Digital Video

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Compositing Video

Moviemakers have had a lot of time, over the last century or so, to come up with creative techniques for making better movies. One of the most common special-effects techniques used today is called [more…]

Splitting Video and Audio Edits in Final Cut Pro

Usually, when you edit your clips (either by setting in and out points in Final Cut's Viewer window or by adjusting those points after the clips are on the Timeline), you're affecting both the video and [more…]

Understanding Transition Types in Final Cut Pro

A transition is the visual magic that takes your eyes (and then your mind) to the next clip in a movie. Leonard Bernstein once defined music as "one note after another. [more…]

Getting That Old, Grainy Film Look in Final Cut Pro

Attention is hard to get in a media-crowded world. Not everyone or every project needs to go high-tech with films that look like something from the 21st century. Some projects make more sense looking old [more…]

Getting to Know Digital Camcorders

Before venturing into the world of digital video, you need to know the difference between analog and digital signals and how they relate to video. Analog refers to changing the original signal acquired [more…]

Comparing Video Editing Programs

Anyone who's had to sit through someone else's amateur home movies knows why video editing software is so crucial. Too many blurry, shaky images, stomach-wrenching zooms, and abrupt pans, and you find [more…]

Shooting Better Digital Video

Once your digital camcorder is configured and set up the way you want it, it's time to start shooting some video. Yay! One of the most important things you'll want to work on as you shoot video is to keep [more…]

Getting to Know Digital Video

Human beings experience the world as an analog environment. When we take in the serene beauty of a rose garden, the mournful song of a cello, or the graceful motion of an eagle in flight, we are receiving [more…]

Knowing How to Buy a Digital Camcorder

When you go shopping for a new digital camcorder, you may find the myriad specifications and features overwhelming. Your challenge is to sort through all the hoopla and figure out whether the camera will [more…]

Taking a Grand Tour of Final Cut Pro's Interface

You can expand your Final Cut expertise by taking a tour of its interface — namely its toolbar and the Browser, Viewer, Canvas, and Timeline windows, as shown in Figure 1. Keeping track of all these elements [more…]

Sounding Out Audio Equipment for Your Digital Camcorder

All digital camcorders have built-in microphones, and most of them record audio adequately. After spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a high-tech digital camcorder, you may be frustrated [more…]

How to Start a Movie Project with iMovie 09

Mac OS X with Snow Leopard offers a video application called iMovie — a feature-packed tool for serious movie production. The iMovie controls work the same as many top-notch movie-editing tools that professionals [more…]

How to Add Still Images to Movies in iMovie 09

When you're making a movie with iMovie 09, still images come in handy as impressive-looking titles or behind ending credits. (Make sure you list a gaffer and a best boy to be truly professional.) However [more…]

How to Import Audio into iMovie 09 Projects

Using iMovie on your Mac, you can pull in background music and sound effects for your movie by dragging them to the iMovie’s Project pane. You can add audio from a number of sources: [more…]

How to Add Transitions to Your iMovie 09 Project

iMovie 09 allows you to add transitions to your iMovie projects. iMovie includes a surprising array of transitions, including old favorites (such as Fade In and Dissolve) and some nifty stuff you might [more…]

How to Create Digital Movies in Windows 7 Using Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows 7 dumped the handy movie-editing program that came with Windows XP and Windows Vista; however, you can still create digital movies using the Windows Live Essentials pack. [more…]

How to Trim a Video Clip in Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker lets you trim individual clips — remove pieces at the beginning or end of the clip to make it shorter. Trimming a clip in Windows Live Movie Maker allows you to use just the best [more…]

How to Add Visual Effects to a Video Using Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker makes it easy to create a simple movie. You can jazz up your movie in WLMM by adding visual effects and transitions between clips with WLMM's Visual Effects options. [more…]

How to Import Videos into Windows Live Movie Maker

Before you can begin creating your digital movie spectacular, you need to import the video files from your video camera. And if you want to use the video files with Windows Live Movie Maker, for some reason [more…]

How to Publish a Windows Live Movie Maker Movie to the Web

After you put together a movie in Windows Live Movie Maker, you can easily get it on the Web. In Windows 7, Windows Live Movie Maker comes preloaded with an option to publish your films directly to Microsoft [more…]

Control the Adobe Premiere Elements View with Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts save time when working in Adobe Premiere Elements. Quickly zoom in or out on the Premiere Elements Timeline or switch between program windows by using these shortcuts: [more…]

Editing with Keyboard Shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Elements

Editing video in the Adobe Premiere Elements 8 Timeline is more efficient if you use keyboard shortcuts. Try these essential Premiere Elements editing shortcuts to save time: [more…]

Controlling Playback with Adobe Premiere Elements Keyboard Shortcuts

Editing digital video in Adobe Premiere Elements 8 involves creativity and precision. Here are the keyboard shortcuts that will give you precise playback control: [more…]

Adobe Premiere Elements: Setting Markers with Keyboard Shortcuts

Use markers in video clips and the Adobe Premiere Elements Timeline to edit reference and DVD menu controls. Set markers quickly with keyboard shortcuts: [more…]

Premiere Elements 8 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Adobe Premiere Elements 8 is a powerful tool for editing video, especially for video hobbyists: Premiere Elements 8 is accessible to a beginning video editor but flexible enough to create professional-looking [more…]

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