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 | Thursday, November 27, 2014
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 Robbie Carman | Saturday, November 22, 2014
Want to shoot professional looking video with your iPad? There are multiple applications available for download that enhance an iPad’s basic camera controls.
But that’s not all.
The iOgrapher case lets you bring your iPad to the next level. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I demonstrate how the iOgrapher iPad case extends what your iPad’s camera can do when you add accessories.
By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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
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 Richard Harrington | Saturday, November 15, 2014
GoPro cameras are so versatile—and they need mounting accessories that are just as adaptable. GoPro and third-party manufacturers have accessories to help you get those tough-to-reach angles.
In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I demonstrate several options for GoPro mounts.
By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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
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.
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