Free Tutorial Series: How to Edit with Apple iMovie

Free Tutorial Series: How to Edit with Apple iMovie iMovie is a free application for Mac products used to create and edit videos. An iMovie project can be as simple or complex as you would like. This tutorial takes you through the basics for creating a project in iMovie using VideoBlocks. VideoBlocks.com provides members with unlimited downloads of stock video, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, special effects, After Effects templates and much more. Once loggin in, you can browse contents and search categories - … Read more about Free Tutorial Series: How to Edit with Apple iMovie

How to Blur Images in Final Cut Pro

It's not uncommon to find yourself in a situation where you need to remove a corporate logo from a piece of video. If you've never done it before, here's a simple step by step guide for blurring out images in Final Cut Pro. 1. Put your original video on Video Track 1 and make a duplicate copy that you will edit on Video Track 2. (You can do this by holding down Option+Command+Shift and dragging the video up to the next track.) 2. Mark an In and Out point at the beginning and end of this clip to ensure that you'll only edit this section … Read more about How to Blur Images in Final Cut Pro

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

How to Use iPhone Video in iMovie

If you have an iPhone or a 4G iPod Touch, you’re walking around with a high quality camera in your pocket at all times. Start taking advantage of it! Use that little camera to capture spontaneous moments and candid memories! It is really easy to process iPhone video footage in iMovie if you know the quick workflow. Here’s a breakdown of how to do it in both iMove pre-’11 and iMovie ‘11.   How to Use iPhone Video Clips in Older Versions of iMovie If you’re not running off of the latest version of iLife, you may be surprised that your … Read more about How to Use iPhone Video in iMovie

How To Achieve the Pleasantville Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

The “Pleasantville Effect” is a video color correction effect made popular by the late 1990s movie, Pleasantville, starring Tobey Maguire. Though that is in no way, shape or form the only movie to use the isolation of color, it certainly has inspired the use of the tool in many movies (and home movies) since. Basically, the idea is to isolate one color at a time and have everything else in black and white. It gives the picture real "pop" and, when used correctly, can be a great story telling device. Here’s how to create the Pleasantville effect … Read more about How To Achieve the Pleasantville Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

How to Create a Video In Text Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

I’m going to make a confession here. I am addicted to The Food Network. Like, major addiction. When I’m able to pry myself away from the television and head to work, I often try to replicate some of the graphics and visual effects that they use to make their food look oh-so-sexy. That’s how I came across this quick Final Cut Pro trick for making a cut out effect with text. For you foodies out there, you’ll recognize this effect as the open from Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. (For those of you who don’t spend hours on end watching … Read more about How to Create a Video In Text Effect in Final Cut Pro 7

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