3 Must Have Video Conversion Tools for Mac

Video conversion can be a tricky and temperamental task, especially if you don’t have the right tools. Here at VideoBlocks, we’ve had to convert just about every type of video and have made just about every type of conversion mistake along the way! In the end, there are three video conversion tools that we think are must haves for 3 Must Have Conversion Tools for Mac. Here’s a look...   MPEG Streamclip  MPEG Streamclip is a free video converter that you can download from www.squared5.com. This is our backbone for just about any type … Read more about 3 Must Have Video Conversion Tools for Mac

YouTube and NBC Use FORscene to Cover Olympics

Today marks the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics in London! This exciting world-wide event captivates audiences around the world as they cheer on their country and their favorite athletes. In a world where we expect instant information, the Olympics provide a particular challenge for video media outlets. News networks, as well as online sites are forced to work around the clock to bring us up to date information, live coverage and high quality video the minute an event takes place. To make this all happen, media entities YouTube and NBC … Read more about YouTube and NBC Use FORscene to Cover Olympics

Using Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X

Color correction can be a powerful tool if used properly, but it can also be a very time consuming project. Final Cut Pro X, Apple's latest video editing software, has an automatic color correction tool that makes color manipulation quick and easy. There are two different methods to using this tool, and it all depends on how you initially import your video clips. Here's a run down for each method: The Setup If you want the easy 1-2-3 method of auto color correction, you'll need to set up your import settings appropriately. When you import … Read more about Using Automatic Color Balance in Final Cut Pro X

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 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