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By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Teacher Tips: Using Social Media in the Classroom

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A growing number of teachers are incorporating social media into their lesson plans—and I’m one of them.

It’s been great to see students really embrace some innovative ways of expression through apps like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress—creating and curating images and ideas while interacting with their world outside of the classroom. It helps us teachers break down classroom walls and class-time barriers as students learn and reflect by using tools on their mobile devices.

Here are some great ways to use social media in the classroom:

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beyond Match Frames: Using Search Tools in Video Projects

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When working in large video-editing projects, you constantly need to locate various project materials—whether it be a sequence, a specific clip, a precise frame, or the physical media files on your drives.

Rather than hunting and pecking through your bins, folders, and drives to find what you need, tap into the useful searching and locating tools built into the software.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Try Out Different Video Shots with Final Cut Pro X Auditions

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What makes great video editing? A lot of things come into play, but two of the biggest factors are a) choosing the best shots and b) establishing the proper timing and pacing. And every editor knows that meeting these goals takes a lot of time, patience, and experimentation. It’s through testing various options that we often arrive at the best solution.

Each editing software offers various methods for testing different shots, but one exciting tool is Final Cut Pro X Auditions; it’s a really elegant way to quickly sample and swap out different shot options.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly tutorials, I explore all things Auditions. If you’re brand new to the technique, dive right in. And if you’re already using Auditions, rest assured we’ll cover plenty of advanced techniques that you may not know. This article will cover the basics; watch the tutorials to get much more detail.

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 08, 2015

Video Titles with Flair: Editing Footage Inside of Text

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Video titles are not just for conveying information and providing labels. When executed well, they can establish a style and aesthetic, add texture and depth—and in certain cases, they can even assume a personality or become a character within the film. (To have some fun exploring creative title sequences, check out Art of the Title.)

Sometimes creative titling entails heavy text-based motion graphics work; other times, it involves an intricate intermingling of text, video, and animation. And occasionally, the relationship between video and titles can combine to become one; inserting video footage inside of your titles makes them come alive and gives them visual context that text alone can’t provide.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, discover how you can edit video inside of your titles using Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer.

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 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 Ashley Kennedy | Saturday, December 06, 2014

Capture Family Video Footage That Really Tells a Story

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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 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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