Stop motion and time lapse are a fun effects to occasionally incorporate into your video editing projects. You may think, however, that you need fancy software or high end video editing programs to get the job done. Not true! Even iMovie can create stop motion and time lapse videos if you know how to manipulate it. Here are step by step instructions for creating a stop motion or time lapse sequence in iMovie.
If you have an iPhone or a 4G iPod Touch, you’re walking around with a high quality camera in your pocket at all times. Start taking advantage of it! Use that little camera to capture spontaneous moments and candid memories! It is really easy to process iPhone video footage in iMovie if you know the quick workflow. Here’s a breakdown of how to do it in both iMove pre-’11 and iMovie ‘11.
The “Pleasantville Effect” is a video color correction effect made popular by the late 1990s movie, Pleasantville, starring Tobey Maguire. Though that is in no way, shape or form the only movie to use the isolation of color, it certainly has inspired the use of the tool in many movies (and home movies) since. Basically, the idea is to isolate one color at a time and have everything else in black and white. It gives the picture real “pop” and, when used correctly, can be a great story telling device. Here’s how to create the Pleasantville effect in Final Cut Pro 7.
I’m going to make a confession here. I am addicted to The Food Network. Like, major addiction. When I’m able to pry myself away from the television and head to work, I often try to replicate some of the graphics and visual effects that they use to make their food look oh-so-sexy. That’s how I came across this quick Final Cut Pro trick for making a cut out effect with text. For you foodies out there, you’ll recognize this effect as the open from Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. (For those of you who don’t spend hours on end watching food porn, click here to see what I’m talking about). There are tons of uses for this simple trick, so take a look at the steps below and add it to your repertoire.
Watermarking your video is a simple way to ensure your creative masterpiece does not get ripped off when you upload it to the Internet. The process of creating a watermark is typically very simple, but the exact steps can vary depending on what video editing software you use. Here are the step by step instructions for creating a watermarked video in Sony Vegas.
We get a lot of questions from our subscribers on how to convert Photo JPEG .mov files. Here’s a step by step process on how we do it here at VideoBlocks headquarters. We use a program called MPEG Streamclip. It’s a free conversion program that you can download here. If you’re on a Mac, you’ll also need a plugin called Flip4Mac. They have a free trial available for download, but you’ll want to have the full version which you can get for as cheap as $29.
Have you ever been forced to use iMovie for a quick project, only to spend way more time than necessary being frustrated by its confusing antics? If you’re more familiar with Final Cut Pro, iMovie’s seemingly backwards setup can seem both ridiculous and illogical. Here’s a quick tip to help you make iMovie look more like your beloved Final Cut Pro.
We talked last week about how to create a split screen in Final Cut Pro, but we know a lot of our readers are Sony Vegas users, so we didn’t want to leave you out! Here are the step by step instructions for creating a split screen effect in Sony Vegas. It is really easy!
Creating split screens is a fun and practical tool to add to your video editing arsenal. Final Cut Pro gives you all of the tools to do it right inside its program, and by just learning the basic idea you’ll open yourself up to infinite editing possibilities. Below are the step by step instructions for creating a basic side by side slit screen in Final Cut Pro 7.