22 June 2018

The Friday Roundup - Dreamy Looks, Color Grading and a Freebie!



How to Create a DREAMY LOOK in Video
There may be times when you want to add a sort of dreamlike or surreal look to your projects or part of them.
There are a number of ways to achieve this type of effect and there are about a gazillion tutorials online to help you do that!
I have included the video below this week because it covers many of the main ways to do it, all in...
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15 June 2018

The Friday Roundup - Zoom Transitions, B-roll and Motion Blur



10 Things To Do When You Get A New Camera
In my house I am considered to be a bit weird by my wife and son.
Whenever we purchase some new device, appliance or piece of technology the very first thing I do is unpack it and read the manual.
Then I re-read the manual with the object in question in my hands or at hand.
It is only then that I begin to set up said device for...
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08 June 2018

The Friday Roundup- Foley, LUTs, Audio and Lighting Tips



Foley: How Hollywood Sounds Effects are Made
When you look at the differences between an amateur video and a professionally produced one you would get the idea that those differences are because of big things.
Big things like pro file formats, pro cameras and sound recording and more.
What isn't so obvious are the million and one "little things."
Tiny little actions...
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01 June 2018

The Friday Roundup - Basic Editing Cuts, Frame Rates and Time Lapse



9 Cuts Every Video Editor Should Know
Whilst it is true that the available palette for cutting any video together is almost limitless it is also true that you need to nail down the basics before you go too crazy on it.
Although opinions vary widely on this I personally think there are about 6 or 7 foundational cuts that you need to have down cold before you go looking for...
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25 May 2018

The Friday Roundup - Super Hero Tricks, Some Video FX and Aspect Ratios



How To Make Money on YouTube with Affiliate Links
It is probably safe to say that the world of YouTube for anyone that was previously making living over there from producing and uploading videos has descended into some kind of hell.
There have been huge changes with countless channels being demonetized and many others finding their viewership being decimated.
For the big...
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18 May 2018

The Friday Roundup - Hyperlapse, Color Grades and ND Filters



How to be Less Awkward Filming Yourself
Whenever I come across videos like this I always include them in the Friday Roundup.
For most people the idea of being in front of the camera sets off alarm bells like nothing else and almost immediately they look like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a truck.
Whilst this is totally understandable it absolutely destroys any...
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11 May 2018

The Friday Roundup - Microphone Basics, Camera Effects and Stabilization



The Basics of Microphones
Let me introduce the video below with an old saying that probably will hold true for as long as there is video.
The most important part of video is... audio.
For most people shooting video and capturing audio at the same time is going to be a bit of a trade off.
In a point and shoot situation where the subject matter just presents itself in...
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04 May 2018

The Friday Roundup - Camera Shake, Auto-Focus and LUT Limitations



LUTS: The Complete Video Guide
A few weeks back now on April Fool's Day Casey Faris put out an incredible video purporting to announce the release of his amazing automatic super LUT called Pegasus.
According to the video it could instantly create the perfect look for any footage by automatically correcting everything in it and making it perfect.
Now a lot of people got...
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27 April 2018

The Friday Roundup - Vintage Voice Effect, Creative Tips and a Freebie!




So let's kick off this week's Roundup with a freebie!

This week that venerable British broadcaster the BBC lifted her skirts and showed us everything!

Well not quite because that would be very un-British!

What they did do however was launch into beta a website offering over 16,000 free downloadable sound effects from their archives.

Each of the effects is...
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20 April 2018

The Friday Roundup - Pinnacle Studio Goes to Version 21.5 and other stuff!




Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 21.5 Update
News from Pinnacle this week with the release of Pinnacle Studio 21.5 Ultimate.

Since Corel took over the ownership of the Pinnacle range of products a few years back they have pulled it into line with their existing update and upgrade release schedule.

Generally speaking this means that the software gets two major upgrades per...
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14 April 2018

Simple or Easy Video Editing Software



Over the past few years all of the major video editing software companies have been battling each other in a game of who can come up with the shiniest new features to attract the attention of the public.
The end result has been that the average consumer level video editing software has become incredibly feature rich but in the process, has become quite complicated as...
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13 April 2018

The Friday Roundup - It's a NAB Show Grave Yard Around Here



Around this time every year things start to go a little quiet here at the DIY Video Editor and the reason for that is that I shamelessly steal tips, tricks and tutorials from people who know far more than me on the subject.
Sure all the other stuff on this site is my own content but for the Friday Roundup I generally scan the usual suspects and if they do something good I...
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06 April 2018

The Friday Roundup - Travel Videos, Key Framing and Presentation Skills



Steven Soderbergh on Using an iPhone to Shoot
Once again this week I became embroiled in an online discussion involving the term "cinematic" and that user's search to find some kind of shortcut to achieving that look.
I kinda get a little annoyed by catchphrases like that which end up getting passed around and take on a life of their own.
The term cinematic could be used...
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30 March 2018

The Friday Roundup - Free Audio from Filmora and Organizing Your Assets



Yay! Freebies!
OK this seems to be a pretty awesome offer from the nice people at Wondershare who make the Filmora video editor.

They are offering a huge collection of free sound effects that can be used in any video editor in exchange for... nothing!

I kind of figured they would at least be trying to get an email address for it or perhaps restrict it to only Filmora...
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25 March 2018

Getting Your Videos Online - Introduction



Over the past few years it has been interesting to observe the dramatic shift that has occurred in the way people are producing and distributing their videos.
In this series on online video I will cover some of the techniques that you can use to get your videos seen by a wider audience.
Most...
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23 March 2018

The Friday Roundup – Gimbal Shots, Rotate Video and 4K Editing


This week some tips on shooting with a gimbal, how and why to rotate video, some tips for a smoother 4K editing experience and an explanation of using a roll and B roll footage.

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16 March 2018

The Friday Roundup – Choosing Music, the Glitch Effect and Voiceovers


This week a tutorials on how to choose the right music for a project, how to create a glitch effect, a look in on a voice over training session and a lesson in ramp editing.

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10 March 2018

The Friday Roundup – Composition, Vegas Discounts and Lens Filters



This week the Golden Spiral explained for composition, some hefty discounts being offered of Vegas products, an explanation of ND and polarizing filters plus much, much more!

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06 March 2018

Vegas Movie Studio 15 Review


Vegas Movie Studio 15 review. What's new in this latest version, a simple comparison of each version offered as well as an overview of the software's features and performance.

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05 March 2018

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2018 and Pro 2018 Review


An easy to understand rundown and review of what is new in Corel VideoStudio 2018 version as well as a comparison of VideoStudio Ultimate 2018 and VideoStudio Pro 2018

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