How to Make Lower Thirds Like a Pro

Lower thirds are very common in many types of video production as a way to show the viewer some important information. The problem is that some attempt to do this and end up with distracting animations that take away from the experience. You want to make sure you have a smooth simple animation that is easy to read. You probably don’t want something too flashy that will…
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9 Essential Cuts Every Video Editor Needs to Know

Video editing lets you explore your creative side in many different ways, but for beginners and outsiders alike, it is an element in the process of filmmaking that is often misunderstood. Even with its creative potential, there are certain cuts every editor should be familiar with. Standard, L and J cuts are the basics cut in video editing. Jump and montage are used less…
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Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 Review Part Two


 

Time to review the good and the not so good!

The Interface
What is clear in this latest version of Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 is that Adobe have finally decided on a direction for the program based on the real world rather than some geeks in a lab making guesses.
Everything is tucked away unless you are using it so although you have to find out WHERE…
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How to Edit Faster Using Effects Templates

Video editors need to spend their time wisely while creating a project, and there are a few efficiency techniques that they should be using. Any boring tasks, like zooms, transitions, and warps, should be automated using plug-ins or shortcuts to free up more mental space for pure creativity. All of this boils down to creating and utilizing templates that will save time and…
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Advanced Cinematography – Using Shadow

Although we tend to talk about lighting in videos we often fail to recognize that we are also invariably talking about shadows.
It really is a matter of paying attention not only to where the light is but also where the light isn’t.
Working with shadows rather than with the light itself is far more difficult to set up and control so requires meticulous planning and attention…
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MPEG2 AVCHD MPEG4 Editing Problems Explained

When it comes to video editing software a common complaint I see on the video editing forums is that the software won’t do what it says it will do!
Almost invariably the person making the complaint reveals by their question and subsequent conversation a basic lack of understanding about what they are doing and how the video editing software really works.
Of course in an i…
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The Friday Roundup – Steadier Handheld and Mask Transitions

The Marching Band Trick to Steadier Handheld Moving Shots
This is a great demonstration video for shooting steady handheld footage.
I have read and even written a lot of tutorials on this subject and sure there are lots of tips and tricks but this one actually shows it.
I have seen and have used the camera strap trick to keep the camera steady but I have never seen the…
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11 Practical Filmmaking Pro Tips on How to Film Yourself

Filming the movies by yourself, where you are the main actor, is getting to be very popular, primarily due to the quality video recording gear that is quite affordable. The movies that used to require a team of professionals are now made by individuals. There are some tips that you should use to have your work look really professional. Use the camera proper for what you…
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Cleaning A Voice Track With Audacity

One of the best ways to improve your home videos whether they are of family events, outings, or even videos you are making for online consumption is in the area of audio.
There is an old saying that the most important part of video is audio and in this case you can make your videos more watchable by making them more… listenable! (OK! I know that’s not really a…
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