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Video Editing Tools: Basic Essentials

There are several video editing tools needed to make a video. Getting started is easy but becoming better as a video editor takes time and effort. The tools vary depending on the need, preference as...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to MPEG Stream

MPEG Stream is one of relatively few video editing tools for converting MPEG2 and MPEG1 and transport streams. It was written and created in its entirety by Squared 5 in Italy. What is MPEG Stream?...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to CleshLoad

When we refer to Video editing tools, we refer to the software programs that help us manipulate, modify and edit videos. Video editing is the process that gives us the chance to remove the sections...[more]

Screenwriting: Understanding Locked Script Pages

There are many different formats used in screenwriting. One such special script format is a locked script or locked script pages. This refers to a script that has been handed out to the actors, director...[more]

How to Break Movie Genre Cliches with Cinematography

Every movie genre has its own clichés, shots and scenes that audiences have seen time and time again. Clichés are often the fault of a weak script, but cinematography has its own clichés. Breaking them...[more]

Mise en Scene: Matching Costuming to Environment

Mise en scene is the make-up of your frame-the information you convey and what the effect of it is. That will tell the audience not only where and when your story takes place, but it...[more]

How to Match Scene Color Palette to Character Emotions

Color palette is extremely important to a film's frame. It is often said that the director is the author of a film, even when the script was written by a different person who came up...[more]

What Is a Webcast Feed?

Webcast refers to media files distributed online. In order to facilitate and enhance distribution and syndication, programmers invented the webcast feed, a content delivery vehicle. This format is used for the syndication of news and...[more]

Web Shows: 5 Best Genres

Each month an online service makes a list of the best Web shows online. This list gives us information on what are the most popular web series, how many people watch them and what is...[more]

Web Shows: Understanding Independent Media

Web shows have created a huge trend the last few years. This comes as no surprise, since the Internet has become an indispensable part of our lives. Marshall McLuhan said that the "Medium is the...[more]

The 6 Best Stock Photography Websites

There's a slew of stock photography websites available online. Some have thousands in their collection, while others offer only a handful but royalty-free sites. Whether you're looking into purchasing some photos, or submitting some of...[more]

Android Photography Apps: PicSay

PicSay is a popular android application which can be used to have extra fun with your photographs. Almost all android mobile phones have a built in camera. this is useful because it is taken everywhere...[more]

Advanced Light Measurement: Key Concepts

Photographers know that they need to be worried about the effect of light on their photographs and learn how to take a light measurement. But, there's more to light measurements than simply avoiding the mid-day....[more]

Using the Replace Edit Button in Avid

Avid allows users to manipulate and edit their videos, and the replace edit feature makes switching shots in and out extremely easy. Even beginners will be able to quickly learn and use this feature. Step...[more]

Canon DSLR Footage in Media Composer 5

With the release of Avid Media Composer 5, many of the issues associated with editing Canon DSLR footage have been eliminated. The new version allows users to either find the sequences on their computer or...[more]

Using Effects in Avid Liquid

Avid Liquid allows users to add over 1,000 interesting effects to their film, including color correction and slow motion. To use these effects, all anyone needs is a little creativity and some pre-made clips. Step...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Nandub

In terms of video editing tools, Nandub is what was used to effectively encode AVI files by making use of DivX and MPEG4v2, which in turn used smart bitrate controlling technology. Not designed to be...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to MP4Box

One of many video editing tools now available, MP4Box is a converter of MPEG-4 files. You can use it to import video that's in MPEG-4 format as well as streams of audio data. The final...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to MediaCoder

MediaCoder is one of a number of free video editing tools available for both professional and amateur use. MediaCoder is a video and audio batch transcoder that will work with Windows and Wine. It has...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to LiVES

LiVES is one of a few video editing tools that is also Video Jockey equipment. LiVES version 3 was released from GNU under GPL, and binary versions can be found for most of Linux distributions,...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Jahshaka

Jahshaka is one of the popular video editing tools that allows for professional level audio and video editing. If you're looking for a program that's freely available without charge for video and audio editing, Jahshaka...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to HyperEngine-AV

HyperEngine-AV is one of the most popular video editing tools available for Apple Mac computers. It is a program built to function with real time processing of signals and audio, and the design exists within...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to TMPGEnc

In video editing tools, TMPGEnc belongs to a family of video encoders (with a limited capacity for video editing) that were developed for Pegasys Inc. by Hiroyuki Hori. All products in that family run on...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to AviTricks classic

AviTricks classic is one of a few AVI film and video editing tools available that feature a number of special effects and preview features. AviTricks classic is for Windows Media or AVI format. What is...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Microsoft Movie Maker

In terms of video editing tools, Microsoft Movie Maker was one of the first on the scene. Still used by some who prefer a very basic approach, it is software for creating and editing video....[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Mencoder

