The Friday Roundup – YouTube Shorts and Deconstructing Special FX

How to Make YouTube Shorts – CyberLink PowerDirector 19

This is a workflow done in PowerDirector showing how to convert or prepare a video to be uploaded as a YouTube Short.

What you can see from this video is that there really is no elegant way to of converting a 16:9 video into a 9:16 or 1:1 format to be eligible for #Shorts.

The whole process really only works if you have very high definition video in the first place that can be cropped and zoomed in on without losing too much image quality.

At the moment by far the best way to make YouTube Shorts is to shoot for that purpose in vertical mode.


I Got YouTube to Recommend This Video to Everyone!

Bit of a cool hack from Daniel Batal this week on how to “encourage” the YouTube algorithm to present your video in the Recommended Videos tab.

Bear in mind you have to do ALL the steps to get it to work and even then it may not necessarily work for all videos all the time.

There are many ranking factors that go into how YouTube presents your videos and where so it is not a magic bullet!


How To Edit YouTube Videos Fast

So to be clear here the title of this video has been specifically constructed to rank on YouTube hence the “YouTube” reference.

In reality it applies to any video editing for any purpose.

So aside from the obvious clickbait attempt there are some excellent tips and insights into the editing process that will definitely make your life easier.


How to Become a Better Filmmaker

With far greater access to advanced video editing and shooting tools has come a sort of “whiz-bang” style of video that overlooks the basics.

It makes it seem that there is some kind of shortcut to making really good videos because you have the latest camera and and awesome video editing program.

The problem here is that invariable anyone on that path with hit a wall.

At some point their lack of knowledge as to the basics of the activity will bring them to a grinding halt.

There are a million clichés I could use right now on the subject but maybe just watching the video below will get the point across better.


Live Video Editing Tips & Tricks

This week Daniel does the usual by taking a suggested effect and reproducing it in Filmora.

The process itself is one that I think everyone should learn regardless of what editing software you are using.

It is simply identifying the effect and then reverse engineering it so as to do it yourself.

It is a great way to learn new things and become far more familiar with your software tools.


Vintage Film Effect: 1920s Silent Film! – Wondershare Filmora X Tutorial

A very quick tutorial using a couple of included effects in Filmora to create a vintage “Silent Film” effect on standard footage.

On top of what is shown in the video you can play around with playback speed to give it a bit of a jittery effect as well.


PowerDirector – Overview of the Color Focus and Filter Color Effects

This is a good run through of a coupe of the included effects that come with PowerDirector 19.

There is an absolute bucket load of effects you get anyway and within each of them there are varying degrees of customizations available.

Please use tastefully!


How to Create a Search Intro Video – Search Bar in Wondershare Filmora X

The video below does show how to make an intro video of using a little Google Search sequence.

More importantly it shows how to quickly add a screen recording to a project and use it in Filmora or any other editing software that has a screen recorder.


Getting Started as a Video Creator: 5 Tips with Cache Bunny

I am a huge fan of Cache Bunny so let’s get that out of the way first!

Her videos are fun, incredibly creative and technically astounding.

If you are going to get into video editing more deeply then some advice from her is well worth listening to.



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