Basic Range of Video Shots


Camera shots are defined and named by the degree of closeness there is in the shot to the subject of that shot, the degree to which the subject “fills” the shot or the angle from which the shot is taken.
It can also be defined by the movement of the camera as the shot is being taken.
Rather than getting too crazy technical here let’s just confine ourselves to the three basic…
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The Friday Roundup – YouTube Mistakes and Better Titles

5 Video Editing Mistakes YouTubers Make
Some very basic and more importantly “updated” advice from Daniel this week regarding YouTube videos.
Over the past few years certain elements of a YouTube video have been identified as being essential or important to ongoing success.
Things like branded openers or intros, always asking for the Like or Subscribe and things like…
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Shooting Better Videos by Keeping it Steady


There is a style (if you can call it that) of shooting video that closely resembles a three year old watering the garden with a hose.

I don’t know if this “style” has a name or not but if you can imagine a three year old watering the garden with a hose… I think you would get the picture!

One could argue that at the end of the exercise all (or most) parts of the garden …
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The Friday Roundup – An Editing Breakdown, VideoStudio Audio and some Stranger Things

Logan Paul Video – Editing Breakdown
So before we get into the video below let me add my take on the whole deal.
Hillier Smith is Logan Paul’s video editor, he puts all of those videos together and to be clear, he is very, very successful at what he does.
The style of editing he employs suits not only Logan Paul’s content but more importantly, Logan Paul’s audience……
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Shooting Video for Editing


The ability to edit what you shoot and have it come out making sense requires you to think about how your shots will be combined together before you take them.
That doesn’t mean that every single edit needs to be meticulously planned in advance, but it does require that you have a sense of what shots you’ll need later when you sit down at the computer.
In the spirit of…
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Finding the Story in Your Videos

So rather than endlessly theorizing on all of this “finding the story” in your video stuff, let’s take a look at a simple example:
Let’s say you are attending a children’s birthday party that your child has been invited to.
You want to get some video of the event and perhaps provide a copy to your child’s grandparents.
When you are there of course the “story” of the day is…
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The Friday Roundup – Automatic Studio Sound and Editing Magic

Tips For Making Any Audio Recording Sound Better for Free
This is a quick demo of the Studio Sound feature that comes with access to the Descript video editor and transcription software.
Just quickly Descript is a relatively new service that runs online but through a desktop application.
You can use it to load videos, have the software transcribe the video and edit based…
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Shooting Better Home Videos


In this series of articles on shooting better home videos I wanted to address a few of the basic concepts you may find valuable.
For the average video editor learning and applying these tips will not only give you better footage but also footage that will make the editing process much easier.
Keeping these points in mind and sticking generally to the rules and advice I have…
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The Friday Roundup – How Long to Edit and Some YouTube Tips

How Long to Edit a Video?
Although this video certainly answers the question as to how long it takes to edit a video it covers a great deal more.
For example if your editing workflow does not place any importance on getting your assets organized before you start editing, your time editing will go through the roof!
The video also covers a lots of valuable tips for how to…
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