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By Steve Grisetti | Friday, March 27, 2015

HitFilm 3 Pro: Blasts, Bursts, and Booms for All Skill Levels

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If you’re relatively new to special effects, you may be most comfortable working with grab-and-drop preset effects. Or you may be more of a do-it-yourselfer, preferring deeper settings and advanced levels of customization.

Whatever your comfort level, HitFilm 3 Pro will meet you there—and accompany you as deep as you want to go.

For those who like working with presets, the program comes bundled, for instance, with a surprisingly specific library of ready-to-go gunfire blasts—from small arms to laser beams and from shotguns to Uzis. And for expert users, the program is fully equipped with tools for creating blasts, bursts, and explosions from scratch, with dozens of emitter, core, force, and particle controls.

Let me show you!

By Ashley Kennedy | Thursday, January 8, 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 | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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

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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 Nick Brazzi | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Notes from the SIGGRAPH Floor: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality

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I’m on the show floor this week at SIGGRAPH, and I’m seeing some really exciting technology.

SIGGRAPH is the annual computer graphics and animation conference, taking place this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s really a playground for animators, digital artists, interactive experience designers, motion graphics designers, and video producers—and I want to share with you what I’m seeing here.

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