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  • in reply to: After Effects Tutorial: Captain America Opening Title #212736

    Thanks for this, it’s a very useful tutorial!

    in reply to: “Drug effect” from Music video #212735

    Cool video.

    I see this is an old post, so you’ve probably answered your own questions by now.

    Just in case you haven’t, check out this video, which gives some good hints on one way to do a “freeze time” effect:

    I’d say a lot of that video is done in post. Not sure about the spinning camera, but if it’s practical, they would have had to have used a specialist rig of some kind.

    For the transitions in that glass of water effect, it looked like a combination of curves adjustments, blurs / distortions and something like the “fractal noise” effect in After Effects.

    You’d have to play around to get it just right, but if you have After Effects, it should be achievable.

    Hope that helps.

    in reply to: DSLR vs Camcorder #212734

    If you have a chance to set up a business for yourself, I’d say go for it! There are many who would like to but have no idea how to access the customers or get started.

    It sounds like you have equipment already. Any chance you could video a wedding or event for a friend before getting in front of clients? You might find your current equipment is fine, but you may also discover the opposite.

    The drawbacks of DSLRs are getting less and less (rolling shutter is a good example), but in the semi-pro consumer space, there are probably better options now that are more targeted toward the type of thing you want to do.

    The form factor of DSLRs never really made sense for video, so the new hybrid camcorders are very interesting to those more interested in video.

    Technology changes fast and everybody is different with unique requirements.

    I suggest to spend some time reading reviews, watching YouTube test videos and anything else you can find to feel confident making your decision.

    in reply to: How do I trust that it’s free? #212733

    I think you’ve already made your mistakes on this one.

    If you have agreed to work for free, you should stick to your word and deliver the product as agreed.

    A suspicion is just a suspicion after all, so use this experience as a way to detect if your friend is being deceitful.

    Maybe add a credit for yourself and if he removes it or tries to downplay it, at least you’ll have learned not to work with him again.

    Either way, take it as a lesson and move on.

    in reply to: OK…..where do I start? #212732

    Jerry, you sound a lot like me!

    I started out writing short stories and making music with my computer, but also started tinkering out with video as soon as a friend of mine got a camcorder and we figured out we could use two VCRs to edit.

    Play, Pause, Record, Play, Stop… man I can’t believe I ever edited like that!

    Anyway, a couple of years ago I had the same question as you, with a similarly restricted budget and went for a Canon 650D. Yeah, it was cool at the time!

    I’m still using it now, and with the right lighting and careful camera setup, I can get fairly professional results.

    Over the past few years, I’ve learned the full Adobe suite, from Premiere and After Effects to Audition and Illustrator.

    It takes a lot of time and can be frustrating, but it can be very rewarding for a creative storyteller like yourself, as it gives you new ways to express yourself.

    Don’t fear the consumer-grade stuff, it’s how you use it that counts, especially when you’re just starting out.

    The learning curve is pretty much the same (basically limitless), regardless of equipment.

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