Top 10 Video Editing Shortcut Keys You Need to Know

For all you Final Cut Pro users here is our list of the top 10 video editing shortcut keys you need to know. And for you Adobe Premiere users, we have an extra bonus for you at the bottom. Timeline shortcut keys: 1. Selection Tool [A] 2. Razor Blade Tool [B] 3. Crop Tool [C] 4. Zoom Tool [Z] 5. Default Cross Dissolve Transition [Command + T] 6. Change Speed [Command + J] 7. Play [space bar] 8. Play forward x2 speed [L] 9. Play back x2 speed [J] 10. Pause [K] Premiere users, did you know you can set your keyboard shortcuts to mimic … Read more about Top 10 Video Editing Shortcut Keys You Need to Know

How to Create a Video In Text 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 … Read more about How to Create a Video In Text Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

How To Create a Watermark in Sony Vegas

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. 1. If you haven’t already, get your text or logo you’re going to use as your watermark ready for editing. Unless you want your logo to have harsh edges, you should probably use an … Read more about How To Create a Watermark in Sony Vegas

How to Create an Efficient Video Editing Workflow

Non-linear video editing in an inherently complicated process. You have tons of files, sequences, renders and compositions to keep track of all in one project. If you’ve ever lost a project or encountered the dreaded “media offline” error message, you’ve probably learned first hand just how important it is to keep an organized workflow when editing. Here’s a simple check list of things you can do to keep your digital editing space clean and efficient. Determine your go-to import and export settings.  Consistency is key when it comes to … Read more about How to Create an Efficient Video Editing Workflow

How to Batch Convert .mov Files to .wmv Files

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. Here’s the steps for using MPEG Streamclip to conver .mov files to .wmv files: (Want to … Read more about How to Batch Convert .mov Files to .wmv Files

5 Tips for Beginners Working with Free After Effects Templates

So, you think you want to venture in to the world of After Effects templates, huh? Not to fret! It’s really a lot easier than you think, especially if you’re working with a professionally made pre-designed template. However, there are some terms that you should be familiar with if you’re new to the game. Read through this list, and then go visit our friends at Free AE Templates to get started! It’s an AFTER EFFECTS template… …that means you must use it in After Effects. After Effects in an Adobe program that is used to create motion … Read more about 5 Tips for Beginners Working with Free After Effects Templates

How To Create A Split Screen in Final Cut Pro

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.   1. Import both of your files into Final Cut Pro. 2. Place both clips on your timeline, one on top of the other, and then turn off one clip using the button on the left … Read more about How To Create A Split Screen in Final Cut Pro

5 Tips for Capturing Holiday Memories on Video

Everyone likes to break out the video camera on Christmas morning, but if you’re going to do it, make sure you do it right! There are some simple tricks you can do to make your holiday home movies stand above the rest. Just follow these five tips for capturing the perfect holiday video! 1. Don’t worry about the atmosphere. It’s time to be honest: no one cares about how beautifully your mantel is decorated or how gorgeous the logs burning in the fireplace are. Home movies are for capturing memories of people, so make sure you focus on that. … Read more about 5 Tips for Capturing Holiday Memories on Video