The Future of Video Editing Careers

No one wants to talk about the economy these days, but given the Bureau of Labor Statistic's most recent projection for the video editing and camera operating fields, it might be worth bringing up. You see, their most recent results have found that the job opportunities for camera operators and video editors are only supposed to grow by 4% over the next decade. That's well below the average growth rates for other occupations. So why is our industry in such peril? And how can you make sure that you're part of the growth, and not part of the … Read more about The Future of Video Editing Careers

5 Top Scenes from Christopher Nolan Movies

Tomorrow (or tonight at midnight, depending how much of an enthusiast you are) is the much anticipated release of director Christopher Nolan's latest film, The Dark Knight Rises. This third installment of his much acclaimed Batman trilogy is expected to be one of Nolan's most successful features to date. Over the past decade, London-born Nolan has proven himself as one of Hollywood's most elite directors, working on smash hits such as Momento, Batman Begins and Inception, among others. We've complied our top 5 favorite scenes from Christopher … Read more about 5 Top Scenes from Christopher Nolan Movies

Using Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X

Color correction can be a powerful tool if used properly, but it can also be a very time consuming project. Final Cut Pro X, Apple's latest video editing software, has an automatic color correction tool that makes color manipulation quick and easy. There are two different methods to using this tool, and it all depends on how you initially import your video clips. Here's a run down for each method: The Setup If you want the easy 1-2-3 method of auto color correction, you'll need to set up your import settings appropriately. When you import … Read more about Using Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X

Top 10 Summer Video Projects for Kids

We've reached the half-way point of summer, which is oh so bittersweet. We all love having extra time to spend with family, wonderful weather to enjoy during picnics and barbecues, and late sunsets that help us get everything out of the day. But then there's the dark side of summer. The screaming kids that won't leave you alone, the siblings that seem to find 10 new things to fight about every hour and the infamous, "Mom...I'm booored!" wail coming from the living room. Yes, dear VideoBlocks readers, these are the true terrors of summer. Have … Read more about Top 10 Summer Video Projects for Kids

Final Cut Certification: Is It Worth It?

When you see a brilliant white Apple-branded certificate of accomplishment framed and hanging in an editing suite, it can make your soul fill up with envy. I mean, how better can you show off your video editing swagger than with the seal of approval from Apple itself? However, those Final Cut Pro certification papers come with a price. Not only are the tests expensive, but they also require you to spend multiple hours sitting in training sessions. Is the time and money worth the investment? Or are you better off as a self taught guru? We look … Read more about Final Cut Certification: Is It Worth It?

Welcome Back to the VideoBlocks Blog!

Hey friends! We're back and ready for action! You may have noticed we took a break from posting blogs over the past month, and now you should realize why. We've revamped the entire site to make it easier for you to find the information you need! We're really excited about some of the changes, so here are a few new features that we want to highlight.   Search The site's search function is newer, faster and way more accurate. If you're looking for a specific article you had read before and are trying to find again, this will help you … Read more about Welcome Back to the VideoBlocks Blog!

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 Stop Motion and Time Lapse in iMovie

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 slow video 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. 1. Open iMovie. Go to Properties>Timing. Change the preferences from “Ken Burns” to “Fit in Frame”. This will keep your photos from … Read more about How To Create Stop Motion and Time Lapse in iMovie