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Making a Book Trailer

Monday April 21, 2014

Recently, I've had a lot of requests from authors who want trailer videos produced to promote their new books. I love working with authors because they are smart, they are passionate, and generally, their videos are pretty simple to produce!

Check out these tips for making a book trailer video.

 

 

Recording Dance Recitals

Saturday April 19, 2014

Recording dance recital videos can be a challenge! Between the lighting, the movement and the sound, things are constantly changing - and that means you as the videographer need to be on your toes so that you get consistently great images as the scene changes. If you've never shot one before, check out these dance recital video recording tips so that your performance can be as elegant as the dancers'.

Solving Your Video Problems

Thursday April 17, 2014

I've been making videos professionally for more than 10 years, and in that time I've encountered my fair share of production problems. I've learned that no matter how well I prepare, unexpected things can and will happen to derail my best laid plans.  So in the interest of helping others, I've put together a list of some of the most common video production problems - and solutions - from my own experience. I hope it's helpful!

Crazy Effects at the Click of a Button

Monday March 31, 2014

It's simple to give your movie to turn your movie into a cartoon or a sci-fi thriller - just check out the effects menu in iMovie. In addition to traditional and tacky effects - from black & white to X-ray - iMovie offers a range of crazy to classic video transitions for your editing enjoyment!

Titles in iMovie

Monday March 31, 2014

There's a wide array of title templates in iMovie 10, giving you lots of options for adding text at the beginning, middle and end of your movie. For the start, there are dramatic opening sequences with titles, subtitles and descriptions. For the middle, there are lower-thirds and info bars for identifying characters and places. And for the end, there are credit rolls for thanking everyone who helped with your movie.

Easy Editing for Sports Videos

Monday March 31, 2014

Sports videos are easy to edit in iMovie 10, which come with a Sports Team template that allows you to input your rosters once and then easily add the info to any video. It's just one of the special features included in iMovie 10!

Recording Lectures and Events

Saturday March 29, 2014

In theory, recording a lecture should be easy - just point the camera at the speaker and hit record. And it is easy - if everything goes right. But there are lots of things that can go wrong - the audio is bad, the lights get turned off for a PowerPoint presentation, the speaker starts pacing across the stage etc. That's why it's so important to prepare everything before the event starts. If you've don't that, then you an be comfortable knowing that the recording will go smoothly.

Check out this article for tips for recording lecture and event videos.

Audio Editing in iMovie 10

Friday March 28, 2014

If I've said it once, I've said it 100 times - sound quality is just as important (if not more) as video quality when it comes to making a great video. That's why you need to pay attention to audio as well as video editing. iMovie 10 helps editors improve audio with special tools and effects.

Check out this article to learn more about editing audio in iMovie 10.

Stock Footage on Dissolve

Friday March 28, 2014

I'm always on the lookout for clips to use in my video projects, and Dissolve is a great resource for stock footage. The site offers a wide range of subjects, production quality, and prices, so it's easy to find something that meets your production needs and your budget.

Check out this article to learn more about finding stock footage on Dissolve.

Editing With iMovie 10

Thursday March 27, 2014

If you have a Mac computer, you have an easy-to-use, powerful video editing application right at your fingertips. iMovie 10, which comes pre-installed on Macs, is perfect for the beginning or intermediate video editor. It offers many features to help you create a complex video, but it's designed with beginners in mind, so you can get started quickly.

This article will help you get started editing in iMovie 10.

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