Holiday Video Idea: Make a Slideshow

December 24, 2011 in video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

It’s the holiday season, which means that you’ve got hundreds of new holiday pictures on your camera. Unless they are something special, you’re probably going to import these into your photo library and forget about them until one Friday night when you’re at home all alone with nothing to do because you don’t have any friends. and you’ve got nothing to do except look at pictures from last year’s Christmas party.

Don’t let this be you!  Let your pictures be seen!  Let them be interesting!  Make a slideshow!!!

I’m sure that by now you know that I’m an Apple junky, but it’s really easy to make a slideshow in iPhoto. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter what you use to create the slideshow.  There are tons of very user-friendly, east to use options out there. If you don’t know of one right now, just do a quick Google search for a slideshow creator.  Once you’ve found one, just pick the pictures you want to use, add some music, and export your slideshow to a file.  With that, you can either burn a DVD or upload it to YouTube to share with your friends and family.

It’s so easy to put together a slideshow, and it almost guarantees that you will look at your pictures again. You really have no excuse not to put one together.



Video Editing Tutorial: 5 Holiday Tips

December 20, 2011 in video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

With Christmas upon us, here are a few things to keep in mind as you record your family memories this holiday season.

#1 Remember to charge the batteries

It’s Christmas morning, your baby’s very first, and you can’t record any of it because you forgot to charge the camera batteries. You’re pretty much out of luck. It looks like you’re going to have to shoot this one with your cell phone, which isn’t too terrible, but the quality just isn’t the same.  Remember that you can avoid this situation entirely by just putting your camera on the charger the night before.

#2 Don’t get in people’s faces

Sure, remembering the moment is important to you, but not everyone wants to have your camera in their face. Maybe they are camera shy, or maybe they’re plastered and they don’t want everyone to see them like that.  Don’t feel like you need to record absolutely everything, and if someone asks you not to record them, respect their wishes.  Just remember to be courteous.

#3 Give your project some polish

It’s 2011 (almost 2012). Take the time to add transitions, titles, and effects to your videos. There is no reason that your work shouldn’t look semi-professional.  This takes minutes with entry level software like Windows Movie Maker and iMovie.  You have no excuse for creating a rough video.  Take the time and create something that looks great.

#4 Sound can make or break your video

If you’re at a party and you want to shoot video, don’t get too attached to the audio. Unless you’ve got an excellent microphone on your camera, the sound that you want will probably going to be drowned out by background noise. There are ways to minimize this, but sometimes it’s just easier to mute the video track and add a song. My advice: unless the audio is is clear and without annoying background noise, just scrap it. Obviously this doesn’t work for everything, but it keeps your audience engaged.

#5 Publish on YouTube

In this modern era, it’s a lot easier to upload your video to YouTube and email links to your family members than it is to make several DVD copies. If you’ve never done this before, check it out.  It’s really easy, and it’s more economical too!

The Video Editing Tutorial Blog: Background

December 18, 2011 in video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

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During the summer of 2010, I embarked on a great journey. I began Ed Dale’s Challenge, which is a month long program with the goal of creating a blog.

At the time, I was totally wrapped up in all things video editing related. I had my MacBook with iMovie, and I had access to a computer with Final Cut, Motion, and Shake. I was in Heaven.

I spent countless hours watching video editing tutorials on YouTube. I watched guys like AppleShakeGuru, and learned to use the tools that were available in Final Cut especially. I learned to make composites and to use green screens. I learned to add effects like muzzle flash. I learned to use trackers and all sorts of other things. If there was a tutorial on YouTube, nothing could stop me from learning how to do it.

For a while, I really wanted to pursue some sort of career in video editing or video production. I was dreaming big, and the sky was my limit. I would watch movies like Harry Potter and try to work out in my mind how they achieved certain effects, and I tried to replicate them on my own.

When I was looking for a topic on which to create a blog, video editing seemed like the natural choice. It’s something that I’m genuinely passionate about and love to do. However, I decided that if I was ever going to be seen I would need to drill down into the video editing field and carve out a niche for myself. That’s how I settled on tutorials specifically.

Originally, when I named this the Video Editing Tutorial Blog I had planned to create my own tutorials like the ones I had been watching on YouTube for so long. Unfortunately, I became discouraged by a lack of time, a lack of resources, and a lack of commitment.

Until recently, I really hadn’t though about the blog much. It sort of chilled out on the periphery of my mind. For whatever reason, I’m suddenly feeling motivated to come back and give things another try. Why not take another shot at glory?

Anyway, the moral of the story is to keep checking in over the next couple of weeks looking for new content. Leave me a comment and tell me what your interested in or what you’d like me to write about. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure where I want to take this or where it’s going, so I’m open to suggestions.

