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Using Still Photos in Video
Who could have figured that 150 years after the Civil War -- that signature event in American History -- would forever change the way we video editors approach a part of our craft? Well, not the Civil War itself, but the Ken Burns documentary about it. For many, that program...
11 Steps to Add Some Spice to Your Video
There are many ways to make your video dull. We speak derisively of "talking heads" on television because they're not exciting. It's one thing to be in a room with someone who is talking for an hour, but it's something entirely different to watch that as a single, unbroken...
Tips for Editing Montages
If you've been around video long, you're probably familiar with the term "montage" (mn-'tzh). It's a French term that comes from the world of cinema.Webster defines a montage as: 1: the production of a rapid succession of images in a motion picture to illustrate an association of ideas. Or...
Composites: The Key to Success
In video editing, a composite is a video image that incorporates two or more separate visual media elements together on the screen. These elements can be video streams, words, pictures, drawings, graphics or 3D animations. In short, anything you can see (and digitally image), you can composite. The word...
Editing: Editing from Start to Finish, Part 2 of 4
Last month, we covered the preliminary planning you need to do before you begin your video project. And we outlined a typical workflow for logging and capturing the clips that will form the building blocks of our family history video. This month, we move on to building our timeline,...
Editing: It's the Pace, Ace!
Okay - I admit it, I have a problem. I walk fast. I don't know why, I just do. If I get out of the car at the same time as my wife and son, I'm almost always inside the store before they are. And my 10-year-old is usually...
Freeze Frame
Digital cameras are everywhere today. Not just video cameras, but still cameras too. Even our cell phones and PDAs have cameras in them. Digital still camera owners quickly discover that they snap loads more pictures than they ever would with a film camera. Now wait: Isn't this a video...