Now that the new darling of the consumer level video editor is color correction and more importantly, color grading it is becoming increasingly important to make sure you are doing it right!
One aspect of this that tends to get forgotten is that you can color correct and grade until the cows come home, all the while thinking that your project looks awesome, only to find it actually looks like garbage on anything other than your own computer!
Instead of string that monitor railing at the injustice of it all maybe you may want to take a look at how your monitor has been calibrated (if at all) to display color.
There is a vast difference in the way a computer monitor, a T.V., a handheld device or anything else for that matter displays color.
Unless you can find some kind of happy medium then your projects are always going to look a little different from device to device.
Calibrate Your Monitor For Video And Photography
Video Frame Rates… still.
You would think by now the whole subject of video frame rates would be done and dusted… really!
It still amazes me that there are so many variations, many of which date back to the time it took for an electron gun to hit the phosphorus on the inside of a TV screen and for that moment of illumination to fade.
Yet here were are in 2014 and still there is the film rate of 25fps and a bunch of others.
For a good guide to the whole shebang take a look at the article in the link.
- Video Framerates: a Translation Guide by Allan Tépper
YouTube Cleans House
Like any service the size of YouTube they are always scanning through their existing user base to try to detect and delete inactive accounts and spam accounts.
It’s the endless ongoing war they wage!
What no-one knew until now was that when they were deleting these accounts they were not deleting them as subscribers to other live accounts.
The upshot of this is that many YouTube Channels have had subscriber numbers which were inflated far beyond the real number.
Given that the number of subscribers a Channel has also affects how high in the internal search rankings the Channel would appear for a given term you begin to see it’s all been a bit screwed up!
So, YouTube are now in process of deleting not only those accounts as usual but also they will disappear a subscribers to other accounts.
muvee Solution to the YouTube/Vimeo Copyright Problem
Over the past few weeks I have mentioned the problem some people are having on YouTube with their videos being flagged for copyright infringement.
In many of these cases the videos being detected were in fact not infringing anyones copyright at all but have used music tracks that YouTube has failed to recognise as being open for use.
Just last week Vimeo announced they would be introducing a similar feature(?) to their site that would also attempt to detect music copyright violations.
I can’t help but think Vimeo will be a whole lot less aggressive on it than YouTube.
Anyway in light of all this muvee have introduced a partnership with Rumblefish an online music provider.
Because Rumblefish is also associated with YouTube and Vimeo if a muvee user incorporates music from the Rumblefish database it won’t get flagged.
The service is available from within the muvee video editor.
Video Editing Tips
One theme you will always see repeating and repeating on this site is my reference to more technical studies and articles as a means by which to raise the level of your own shooting and editing.
When I refer to some of these resources it is not my intention for you to religiously study them and then embark upon weeks or months of trial and error testing until you have honed your skills to perfection!
Well actually you could do that if you wanted by that’s not the point.
The idea is and has always been that a simple awareness of the existence of that pro technique, that different viewpoint, that little tip or trick or whatever, may cause you to think for moment before you take that shot or before you make that cut and lead to a better decision.
The article below is a perfect example.
Although seemingly off topic into the field of interviews or commercials and coming from a pro background it would be easy to think there is nothing of use there.
But take a little time and as usual the pros always drop some of the best stuff right in your lap if you take the time.