The Friday Roundup – Keys to Keyframing, Object Tracking – Lighting Tips


Filmora keyframing tutorial

Learn How to Master KeyFraming

This is probably one of the best walk-throughs around on the subject of using keyframes in your video projects.

If you are not using keyframing you should be and if you have wanted to but felt it seemed complicated then this is the video for you.

These days just about every video editing software I know of allows for at least some keyframing and the good ones offer it for just about eveything.


How to Place Objects into a New Scene with Smart Object Tracking

Continuing on in the series covering the new Smart Object Tracking module in Pinnacle Studio 25 this week we cover replacing backgrounds.

This is probably one of the most common uses of any kind of masking tool in video editing although it is by no means the only one!

Of course in a scenario like this the most desirable situation is that you have shot green screen footage but that not always possible.

The difficulty in masking a moving object as shown in the video is that more often than not even the best auto tracking will tend to “lose” the object during tracking.

The beauty of the Pinnacle Studio A.I. version is that it is deadly accurate and the need to go back and adjust or correct is minimal in most cases.


Cheap Lighting Setup for YouTube Videos

This is an excellent walkthrough on setting up lighting for your average head and chest shot YouTube video.

The tutorial goes from a totally black screen at the beginning then adding each light step by step showing how it affects the overall look of the video.

Whilst it is taken through to the “full” lighting setup he also points out a few spots along the way where you could safely stop and still have a good looking result.


8 Tips for Outdoor Filmmaking and Photography

Aidin Robbins is a successful YouTuber that I have been following (and stealing ideas from!) for quite some time now.

He is clearly a talented video creator and tends generally to operate at a fairly professional level.

That’s a good thing but as far as tips and tricks for newbies go… things can be a little thin on the ground!

This week however he has posted a great video going over some the things he has learned as his style has drifted more towards “outdoorsy” kind of content as opposed to stuff shot in a more controlled indoor environment.


How To Recover Lost Projects – PowerDirector Quick Tips

Although this little tips tutorial is somewhat specific to PowerDirector it applies to all video editing software without exception.

One of the first things you should do when starting off with any new editing software is to go into the preferences and find the “auto-save” setting and make sure it is turned on.

Then find out where the autosaves are going to be stored and make sure that location is suitable for your setup.

Generally speaking most autosave features tend to have a default setting as to the time increments between saves so check that as well.

Bear in mind that very frequent autosaving may slow down your editing process if your computer is not particularly fast.


Filmora 11 Speed Ramping Effect Tutorial For Beginners

Last week I mentioned that one of the best new features in Filmora 11 was the Speed Ramping module.

As I said then, speed ramping itself is not really somethat that anyone would need to be writing home about!

The main difference with the Filmora module is the way it has been implemented as a sort “graph” representation that allows for a very clear picture of what the ramping effect will look like.


Audacity Tutorial For Beginners

The truth is that although most video editing programs at the consumer level and even the pro level for that matter have made great inroads as far as audio goes… they are still lagging a bit.

CyberLink have beefed up their built-in audio module significantly but still if you want pro control you have to fork out for AudioDirector.

Most of the others offer “OK” control but nothing even close to a pro tool.

One alternative is the free open source program Audacity which is a pretty impressive piece of kit.

Personally I always complete my first video “rough cuts” then export the audio to a .wav file.

I process it in Audacity then bring it back in to the project and this is generally regardless of what editing program I am using.

In the video below you can get an introduction to Audacity but believe me, it by no means shows the full range of features.


5 Minutes – 5 TIPS. Cinematic Foundations

Aimed more at Cinematographers than your average Joe running around point’n’shootin’ this tutorial still has a lot to offer us mere mortals!


DaVinci Resolve 17 Free Training

If you have ever thought to yourself that you may like to download and use the free version of DaVinci Resolve… and then thought… gee I am going to need a bucket load of training to to use that beast of a thing…. you’d be right!

Fortunately someone far more energetic than me has taken some of the pain out of the process for you.

Follow the link below to a page that has gathered together the aforementioned bucketload of DaVinci Resolve 17 training resources.



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