Thanks for reading!

Build Your Video Editing PC: Choosing a Processor

March 30, 2011 in video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

So, you’ve got a couple thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, and you don’t know what to do with it. You’re also interested in video editing.

Suddenly, the thought occurs to you. You’re going to build a high powered video editing machine to help you churn out the greatest videos that the Internet has ever seen.

However, you’ve got a problem. You have no idea what to look for in an editing computer. Thank God, you’ve come to the right place. In this article you will learn what to look for when choosing a processor for your computer.

The processor is easily the most important component of a computer that you’re going to use for editing.

If you’ve been around any advanced editors like Final Cut or Adobe After Effects, you’ve seen the dreaded word: RENDER. If you have a slow processor, rendering your edits can take hours or days even depending on what you’re trying to do. A fast processor will minimize your render time. You can literally cut that time from hours to seconds.

There are two things to look for when choosing a processor, the number of cores and speed. The more cores a processor has and the higher the speed, the better the processor.  When looking at processors, you will be able to tell how many cores it has because they will tell you outright.  If not, do a quick Google search to find out.  Determining speed is equally as easy.  Just look for the number that is followed by GHz, which stand for Gigahertz.  Once again, the higher the number, the better.

Processors are pretty expensive, but as a general rule you get what you pay for. Buy the most expensive processor that you can afford, and you will be rewarded later.

There are a couple major processor brands, but the big two are Intel and AMD. I would recommend Intel, but that is really just personal preference. To be honest, you probably can’t go wrong with either.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Get the most cores with the highest speed that your budget will allow.

New Version of Final Cut Pro!

February 23, 2011 in video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

Earlier today, Mac Rumors posted an article saying that Apple is set to release the new version of Final Cut Pro in Spring of 2011, which is rapidly approaching.  They are calling it the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the orginal version was created over 10 years ago.  While we can’t be exactly sure what changes are being made, some people are throwing around the possibility of a new user interface, which would require new video editing tutorials to acquaint people with the changes.  They expect that Final Cut will be given the same facelift that iMovie got a couple of years ago.  In producing the new software, Apple brought in several professionals to give input and advice.  There is not doubt that big changes are on the way.  Get excited!

Read the Mac Rumors article

Read TechCrunch’s article

iPhone Video Editing

November 3, 2010 in dvd editing software,film editing software,pc video editing,pinnacle video editing,video editing studio,video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

I have had the new iPhone 4 since early July of this year, and I love to use it to shoot pictures and a little bit of impromptu video. However, I never really got into any editing with the phone because I was unimpressed by the iMovie film editing software. Today this changed when I read an article by Marc Forrest.

“Since I got my iPhone 4, I have been using it quite a bit for its HD video recording. The quality is fantastic, and is perfect for spontaneous videos with the kids.

But, the videos are pretty bland without a little bit of editing, so I came across 2 very cool apps that allows you to edit your videos on the device, and then export them in various qualities.”

He uses two apps in conjunction to create his videos on his iPhone: ReelDirector and Cinema FX.
I had never heard of the two, but it sounds like they work great together and I look forward to trying them out.

What do you guys think about editing on your phone? What software do your use? Let me know in the comments section below.

Check out Marc’s post here:

YouTube Resources for Video Editing Tutorials

October 8, 2010 in film editing software,pc video editing,video editing studio,video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

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As I’m sure many of you know, I am not a video editing expert by any means. I have no formal training in the field, and I will probably never make a career out of it. However, I am an enthusiast, and I like to produce videos that go slightly beyond the realm of amateur home movies. To learn the skills required, I often look to YouTube for video editing tutorials. After several months of watching these tutorials on YouTube, I have developed a list of users that I have really come to respect for their ability, and I want to share them with you so that you might benefit from them as well. This week, I will introduce you to three of my favorite.

AppleShakeGuru: Eric is a master of Final Cut Studio and Shake. I tend to look to his channel first whenever I have any more advanced video editing needs.

MysteryGuitarMan: Although MysteryGuitarMan doesn’t produce video tutorials like AppleShakeGuru, he is also a master at his craft. He often releases his videos, adding a link to a PowerPoint-like presentation that documents the making of each video. If you ever need some inspiration, look to MysteryGuitarMan.

Videomaker: This is the official YouTube channel of Videomaker Magazine. This channel covers all aspects of the video making process from filming to postproduction, which is why I like it. Their videos are full of invaluable tips that I would often overlook if not for watching their videos.

Anyway, these are just a few YouTubers that I subscribe follow. Watch for future posts to find out more.

