Category Archives: Tutorial

Darious’s Fastest Way To Learn Camera Lenses

Darious Britt entertains and educates you on the Fastest Way To Learn Camera Lenses

https://youtu.be/hpL24HuX5v4

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VashiVisuals – An Editing Resource

Looking for editing tips, tools, trade-secrets and sometime other goodies. Well then, VashiVisuals is a good resources to read.

Vashi Nedomansky is a professional editor who shares insights, tricks and other editing goodness (tm FilmRiot)…

Here’s the site: http://vashivisuals.com

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What’s New: Premiere Pro CC–June 2016 Update

People complained, a lot, when Adobe moved from a traditional “purchase” model to a “rent” slash “cloud” mode. People weren’t ready for the new mode of software ownership.

I didn’t like it either! However, I understood that software vendors needed to get to a more predictable financial model so I signed up for the unlimited Adobe Creative Cloud.

Fast forward two or so years and I can say I’m happy that Adobe moved to this software sales model. I feel that Adobe is actively adding great features to the product line-up and as a creative person I’m getting the value for my money.

For example, just the updates to Premiere Pro in the June release are pretty amazing. Yea, you might now use all the features, but the cool thing is that YOU CAN use them because they are there and you have access to the features.

Here’s a video on some of the new features:
https://youtu.be/Y9EJjqVV41o
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And while we are on the subject of Premiere, here is an excellent in-depth look at the Premiere Pro editing tools:  http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/an-in-depth-look-at-the-adobe-premiere-pro-editing-tools/

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Today’s Things…

Key’ing with Primatte

You never can know enough about doing green screen. In this tutorial Film Riot uses Primatte.

 

Special Effects – Throwing a Car to Never-Never Land

Lots of goodies on this Film Riot episode. Ryan has a special guest, Sean Mullen, from Rampant Design Tools go through the special effects of pushing a car far far away. Over on the Rampant site they have a 40+ 4K Effects Kit you can get for free.

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imageAfter Effect Free Plug-In

From Andrew Kramer over at Video Copilot.Net comes a free Color Vibrance Plug-in. Here’s the link to the Tutorial and Download.

 

 

 

 

Deadpool Premiere Pro Presets

I like free as in really free. VashiVisuals has some free presets for Premiere that were used on the edit of Deadpool.JarleDeadpoolPremiere-960x578

 

10 x Must-REad Video Editing Articles

I like the PremiumBeat website. Lots of great material over there besides their stock music business. Here’s a list of 10 must-read video editing articles.

 

The Four Act Screen Story Structure

Four acts? Isn’t writing a three act story hard enough? Well, here’s an article that puts forth writer’s should be thinking in four acts for film. Since I’ve only started writing, I’m going to give this a lot of thought.

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This Week’s Things: 08/03/2015

Filmmaking Jobs

 What is this thing: what is a Digital Imaging Technician?
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/the-evolving-role-of-a-digital-imaging-technician/
Notes: Here’s a good article that discusses the role and responsibilities of a digital imaging technician.

Editing

 What is this thing: Make Clip Replacement Faster in Premiere
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/premiere-pro-tip-make-clip-replacements-and-revisions-faster-than-ever/
Notes: Short cut tutorial on how to replace clips fast in Premiere.

What is this thing: 8 Audition Tutorials Every Editor Should Watch
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/8-adobe-audition-tutorials-every-video-editor-watch/
Notes: Audition is a powerful sound editing package and for video editors it can be daunting to get started with. Here are eight tutorials that can help you get started with Audition.

What is this thing: Print Your Own Premiere Pro Keyboard shortcuts
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/print-your-own-premiere-pro-keyboard-shortcuts/
Notes: Good resource for shortcut memorization.

