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Easy Vector Art with Photoshop

If you are interested in vector art, Photoshop has an easy way of doing it. Vector art has become very popular, and with Photoshop, you need not have excellent drawing abilities to create outstanding pieces...[more]

Creating a Sin City Photoshop Effect

Creating a Sin City Photoshop effect to a photo will definitely make it unique. Sin City's black and white, with a dash of color, effect makes for dramatic photographs, and Photoshop allows photographers to add...[more]

Camera Parts: Take-up Spool

One of the key camera parts in a film camera is the take-up spool. This is a metal or plastic cylinder, generally located on the right side of the camera, looking from behind. There will...[more]

Camera Parts: Winding Sprockets

Of the camera parts inside a film camera body, winding sprockets are small and frequently ignored, but cause major headaches if broken. What Are Winding Sprockets? On a roll of 35mm film, there are notches punched...[more]

Camera Parts: Rewind Release

A rewind release button is one of the camera parts found on both manual and automatic film camera. However, it's exact function differs slightly between the two. Rewind Release on a Manual Camera When film...[more]

Camera Parts: Film Spool

On a film camera, the camera parts film spool is not actually attached to the camera. The film spool sits inside the film cassette, the metal casing containing a roll of film. A metal or...[more]

Camera Parts: Film Rewind

One of the camera parts on film cameras that are older is the film rewind knob or lever. Newer cameras have replaced this with a motorized system that takes care of film rewinding. However, on a...[more]

Camera Parts: Viewfinder

The optical viewfinder is one of many camera parts that will vary depending on the model and type of camera. The main notable difference is between digital compact cameras and DSLRs. Each viewfinder has its...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Distance Scale

On a camera lens parts, a distance scale is useful in some instances, while being completely useless in others. What Is a Distance Scale? Near the back of the camera lens, by the focusing ring,...[more]

Adding Keyframes in Avid Effects

While using effects, Avid has an important feature that can add keyframes. Any form of effect has to have a starting point and an end and keyframes define this transition. For controlling any type of...[more]

Adjusting Stops to Foot-Candle Levels

Foot-candles are the units used to measure light in the photography and film industry. A foot candle is defined as the 1 foot radius uniform sphere of light that would be created if there was...[more]

Neutralizing Wide Foot-Candle Denisty

Foot-candles are the standard light measurement used in the photography and film industries. One foot-candle is defined as the one foot radius uniform sphere of light that is created from one candle burning. Most people...[more]

Matching Grain in Avid

Avid Match Grain filter feature allows users to take a picture of film to video media. From here, the feature will create a grain signature for that snapshot and this can be used to match...[more]

Using the Reverse Effect in Avid Media Composer

Avid's Reverse Effect takes a clip and basically makes it go in reverse. While this effect is not often used, it is available to users that wish to add this effect to their video sequence....[more]

Avid Media Composer Multi-Camera Editing Mode

Using the Avid Media Composer program for multi camera editing is a very simple task, although it may take some time. By following these simple instructions, you will be able to get through your editing...[more]

Automatically Adjusting Gain in Avid Media Composer

To make your audio mixing a little easier to handle, the makers of Avid Media Composer have designed the "Automation Gain Tool." The interface allows you to add your own sophisticated mix of sound tracks...[more]

Lasso Techniques for Avid Media Composer

The Lasso Tool in Avid Media Composer allows users to easily select, trim or splice clips. But, before users go about selecting clips, they should know some techniques that are needed to ensure that they...[more]

Aligning Keyframes in Avid Effects

When you start dealing with multiple tracks with the Avid Effects, you need to have a method for directing a source clip to a specific track in the timeline, which is known as patching tracks....[more]

The Effect of Playing Un-Rendered Effects in Avid

Avid is a great program, but it does have a few quirks when someone tries to play an un-rendered effect. When dealing with these effects in Avid, some people will get an error while others...[more]

Understanding the Anchor Frame in Avid Media Composer

If you want to land at a particular frame in a certain clip, this can be done with the Anchor Frame effect in Avid Media Composer. This effect is important if the user wants to...[more]

Adding Subtitles in Avid Media Composer

Adding subtitles, or otherwise known as captioning, is another one of Avid Media Composer's excellent features. It allows you to encode or import text which is then composited into the video material, along with any...[more]

Avid Media Composer: Finding Missing Clips

When you work on a project in the Avid Media Composer with a long format, there will come times where you'll find one particular clip missing in the timeline. To recover those missing clips, you...[more]

Using Media Composer Smart Tool On the Fly

Avid Media Composer's smart tool On the Fly editing allows users to quickly edit clips by using a variety of buttons located on the left-hand side of the screen. These buttons allow users to do...[more]

Fit to Fill in Avid Media Composer

If a user wants to emphasize or even lengthen a certain section of video, Avid Media Composer's Fit to Fill tool can make this process extremely easy. This tool is used to manipulate motion effects....[more]

Capture and Import Video in Avid Liquid

If users want to capture video from their video camera or import clips already on the hard drive, they can easily do this in Avid Liquid. Even amateur users will quickly be able to add...[more]

