As I've progressed through my career in video production, I've had the benefit of some great mentors. Every technique I use is a combination of something I've seen someone else do, something I've read, or something I luckily stumbled upon. Working in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment doesn't give you much time to stop and re-evaluate your methods, and as long as the client is happy, why would you? But every once in a while I've stumbled on an article, or witnessed another video pro at work and discovered a better approach, or a newfound understanding of a previously murky topic.
It's easy to blame amateur equipment for the amateur look of a project when you're a beginner. Many of us play the hand we're dealt when it comes to producing video. We use the camera we can afford, and we make the best of the editing system we have. We're no strangers to using workarounds to perform even the most basic tasks. Some might say this builds character, and they're probably right. But as your skills increase, and your equipment begins to limit your creativity, you'll eventually need to spring for something better.
Prioritizing your edit workflow is extremely important to ensure that the project you submit is one you're proud of. The real trick, is learning the difference between the quick touches that make big differences, and the time-consuming touches that casual viewers aren't even likely to notice.
I posted this a few weeks back in a bit of a meme group of hot chilli fans. There are a lot of people making these chili challenge and spicy food videos, and my son really got into it. He has become a favorite in that community, and has his own channel going now. I had a lot of comments on our videos and how to make them look sharp - so I made them a quick little tutorial on how I go about it in Vegas Pro - it would also apply to Vegas Movie Studio.
Last week we looked at one new tool for tidying up your videos in post-production. The Fix it in Post DVD is Videomaker's answer to the eternal question, "Oh no, this footage is messed up! What do I do now?" We like to think that the Fix it in Post DVD will help answer any post-production mess that you could encounter, from washed out colors to shaky camera work.
You know why filmmakers and videographers always say "We'll fix it in post"? Because there are some problems that you can't avoid no matter how many years of experience you have behind the camera. You probably met these unwelcome guests the first time that you shot any video footage. And maybe you shrugged your shoulders and thought: Well, I'm just a beginner. I'll learn to avoid these problems soon enough.
My name is Matteo and i come from a weird country from Eeurope...too weird to put the name here...anyway, i've just signed a new account here cause i need to get different confrontation with different and various point of views.
First of all, i'd like to show you the last one, a viral made for an italian shirt's brand.
Shots were made with a Canon XHA1s + SgBlade + Nikon 50mm 1:1,8f. This is the configuration i use to apply on all of my productions.
Between Apple Color and Magic Bullet Looks, lot's of editors are confusing Color Grading with Color Correction. The difference is; CG is a visual enhancement and CC is an adjustment for accuracy. So the 'Neo Green' from the "Matrix" and the 'Sepia Wash' prevalent in "Saving Private Ryan" are color grading choices for artistic enhancement of those films.
I was going to make a basic color card for some simple color correction in video. I was thinking about just cutting a piece of poster board about 4"x11" then taking some card stock and making a white/grey/black area with my printer and glue it on. Are there any better recommendations? I'm guessing I want to stay away from anything glossy to avoid glare. This is for very low budget tech videos, some of it will be inside with lighting some of it will be outside.