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

Quick Tip: Make iMovie More Like Final Cut Pro

Quick Tip: Make iMovie More Like Final Cut Pro 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. (Need some free stock footage to use in your video editing projects? Click here to download your free stock footage clip!) 1. Go to “Window” in the … Read more about Quick Tip: Make iMovie More Like Final Cut Pro

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

Stupid GoPro Faces

We’ve been editing a good amount of GoPro footage lately here at VideoBlocks headquarters. The tiny sleek cameras are a great way to capture point of view shots and fun new angles. However, there is one part of shooting with GoPro that is unavoidable...the stupid GoPro face. (If you're a fan of GoPro footage, we have a free point of view skiing clip that you'll love! Click here to download this stock footage clip for free!) Yes, that’s right...the stupid GoPro face. It’s that first 3-5 seconds of your video where you’re looking straight into … Read more about Stupid GoPro Faces

OS X Mountain Lion: A Good Step for Video Editors?

Apple recently announced their plans to roll out a new OS update, code named Mountain Lion. I’ve got to say, after reading about some of the new features it will add to my desktop, I’m pretty geeked about it. There are, however, some concerns about how this new software will effect the work flow of professionals that use Macs for video editing. After all, when Final Cut X was released it seemed like Apple had cast aside all of us professional video editors in an attempt to go after the larger consumer market. We’ve done a little bit of research … Read more about OS X Mountain Lion: A Good Step for Video Editors?

4 Tips for Winning Your Oscar Ballot Pool

The Oscars are less than a week away, so it’s time to start putting together your ballot and entering some pools! Before you place your bets, read through these helpful tips so you have the greatest shot at victory come Sunday night.   1. Pay attention to other awards. The greatest predictor of the Oscars award show is other award shows. In particular, do some research on who has won the Director’s Guild awards and Producer’s Guild awards. Since these awards are handed out by professionals, much like the members of the Academy, they’ve … Read more about 4 Tips for Winning Your Oscar Ballot Pool

The Zolly: Add Flare To Your Footage

It’s always good to learn some new camera tricks to keep your content looking fresh. We have one to share with you today called “The Zolly”. As you might guess from the name, it is a little trick that uses both a zoom and a dolly to create an effect that will visually suspend your subject in space. How It Works To create the “zolly” effect, you’ll need to have your camera rigged up to some type of dolly track. As you dolly in closer to your subject, you’ll want to zoom out on the camera. The trick here is to zoom out at the same speed as … Read more about The Zolly: Add Flare To Your Footage