Every film or show that we watch, no matter how great the final cut, has its problems during production. Whether it’s a bad performance from an actor, a hole in the story or script, continuity or pacing issues, or something being placed in a shot that shouldn’t be, there’s no shortage of problems encountered once postproduction has begun. Fixing these problems then becomes the job of the editor. This book provides those editors with creative editing solutions they can employ to overcome these problems and is the key to nursing a sick project back to health in the editing room. Though the book takes an application-agnostic approach, specific solutions are presented for today’s most commonly used non-linear editing applications. Solutions more relevant to certain genres are discussed in-depth, as are solutions that editors can employ through the use of simple VFX techniques. Case studies and interviews with Hollywood editors provide readers with real-world problems encountered, and solutions used to overcome them. The companion website provides Quicktime videos and Flash animations visually demonstrating problems and how they were dealt with.
From iMovie to Final Cut Pro X offers an accessible, introductory guide to those taking up video editing using Final Cut Pro X, especially users making the transition from iMovie, Apple’s free video software, helping aspirational and mobile filmmakers develop the skills needed to take their career to the next stage. Written by award-winning former Apple Education trainer and Final Cut Pro expert Tom Wolsky, this full-color book illuminates the key differences between these two applications and teaches users how to produce first-class results using the professional application. Wolsky also covers best practices for those working with iMovie on an iPhone or iPad and looking to move to a more advanced desktop program. Downloadable Final Cut Pro X project libraries included with the book offer readers hands-on examples of the techniques and practices discussed. Covers Final Cut Pro X 10.3.1.
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VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum software contains a range of powerful video editing tools in an intuitive, clear workflow. Making your creative ideas a reality is easier than ever with the program’s fresh modern interface, which contains all the most important tools in a clear design. Powered by advanced technology from industry leaders VEGAS Pro, the software contains professional tools such as the new multicam editing workflow, efficient cutting tools, breathtaking special effects and color correction. Creative video editing has never been so easy. VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum: Create. Simply.
- Video program with new, modern user interface
- Multicam editing lets you edit footage from up to four cameras in real time
- Direct upload to Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook
- Impressive transitions and effects for video production from NewBlueFX
- Outstanding image stabilization and sophisticated color correction for film editing in an intuitive user interface
The most significant contribution to film imagery is lighting. Lighting is the key to turning amateur footage into professional stories and presentation. A SHOT IN THE DARK: A CREATIVE DIY GUIDE TO DIGITAL VIDEO LIGHTING ON (ALMOST) NO BUDGET shows that good lighting doesn’t always require expensive or extensive Hollywood hardware. With a little creativity, ingenuity, and some elbow grease, you can create your own lighting arsenal to handle a multitude of situations. This book will show do-it-yourselfers how to create their own equipment and how best to use it. The first part of the book teaches you about the basics–the fundamentals of light, color, exposure, and electricity–that are the building blocks of lighting. You’ll discover what light is and how to control it. Once you have that foundation, the book will introduce tips, techniques, and hands-on projects that instruct you on how to create your own lighting tools from inexpensive, readily available resources. The only limit to what you can do is your imagination.
From the Author: Five Tips to Better Images
- Never use auto exposure! Your exposure is your strongest brush in your photographic arsenal. Never allow a piece of hardware to tell you where to place your exposure. Evaluate the scene, evaluate the lighting levels, and make an educated decision based on what you want your audience to see.
- Learn to control your lighting quality. Choosing the right quality of light for the right situations helps to refine your images considerably! Hard light, soft light, or a combination of the two: learn to use these tools to your advantage.
- Position your lights according to the mood you want to convey. When it comes to lighting, it should rarely (if ever) be about ‘just enough light to shoot.’ Lighting creates a mood and helps tell a story. Whether it is a corporate interview or a dramatic scene, your light position helps the audience to experience the right mood.
- Learn to see light. Photographic lighting doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s based on real-world experiences. Sometimes you want your light to be surreal and foreign, and sometimes you want it to be incredibly natural and not feel ‘lit’ at all. The best way to learn the differences is to study light in the natural world. Natural and artificial lighting in your everyday life will surprise you with how beautiful and memorable it can be. Learn to not take light for granted and to see it around you at all times.
- The most important thing you do with lighting is to direct the audience’s attention to where you want it to be. What is most important in this shot or scene? Starting there will help dictate how you will add or subtract lighting to make sure the audience is seeing what you want them to see when you want them to see it.
Creative Postproduction explains the creative aspects of film and video postproduction so as to enhance the understanding and appreciation of film and television. This book provides essential insight into the postproduction process for general film students; those headed for careers as directors, cinematographers, producers, or writers; and those who want to pursue a career in the area of postproduction itself.
This title includes CD-ROM with footage you can use to practice editing! It includes: a digital way to cut video; superb solutions to edit your video; for the amateur, turn your family videos into stories; and for the professional, learn to cut your films using the latest digital video tips and tricks. Here, a pair of award-winning professionals share their insights. “Editing Digital Video” explains how to use any tool – from iMovie or Premiere to appliances like Casablanca and Screenplay or professional systems such as Avid, Discreet, Media 100 – to turn your imagination into results fast. This title enables you to quickly acquire the skills you need to: edit commercials, documentaries, feature films, and music videos; work with video, DVD, and Web-based media; and take advantage of proven techniques from the pros. Anyone from amateurs to students to professionals can learn to edit and tell compelling stories using the results-oriented approach in “Editing Digital Video”. Plus, a companion CD-ROM with footage and exercises lets you practice on any system. With clear illustrations and a light touch, “Editing Digital Video” will guide you through the finer points of: navigating the desktop; basic and advanced editing; creating impact; organizing projects; keys, mattes, and layering; titles and effects; audio; digital video formats; postproduction workflow; editing terminology; keyboard shortcuts; and much, much more! With “Editing Digital Video”, you’ll finally unleash your creativity. Learn more in one session than you would from any user manual. This is a refreshingly realistic approach!
The digital colorist’s job is no longer to simply balance, fix, and optimize. Today’s filmmakers often want to recreate the idiosyncrasies of older recording methods, or are looking for something completely new, to differentiate the look of a given project. Furthermore, end-to-end digital shooting, postproduction, and distribution means that stylizations and effects once created by the film lab are no longer photochemically available. The color grading suite has become the lab, and these sorts of stylizations are now part of the colorist’s job description.
In this follow-up volume to the bestseller Color Correction Handbook, Alexis Van Hurkman walks you through twenty-one categories of creative grading techniques, designed to give you an arsenal of stylizations you can pull out of your hat when the client asks for something special, unexpected, and unique. Each chapter presents an in-depth examination and step-by-step, cross-platform breakdown of stylistic techniques used in music videos, commercial spots, and cinema. These customizable techniques can be mixed and matched for your own unique effects and include:
• bleach bypass looks
• cross-processing simulation
• day-for-night treatments
• emulating film stocks
• flat looks
• glows, blooms, and gauze looks
• grain, noise, and texture
• greenscreen compositing workflows
• lens flaring and veiling glare
• light leaks and color bleeds
• monitor and screen glow
• monochrome looks
• tints and color washes
• vibrance and targeted saturation
• and many more!