Mencoder is one of several video editing tools that are available for converting files free of charge. Mencoder offers free video decoding of the command line type, with encoding and filtering options. It was released...[more]

Post Production: How To Use Looped or Created Music When Scoring

When creating a video, sometimes the most important part of it is the created music. But, one problem with using music is that videographers can infringe on the rights of artists if they are not...[more]

4 Popular Web Television Shows and Keys to Their Success

Nowadays, more and more people are creating their own web television show. It seems that more people are becoming aware of the fact that web-based shows bring in more viewers from all over the world...[more]

Web Shows: Editing Tips To Stand Out from the Rest

Web shows are a form of new media where anyone can create and upload videos to share with the world. While this has leveled the distribution playing field because you no longer need a huge...[more]

Production: How To Film at a Reverse Angle

In videography, using a reverse angle gives a fresh perspective for the viewers. Sometimes, especially when using a two-shot, this technique is necessary. Both in film and television, the reverse angle is prominent when two...[more]

Screenwriting: How To Write the Header

In screenwriting, screenwriters always need to write headers when introducing a new scene. Yet, unlike novels and manuscripts, screenwriters do not need to give in-depth descriptions. They simply need to introduce the scene. It's up...[more]

Screenwriting: Understanding Top Continued and Bottom Continued

Top Continued and Bottom Continued are ways to indicate that a scene is continuing to the next page or from the previous page. However, in screenwriting today, this is not commonly done. If it is...[more]

Screenwriting: What Defines a Script?

Screenwriters know that they have to make a script out of their story. Yet, many wonder what defines a script and what should be included in a script. Good screenwriting needs outlines, characters, dialogue and...[more]

How To Use Vaseline To Create Soft Focus

Do you know how to use Vaseline to create soft focus in your photos? Vaseline can be used to create either a soft, dreamlike focus on traditional shots, or you can go a step further...[more]

5 Great Ideas for Pet Photos with Their Owners

Pet photos are some of the most treasured photos in a house. You will find them carefully preserved hanging in a frame, or in an album together with the rest of the family photos. There...[more]

Lightroom: How to Use the Adjustment Brush

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to fix up or add effects to photos and one way this is done by using the Adjustment Brush tool. The Adjustment Brush tool allows users to add effects to...[more]

Lightroom: How To Batch Your Settings

The ability to batch settings in Adobe Lightroom makes things so much easier, especially if a user is doing a number of tasks using the same settings. And, users don't even have to worry about...[more]

Shooting a Movie Genre: Parody

Some things make us laugh, and parody is a popular movie genre that does just that. People like to make fun of things. Maybe you have an idea for a parody that other people would...[more]

Video Editing Tools: The 5 Essential Programs

There are numerous video editing tools available for use, regardless of whether one is editing for the first time or as a professional.  For individuals who are interested in entering the film and video editing...[more]

Video Editing Tools: The 7 Best Free Programs

With so many video editing tools available online it can be difficult to determine which are the best. Simply downloading different programs and trying them will take up time and space on your computer. Instead,...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to VirtualDubMod

The quality of many free video editing tools available online will vary. But an excellent tool that is available for free is VirtualDudMod. This is an extension of the popular VirtualDub. This is a linear...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to AviSynth

AviSynth is one of the video editing tools available to you for altering and using digital video footage. In relation to other similar tools, it's very powerful, more so even than VirtualDub, although that software...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Avidemux

In the world of video editing tools, Avidemux exists to save time when it comes to cropping and editing videos of every format. As well as featuring some advanced options, Avidemux makes simple cutting, editing...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Windows Media Encoder

For those with a Windows operating system, there are many video editing tools that can be downloaded for free. Windows media encoder is one such software that will capture and convert prerecorded and live images...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Clesh

Clesh is one of the online video editing tools for use by communities of web users and consumers. It is essentially based around very similar technology as another editing tool, FORscene, which is used widely...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to AVIedit

AVIedit is one of the many video editing tools on the market that allows you to create professional looking videos, either for making good quality films from footage taken using a DV recorder, or producing...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Cinelerra

One of the major video editing tools, Cinelerra, is the most complete non-linear editing tools available for compositioning in the Linux Operating System. Two versions of Cinelerra exist and they are very different from each...[more]

Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Avid FreeDV

Welcome to an introduction to Avid FreeDV, which will outline its usefulness when it was available, as well as highlighting other video editing tools. Avid FreeDV was recently discontinued but is still available online through...[more]

Post Production: How To Use Custom Music When Scoring

Most movies use custom music for their scores, and you should too because it will enhance and complement your movie. There is a misconception that this process is very time consuming and costly, but it is...[more]

Screenwriting: 6 Tips

People go to the movies and realize, "Hey, I could do that!" One thing is certain: no one will see your story if you don't start screenwriting and communicate it to someone else. The most...[more]