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Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Title Type Buttons

Pinnacle Studio is one of the best video editing software programs on the market because it allows users to edit videos with complex graphics and dynamic titles. Part of its success comes from its easy-to-use...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Tips for Using Menus from the Album

Pinnacle Studio is a dynamic and incredibly easy-to-use, non-linear video editing software. Not only can it edit video, but it can also capture it, create titles, create world class effects, export edited video to tape,...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Do Two Track Editing with Studio Plus

Pinnacle Studio is an excellent non-linear editing software program that offers a lot of effects while remaining easy to use. This is a great program for someone with an interest in video production to start...[more]

Home Movies: Never Miss Those 'Funniest Home Videos' Moments

Home movies are the kind of thing that you think of as corny when you're a kid but when you're a parent they take on different meaning because they preserve precious memories. One of America's...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Display Scene and File Information

Pinnacle Studio is a dynamic and incredibly simple-to-use, non-linear editing software system. With it you can easily capture video shot on your DV camcorder. In fact, you can even walk away after starting the capturing...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Full Quality Capture

Pinnacle Studio is a computer program used in high quality capture, editing and exporting edited movies into other formats. Before any editing can be done, videos, images and audio must be captured or imported and...[more]

Adobe Premiere: How To Compare Settings Using the Settings Viewer

When using Adobe Premiere, you can always quickly check your projects setting by using the settings viewer. The settings viewer allows you to once again see the screen that first appears when you start a...[more]

Adobe Premiere: How To Use and Set Up Your Audio Settings

Adobe Premiere is by far one of the best video editing programs on the market. Users of Premiere often find truth in the cliche 'that the only limit is your imagination' because there is so...[more]

Using the Safe Color Limiter Effect in Avid

The Safe Color Limiter Effect in Avid is to help you maintain the integrity of the color in your videos. You may want to set your own limits, or you may be required to on...[more]

How to Work With Avid Instinct

You can work with Avid Instinct to help make your story or article interactive. This is done by adding voice over narration, as well as video clips. In this article, you will learn how to...[more]

How to Use Avid Interplay Assist

To review media and to add information or comments, you can use Avid Interplay Assist. Producers can use this application no matter where they are in the network. Step 1: Opening Interplay Assist When you...[more]

6 Tips to Master Aperture Settings for Underwater Photography

By changing the aperture settings, you are changing how much light your digital camera lets in. Basically, the aperture of your lens is an opening that can be made smaller or larger. The larger the aperture,...[more]

Production: 5 Tips for Directing Animals

Directing animals to pose or perform certain actions can be tricky. Their ability to be unpredictable makes them a challenge to use in movies. Care must always be taken when videotaping animals. Here are a...[more]

Production: How To Do a Semi-Scripted Interview

If you're shooting a production that is a talk show or a news program, then you may have moments when you have to do a semi-scripted interview. How do you prepare for this and plan...[more]

Production: How To Interview an Ambushed Subject

An ambush interview is an unscheduled interview with a subject. Often times, an ambush interview can catch a subject off guard, and there are mixed reactions or responses to one. There are, however, certain things...[more]

Production: How To Use Warm Cards

Back when production was done with film people used filters on their lenses and lights to create a certain kind of look. This look was color temperature based and was either warm (orange) or cool...[more]

Production: How To Use Cool Cards

If you worked in production a few years ago then you know that color balancing along with certain artistic looks, like cool colors, was achieved in film by placing gels over lights and filters over...[more]

Production: 2 Composition Tips for TV Format

Composition, also called mis en scene, is one of the most important elements that goes into a production. After all, what is within the frame is what the viewer will see, and it is your...[more]

Production: 4 Composition Tips for 16:9

The composition 16:9 stands for 16 arbitrary units of height to 9 arbitrary units of width. Often called 16 times 9 or 16 by 9, this composition just refers to how wide the screens are...[more]

Production: Understanding Nose Room

Nose room, often called lead room, is the space in front of a moving or stationary subject. A nose room is an important aspect of a shot because it gives the viewers a sense of...[more]

Production: Working with the Background

Most people don't realize it, but what happens in the background of a shot in production is just as important as the foreground. For example, let's say you're shooting a scene that takes place in...[more]

Production: How To Do a Medium Shot

A medium shot falls between a wide shot and a close up. In shooting a scene, you would tackle the medium shots after the wide master shot. The primary purpose of a medium shot is...[more]

Production: How To Do an Extreme Wide Shot

An extreme wide shot is used to establish a setting for a scene. It's usually just used once at the beginning of the scene to let the audience know what is going on. It is...[more]

Production: How To Do a Cut Away

The moment you sit down to edit your video, you might discover the need for a cut away at certain scenes. Whether you're doing a documentary, coverage, narrative, or feature, cut are useful in many...[more]

Production Lighting: Hard Light vs. Soft Light

Production lighting depends greatly on the difference between hard light and soft light. Most scenes will employ both types of illumination, and understanding the theory will help your decisions. Hard Light Hard light is referred...[more]

