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

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

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

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

How To Create A Split Screen in Final Cut Pro

Creating split screens is a fun and practical tool to add to your video editing arsenal. Final Cut Pro gives you all of the tools to do it right inside its program, and by just learning the basic idea you’ll open yourself up to infinite editing possibilities. Below are the step by step instructions for creating a basic side by side slit screen in Final Cut Pro 7.   1. Import both of your files into Final Cut Pro. 2. Place both clips on your timeline, one on top of the other, and then turn off one clip using the button on the left … Read more about How To Create A Split Screen in Final Cut Pro