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By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, January 30, 2015

Counteract Camera Shake: Stabilize Video Footage in Post

correct camera shake in post

Let’s face it: Handheld cameras means shaky footage.

And now that every phone, tablet, and digital device seems to shoot video, handheld video comprises a lot of what’s out there.

This week’s Video Post Tips Weekly shows you how to counteract camera shake by stabilizing wobbly footage in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer.

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 Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don't Reinvent the FX Wheel: Change Video Effects en Masse


The creative process is exactly that: a process: You try things out, change your mind, make mistakes, and shift your goals.

This happens a lot in video effects editing. You try things and tweak until they’re just right. Then once you’ve got it, you often need to apply the effects to all of your clips en masse.

But there’s a difference between applying effects to many clips at once (which is generally pretty easy) and going back and changing effects of many clips at once (which may not be as intuitive). That’s what we’ll look at in this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly—in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Composer.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mask Tracking Made Easy — in Video Post Tips Weekly

mask tracking in video

The video frame is a big, wide world. Often there’s a lot going on in there, and not all subjects within the frame can be treated equally.

What if you want to brighten up a face—but you want the rest of the environment to remain in relative darkness? And what if that face is moving? And for added difficulty, what if it’s also coming toward you and rotating?

You can see what issues arise if you treat the entire frame equally. Instead, you’ve got to hone in and grab control of the pixels that define the face, brighten up that area, and then track its movement over the duration of the shot—while leaving everything else alone.

Fortunately, with masking and tracking technology, you’re able to do this relatively easily. So in this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly, we’ll demonstrate mask tracking in Premiere Pro CC (both the 2014 and 2014.1 versions) and Avid Media Composer. And while tracking isn’t available in FCP X, I’ll show you how to apply a simple mask and use keyframes to achieve similar results.

By Ashley Kennedy | Sunday, October 12, 2014

Filmmaking Under Fire: Making Movies in Syria with lynda.com


Film editor Danniel Daoud was screening a cut for his director recently when missiles began striking less than 2 kilometers away. Danniel turned up the volume of his speakers to drown out the incredible blasts.

“I moved the audio sliders up so the directors wouldn’t hear the sounds—so they are not scared,” said Danniel*. “I tell them it is more safe inside than in the streets. This is what parents do for their children, as well.”

Danniel lives in Syria—a country currently entrenched in international crisis and civil war. Not only must he live among threats of physical violence, but as a creative professional, he must also deal with stifling restrictions imposed upon his country by other countries because of Syria’s complex ties to war and terrorism.

By Michael Ninness | Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Avid dot-release for Media Composer 5 now available

Avid recently released an update to its popular Media Composer 5 video editing software that fixes several bugs, including:

1) Default Segment Mode setting The MC default for the timeline setting “Default Segment Tool” has been changed from overwrite to insert.

2) Copy/Paste Segment Mode fix When copy/pasting mark in/out with no segment tool active, the paste mode will no longer be the last used segment mode but the default segment mode. Most editors want to paste in insert mode so unless an editor changes the default (insert), MC will paste in insert mode. The only time MC will paste in overwrite is if the user has only the segment overwrite tool active when paste is executed, as in versions prior to 5.

3) Smart Tools auto selection bug A bug has been fixed that auto selected the default segment tool when an editor cut a marked in/out selection (Ctrl+X) with no segment tools active.

For information on how to obtain the patch, go to Avid’s support area on its site: http://www.avid.com/US/support/downloads/

If you are a brand new user of Avid Media Composer 5, be sure to check out our crash courseAvid Media Composer 5 Getting Started with Steve Holyhead. For a deeper dive, Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy is also available.

By George Maestri | Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Introducing two new Avid Media Composer 5 authors and courses at lynda.com

Our effort to expand our list of video titles brings two new courses and two new authors to lynda.com: Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started with Steve Holyhead and Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training with Ashley Kennedy. Avid is one of the pioneering video editing suites, and the software is used extensively in feature films, television, and many other venues. The brand new Media Composer 5 offers a completely reengineered platform that has been getting a very positive response. For those who want to get their feet wet in the world of Avid editing, we’re proud to present two courses.

In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects.

In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, inclusing how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer.

We hope these courses are the start of an ongoing series of titles that cover Avid tools and workflows. Let us know what you think.

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