Production Lighting: How To Best Use Ambient Light

You can cut down the amount of work involved in lighting if you take advantage of ambient light. Ambient light is guaranteed to be natural, so building upon it as a base can yield very...[more]

How To Use the Annotations Feature in Youtube

Youtube is the Internet's leader in video sharing. It was the first website of its kind and when it was introduced in 2006 it was called the best invention of that year. For most people...[more]

Final Cut Pro: Selecting Fonts and Creating Line Art for Video

In Final Cut Pro, you can select a font or create line art that you can use for a broadcast video image. However, it is important to remember that you should avoid creating any horizontal...[more]

Final Cut Pro: How To Flatten Graphics with Layers

Having graphics that are multi-layered is very useful for working with complex graphics. However, you often just need a single still-image clip. It is important, though, that any original image file that is a Photoshop...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Set Up the Capture Format Settings

The Pinnacle Studio software offers many different settings for you to capture video. There are different digital and analog settings. Most of these capture settings will depend on the type of hardware you have. However,...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Copy an AVI File To Tape

It is possible to take an AVI file and transfer it to a tape. The AVI format is normally a type of video file that is stored on the hard drive. The easiest way to...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Save your Movie as an MPEG File

An MPEG file is used specifically to save your video files and play them as a DVD or CD. MPEG stands for moving pictures expert group. This is a standard form of video storage. You...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Output Your Movie To Videotape

Pinnacle Studio offers editors and consumers greater ease when exporting to videotape. In comparison with other formats, this will require more steps. Step 1: Add Black Video Frames on Both Ends of the Movie This...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: Understanding the Camcorder Controller

When you begin editing a video project, your first step is transferring the footage from the camcorder to the computer. If you shot your project in DV (digital video), then the process is pretty painless...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the Ripple Transition Command

Pinnacle Studio makes it easier and quicker for video editors to place a transition between numerous clips using one command. Referred to as a Ripple Transition, the same transition can be placed through several images...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Use the SmartMovie Music Video Tool

If you are looking to shoot a home movie or music video, then everything you might need is in the SmartMovie tool. This program can crop, reformat, and do anything you need in a matter...[more]

Pinnacle Studio: How To Preview and Render Effects

Effects are an important part of any video production, and when you edit a project in Pinnacle Studio, you have a lot of effects to choose from. But, you can never really know if the...[more]

Production Crew: 5 Tips On Working With Freelancers

You're ready to get cracking on your first video project, but before you load up your equipment, you will first need to get your crew in order. Depending on the size of your production, you...[more]

Production: 3 Tips on Working With Film Students

Film students can be great to work with on smaller productions. They can be very eager to work and learn. They're also great to have around because they usually want to be there, and they...[more]

Production: How To Make a Casting Tape

If you want to become an actor or actress, then a casting tape will make the whole process much easier. Many directors will want to see a casting tape before they invite people for a...[more]

Production: 4 Tips for Directing Professional Actors

Directing is one of the hardest professions that anyone could choose to make a living from. It's a difficult job because everyone is examining every decision that you make. One of the most important jobs...[more]

Production: How To Get Professional Actors

Your film production career wouldn't be anything if it wasn't for actors. You must find plenty of actors to make your film a huge success. You can choose between amateur or professional actors. The problem...[more]

Production: How To Do a Conversational Interview

An interview can be an integral part to any video production, especially in documentary. There are a few different interview styles that you can choose from to include in your program, and one of these...[more]

Production: 5 Tips for Documentary Interviews

Documentary interviews are their own little niche that not everyone can do. There is a lot of skill involved with interviewing someone who is not a professional actor on camera. You need to find the...[more]

Camcorder Controls: How To Use F-Stops

Learning how to use f-stops when recording videos can be very difficult. F-stops are the camcorders aperture settings; this simply means how wide the shutter opens and how much light is allowed into the camera....[more]

Production: 3 Composition Tips for 4:3

When shooting a video production, the most important thing that happens is what's captured by the camera, and a huge part of this is your image's composition. How you compose your shots will determine the...[more]

How To Do the Pan and Scan Effect

Learning various effects, such as the pan and scan effect, when recording videos will make your videos look much more professional. It's important to learn as many different effects as possible so that you can...[more]

Production: How To Use Lighting Cookies

A cookie, short for cookaloris, is a dynamic tool in the lighting department on film sets. Essentially, it is a piece of material that has a pattern cut out of it. You would put it...[more]

Production: 5 Tips for Lighting Backgrounds

Lighting backgrounds can be a very interesting part of your shooting experience. Normally, you cannot do much to change the light on the subject without it becoming weird. But, with backgrounds, the options are infinite....[more]

Production: How to Create Three Point Lighting

Three point lighting is the basic design used in most set ups today. Though it seems simple, this can become the stepping stone from which you build a magnificent scene. Step 1: Key Light This...[more]