Color Grading

What is this thing: Premier Pro CC 2015 Lumertri Color Panel
Article 1 Link: http://www.retooled.net/?p=1647
Article 2 Link:http://nofilmschool.com/2015/06/premiere-pros-new-lumetri-color-panel-super-powerful-intuitive
Notes: This is a great time in the NLE market. Adobe and Davinci are putting more and more features into their products to win the heart and minds of the film and video makers. Here’s a 16 minute tutorial on the new Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC 2016.
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Filming Techniques

What is this Thing: 7 Hollywood Camera Techniques
Things Type: Educational
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/7-iconic-hollywood-cinematography-techniques/
Notes: The Dolly Zoom (Trombone Shot), The Low Angle Trunk Shot, Dutch Angle, The Close Up, The Whip Pan, One Point Perspective, Long Tracking Shots

Equipment Review

What is this Thing: Self Leveling Ball Head Adapter
Things Type: Equipment – Tripod
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MVNBTDG
Product Review: http://dslrvideoshooter.com/tripod-leveling-base-review/
Notes: Although I don’t own one of these at the moment I will be buying one for one of my older tripods that don’t have a leveling ball.image

Visual Special Effects

What is this Thing: 8 Ways to Create Digital Distortion in After Effects
Things Type: Educational
Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/8-ways-to-create-digital-distortion-in-after-effects/
Notes: Sometime you need to distort your footage to tell the story. This article discusses eight ways to do it.

Stock Video Effects

imageWhat is this Thing: Video Effects
Things Type: Stock Video Effect
Link: https://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/rampant-design-tools-2/
Notes: I don’t buy stock effects or stock video unless I really have a need and then I go out and look through available content. Although I have to write down suppliers so that I can review their type of work so when the need arises I can go and find what I need.

Lens Basic

What is this Thing: Basics of Focal Length
Things Type: Tutorial on focus lengths
Linkhttp://nofilmschool.com/2015/07/basics-focal-length
Notes: A little goofy, basic description of focal length.
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Video of the Week

Portal– a short film by Ryan Connolly and his Film Riot team created this short film to show off the abilities of the Hit Film editing application.
Short Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6znipZ9dK9A
Making of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js0638735ck
Aerial Foot and Sound Design How To: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0I5YYqtYoE

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This Week’s Things: 07/27/2015

Video Storage

 What is this thing: How much storage will I need for a video project?
Article Link: http://www.echomist.co.uk/software/StorageCalculator.html/
Notes: A friend of mine is going to be shooting a low-budget feature on a Red Epic and needed to know how much storage he needed. I told him there’s an answer for everything on the Internet and sure enough I found a nifty calculator someone created. It looks pretty close just doing some tests.image

Editing

 What is this thing: Make Clip Replacement Faster in Premiere
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/premiere-pro-tip-make-clip-replacements-and-revisions-faster-than-ever/
Notes: Short cut tutorial on how to replace clips fast in Premiere.

What is this thing: 8 Audition Tutorials Every Editor Should Watch
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/8-adobe-audition-tutorials-every-video-editor-watch/
Notes: Audition is a powerful sound editing package and for video editors it can be daunting to get started with. Here are eight tutorials that can help you get started with Audition.

What is this thing: Print Your Own Premiere Pro Keyboard shortcuts
Article Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/print-your-own-premiere-pro-keyboard-shortcuts/
Notes: Good resource for shortcut memorization.

Color Grading

What is this thing: Premier Pro CC 2015 Lumertri Color Panel
Article 1 Link: http://www.retooled.net/?p=1647
Article 2 Link:http://nofilmschool.com/2015/06/premiere-pros-new-lumetri-color-panel-super-powerful-intuitive
Notes: This is a great time in the NLE market. Adobe and Davinci are putting more and more features into their products to win the heart and minds of the film and video makers. Here’s a 16 minute tutorial on the new Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC 2016.
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Filming Techniques

What is this Thing: 7 Hollywood Camera Techniques
Things Type: Educational
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/7-iconic-hollywood-cinematography-techniques/
Notes: The Dolly Zoom (Trombone Shot), The Low Angle Trunk Shot, Dutch Angle, The Close Up, The Whip Pan, One Point Perspective, Long Tracking Shots

Equipment Review

What is this Thing: Self Leveling Ball Head Adapter
Things Type: Equipment – Tripod
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MVNBTDG
Product Review: http://dslrvideoshooter.com/tripod-leveling-base-review/
Notes: Although I don’t own one of these at the moment I will be buying one for one of my older tripods that don’t have a leveling ball.image

Visual Special Effects

What is this Thing: 8 Ways to Create Digital Distortion in After Effects
Things Type: Educational
Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/8-ways-to-create-digital-distortion-in-after-effects/
Notes: Sometime you need to distort your footage to tell the story. This article discusses eight ways to do it.

