The Friday Roundup – Lighting Hacks and Essential Cuts

Video Lighting Hack Using Mirrors
These are just some great tips on using cheap household mirrors to manipulate available light.
Very often at the amateur level we are lulled (coerced?) into the idea that the difference between an amateur and a pro is based on the equipment being used.
Perhaps twenty years ago this was somewhat true but these days it is a whole new ball…
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How to Trim a Video | TechSmith

Trimming a video is an important part of keeping the attention of your audience. Trimming is getting rid of parts of a video at the start or at the end. Trimming is a nice trick because you want your first five seconds of a video to grab attention and so you don’t want your video to start off boring. You can use simple tools like SnagIt to trim your video easily. This is…
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CD, DVD, Blu-ray Scratch Repair Machines

Before I get as far as disc repair machines for CD, DVD, Blu-ray and game disc recovery my weapon of choice is to use a software solution.
I always try to recover the data from the disc first without getting into interfering with the surface of the disc.
However there are times when it may be necessary for you to repair the surface of the disc before you can access the…
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Pinnacle Studio 24 Review

Before we get into this Pinnacle Studio 24 review fully there are a few details it is probably best to get out of the way from the beginning.
This is only the fourth time I have included Pinnacle Studio on my site as a recommended software choice for video editing.
It is one of the oldest digital video editing packages that is still available today so let’s address that e…
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The Art of Using Backgrounds in Photography and Video

the use of backgrounds in photography and cinematography is an art and it is necessary to utilize your background as much as possible. If the subject is moving, you will want to pay special attention to the background. You can frame your subject with just the right amount in the background. You can also isolate your subject by making your frame smaller, or larger, if you…
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The Friday Roundup – PowerDirector 365 Released for Mac, Some Freebies and the Beach

CyberLink Launches PowerDirector 365 for MacOS
So the big news out of CyberLink this week was the release of their flagship video editing solution PowerDirector, in a version for Mac.
So far this only seems to be for the PowerDirector 365 subscription version and not the standalone perpetual license one.

PowerDirector Review Here
Original Press Release

And of course we…
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Pinnacle Studio 24 Review Part Two

So first of all in case you haven’t read page one of this review, we probably need to clarify something when it comes to writing any Pinnacle Studio 24 review.
This is a big program, and by that I don’t mean that it is some ridiculously big download or occupies vast regions of your hard drive.
What I mean is that the features of this thing just go on and on and on and if I…
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The Friday Roundup – YouTube Backdrops and Adding Drama

The first thing to note for this week’s Friday Roundup is that as far as content goes we are a little thin on the ground here!
Most of this week has been taken up with endless Black Friday and Cyber Monday “buy my stuff” articles.
By now you have probably gathered that I don’t really get too much into the buy, buy, buy frenzy that seems to occur at this time every…
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5 Principles of Documentary Filmmaking to Use on Your Next Film

When people are first starting out with filming, they tend to want to start off with film shorts and eventually work their way into the big screen and be a big name movie maker. What they tend to notice pretty quickly is that they need to have a good camera to do this with. You will need to have a camera that is ready to go in any situation and during any weather…
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