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Post Production: Understanding Sound Effect Libraries

Adding a sound effect to your video can make all the difference. Sound effects are used to create tension or to enhance the action of the scene. Music is used to bring emotion to a...[more]

Post Production: 5 Tips for Media Management

When handling multiple post production projects, media management is essential. Efficiency in handling media should be a habit. It is a basic lesson all video editors or members of the post production crew should master...[more]

Post Production: An Introduction To Time Remapping

Timing is very important and in post production timing, remapping is an important tool. Many times a clip just isn't up to the standard you want. However, the image looks fantastic with great color and...[more]

Post Production: The 8 Best Programs for Menu Creation

There is a lot of post production software available that can be used for video editing. However, each program has its own strengths and weaknesses. The following are details on those programs that are particularly...[more]

Post Production: The 7 Best Compression Programs

Video compression is normally used in video post production. Compression is normally needed in order to distribute the film. There are many different software programs depending on the platform as you can release the film...[more]

Post Production: Learning the Aesthetics of Disk Authoring

Disk authoring is one of the last steps in post production. This refers to the burning of the disk and requires compiling together the audio, video and other data. Once these files are in the...[more]

Post Production: Understanding Color Correction

Color correction can be used in post production. Most current color correction is done digitally, though traditionally a chemical process was used on film. Think about the colors used in the Wizard of Oz. This...[more]

Production: 6 Tips for Directing Non-Professionals

If you opt for directing films as your career, then be prepared for a lot of work and decision making. One of the vital decisions is when to use a professional and when to use...[more]

Camcorder Controls: How to Follow Focus

There are many different techniques that you should learn when using a camcorder, one of the most important is follow focus. This is an interesting technique however additional equipment will be required to use follow...[more]

Which Microphone is Best: Dynamic or Condenser

There is a wide range of choices available when you are looking to get a microphone. The basics of all microphones will convert sound energy into electrical energy so that a sound can be amplified....[more]

Pre-Production: How To Lease Film Equipment

Today's generation of filmmakers may have more choices in terms of film production equipment, but the prices still remain high. Most independent and student filmmakers choose to rent film equipment over purchasing as renting costs...[more]

Production Lighting: How to Use LEDs

When making a video production lighting is very important. If there isn't enough light in the shot then the film simply won't be recorded properly. All cameras, video cameras included rely on adequate light to...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Light Interviews

A video production is an intensive undertaking composed of many elements. Let's say for instance that your producing a historic documentary. This will be composed of narration over historic photos/pictures, actor reenactments, and interviews with...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Use Fill for Key

Video production lighting is an extremely important part of cinematography. Great lighting can make a $100,000 movie look like it cost $1,000,000 to shoot while poor lighting can lower your production's value. When you design...[more]

Production: How To Get Good Sound at Live Events

In order to have the best production in your live events, it is important to make sure your audio is excellent. Before you even start you need to be aware of the capabilities of whatever...[more]

Production: 9 Tips for using a Video Switcher

A video switcher will let you mix together several different video feeds. It can also be used for creating transitions and other effects. It is important that you have a switcher that can accommodate all...[more]

Production: How To Shoot Action Scenes

Regardless of the genre, action scenes between the good and the bad guys are found in most films released on the market. In order to do an effective action scene, a filmmaker must have at...[more]

Distribution: How To Make Your Own Podcast

A podcast is becoming an increasingly popular way to communicate with large numbers of people on the Internet. These podcasts are either short audio files or videos which can be uploaded to your website or...[more]

Post Production: When To Use a Camcorder Filter

Many camcorder filters are used because there are just some things that cannot be fixed in post production but can be avoided if you use the correct filter. Filters are always used by professionals though...[more]

Tips and Tricks for Using a Web Cam

Almost every computer these days has a built in web cam which can be used to record video. Even if your computer doesn't have one built in they are affordable and a great way to...[more]

Production: 5 Tips for Multi-Camera Shooting

With any film production, a filmmaker must understand how to use shots from multiple cameras to tell a story. One of the basic principles involves the 180 Degree Rule. In it, the spatial relationship between...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Edit Settings

In Pinnacle Studio, there are six edit settings that you will need to set up. Those settings are default durations, storyboard thumbnails, auto save, rendering, folder for auxiliary files, and when adding a menu. This...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Split Editing in the Timeline

In Pinnacle Studio, the process of split editing is used to trim a clips audio and video separately. There are two different cuts that you can make when split editing. With an L-cut, the video...[more]

Production: How To Make a Time Lapse Video

It is possible to make a time lapse video using your camera. You will need some good editing software as well. This type of video is used to take a long time segment and then...[more]

Production: How To Do an Wide Shot

A wide shot is usually the first shot that is covered in the shooting schedule for a scene. The reason a wide shot is done first is because it involves the most complicated lighting of...[more]

The Avid Media Composer Attic Explained

In Avid Media Composer, the attic may not be what you think it is. The attic in Avid Media Composer is used to store backup files of each bin in a project. You should only...[more]

