How to Create the Perfect Vacation Video
So, if you are designated video maker for the family holidays or just vacations in general then this is the article for you!
It is a very well written and complete step by step guide to both preparing yourself to shoot the video but also how to put the whole thing together.
5 Tips for Shooting Handheld Videos
The bottom line is that most of us, most of the time, will be shooting handheld.
So in light of that check out this video on some more advanced techniques for doing so.
For me one of the most important takeaways I got from the video was the concept of planning in your mind what it is that you are going to do before you do it.
I am a big fan of planning even the smallest little thing that I possibly can so I can capture exceptional footage.
Once I have good footage then then I know the editing and post production process is going to be so much faster and easier.
Why You Should Avoid Parallel Cuts & How to Add Variety to Your Edits
These are some slightly more advanced editing tips that go a little beyond that average home movie genre.
As you learn to work your own particular video editor more efficiently one of the first things you should look to do is to eliminate parallel cuts.
By their nature parallel cuts add a sort of unnatural jumpiness or sharpness to your projects.
Having said that remember there may be times when you want that.
However most of the time you will want to work using J-cuts and L-cuts so let’s clarify all of that a little.
A parallel cut is when both the audio and the video cut at exactly the same time.
J-cuts and L-cuts are when the audio cuts first, then the video or vice versa.
The reason they are used far more than any other method is that they mimic how we “see” or experience life.
In real life as humans we tend to scan our surroundings constantly (the video) and hear sounds as they occur (the audio).
We either hear a sound then look or look then notice the sound.
J-cuts and L-cuts copy this naturally occurring process.
How to Setup a Podcast at Home – 9 Easy Steps
Well given the fact that many of us are going to be trapped at home for a while I figured this following tutorial to be a natural fit!
It’s all about podcasts but more importantly it is twenty minutes long!
Let’s face it, we all have the time!
Anyway the reason I have added it is definitely NOT because I think we are all going to set ourselves up for a podcast any time soon!
The real reason is that in the process of going through the steps to get the setup completed in the video there is a wealth of information on a whole range of subject connected to video.
How to Choose the Best Video Editing Computer in 2020
The article linked below comes from the Film Editing Pro website and as such some specs they cover may be a little higher than your average consumer level stuff.
However that’s OK because what it does do is give a very good explanation of what each computer component does in regards to the video process.
It can also help you to understand the relative importance of each of those parts allowing you to make more informed decisions.
It does give recommendations throughout the article but I would tend to use most of these as a guideline rather than as an absolute truth.
The Best (at home) Camera Hack Ever!
OK, this is just an awesome camera hack using that little screw at the top of a lot of indoor table or bedside lamps.
Personally I have already scouted out at least three such lamps in my own house and office that are totally up for the task. How cool!
How To Live Stream Anything – Work From Home Tutorial
As a bit of an introduction here let me first point out that Casey Faris, the guy in the video below, is my “go to” guy when it comes to learning the DaVinci Resolve editing program.
Casey has an enormous YouTube channel devoted to the subject and if that is the editing platform you want to go with then he absolutely has everything covered.
The reason I mention all of that is that this week he has put out a slightly different video on the subject of live streaming.
Given the recent event worldwide some of you may be in a position where you need to live stream or work remotely.
If that is the case or you just wanted to get yourself up to speed on the subject then this is definitely the video for you.
It is all that you need to know plus a suggestion for the best free software to make it all work for you.
Postcard Intro Effect! – Filmora9
This tutorial is an excellent example of how to use a simple video editor to achieve a very tasteful opening sequence to a video.
It is always easy to get carried away by the whizzbang, spinning, twirling stuff that most editors come prepackaged with.
Just because you have all that crap doesn’t mean you have to use it or or check your good taste at the door!
How To Make Progress Bar in Filmora
As per usual when it comes to Filmora the simplicity of the program is no hindrance when it comes to achieving more advanced techniques.
Of course the trick as always is how to do it, not whether or not the software can do it!
PowerDirector – Design Your Own Starting Effect for a Title
This is an excellent run through of some of the controls available in the Titling module of PowerDirector.
It runs through the characteristics you will find in most of the preset titles within the software but more importantly shows how you can control those presets to look completely different.
PowerDirector – Tips on Blending with Presets – Part 2
This is a continuation of a series that began last week on the process of using Blends or lend modes in CyberLink PowerDirector 18.
It is a good way to get yourself up to speed on what blend modes are, how they are used and which ones are available to you in the software.
You can catch up on the first in the series by clicking this link HERE.