DivX and H.264 Video File Formats Explained

DivX is the name of a specific video compression codec (compression-decompression) developed by DivX, Inc.
The format was developed to enable users to create very high quality video with very small files sizes.
The DivX codec is currently the most popular MPEG-4 based codec because of its quality, speed and efficiency. As is usually the case the popular becomes more…
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The Friday Roundup – Cinematic Lighting, Human Videos and Free Audio

8 Steps to Cinematic Lighting
OK. So apart from the shameless self promotion of their video course for the first two minutes followed by the shameless 50 second promotion of Aperture lights, this is still worth taking a look at!
These are some great tips for lifting your footage out of the shadows and getting much better result through lighting.

Why You Need…
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Making Engaging Video – TechSmith

Video content is an important piece of digital marketing strategy.
The main challenge is to create a video that is engaging and memorable.
Unfortunately for video creators, there’s no single recipe that will ensure every video you make is a success.
As you make a video, focus on getting people’s attention and full commitment.
Remember that you are fighting against many forms …
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The Friday Roundup – Looking Good on Camera and Travel Lighting

How to Look Better for Videos, Meetings, Zoom, Skype, and Live Streams
There is a very small but very important detail I see missed in “talking head” videos on YouTube over and over again.
When a person clicks on a video where there is someone presenting well… whatever there must be a sense of connection achieved.
As a viewer I will automatically feel as though the…
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The Friday Roundup – Aspect Ratios, Basic Editing Cuts and more

Aspect Ratios – Film Editing Pro
I thought I might kick off this week with a little educational pice on the subject of aspect ratios.
These days we tend to deal mainly in 16:9 aspect ratios for home use with the occasional foray into 9:16 or even 1:1 for social media.
The subject of aspect ratios in movies has a long and very interesting history covered in the video…
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Some Video Editing Basics


Before you get into the process of editing that mountain of video you have had slowly piling up it is worth taking the time to figure out just where you are going with your video editing.
On these pages I will cover a few of the basic concepts so that you can gain a clearer understanding of what video editing entails and what you should be expecting to achieve.
Most people…
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The Friday Roundup – Editing Templates, Drones and Motion Tracking

VideoStudio Instant Project Templates
I mentioned last week that I have been helping a friend get set up to regularly post videos to her YouTube channel.
Finally after a year or so enough people have told her that regular posting is one of the keys to success in that space!
Now that she has a little spot set up with good light and a reasonable camera she has begun to…
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On Being A Good Interviewer

Making a good interview video requires paying special attention to some aspects of the video making process.
First you have to make sure to do the research on the interviewee so that you can easily ask questions that they understand, answer easily and are relevant to what you are trying to show.
This not only makes for a better interview but also helps the subject feel like…
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The Friday Roundup – Video Editing Secret Sauce and Cinematic Tips

My Secret for Making Better Videos
Well, they say the devil is in the details and although I am not quite sure who “they” are or whether it has anything to do with the devil… the details do count.
A common complaint I see from amateur video makers is that they have trouble lifting their projects to the level of some they see online.
They tend to think in terms of…
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The Friday Roundup – D.I.Y Foley, Match Cuts and YouTube Tips

How to Create Foley
Just briefly, Foley is the art of recreating sounds in a studio to be used later as part of a video or movie sound track.
From Wikipedia: Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to films, videos, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality.
When you see a western movie and hear the horses walking across the…
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