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By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Focus the Frame: Creating a Video Vignette

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“Vignette” is one of those classic French words that has permeated the English language on a number of levels.

In the world of film, the vignette has been one of the most common lighting techniques for decades. And in recent years, digital post-production workflows have made the video vignette easier to create than ever before.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, we explore how to create vignettes in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X. And in this article, I’ll show you the merits of using different types of vignettes—as well as when the technique might become overused or cliché.

By Jeff Carlson | Sunday, December 14, 2014

iPhone Video Beyond Basic: Shooting with FiLMiC Pro

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The cameras in Apple’s latest iPhone models are impressive enough, but it’s the software and behind-the-lens processors that make them shine (see my report from Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: the Cameras). That combination is directed at one goal: to make it incredibly easy for anyone to capture good photos and videos.

But there’s a tradeoff. In exchange for on-the-fly automatic processing to create the best image the iPhone can make, you lose many manual controls that are essential for shooting deliberate video. Automatic exposure and focus are wonderful when capturing spontaneous events, but if you’re creating something longer that you expect to edit, having more control over these and other aspects of shooting are key.

Naturally, app developers are all too happy to jump into the frame. FiLMiC Pro is a $7.99 mobile videographer’s dream. Perhaps you saw the recent ad for Bentley Motors, highlighting built-in iPads that rise for the discerning chauffeured passenger (see below)? It was shot entirely on the iPhone 5s using FiLMiC Pro (and assembled in iMovie on an iPad Air; stick around to the last few minutes to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how it was shot).

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, December 13, 2014

Video Footage Vanished? Here's How to Recover Deleted Files

Recover deleted files from your memory card

You sit down to edit your video and realize your footage wasn’t transferred and your card has been reformatted. Aack! How do you recover your files?

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I show you how to recover the data from a hard drive or memory card.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Speed Trimming Your Video Shots

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Whether you’re speeding up or slowing down your video footage, changing shot timing is a common editing function in all sorts of video projects.

However, instead of altering speed from scratch (where you determine the rate conversion manually), it’s often useful to be tactile about this operation—that is, by simply grabbing onto your shots and stretching them out or shrinking them down to match a particular duration in the timeline (where the editing software determines the rate conversion automatically).

In addition to this technique—called speed trimming—there’s also the ability to “Fit to Fill,” which allows you to edit a shot into a marked duration in the Timeline and force a specific speed change.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, we’ll explore some speed trimming and Fit to Fill strategies in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, December 06, 2014

Is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Camera Right for You?

Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is gaining popularity in the micro four-thirds camera world. It’s a mirrorless camera with a sturdy build and intuitive controls.

But will this camera complement your workflow?

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I explore what the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has to offer.

By Ashley Kennedy | Saturday, December 06, 2014

Capture Family Video Footage That Really Tells a Story

Shoot creative family video footage for fun projects

When you break out your video camera at this season’s holiday gatherings, consider shooting something with more creative potential than just a hodge-podge of the day’s events.

With a house full of family members (a true captive audience!), there are so many fun things you can try—many of which can be turned into great gifts down the road, even if you just have a simple camera phone and limited editing skills.

Here are some ideas to try for great storytelling with family video.

By Richard Harrington | Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide to GoPro Gear

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Got a GoPro enthusiast on your list this season? You can be sure to bring a little joy into his or her life with the following add-ons.

They’re are all items that I’ve personally tested and used in the making of our lynda.com Shooting with the GoPro HERO series, including Fundamentals, Car and Motorcycle Mounts, and Action Sports.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, December 04, 2014

Use Blend Modes to Correct and Stylize Underexposed Video

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Last week, we explored how to use the darken blend modes within Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X to correct and stylize overexposed footage. We looked at how to stack identical video elements and use primarily the “Multiply” blend mode to provide richness, detail and contrast to washed-out footage.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly topics, we’ll explore how to perform similar changes for underexposed footage.

Specifically, we’ll look at how to use the “lighten” blend modes to add detail and texture to your too-dark footage. And because of the way blend modes treat the lightest and darkest parts of your image, the result of your adjustments can often be more interesting and nuanced than if you used color correction alone.

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