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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Vegas Movie Studio 17 Review

This Vegas Movie Studio 17 review marks the fourth release of the software since Magix bought out the entire Sony Creative range of video and audio editing products a few years back now.
Despite the doomsday rumblings at that time as to what what Magix was going to do with the software, the company has steadily continued development with very good results.
So just as I…
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The Friday Roundup – Editing Step by Step, Freebies and Time

How to Edit Video (Step by Step)
I meant to add this video to the Friday Roundup quite some time ago but somehow it got lost in the pile and I only rediscovered this week.
It goes for about 35 minutes but is especially good for someone looking to editing something together for the first time.
As it says in the title it is “Step by Step” and covers everything in the…
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Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2020 and Pro 2020 Review

This is my Corel VideoStudio  review covering the latest versions of Corel’s popular and feature packed consumer video editing software suites.
VideoStudio has been around for quite some time now and is a well matured, stable program which has benefited from active development since its inception.
In fact my very first copy of VideoStudio was version 6 under the now d…
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The Friday Roundup – Rookie Mistakes, Lenses and YouTube Tips

6 Mistakes Beginner Filmmakers Make
Although aimed at budding filmmakers this one has some (slightly) more advanced tips most of us can take advantage of.
They open up with a discussion on frame rates and whilst what they say is absolutely true, for many of us it may not be practical.
So as with all the tips in this one, see what it is, have a think about it and…
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To Split-Screens and Beyond: The Art of Creating Doubles

Movies have adapted over time to the need to have two characters from the same person in one movie. Body doubles are often used, and a lot of times, camera techniques have been used. There have been challenges with filming this way, they have learned to combine different techniques to give them the affect that they want. There are often times that a body double is used and…
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Corel VideoStudio Pro 2020 and Ultimate 2020 Review Part 2

So now we have covered the all the new stuff let’s get into VideoStudio itself and see what it offers and how it performs.
First up let’s establish clearly here that my computer is definitely not something designed for high end video editing or testing.
It is a eight year old Intel i5 processor computer running Win 10 64 bit that was automatically updated from Win 7. It has a…
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How to Upload Your Videos to Instagram from PC and Mobile

It’s no big secret that Instagram has grown quite a bit in popularity over the years, a lot of people who are interested in creating and sharing content are using Instagram to use just that. There aren’t any firm requirements when it comes to picture or video size, but for the sake of getting your content noticed, you will want to keep them both to a certain degree. There…
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The Fundamentals of Film Lighting

Although it is just one ingredient of a film, film-makers know that light can make your film look professional, or if not applied correctly, amateurish. Control of lights is an important step in creating images with the big screen quality. The mastery is applicable to both cinematographic and photographic use of light, and both quality and quantity of light matter. To…
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The Friday Roundup – Keyframing, Pre-production and Montages

How To Keyframe Video Exposure in Filmora X
As I have mentioned quite few times over the past few months, the ability to use keyframes in most video editors at the consumer level has become pretty standard.
What has also become pretty standard is that in most cases the software makers tend to promote keyframing as being almost exclusive to motion control.
To think of…
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