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 – Shoot to Edit, Lowlight and YouTube Shorts

Shoot Like An Editor
There is a piece of advice you will see over and over as you try to find your way making videos which is you always shoot with editing in mind.
That means you always try to have a plan in your mind or on paper of how you want the final product to look BEFORE you start shooting.
By doing that you will greatly increase your chances of having all the…
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What is the 180° Rule, Anyway?

The 180 degree rule is one that is taught everywhere when learning about film. This is a classic rule that makes movies easier to watch for the viewer. With this rule you are pretending that you are facing the same direction without turning the camera further around which might make people nauseaus. It’s an easy way to keep a story linear and make sure you can tell a…
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The Friday Roundup – Free Audio FX and Better Skin Tones

15+ Free Household Sound Effects with Room Tones
Yay! Let’s kick off with some Freebies!
The good folk over at Shutterstock are offering some free sound effects and background noise this week and as usual there is no sign up or email stuff required.
I particularly like these ones because they include some ambient types sounds which you can add (appropriately) to any…
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Project organization

Editors are always looking for tools that will help them manage multiple projects, regardless of whether they work on their own or as a part of some team. Most pressing need is for software that will manage and organize projects, and visualize workflow of media that flow through the system. This will also enable the editors to access the material from an archive, if needed…
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Wondershare Filmora X Review

First up, Why Filmora X?

Before I get into the whole WonderShare Filmora X review it is important to address why Filmora X has a place in the world.
Since the introduction of consumer level video editing software many years ago, the better known brands have been becoming more and more feature rich.
This is a bit of a “good news – bad news” scenario.
The upside of this …
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The Friday Roundup – Run and Gun Shooting Plus Bokeh Effects

A Guide to Creating High-Quality Run-and-Gun Vlog Videos
When it comes to modern video trend occurring on places like YouTube I guess there are only a few real categories.
You have straight vlogs with someone talking to the camera, “How To’s,” and demonstration type presentations.
Most of these are done in a reasonably controlled setting and as such allow for a “set up”…
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How to Be a Successful YouTuber in 2021: 10 Top Vlogging Tips

There are quite a few different ways to become a successful YouTuber in the new year. First, make sure to find a niche that you are passionate about and stick with it. When you stick to a niche, you allow audiences that are interested in that niche to find you. You also should make a welcome trailer that introduces yourself and your channel to your audience. Finally, make…
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CyberLink PowerDirector 19 Review – Overview and What’s New

On this page you will find my CyberLink PowerDirector 19 review covering what’s new and improved in this latest release plus some general overall observations.
I try to restrict these reviews to just the important points but each year as the software develops, that task becomes more and more difficult.
Consumer level video editing programs like PowerDirector now pack so m…
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The Friday Roundup – Machine Learning and YouTube Stories

Continuing Freebies from Studio Ghibli
Just to open proceedings up for this week you will notice the still image from My Neighbor Totoro from Studio Ghibli above.
The reason it is the lead image for this week is that true to their word Studio Ghibli have been releasing for anyone to use more still images from their animated movies.
The organization over on their site is…
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