Digital Video Hacks: Tips & Tools for Shooting, Editing, and Sharing (O’Reilly’s Hacks Series)

Since the dawn of film, novices and experts have used quick-and-dirty workarounds and audiovisual tricks to improve their motion pictures, from home movies to feature films. Today, the tools have certainly changed, as have the quality and scope of the results. With digital video, the hacking possibilities are now limitless, for both amateurs and professional artists. From acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final distribution, Digital Video Hacks provides unique tips, tools, and techniques for every stage of video production. You’ll learn how to:

  • Get your projects started right using creative preparation tools and techniques,from making your own steadicam, boom, or dolly to effective storyboarding, timecoding, and tape labeling
  • Troubleshoot common shooting problems, including using stop-motion and time-lapse techniques, lighting effects, colored screens and gels, and household objects to establish mood or otherwise wow an audience
  • Create stunning visual effects, such as satellite zooming, surreal scenes, Matrix-like bullet-time, and green screen illusions
  • Fool your audience with audio tricks, replacing flubbed dialogue, smoothing over cuts, and covering missing audio with room tone
  • Add professional features with post-production tricks, including color correction, soundtrack cleanup, opening sequences, and DVD bookmarks
  • Distribute final content in a variety of creative ways, from exporting to basic videotape or DVD to streaming over the internet or even via cell phone
  • Use the web to provide interactivity and dynamic content, attend a remote conference, or vlog your life.

Whether you’re looking for a new technique to include in your next project, a solution to a common problem, or just a little inspiration, this book reintroduces you to the digital video you only thought you knew.

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Photoshop Elements 14 Tips Tricks & Shortcuts in easy steps

Explore all the clever things you can do with Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 14.

Photoshop Elements Tips Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps reveals hundreds of useful tips, tweaks and secrets to make using Photoshop Elements 14 more efficient, and more fun! Covers versions for both PC and Mac users.

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  • Photoshop Elements 14 Tips Tricks Shortcuts in Easy Steps

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Actor Demo Reel Video Editing Guidelines for Actors and Editors: Rules, Tips, Tricks and Advice to Save Money, Manage Your Acting Career, Maximize Reels for Busy Casting Directors

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For actors, demo reel editors, and video editors who want to learn about producing demo reels.

As an actor and demo reel editor, I have a perspective of the actor’s needs as well as skills offered by editors, including techniques most actors aren’t aware of. But by knowing demo reel guidelines plus technical aspects, actors can manage their demo reels and control their marketing branding images.

Actors: Learn how to save money and spend it wisely. Learn how to produce your demo reel from beginning to end and maximize the punch-per-second for busy casting directors. Learn how to work with an editor and what enhanced services an editor can offer.

Demo reel editors: Learn how to produce demo reels and what’s important to an actor (your customer). Be an asset to the actor’s business to expand your business. Gain a perspective many demo reel editors don’t have. Instead of being an editor who happens to edit demo reels, offer solid demo reel editing services. Learn tips and tricks not typically considered for demo reels, and apply the techniques to make a good demo reel a great demo reel!

Some topics covered include:

  • The purpose of a demo reel
  • The intro section
  • Make your demo reel all about you
  • Demo reel length and scene lengths
  • Partial scenes
  • How many scenes?
  • Ordering scenes
  • The closing section
  • Montages
  • Commercial, industrial, or theater (stage) material
  • Monologues
  • Music options
  • The one-minute speed reel
  • Are you ready to have a demo reel?
  • How to get more material
  • What your demo reel is not about
  • Raw footage: the best source material
  • What not to include
  • Preplanning
  • Technical tips and tricks
  • Your demo reel is not your editor’s advertising billboard
  • And more…

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