By Seán Duggan | Friday, April 03, 2015
I was in Iceland recently leading my Winter Landscapes & Auroras workshop and I had the good fortune to be there for a near total solar eclipse.
You can actually see the shape of the partially eclipsed sun in the lens flare on my friend’s parka.
In addition to taking close-up still shots like I did for the last eclipse, I also wanted to shoot a time lapse sequence that showed a wide view of how the landscape was transformed by the fading light as the sun was eclipsed, and then its gradual return to the full brightness of daylight.
By Ashley Kennedy | Friday, January 30, 2015
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 | Thursday, January 29, 2015
My new course Introduction to Video Editing weaves targeted technical instruction with the art and aesthetics of film editing—using classic and contemporary examples from the last century of cinema.
Whether you’re a video-editing novice or you just need a refresher on aesthetics, you can dive right in to learn just how important the editor’s role is within the storytelling process. You’ll also learn how to follow the rules of editing—and how to break them.
This article will give you a taste of the course by showing how a good editor maintains continuity.
By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 15, 2015
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 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
“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 04, 2014
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 | Sunday, November 16, 2014
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.
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