

The Big Amazon Review Scam

I came across this video the other day and though it would be a timely reminder to all of us on the subject of getting information on the internet.

The type of information I am most interested in here is when you are checking reviews for products as part of your decision making process.

There are lots of places to get that kind of information and read lots of reviews that are either user generated or from professional reviewers in a subject.

The key to this kind of information is to first understand who is writing the review and why they are doing it.

For example someone writes a bad review of some product online after having had a bad experience with that product.

On the surface that seems perfectly reasonable.

However over the years I have found that by digging a little deeper a whole world of extra information comes to light.

I have written more extensively on that subject on this page as part of my series on Choosing a Video Camera.

The video below exposes a fairly widespread scam that happens quite regularly on Amazon but don’t get the idea that Amazon is the only place it is happening!

How to Become a Youtuber: The Ultimate Guide

CyberLink posted this guide the other day and I was at first a little skeptical about it.

However after reading it I changed my mind as it really is quite a good basic guide to getting started on YouTube and setting off on the right foot.

It is by no means a complete guide nor does it cover any of the more advanced subjects you would have to cover once you were set up.

The real value is that it covers only those things you need to do to get started and nothing that you would at a later date have to go back and change or fix.

How to FIX Anamorphic Videos – Filmora X

Not sure really how often anyone is going to come across anamorphic footage but if you do then this is the video for you!

Personally after ten years of doing this I have never needed to know this but hey… early days yet!

PowerDirector – Tips on Using the Parallel Mask

Just a simple walk through of how to use the new Parallel Mask that was introduced in PowerDirector 19.

As an added bonus there is a great little tip in here for using the “Seek” button and setting it up to work on different values.

After 10 years of using PowerDirector you would have thought I knew this by now!

How to Use the Color Warper in Resolve 17

This is a run through of a pretty cool new feature that came out with DaVinci Resolve 17.

For many people (OK, probably just me) dealing with color and color controls in any video editing software can be a bit of a minefield.

I personally find it all confusing, fiddly and usually end up staring at the screen with a rather bewildered look on my face.

This new feature introduces a new way of dealing with a usually painful process.

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