How to Use Alpha Channel Special Effect Footage in Sony Vegas

 You don’t have to have a Hollywood budget to create stellar special effects in your projects. Using the right background Alpha channel footage is a really simple way to add some wow-factor to your video. Alpha channels allow you to maintain a layer of transparency in your videos so your effect can float seamlessly over your project. As a result, you can make things explode, you can light things on fire, or even make it rain. Here is how you can use an alpha channel video using Sony Vegas: 1. Open your video project in Sony … Read more about How to Use Alpha Channel Special Effect Footage in Sony Vegas

Using Alpha Channel Footage in Adobe Premiere

Are you looking to add some flashy special effects to your project, but don’t exactly have the Hollywood budget? Alpha channel footage may be your answer! By using video footage with a translucent layer, you can add explosions, underwater effects and more just by laying an alpha channel on top of your footage. Here’s how you can use an alpha channel clip in Adobe Premiere: [button link="http://content.videoblocks.com/clip-download/?id=download-a-free-special-effect-with-alpha-channel" color="#2216a7" size="3" style="1" dark="0" radius="auto" … Read more about Using Alpha Channel Footage in Adobe Premiere

Using Alpha Channels in Final Cut Pro

It is easy to add some awesome special effects to your projects if you know how to use an alpha channel. An alpha channel is a transparent layer that is often paired up with other graphics, images or video. The end result means you can layer an alpha channel video on top of another background video and have them float together seamlessly. Using this technique you can add explosions, fire, breaking glass or underwater effects to any of your footage. Here’s how to do it in Final Cut Pro: [button … Read more about Using Alpha Channels in Final Cut Pro

Converting Color Footage to Black and White in iMovie

This video tutorial will walk you through the step needed to convert color footage to black and white in iMovie. [button link="http://content.videoblocks.com/clip-download/?id=download-a-free-stock-footage-video-clip" color="#2216a7" size="3" style="1" dark="0" radius="auto" target="self"]Download Your Free Stock Footage Clip[/button]     Try it for yourself using this free stock footage clip! [button link="http://content.videoblocks.com/clip-download/?id=download-a-free-stock-footage-video-clip" color="#2216a7" … Read more about Converting Color Footage to Black and White in iMovie

Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a quick list of Final Cut Pro’s keyboard shortcuts. Learning these will make you a more efficient editor!   General Arrange Windows to Standard Layout....Control-U New Project..............................................Shift-Command-N New Sequence........................................Command-N Save All...................................................Option-Command-S Import File................................................Command-I New Bin...................................................Control-B Show … Read more about Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

Video Editing: A Beginner’s Glossary

 Are you new to the video editing scene? Reading a bunch of manuals and still not exactly sure what goes where? Well, for the most part, video editing is extremely intuitive and is an easy skill to develop. There are some key words and terms, however, that people throw around without explaining sometimes. Here’s a simple glossary that should clear some of those up for you!  [button link="http://content.videoblocks.com/clip-download/?id=download-a-free-stock-footage-video-clip" color="#2216a7" size="3" style="1" dark="0" radius="auto" … Read more about Video Editing: A Beginner’s Glossary

What is RED Footage?

There is a lot of new hype out there about RED footage. But what is it? And how can you use it? Here is a quick briefing on the key concepts of the RED world. What is RED? RED is a new brand of cameras that was started by Oakley’s founder Jim Jannard. His idea was to revolutionize the video industry by offering a camera with the ability to capture resolution far superior to today’s HD cameras. The company offers a variety of cameras and accessories, but the most common is the RED One camera. The camera has a special sensor that allows it … Read more about What is RED Footage?

Alpha Channels 101

You may have recently heard the term "alpha channel" thrown about in a video editing blog or conversation. Not quite sure what it is all about? No worries! Here’s everything you need to know about alpha channels and how to use them. What is an alpha channel? A video clip with an alpha channel is one that combines an image with a transparent matte to create the look of translucency. If you’ve ever created your own graphic, you may be familiar with this process. In Photoshop you can create an alpha channel of a single frame. Then, you can … Read more about Alpha Channels 101