The Friday Roundup – D.I.Y Foley, Special FX Tips and Text Messages

Make Sound Effects For Your Videos
One of the main reasons pro videos and films appear the way they do is because of the audio aspect of the production.
I have covered this many times before and it really is a fundamental to effective video making.
One of he main aspects to pro sound is a subject called “Foley.”
Foley is the action of pre-recording sounds that you would…
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Audio Editing Features

The history of audio editing capability within video editing software products was such that in the past I never even bothered with it as a feature to look at.
The average editor almost invariably carried with it the most pathetic attempts at providing the consumer with some kind of useful tools for their sound files.
However things have changed over the past two or three…
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A Quick Guide to Showing Text Messages on Screen

Text messages are increasingly becoming the main channel of communication between people. As such, they are part of the movies and TV shows, which adds a difficulty of showing the content of the exchange. One way to do this is to actually show the phone screen, which is similar to the way e-mail is often shown. Placing bubbles with the message content next to the character…
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5 Secret Ingredients of Deliciously Engaging YouTube Cooking Videos

You love to cook. Maybe you’re a professional chef, or maybe your a devout foodie who gets off on creating the dishes you love to eat. Either way, you can’t wait to share your creations, and the creative journey you take arriving at them, online. That’s truly great. And while your creativity, passion, expertise, and experience in the kitchen, will take you a fair way along…
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How to Start a Cut: The 5 “Edit Drivers”

Editing videos requires concentration on important aspects of the media. There are five main drivers, the first being Dialogue. Conversations and visualizations associated with them are critical. Next is narration, which guides a story. After that is music, which sets the tone or establishes the mood in a scene. Next, visuals help add entertaining or meaningful aspects to…
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Dialogue Mixing Tips

While video is a medium that relies on visual content primarily, the sound is complementary to the picture and at least as equally important. This especially holds true for dialogues, where clarity of the sound is critical to understanding of the video. Processing the original sound recording is where you can improve the quality, reduce the noise and correct imperfections….
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Video Editing Special Effects and Filters

If there is any area of video editing where you can go hog wild and create all sorts of crazy visuals it is here in the special effects area of the video editing software you choose.
Having said that it is also important to understand that in most cases the “less is more” approach is oft times far more advisable!
Remember, someone else is supposed to be the audience for…
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Video Transitions – Much Ado About Nothing

One of the questions regarding video editing for the home user that I most often see on the various user forums I contribute to is, “Where can I get more transitions?”
This is an endless source of amusement for the “old hands” and would make any pro editor throw his hands up in horror!
Let me explain why because this point is one of the major sources of distraction for…
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