3 New Codecs Are Coming in 2020.
Some time back there was the announcement that the next progression as far as video codecs went was going to be the H.265 codec.
At the time that codec was meant to be the next step in the world of widely used and generally compatible video codecs that the average person would be using.
As it is, that codec has never really taken over the market because of a bunch of economic considerations by a whole bunch of different vested interests.
So now that H.265 has experienced a relative “failure to launch” we are now being told the next generation of codec may be rolling out by the end of the year.
Of course in the meantime there have been other codecs developed but these have been mainly used within the professional arena rather than at the consumer level.
Check out the article below for rundown on these new codecs that you and I may (or may not!) be using in the future.
The 5 Essential Types of Camera Movement
In the past I have quite often added tutorials and articles which explain or demonstrate different types of shots.
Each one of which has a particular effect on the viewing audience.
In this video we get to take it all a little further by adding camera motion to the mix.
Even though you may now be shooting footage at this level a basic understanding of the subject can serve you very well.
It can quite often help you to understand why sometimes your shots seem to convey a mood or feeling that you didn’t really intend.
3 Ways to Use Green Screen in Videos
Well there have been a few green screen videos coming out recently and it turns out this week is no exception.
So to cut a long story short Click Here for everything you ever wanted to know about green screen but were afraid to ask.
For some more recent creative suggestion on using green screen check out This Post
With all that out of the way check out the video below for even more creative suggestions on how to actually use green screen in your videos.
Street Photography Hacks
Even though this tutorial is strictly speaking aimed at still photography I think it is very relevant to the world of shooting video.
If you take a look at the video itself I think there is one very clear message being conveyed here that all of us can apply to what we are doing.
That message is the concept of being aware of the light.
Too often I think we all just pull out our cams or phones or whatever and just start shooting.
The result of doing that means we often get footage that looks like we just pulled out our cams or phones and just started shooting!
Sure there are times when we don’t have the time to stop and take in what’s going on around us or what the light looks like or whatever.
But there are definitely times when we do have a moment or two to do that and it is something we all really should do, or try to do more often.
PowerDirector Tips on Blending with Presets – Part 1
Although this is essentially a tutorial on using blending in PowerDirector it is nonetheless a great introduction to the subject in a more general sense.
“Blending” or “Blend Modes” are terms that appear quite often and although they sound rather technical, are not all that mysterious.
At their most basic level a blend is when you have two or more elements on the timeline and are planning so display them at the same time.
Most transitions are actually kinds of blends.
Shrink Screen Motion Hack – Filmora9 Key Framing
OK so this is a reasonably common effect that most video editors can achieve.
However the tutorial below is a great example of why you would perhaps want to go for a more advanced video editor than the one being used in the video to do it.
This is a Filmora tutorial and it is interesting because it shows how you can use Filmora to do an effect it wasn’t really designed to do.
In itself that’s kinda awesome BUT… notice that was a big but?
The trade off here is that in order to achieve the effect you have to spend a lot of time working with keyframes individually marking then adjusting then marking then adjusting on and on.
If you go to a slightly more advanced video editing package, it is way easier and way faster.
VEGAS Quick Tips: Editing to Measures and Beats
This is a run through of the feature you will find in Vegas Movie Studio and Vegas Pro for analyzing and marking your music tracks to guide your editing process.
The most obvious way to cut in any music backed video is to cut to the beat.
However when music does not have a strong or a clearly marked beat then editing to the music takes on a different color.
In cases like these using the measures of the music can also be used as a way to guide your cuts.
How to Make a Drink Mask Effect – CyberLink PowerDirector 18
This tutorial is not so much anything new because a mask is a mask is a mask!
However it does introduce an interesting idea for a mask!
I think it is always worth taking a look at other people’s ideas and use them as inspiration for your own.
Since the introduction of Filmora Pro about a year ago Filmora have been intensively developing the software and bringing it up to speed on all the latest and greatest features.
What I really mean by that is that they have been catching up to the rest of the market!
As it stands today Filmora Pro is an excellent video editing solution offering some pretty advanced features in a relatively easy to use format.
I say “relatively” because advanced and complex features by their very nature are… well… advanced and complex!
To help new users overcome the inevitable learning curve that comes with any new piece of software they have started to do monthly Q&A sessions on YouTube. Below is the first in the series.
Color Fade Effect – Filmora9 Effects & Transitions
This is a simple yet very powerful effect that you can achieve in just about any video editing software out there these days.
You will see in the video it is just a matter of loading the clip in question twice on your timeline, stripping the color out of one and then apply a gradient mask or even a transition so that we go from one clip to the other.
The only point of note that I would make is that when you strip the color out of any video do not just leave it like that.
Take a good look at it then go into your color controls and adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation to compensate for the losses caused by stripping out the color.
How to Add Text in DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve has developed over the years into an incredibly powerful and versatile video editing and post production program.
The free version offers some incredible features although in some regards it has been crippled for commercial reasons.
After all it is aimed squarely at the pro end of the market.
The main hurdle in dealing with resolve at the beginner level is that a tool like this is by nature incredibly complex and the learning curve unbelievably steep!
It is definitely one of those programs that you cannot just “download and have a play with” to see if you like it.
I can almost guarantee that unless you are already familiar with pro level editing you will not like it!
However if your interest in video editing sees you at some point going to the pro level or at least semi-pro, then you are going to end up on a piece of software like Resolve with that inherent complexity.
In that case one of the best ways to bite that bullet would be to follow along with a user like Casey Faris, the creator of the video below.