A Smashing Way to Make Glass Props! By David Hague All the best movies have a car chase (think Bullitt and the French Connection) but they also should have a bullet smashing a window - or anything smashing a window really. If you need to break a window or some such thing in your next production don't risk cuts and lacerations. Do it this way! (With stuff from the kitchen larder) ...Read More »
Do You Know How Long An Average Scene Lasts? By David Hague How long do you reckon the average scene in a TV show lasts for? A minute? 30 seconds? There is nothing more boring than watching a fixed camera shooting a scene for a long period of time. And I define a long period of time as more than 15 seconds! ...Read More »
The Complete Guide to Creating Photoshop Filters By Dave Nagel I realized some time ago that it's simply too difficult for new readers of our publications to go hunting through the tutorials archives here to find all of the parts to our Filter Factory tutorial series. To date there have been six parts--two specific tutorials on generating 3D effects, one on customizing the interface of completed filters and three general pieces on working with the Filter Factory's expressions, functions and operators to generate effects. To this we now add our seventh and final part and conclude the series. ...Read More »
Minimizing Wind Noise By Ben Longden Nothing annoys me more on a location shoot than wind noise. In fact I've had more than an earful of it, and decided to do something serious about it. The occasion was on location at a major horse stud, filming a tutorial for my client, a major veterinarian firm in northern Victoria. ...Read More »
Working with your HDSLR footage in Vegas Pro 10 By Gary Rebholz For the most part, you use the exact same techniques to work with files from your HDSLR as you do any other footage that you add to your Vegas Pro timeline. There are no specific "HDSLR-only" editing techniques that you need to learn, so if you already edit other types of footage with Vegas Pro software, use the same techniques for your HDSLR footage. ...Read More »
Understanding Video Compositing By Gary Rebholz One set of compositing controls remain largely unexplored and underutilized by perhaps most Vegas Pro editors. The composite mode options give you a wide range of control over the look of your project, but many people don't understand how they work. So in this article, we'll take a look at some examples that will help you understand how composite modes work and how you can use them to enhance your projects. ...Read More »
Mac Canon MOD Converter Makes You Import or Edit Canon FS Series to iMovie Best Canon MOD Converter for Mac allows you to convert Canon FS camcorder MOD video to iMovie, FCE or FCP supporting video formats. ...Read More »
Video-Based Review of GridIron Flow 2.0 Essentials By Pedro Ruiz Think of Flow 2.0 essentials as a visual Dropbox for media assets, with versioning and time tracking. Let's take a look at a project I have setup. ...Read More »
Neo 3D Tutorial -- Muxing 2D CineForm clips for 3D By David Newman Cineform CTO and co-founder David Newman demonstrates a brief tutorial for those getting started with 3D. This explains how to take separate Left and Right eye CineForm AVI or MOVs and multiplex them into a single CineForm 3D clip. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training: Markers By Abba Shapiro In this clip, host Abba Shapiro explains how to work with markers in Final Cut Pro 7. He explains what a marker is and why you would use it. A marker is a way that you can write a note to yourself when you are editing. He shows how to make a marker as well as how to modify a marker. He then looks at markers in a bit more detail, including how to add chapter markers, compression markers and Scoring markers, and what they do. ...Read More »
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Essential Training: Importing Still images By Antony Bolante In this clip, Lynda.com host Antony Bolante discusses some of the issues that crop up when importing still images into Premiere Pro CS4. He notes that stills are just a single frame of duration but when in video the frame plays much longer. In Premiere Pro, the still frame on the Timeline is set to play by default, for five seconds. He shows how to change the duration in the general pane of the preferences dialog box. He also covers setting a preference for still image scale. ...Read More »
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Essential Training: Importing Assets By Antony Bolante In this clip, Lynda.com host Antony Bolante discusses how Premiere Pro CS4 generates a list of assets by importing files. You can import all sorts of files, and Bolante discusses the three methods available to you; using the dialog box, the media browser, or via Adobe Bridge. Using any of these methods, you can import individual files, multiple files, or an entire folder of files. ...Read More »
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Essential Training: Settings By Antony Bolante In this clip, Lynda.com host Antony Bolante covers how to specify the settings, such as general settings, safe zones, and scratch disks, in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. He details how to start a new project, what a project is, and how to create a project and add assets to a Premiere Pro CS4 project. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 level 1: Batch Export By Jerry Leer In this training video, host Jerry Leer transitions in Final Cut Pro. Leer details all the different ways to apply transitions into Final Cut Pro, including the easiest, dragging and dropping the transition from the effects tab in the browser. He shows what is under the effects tab, looking for video transitions. He also shows how to change the default transitions. ...Read More »
Working with XDCAM EX Footage in Final Cut Pro 6 By Heath McKnight The Sony XDCAM EX line of cameras, which include the PMW-EX1 and EX3, offer full HD resolution recording (1920 x 1080), which record onto non-linear flash-based cards that Sony has named SxS. Speed is always of the utmost importance, so it's great to be able to get clips into Final Cut Pro fast and easy. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Multi Clip Editing By Larry Jordan In this video, host Larry Jordan talks about Multiclip Editing, the different clips that are can be used, the different tools used, and the different windows that you can work in. He provides an in-depth overview of the application and its interface, and demonstrates how to plan, create, edit, and export professional digital video projects. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Ripple tool By Larry Jordan This video emphasizes two editing tools; the ripple and roll tools. The ripple tool allows to cut the in or the out of a clip in the timeline. The ripple tool only allows for the edit of one side of the clip at a time, either the in or the out. The ripple tool automatically cuts and moves the clips to the cut points. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: Open Format By Larry Jordan This video covers the open format timeline, a new feature in Final Cut Pro 6 that allows for the use of different formats of video. The first clip in the timeline sets the format for all of the other video clips. If the first video in the sequence is standard DV and you place 720p HD clips into the timeline, the clips will be scaled and adjusted so that the formats match to the first clip. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: 3-point editing By Larry Jordan This tutorial goes over the 3-point edit feature in Final Cut. This is where you can set the ins and outs in the viewer and place corresponding ins and outs in the timeline. The ins and outs take priority over the playhead in the timeline and automatically cuts the overlay video to the same duration that the ins and outs represent. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 Essential Editing: The View Menu By Larry Jordan This video goes over creating a new sequence and viewing clips. As a reminder every sequence that is open in the timeline takes up memory so watch what you have open. This video also touches on marking ins and outs of a video clip without actually cutting clip. ...Read More »
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