Stock Video Effects

imageWhat is this Thing: Video Effects
Things Type: Stock Video Effect
Link: https://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/rampant-design-tools-2/
Notes: I don’t buy stock effects or stock video unless I really have a need and then I go out and look through available content. Although I have to write down suppliers so that I can review their type of work so when the need arises I can go and find what I need.

Lens Basic

What is this Thing: Basics of Focal Length
Things Type: Tutorial on focus lengths
Linkhttp://nofilmschool.com/2015/07/basics-focal-length
Notes: A little goofy, basic description of focal length.
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Video of the Week

Portal– a short film by Ryan Connolly and his Film Riot team created this short film to show off the abilities of the Hit Film editing application.
Short Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6znipZ9dK9A
Making of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js0638735ck
Aerial Foot and Sound Design How To: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0I5YYqtYoE

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This Week’s Things: 05/18/2015

3D Software

 What is this thing: Software – 3D Compositing
Article Link:http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/nuke/non-commercial/
Notes: Do you want to learn 3d Compositing on an industry standard platform? Nuke now offers a non-commercial, fully functional (almost) version. Have fun learning!image

Post Production

What is this Thing: Post Production Action Element
Things Type: Free post production video elements
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/329-free-action-elements-for-video-editors/
Notes: You never can have enough action elements for your post production. Premium Beat has links to 329 free action elements. Go get ‘em!

image What is this Thing: Free HD Design Elements
Things Type: Free post production video elements (4K)
Linkhttp://rampantdesigntools.com/free-download-sign/
Notes: Love the free “real” video elements.

What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: 10 Free After Effects Assets
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/10-free-after-effects-assets/
Notes: 10 After Effects assets such as preset, plug-ins, effects. Who doesn’t like free?

What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: Free Distortion Kit (template)
Linkhttps://www.rocketstock.com/blog/free-after-effects-template-digital-distortion/
Notes: On a roll with the free After Effects templates!

image What is this Thing: Post Production After Effects
Things Type: Free Dynamic Car Gauges (template)
Linkhttps://www.rocketstock.com/blog/free-after-effects-template-dynamic-car-gauges/
Notes: Rocketstock is giving away a car-gauge template for those street racing projects.

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: Creative Cloud Next – 2015 Release What’s New
Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1clWi4hta4
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CidKLsPsht0
Notes: I’ve been an Adobe Premier/AE/Photoshop user for a very long time. Adobe continues to add more features to their suite of video/image editing with every release. A lot of people were upset with Adobe changing their licensing model. There are benefits to the cloud pricing model and there are liabilities. For me, the benefits outweigh the liabilities. I like the fact that I’m paying for the applications a little each month while I’m actually making money using them. The biggest benefit is that as Adobe adds features I get them. This thirty minute video cover in-depth some of the major updates to the next version of Premiere Pro. The second link is a five minute video interview with Patrick palmer of Adobe about some of the new features.image

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: How to Move Audio Keyframe with a Keyboard Shortcut
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/three-quick-tips-for-editing-in-premiere-pro/
Notes: I like keyboard shortcuts.

What is this Thing: Video Editing – Premiere
Things Type: Pull Selects Faster
Linkhttp://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/premiere-pro-tutorial-pull-selects-faster-than-ever/
Notes: There is more than one way to work within Premiere. Here’s a good tutorial on how to pull selects from the source monitor.

Video of the Week

The guys over at Film Riot are having a summer of shorts. This month they debut Seth Worley’s short film: Real Gone
Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50F5Lhea8Lw
Notes: There’s a lot of behind the scenes and general filmmaking goodness over at the FilmRiot.Com website.image

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