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

How To Create a Watermark in Sony Vegas

Watermarking your video is a simple way to ensure your creative masterpiece does not get ripped off when you upload it to the Internet. The process of creating a watermark is typically very simple, but the exact steps can vary depending on what video editing software you use. Here are the step by step instructions for creating a watermarked video in Sony Vegas. 1. If you haven’t already, get your text or logo you’re going to use as your watermark ready for editing. Unless you want your logo to have harsh edges, you should probably use an … Read more about How To Create a Watermark in Sony Vegas

How to Batch Convert .mov Files to .wmv Files

We get a lot of questions from our subscribers on how to convert Photo JPEG .mov files. Here’s a step by step process on how we do it here at VideoBlocks headquarters. We use a program called MPEG Streamclip. It’s a free conversion program that you can download here. If you’re on a Mac, you’ll also need a plugin called Flip4Mac. They have a free trial available for download, but you’ll want to have the full version which you can get for as cheap as $29. Here’s the steps for using MPEG Streamclip to conver .mov files to .wmv files: (Want to … Read more about How to Batch Convert .mov Files to .wmv Files

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

5 Tips for Beginners Working with Free After Effects Templates

So, you think you want to venture in to the world of After Effects templates, huh? Not to fret! It’s really a lot easier than you think, especially if you’re working with a professionally made pre-designed template. However, there are some terms that you should be familiar with if you’re new to the game. Read through this list, and then go visit our friends at Free AE Templates to get started! It’s an AFTER EFFECTS template… …that means you must use it in After Effects. After Effects in an Adobe program that is used to create motion … Read more about 5 Tips for Beginners Working with Free After Effects Templates

OS X Mountain Lion: A Good Step for Video Editors?

Apple recently announced their plans to roll out a new OS update, code named Mountain Lion. I’ve got to say, after reading about some of the new features it will add to my desktop, I’m pretty geeked about it. There are, however, some concerns about how this new software will effect the work flow of professionals that use Macs for video editing. After all, when Final Cut X was released it seemed like Apple had cast aside all of us professional video editors in an attempt to go after the larger consumer market. We’ve done a little bit of research … Read more about OS X Mountain Lion: A Good Step for Video Editors?