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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 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.

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 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 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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