Correct Digital White Balance in Final Cut Pro

Incorrect digital white balance is a common problem for videographers who are shooting constantly at different locations, and do not remember to re-adjust their camera every time. It is also a common problem for beginners...[more]

Avid Xpress Pro HD Video Editing Tips

The video editing tips for Avid Xpress Pro can be complex if you are unsure as to how the program works. This tutorial will show you the basic way in which to import video content...[more]

How to Use Avid Studio Toolkit HD

The Avid Studio Toolkit HD allows users to easily add effects, animation and DVD chapter marks to their video. This program uses three distinct programs that each add something to the standard options available to...[more]

Avid Media Composer 5: Creating a Multitrack Sequence

Layering clips in the sequence across multiple tracks of audio and video is possible in Avid Media Composer. Listed below are the proper steps for you to take to make your project a successful one....[more]

Avid Media Composer: Sorting and Sifting Video Clips

When you are making a movie, sorting and sifting video clips will save you time instead of going through several clips that you might not need. If you are making a short movie and you...[more]

How to Use Avid Color Correction Automatically

The Avid Color Correction feature lets users correct color on individual sequences or multiple clips, and the Color Correction tool kit comes with several different controls that provide the user with a number of color...[more]

Camera Parts: Flash Shoe

When it comes to camera parts, a flash shoe is found on practically every SLR camera. It is a metal bracket with a few electrical connectors, usually found on top of the camera body, right...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Aperture

Among the different camera parts, aperture is an opening in the lens which can be adjusted, unless you have a point-and-shoot camera with a fixed aperture. Aperture is in the form of diaphragm that opens...[more]

Camera Parts: Shutter

Shutter is one of the most important of the camera parts, as it allows the film or image sensor to be exposed to light for a particular period of time. The speed of the shutter...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Alignment Index for Mounting

The simplest of all the camera lens parts is the alignment index for mounting. These are sometimes referred to as the alignment dots. A lens mount consists of several interlocking metal pieces. Parts on the...[more]

Camera Parts: Mode Dial

In almost every camera you will find a Mode dial among the camera parts, located on the top left side. Also called the "Camera Dial" it helps you to choose a particular mode for your...[more]

Parts of a Camera Lens: Adapter

A camera lens adapter allows photographers to use lenses which were not designed to be used with their cameras. Every camera manufacturer has a unique mount to attach their lenses to their cameras. Sometimes, manufacturers...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Focusing Ring

One of the most common camera lens parts on any SLR is the focusing ring. This is a ring on the lens body, which moves the lens elements inside the lens. By adjusting the position of...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Depth-of-Field Scale

Among the various camera lens parts, you will find the Depth-of-Field (DOF) Scale, between the aperture ring and the focal length ring. The DOF Scale gives you a creative control over manipulating the area of...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Aperture Ring

The Aperture Ring among the camera lens parts lets you adjust the size of the aperture. You will see different settings marked on the ring and they are termed as "f-stops." This ring is absent...[more]

Camera Lens Parts: Lens Cap

Among camera lens parts, a lens cap is the simplest. It is a hard plastic lid that fits over the front of a lens. They are measured by diameter in millimeters. It is important to...[more]

Aspects of a Camera Lens: Diameter

One of the most noticeable properties of a camera lens is its diameter. Some lenses are thick and wide, while others appear narrow. Diameter is the length of a line, through the center of a...[more]

About Avid Media Composer Keyframe Audio

Sometimes when using Avid Media, there are times that audio levels fluctuate in the boundaries of the segment and one adjustment is not enough. You need to able to write the levels up and down...[more]

Lightroom: Moving Between Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5

It is possible to take an image or several images from Adobe Lightroom and then use it in Photoshop. This program contains several tools and functions that make it quite easy to go between the...[more]

Considering Effect of Movie Setting on Cinematography

When making a movie, there are critical concerns for your project and movie settings is an important one. The quality of your published copy should determine the settings you choose, but an important consideration that...[more]

Internet Television: How To Make it Your Career

Internet television is a new trend that has come with the advent of the web. There are numerous internet TV services in the US, Australia the UK and throughout Northern Europe. Users can choose among...[more]

Web Shows: Why Comedy's Your Best Bet

When it comes to web shows, comedy tops virtually everything: the top web shows and series, YouTube videos and viral hits. Everything is about comedy. Internet videos are all about comedy in a way. Although...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write Extension

Screenwriting is one of the most important crafts in the film industry. In fact, many people will agree that a great screenplay is the most important ingredient for making a great film. If the script...[more]

Camera Parts: Film Advance Lever

A film advance lever is one of the camera parts film cameras may possess but digital cameras do not. This is a part found in antique and vintage film cameras. For example, a Canon EOS...[more]

Photo Editing: 4 BackUp System Tips

Photo editing as a profession often involves working with large files. This includes copying the raw image files from the camera to the local computer drive, the editing process itself as well as the saving...[more]