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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 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 | 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.

By Robbie Carman | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DaVinci Resolve: Get to Know the Contrast & Pivot Controls

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When it comes to setting contrast in a shot, DaVinci Resolve has a lot of tools you can leverage.

Some popular tools like curves, the primary sliders, or the 3-Way contrast rings are generally pretty intuitive.

But there are two controls in Resolve that I use all the time to set contrast—and until you’ve had someone explain them and see how they work together, they can remain an enigma.

So let me introduce you to the Contrast and Pivot controls as a powerful way to set and adjust contrast.

By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Nudges, Swaps, and Dupes: Try These Video Editing Shortcuts

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Video editing is like constructing a giant puzzle whose edges and shapes are constantly shifting.

Truly, the major (but fun!) work occurs once you’ve brought clips into the timeline and started making the finer adjustments within this fascinating puzzle. By trimming, nudging, moving, and rearranging your clips, you can tighten up or loosen your edits—thereby accelerating or slowing your viewer’s heartbeat and mind.

In this week’s Video Post Tips Weekly topics, we’ll be examining various video editing shortcuts for moving and manipulating clips in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.

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