Video

Getting animated about the power of key frames

by Will Head on 14 January 2011 in Video
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At its most basic, video editing is simply cutting up clips and moving them around, but no matter how simple the project, these skills will only take you so far. That’s not to say you can’t create a final movie with nothing more than simple edits, but there are other skills available to video makers that can help enhance your productions, especially if the footage you are using isn’t the most engaging.

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Bringing the power of Photoshop to video – one frame at a time

by Will Head on 24 December 2010 in Video
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Dig deep into any video editing package and you’ll find a huge number of effects you can apply to your footage to transform it beyond recognition. Used well, you can turn an average video into a spectacular one.

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Go global by adding subtitles to reach an international audience

by Will Head on 3 December 2010 in Video
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If you want to increase the accessibility of your video productions or make them viewable to people who don’t have speakers or headphones to hand, then adding subtitles lets the viewer read any speech without having to actually hear it. This isn’t a complicated process, but it can be quite time consuming, as you need to create a subtitle for every spoken word in your finished production.

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Give soundtracks a licence to thrill

by Will Head on 21 November 2010 in Video
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You could be forgiven for thinking that all you need to make a good video is great moving images. Unfortunately, it’s not just the action that occurs in front of the camera that you need to worry about. If you’ve got amazing video but awful sound, the end result just won’t work. Music also plays [...]

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Get HTML5′s video features working for you

by Will Head on 3 November 2010 in Video
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Spend any time on video-related websites and it won’t be long before you see mention of HTML5 – specifically its native support of video playback – popping up. Before you get too excited, however, there are a couple of things you need to know about the forthcoming iteration of the web standard. As we looked [...]

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Premiere’s Ultra Key opens door to easy green screening

by Will Head on 20 October 2010 in Video
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Chroma keying just got a shot in the arm with the new Ultra Key tool built into Premiere Pro CS5, which creates great keys with minimal hassle. We’ve looked at chroma keying – the process of digitally replacing the background behind your subject with something much more interesting – in previous columns, but since then [...]

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