Review: Wondershare’s Filmora Video Editor

Do you have the right tools for success on YouTube? As the video platform continues to dominate social media, indie branding, and grassroots marketing, having the right program for short-form video editing has never been more important. Enter Wondershare’s Filmora, a simple and easy-to-use video editor that’s beginner friendly—and good for video editing on the fly. How easy? We tried it out with some of our stock footage to see how it stacked up compared to industry mainstays like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro. Available for both … Read more about Review: Wondershare’s Filmora Video Editor

Increase Your YouTube Watch Time with These 5 Steps

We’ve known for a while that YouTube’s most important ranking factor is video watch time. It makes sense—YouTube wants to keep users on the site for as long as possible, so the more time people spend watching and interacting with videos, the more YouTube will focus on putting those videos where viewers will see them. That’s cool and all, but how can you increase your YouTube watch time to ensure that your videos are prioritized in search? Use these five tips to impress your VP of Marketing with huge increases in views and watch … Read more about Increase Your YouTube Watch Time with These 5 Steps

40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

Get more views and subscribers with a uniform YouTube intro on all of your videos. We know our members crave After Effects Templates that can take their views to the next level. One great thing about After Effects templates are the reliability and familiarity they can create with an audience. They can create a strong relationship with viewers while designing a polished product. From displaying a range of products to providing a branded intro for your YouTube videos, After Effects templates are the perfect way to garner attention. High profile … Read more about 40 After Effects Templates to Drive Views on YouTube

‘Is This the Real Life?’ Take a Look at This YouTuber’s Literal Translation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Stock Footage

With countless musical covers of Queen’s beloved hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody” perpetually inundating YouTube, one YouTube creator made a video that took the song in a completely different direction—what if the song’s lyrics were an actual story? With a stock footage assist from VideoBlocks, the crew over at Corridor Digital took the narrative within the song and brought it to life. Using only the lyrics as the script, the video follows the narrator as he confesses to his mother that he “just killed a man” and ends in a spectacular … Read more about ‘Is This the Real Life?’ Take a Look at This YouTuber’s Literal Translation of “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Stock Footage

Create Blockbuster Credit Rolls in After Effects: 5 Must-Have YouTube Tutorials

Don’t think your audience cares about credit rolls? Think again. Hollywood has trained viewers to come early and stay until the very end thanks to unique title animations and “easter egg” post-credit scenes. But polished credit rolls aren’t just for big time studios. Sharp title and ending credits on your video project are a great way to signal professionalism and high-production value, instantly making your project look high end—even on a shoestring budget. Not sure how to add credits that are big screen-ready? After Effects templates … Read more about Create Blockbuster Credit Rolls in After Effects: 5 Must-Have YouTube Tutorials

The 8 Best After Effects YouTube Channels to Follow

With frequent updates and lots of hidden tricks, Adobe After Effects CC keeps even elite Hollywood editors on their toes. Whether your primary use of the program is editing royalty-free After Effects templates or creating advanced special FX, these top YouTube channels will keep you in the loop on all new functionalities and best practices. We’ve handpicked this list of eight influencers that every AE user should follow—and with the help of these YouTube experts, you’ll be creating amazing title sequences, graphics, or a full world of … Read more about The 8 Best After Effects YouTube Channels to Follow

Where Filmmakers Learn: The Best in Tutorials, Tools, and Classes

Got a great idea for a video project but want a filmmaking primer first? We’ve gathered thirteen of the best film resources to get you started. Whether you’re a seasoned cinematographer searching for new techniques or you’ve only just picked up a camera for the first time, these online tutorials, blogs, and tools will get your creativity in gear—and help you make the most of our Unlimited Library.   Classes and Tutorials from the Pros Lynda Lynda is a one-stop-shop for design and technology classes, all suited to a variety of … Read more about Where Filmmakers Learn: The Best in Tutorials, Tools, and Classes

YouTube Film School: Lighting 101

There are many factors separating amateur films from professional productions, but few are as significant as effective lighting. The way you choose to illuminate your project will leave an immediate and lasting impression on your audience and could become your primary means of capturing their attention. Just think about films you’ve seen over the years where poor lighting is a sign of poor quality. For films that are amateurish or cheaply made, even the most polished script can’t save a washed-out or dimly lit frame. As such, it’s … Read more about YouTube Film School: Lighting 101