How To Make A Killer Video For Less Than $100

Anyone with a phone can make a video these days, but to make a professional, high-quality video that gives your company or brand a clean, modern look requires two important things 1) the time and effort put into editing the video, and 2) excellent content - video, audio, and still imagery. If you are low on editing skills, have no fear: there are some fantastic tutorials out there. If you have iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, or any of the major video software programs, there are some quick and easy lessons you can use in … Read more about How To Make A Killer Video For Less Than $100

Create Your Own Universe With VideoBlocks

Create Your Own Universe With VideoBlocks Carl Sagan was a brilliant author, astronomer, cosmologist and science popularizer. Airing in the fall of 1980, he co-created and hosted “Cosmos”. The 13-part PBS television series that ultimately reached and influenced hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The New York Times described it as "a watershed moment for science-themed television programming." March 4th, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will present a follow-up series produced by Seth MacFarlane for the FOX Network. The personal … Read more about Create Your Own Universe With VideoBlocks

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

Will Video Editors Like the New 2012 iMacs?

After way too much delay, Apple's new 2012 iMacs are finally available for order. Though they barely squeaked by their November deadline, many people (especially video editors) feel that this updated model is way overdue. The new design has been streamlined and is sure to please new consumers, but what about it specifically will speak to video editors? Here are a few features that we like in the new model:   Thinner Design Sure, thin is great, but it's more than just the aesthetic value that makes this aspect of the new iMac great. … Read more about Will Video Editors Like the New 2012 iMacs?

Another Conversion: Is Adobe Premiere Better Than Final Cut Pro?

Another Conversion: Is Adobe Premiere Better Than Final Cut Pro? I have to admit that this is a difficult blog post for me to write. I love Apple. I love Final Cut Pro. This brand has given me the feeling of professional prowess since my beginnings as a video editor at the ripe young age of 15. However, a time has come for me to make a very big decision. Does Apple's lack of compassion for the professional editor mean it's time to abandon ship? Is it time to become an Adobe enthusiast? Now, I've questioned my allegance to Final Cut Pro ever … Read more about Another Conversion: Is Adobe Premiere Better Than Final Cut Pro?

Final Cut Certification: Is It Worth It?

When you see a brilliant white Apple-branded certificate of accomplishment framed and hanging in an editing suite, it can make your soul fill up with envy. I mean, how better can you show off your video editing swagger than with the seal of approval from Apple itself? However, those Final Cut Pro certification papers come with a price. Not only are the tests expensive, but they also require you to spend multiple hours sitting in training sessions. Is the time and money worth the investment? Or are you better off as a self taught guru? We look … Read more about Final Cut Certification: Is It Worth It?

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