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

Top 5 Video Transitions and the Most Effective Ways to Use Them

If you look in the effects menu of most video editors, you will be swamped with an overwhelming amount of transition options to choose from. A common mistake that people make is incorporating all of these transitions and wipes, thinking that it will make their final video look more sophisticated and tech savvy. Sometimes using multiple of transitions will do the exact opposite and make your project look cheap and poorly produced. In order to avoid the latter, we've made a list of the top 5 video transitions. If you stick to these basics … Read more about Top 5 Video Transitions and the Most Effective Ways to Use Them

Tips for Shooting Green Screen Footage

It’s fair to say that we’ve all seen a poor chroma key job at one point or another. The weather man’s tie may be see through, a subject may look jagged and unrealistic, or there may be creepy shadows and reflections in the background. All of these problems can make the chroma key effect look like an amateur production. Here are some tips for shooting green screen footage that will keep your final video looking professional! 1. Lighting A properly lit subject and green screen is the key to good chroma keying. If you don’t have enough … Read more about Tips for Shooting Green Screen Footage

How to Change Color Footage to Black and White in Windows Movie Maker

Adding black and white footage to your project may be a really easy way to create an elegant, dream-like or old fashioned look to your video. Since most stock footage these days come in full color, you may need to convert your clips if you want this effect. Doing this is super simple using Windows Movie Maker! Watch this quick tutorial to learn how you can do it: Or follow these easy steps: 1) Import your footage into Movie Maker by clicking “add videos and photos”. Choose the file(s) that you want to apply the effect to. They … Read more about How to Change Color Footage to Black and White in Windows Movie Maker

How to Convert Color Footage to Black and White in Final Cut Pro

Most stock footage these days comes in full color, but maybe you are looking to create a special black and white effect for your project. That is really easy to do! Practically all video editing platforms have some way to convert footage to black and white, but sometimes they can be hidden deeply in a video effect menu. Check out this tutorial to learn how you can convert video to black and white using Final Cut Pro: Or follow these simple steps:   1) Import the video you want to change to black and white … Read more about How to Convert Color Footage to Black and White in Final Cut Pro

How to Convert Footage to Black/White in Adobe Premiere

Almost all of the stock footage out there comes in full color, but sometimes you may want to convert it to black and white for an elegant or vintage effect. Making this conversion is really simple in Adobe Premiere. Check out this tutorial to learn how:     Or follow these quick and easy steps:   1) Import your video in Adobe Premiere (File>Import)   2) Drag your footage onto Video Track 1   3) Go to Effects>Image Control>Black and White. Now drag that effect on top of your footage on … Read more about How to Convert Footage to Black/White in Adobe Premiere

How to Convert Footage to Black and White in iMovie

Practically all cameras these days shoot in full color, but sometimes you want that classic black and white feel. Using footage from our Unlimited Library and Marketplace, you can create this effect in is as easy as 1, 2, 3 in iMovie. Check out this awesome tutorial to learn how: Or follow these three simple steps:   1) Import your video into iMovie (File>Import>Movies)   2) Drag your clip up to the Project window.   3) Double click on your clip. A box will pop up. Click on Video Effect and then choose … Read more about How to Convert Footage to Black and White in iMovie

How to Convert Files Using MPEG Streamclip

If you buy stock footage off of a website or from a videographer, you may find that the file format they give you is not compatible with the rest of your project or your editing software. No worries! You can easily convert these files to practically any format using a conversion program called MPEG Streamclip. This conversion program is available for free at www.squared5.com. Once you have the conversion software installed, it is extremely simple to use. For the sake of demonstration, let’s say you need to convert a .mov file to an .avi … Read more about How to Convert Files Using MPEG Streamclip