Creating a Video Dissolve Transition in Avid

Creating a video dissolve transition is very easy to do in Avid. Avid has a feature called the Quick Transition button that allows you to create a video dissolve transition without having to use the...[more]

Production Lighting: 6 Tips for Filming at Night

Adequate lighting is important with any film production. This is especially true with filming during the night. The amount and quality of light lets you see the elements included in the scene. Filming at night...[more]

Post Production: How To Duplicate Your own DVDs

If you are producing your own videos then learning how to duplicate DVDs will be very useful. Duplicating DVDs simply means copying them to multiple disks. If your videos are already stored on DVD then it...[more]

How to Use Avid Marquee With Style

It is very easy to use Avid Marquee with style. In Avid Marquee, a style consists of at least one predefined property. The predefined property that a style contains can be animated. This guideline will...[more]

Adobe Premiere: Panning and Balancing Audio

Panning and balancing audio in Adobe Premiere allows you to control the audio when a track outputs to another track that contains audio. Panning is the process of moving audio from one channel to another....[more]

The Avid Media Composer Fit to Fill Tool

Avid's media composer fit to fill tool can be utilized to add motion effects in a video that you might want to lengthen or if you simply want to emphasize some parts of the video....[more]

Film Festivals: Getting Your Film into SxSW

Getting your film into various film festivals can be a difficult task. The SxSW Film Festival is held on a yearly basis in Austin, Texas. Many people do not realize that the SxSW Film Festival...[more]

Film Festivals: Getting Your Film into Telluride

Having your film featured in film festivals can be an exciting experience. The Telluride Film Festival is held in Telluride, Colorado every year. They typically accept 15 short films and 20 feature films for their...[more]

Adobe Premiere: How To Create Composites

Composites are a video effect that is created in post-production in a program like Adobe Premiere. It involves combining two video clips into one by either using mattes or chroma key. Working with Mattes Mattes...[more]

Adobe Premiere: Understanding What the Project Settings Mean

When you begin editing a new video in Adobe Premiere one of the first things to determine will be your project settings. What you decide here will create the foundation for your video's post production....[more]

Adobe Premiere: How To Use the Single-Track Editing Workspace

Adobe Premiere is one of the best non-linear editing software systems on the market. It's an extremely dynamic program that offers users a ton of control over how their projects turn out. This control is...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Do Stereo Pan with the Audio Mixer

The audio mixer in Final Cut Pro is cable of stereo panning that allows you to control the clip items within the tracks of your audio. To do a stereo pan in Final Cut Pro,...[more]

Tips for Audio Level Adjustment in Avid

If you want to increase or decrease down the audio level of an audio clip, you can do so by using the audio level adjustment feature of Avid. Here are the steps to follow in...[more]

Tips for Using Avid DVD

Avid dvd is a professional video editing tool from Sonic. The Avid DVD is easy to manipulate particularly if you have already read the instruction manual that comes with it. However, there are several tips...[more]

Using Stabilization in Avid Symphony Nitris

Using Avid Symphony will help to stabilize a film sequence, and it can be further steadied through the use of the Steady Glide feature in the tool. This is a way to lessen any shakiness...[more]

Using Motion Tracking in Avid Symphony Nitris

Motion tracking can now give more accurate results but with fewer adjustments and controls through Avid. The new interface for Avid's motion tracking tool is now cleaner compared to previous interfaces and is labeled to...[more]

What is the Avid Interplay Window?

The avid interplay Window is a work group tool that allows you to edit media that is stored in a remote server. The Interplay Window has many great features and uses that can help ease...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Basics of the Toolboxes

The toolboxes are the fastest and simplest way to edit content in pinnacle Studio. The available toolboxes in Pinnacle Studio are the audio toolbox and the video toolbox. You can only access the toolboxes when...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Still Image Section

The still image section in Pinnacle Studio can be found in the Album. When viewing the Still Image section, the Album will display thumbnail icons of image files. If any of the images in the...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Output Your Movie To a Camera or Video Recorder

Pinnacle Studio is a versatile and easy-to-use, non-linear video editing program that allows you to output your final edits to a camera or video recorder. All you need is the computer with the program, a...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: SmartCapture: Preview Quality Capture

In Pinnacle Studio, you can use the SmartCapture feature which allows you to edit and store large amounts of media. The SmartCapture feature enables to capture low-resolution preview videos. It also allows you to store...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Player in Edit Mode

The edit mode in Pinnacle Studio provides you with the player tool. The purpose of the player in Pinnacle Studio is to allow you to display a preview of the movie that you have edited....[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Fade Effects In and Out

Pinnacle studio is an excellent editing program that is easy to use, and part of what makes it such a great program is the wide range of video effects that a user can choose from....[more]

Post Production: What Is ADR and How To Do It

ADR is an abbreviation for additional dialogue recorded. Not every location where a film is shot is sound friendly. For example, a scene shot under a highway overpass is going to always be noisey no...[more]