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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 Robbie Carman | Saturday, January 10, 2015

Using a Gimbal to Steady Your Quadcopter Shots

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Quadcopters like the DJI Phantom get cameras up in the sky to capture that coveted wide-angle beauty shot—but it’s hard to keep the copter from introducing camera shake.

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 Nick Brazzi | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

What's New at CES 2015? Solar Chargers and Smart Credit Cards

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I’m here exploring the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with my fellow lynda.com authors Jess Stratton and Garrick Chow. CES is a gigantic trade show that spotlights new technology and consumer products.

I’m looking for unique and unexpected gadgets to share with you. But with over 5,000 exhibitors on site, there’s no way to show you everything at CES 2015. So I’ll focus on a few items that should be particularly interesting to lynda.com users.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, January 03, 2015

Video Gear Weekly: Mastering a Wireless Mic

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With the freedom wireless microphones give your production, you’re able to record audio without having to trip over wires. You can have a microphone on your talent at all times.

On this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, guest host Cheryl Ottenritter and I help you master the use of a wireless microphone.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video Gear Weekly: Working with a Wireless Mic

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Cut down on wire clutter by going wireless. 

Wireless microphones are essential to your audio kit. From presentations to narrative films, you can use them in any production to give your talent mobility.

But are they the best audio option for your production? This week on Video Gear Weekly, guest host Cheryl Ottenritter and I will walk you through how to work with a wireless mic.

By Rick Allen Lippert | Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video Conference Lighting Tips You Can Do at Home

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If you watch TV news, then you’ve seen interviews conducted over the Internet. Almost without fail, the people in those interviews look terrible.

They rely on either the overhead light in the room or they sit with their backs against a window—or both.

Whether it’s your 15 minutes of fame, an important job interview, or just chatting online with friends or relatives, there are a few simple things you can do to get great video conference lighting at home. The best part: You can do it with just one or two lamps.

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