Video Editing Tutorial - Organizing a Video Project from Start to Finish

August 15, 2010 in pc video editing,video editing studio,video editing tutorial | Comments (7)

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In this Video Editing Tutorial, I am going to walk you through organizing your project from the moment when you have your first idea for your video until you finally plan to publish

Picture this:  It’s 7:00 AM, and your alarm clock has just gone off, waking you up from a promising dream.  You immediately target the dream as a possible movie idea, grabbing your Flip as you leave the house to begin filming.

As I’m sure you can figure out, this is a terrible idea.  A good video requires a whole lot of planning.  Even though it may not be difficult, it still takes time, which is why people neglect it.  No matter what, you should you should always start by writing a basic script, or even a narrative with a couple paragraphs.  My doing this, you ensure that none of your ideas will be lost when filming.  It is very easy to take your mind off of the stroyline when you are focusing all of your attention on creating the perfect shot.  

Once you have your idea written down, you’ll want to create a sort of storyboard in order to further organize your vision of your movie.  This stroyboard should be made up of something like 3×5 notecards with short titles that tell something about thepart of the story that each one represents.

Once you have a basic draft and a storyboard, you should put together a list of things that you will need.  This includes actors that you plan to use, props, locations, and anything else that you will need to make your video.  Think of this a shopping list of sorts.  From here, you will want to start gathering everything that you need.  This is a good opportunity for you to fill everyone in on your idea.  You will be able to provide them with a basic storyline and a copy of a rough script.  This will ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Once you finally start filming, it is important to label your takes and footage so that it is easy to find when you start editing.  If you are using physical media like tapes or DVDs, you can label them as you replace them.  If not, you will need to organize the files on your computer after the fact.  I find that it is helpful to create a file on my computer for the project with all of the takes.  Then I rename them to reflect what happens in them.  You might also think of appending the file names to reflect their position on the storyboard.  That way you will be able to make the conenction between your footage and its place in the story.

Once you finally begin editing, it is best to sif through the clips that you will use in your movie, and put them in the timeline of your editor so that you have a version of your final film without color correction and other effect.  This is called a rough cut.  It is effectively the raw footage of your movie in the order of which it will appear.  From here, you should create another cut, that improves on the rough cut.  Perhaps your second cut is the rough cut without a scene that didn’t quite advance the plot.  You should continue doing this until you have a final cut with all of the effects including color correction and any special effects.  This way, your project is very organized, and you can always go back just as far as you need to.

Hopefully this quick Video Editing Tutorial has provided you with a few ideas to make you and your projects more organized.  If you think that I left something out, or you have a tip that you would like to share, be sure to leave a comment below.  

Video Editing Tutorial: Final Cut Sin City Effect

June 14, 2010 in dvd editing software,film editing software,pc video editing,pinnacle video editing,video editing studio,video editing tutorial | Comments (3)

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A Still of the Sin City Effect made using this Video Editing Tutorial

A quick still that I edited in Final Cut Express using this Video Editing Tutorial


Today’s video editing tutorial will be a short one. You will learn how to achieve the “Sin City effect” (maintaining one color while making the rest black and white) in Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro.

First off, I will assume that you have the required knowledge to perform basic tasks in Final Cut without any detailed guidance from me. If this is a problem for you, it’s no big deal. I would recommend checking for other tutorials within this site, and checking further on YouTube and in Google.

The Tutorial

Note: It is important that you choose to keep a color in your clip that only occurs in the object that you want to keep it in. For example, don’t try to keep the green color of a caterpillar when it is surrounded by green grass. Although you can still do this by adding more layers of video or using masks, that is tedious and unnecessary if you choose you footage wisely.

First off, you need to drag your clip into your timeline, and drag another copy of it into the layer above it. You should have two copies of you clip in your timeline, one on top of the other.

Next, you should desaturate the base clip in the V1 bar of the timeline. You can do this by going to Effects > Video Filters > Image Control > Desaturate. Now, your base clip should be black and white.

After that is

complete, you will add a color key to the 2nd layer. This is achieved by going to Effects > Video Filters > Key > Color Key. Apply this filter so that all of the color that you plan to keep is keyed out. To do this, you should just experiment util you find the settings that are the most accurate.

Once you have added your color key to your color, you simply need to check the invert check box in the filters pane of the viewer.

Finally, you are finished. Simply render your video, and you are ready to go.

I’ve Been Busy Lately

June 12, 2010 in video editing tutorial | Comments (0)

Over the course of the last two weeks, I have set up the new Video Editing Tutorial Blog and written countless articles.

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Hopefully, you will find something that you like!

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