How to Start a Cut: The 5 “Edit Drivers”

Editing videos requires concentration on important aspects of the media. There are five main drivers, the first being Dialogue. Conversations and visualizations associated with them are critical. Next is narration, which guides a story. After that is music, which sets the tone or establishes the mood in a scene. Next, visuals help add entertaining or meaningful aspects to…
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Dialogue Mixing Tips

While video is a medium that relies on visual content primarily, the sound is complementary to the picture and at least as equally important. This especially holds true for dialogues, where clarity of the sound is critical to understanding of the video. Processing the original sound recording is where you can improve the quality, reduce the noise and correct imperfections….
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Video Editing Special Effects and Filters

If there is any area of video editing where you can go hog wild and create all sorts of crazy visuals it is here in the special effects area of the video editing software you choose.
Having said that it is also important to understand that in most cases the “less is more” approach is oft times far more advisable!
Remember, someone else is supposed to be the audience for…
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The Friday Roundup – Video Compression, Edit Drivers and Key Frame Tips

How to Make Video File Sizes Smaller and What Software to Use
A fairly common type of question that I get asked here on the D.I.Y. Video Editor concerns unexpected outcomes when it comes to video encoding and more commonly, video file conversions.
With the majority of my readers having come into the world of dealing with video through easy to use video editing software,…
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Video Transitions – Much Ado About Nothing

One of the questions regarding video editing for the home user that I most often see on the various user forums I contribute to is, “Where can I get more transitions?”
This is an endless source of amusement for the “old hands” and would make any pro editor throw his hands up in horror!
Let me explain why because this point is one of the major sources of distraction for…
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