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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.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, November 27, 2014

Use Blend Modes to Correct and Stylize Overexposed Video

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Blend modes are the secret weapon of countless graphic artists.

Simply put, they allow you to combine multiple opaque layers and assign each layer a degree of transparency, which results in various types of blending. This lets you composite images, shapes, text, and other elements to build worlds of creativity—and are a common tool in programs like Photoshop and After Effects.

But did you know blend modes can also be a useful color correction tool in video editing software?

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, we’ll explore how you can use blend modes to correct overexposed footage in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X. Next week, we’ll look at how to do the same thing for underexposed footage.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shooting Video with an iPad — and iOgrapher Case

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Want to shoot professional looking video with your iPad? There are multiple applications available for download that enhance an iPad’s basic camera controls.

But that’s not all.

The iOgrapher case lets you bring your iPad to the next level. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I demonstrate how the iOgrapher iPad case extends what your iPad’s camera can do when you add accessories.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tagging and Searching Your Video Clips

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In video editing, it’s important to have smart strategies for labeling and searching your video clips —especially since we often work with projects that contain hundreds of clips.

It’s also important to do as much work as possible on the front end to help minimize time and effort on the back end; that way, you’re not constantly hunting and pecking through your bins for the perfect shot during the creative process.

By Ashley Kennedy | Sunday, November 16, 2014

Send a Digital Holiday Card That Grandma Will Love

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Yesterday’s parents reached for their wallets to show off photos of their kids and grandkids. But today’s parents pull out their mobile phones to proudly display their family moments—so if you’re considering holiday cards this year, think about offering your season’s greetings in the digital realm!

With very little effort, you can send a digital holiday card: a simple photo-based video project, which your loved ones can easily play on their phones, tablets, or desktop computers.

Best of all, you can create it quickly and easily using nothing more than the contents of your phone’s photo gallery and any basic editing software.

By Richard Harrington | Saturday, November 15, 2014

GoPro Mounts for Your Car, Chest, and More

GoPro mounts are available for all scenarios

GoPro cameras are so versatile—and they need mounting accessories that are just as adaptable. GoPro and third-party manufacturers have accessories to help you get those tough-to-reach angles.

In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I demonstrate several options for GoPro mounts.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Video Editing Tips: Share Project Data in Premiere Pro and FCPX

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When video editors start out, we often view our editing projects as islands of creativity—with our project files and media assets living alone on a single system. When we export the project and hand it off to the client, we assume that’s the end, and it’s time to move on to the next thing.

If only it were so easy.

In an increasingly collaborative world, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to hand off a project, or a specific subset of a project, to another editor or colleague. This means moving the project files containing your sequences and all of your organized folders, bins, and clips—as well as all of the associated media—to another system so your collaborator can access your edits and work on the project further.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, you’ll get video editing tips on transferring an entire project, a partial project, or even a single sequence in both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

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