Creating a Tilt-Shift Effect in Final Cut Pro X


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By Mark Spencer, Ripple Training

Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to create a tilt-shift effect on a drone shot in Final Cut Pro X.

The process Steve demonstrates will work on any shot but it’s most effective on shots including people or objects like cars, trains, boats, etc. – anything that could be made into a miniature set on a table. It also works best when the camera angle is about 30 to 45 degrees, as if pointed down towards a table.





Final Cut Pro X for Windows?


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by komix squad

Final Cut Pro X for Windows – Download for Win 7, 8, 10


(*GLJ Media has not confirmed that this program actually works, but feel free to investigate and try for yourself then post your findings below.)

Many Windows users like to use Final Cut Pro X on their Windows 7, 8 or 10 systems. Final Cut Pro X is a excellent video editing software with many functions. There are many other Final Cut X Pro alternatives for Windows PC. However, for some users Final Cut Pro is more effective and functional.

Therefore the komix squad team developed a Final Cut Pro X For Windows PC downloader which downloads Final Cut Pro X to your Windows computer and automatically installs it and makes it usable as if it was a MAC computer!

Our team at komix squad tested this Final Cut Pro X For Windows Downloader daily basis and fixed any bugs found. You can find the Final Cut Pro X For Windows PC downloader software from the link below. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about our software.



5 Camera Angle Tips that Will Punch-up Any Video


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by Thomas Alex Norman

 Whether you make a living shooting travel videos, upload them to YouTube, or you just like to shoot them for fun, these five shooting angles from Thomas Alex Norman will not only make your videos look better, they will give them much more impact on your audience.
Here you’re going to learn the best approach to getting awesome camera angles for your travel videos. It’s a question I get a lot, and an incredibly important aspect of your travel filmmaking that you should pay attention to. A few different camera angle can change the whole look of your travel video! It doesn’t matter whether you’re making travel videos for Youtube, Instagram, or just your own memories, this is going to help you out in making your videos look better, and be more impactful.


Best GoPro Tips for Taking Amazing Travel Photos


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by Kassie and Joe,

There are so many features that just make it more convenient to use a GoPro: its small and compact, its waterproof, and its design makes it easy to take great GoPro photos when traveling solo. Best of all, it manages to have all those perks while still maintaining amazing image quality! 


Use Time Lapse Mode-

I’m a big fan of taking multiple photos of what I’m trying to capture and thankfully the GoPro has this option already programed! There are so many instances where you should use time lapse:

  • When asking others to take a photo of you-  Usually, when you give your camera to other people, you end up with terrible shots. Time lapse mode can help with that! Simply, put the GoPro in time lapse mode and then show them how you want the shot set up. This way you can change up your pose and get several different photos.
  • When taking a selfie- Put the GoPro in time lapse and change your angle just a bit. Since the GoPro is so wide lensed, tilting the camera just a little bit can change the whole photo. Just be sure to move slowly or you will end up with a bunch of blurry shots.
  • Sunsets & Sunrises- This one is sort of self explanatory but I have gotten some beautiful sunset shots using my GoPro. Just be mindful that the GoPro doesn’t shoot to well in low light settings to choose your timing wisely.
  • When driving- If you invest in a good car GoPro mount, you can take some amazing scenery shots using the time lapse setting. I also took some fun time lapse photos cruising around as a passenger on the back of our motorbike in Southeast Asia using my GoPole.

These GoPro tips will help you take amazing GoPro photos on your next vacation! This guide has all the GoPro mounts and accessories you need to become a pro GoPro photographer!




Hundreds of Free Overlays, Sound Effects, and Video Assets


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The freedom and versatility of low-budget DIY filmmaking is simultaneously liberating and frustrating. Usually, when they’re working with tight budgets, filmmakers and editors find themselves somewhat limited on time — and production values. With that in mind, PremiumBeat and RocketStock are simplifying filmmaking lives and expanding storytelling capabilities.

Here are all the free motion graphics, overlays, and sound effects you’ll need to tackle your next project without pulling out any hair.

In Film Riot’s latest video, Connolly sheds light on the excellent resources available to any working video editor who needs free, viable assets to improve their footage and edits. Here are all the elements and assets you can use to customize your next masterpiece.

16 Light and Dust Overlays




Larry Jordan’s Daily Tips


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by Larry Jordan

Here’s an idea… one that I use everyday.  When I log on to my browser every morning, the first thing I see as my homepage is a Larry Jordan tip of the day based on both Apple and Adobe products…

Like this one for today:
Edit a Multicam Clip

A Quick and Harmless Tip for Fixing Edited Multicam Clips

Software: Apple FCP X

Have you ever needed to modify portions of a multicam clip, but it’s already been edited to your Timeline? There is a quick and easy solution for this. Be sure the edited multicam clip is on the Timeline, then simply double-click the clip. Final Cut Pro will then take you to a new window within the Timeline, called the Angle Editor.

Here, you can modify your multicam clip: from re-syncing angles, to adding or deleting angles, and a few other actions worth exploring. A particularly popular modification that is offered through the Angle Editor is the Add Angle option. What if you had a show perfectly edited, but realized you were missing a very important angle? Select a downward-pointing arrow in the Angle Editor and choose Add Angle. This creates a new angle track, in which you can select and drag a new clip from your Browser into it’s slot. Now it’s automatically placed within your multicam clip, making it ready for editing! You can do this with audio tracks as well.


How to Photograph the Milky Way in 2 Minutes


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by Apalapse

Learn how to photograph the milky way, controlling shutter speed, aperture, and ISO while using techniques to reduce camera shake and maintain tight focus on stars. This video alone was comprised of over 200 individually animated layers.

And if you’d like a more detailed explanation…



5 Cinematic Slider Moves and How to Do Them Right!


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by V. Renee, nofilmschool

Here are some ways to use camera sliders to make your footage look more professional and cinematic.

Here are the moves Parker Walbeck talks about in the video:

  • Side-to-side
  • Push-in/Pull-out
  • Parallax
  • Low mode
  • Aerial

Oh, so much more here to post the look and feel of your next video…


Beyond the Talking Head: Shooting Documentary Interviews


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Darius McCollum, protagonist of Adam Irving's <em>Off the Rails</em>. Courtesy of Adam Irving.

Darius McCollum, protagonist of Adam Irving’s Off the Rails. Courtesy of Adam Irving.

You’ve no doubt seen these before in a documentary: an interviewee sitting just inches in front of a bookcase, with the individual book titles visible and distracting; a house plant invading the frame; an incandescent desk lamp in the background whispering for attention while the interviewee’s eye-line is awkwardly off to the side. Or perhaps you’ve seen this one: the interviewee engulfed by a high-back sofa, an exposed lav mic stealing our attention, while the hum of a house appliance and the jingle of a busy necklace cause us to squint trying to decipher the subject’s words. These are the clichés and blunders of recording documentary interviews.

As someone who has watched even more interviews than I’ve shot, I’ve developed a discerning eye for the exemplary—and for the cringe-worthy. What I aim to provide here beyond dos and don’ts is a primer for rendering clean, cinematic interviews that allow the viewer to focus on what matters: emotion and storytelling.

The key to shooting documentary interviews is eliminating distracting sights and sounds; these take us out of the story. Second, if you must choose between a visually pleasing interview set-up and a good-sounding one, always chose good sound. The audience will forgive a flawed shot, but will tune out if it can’t hear the dialogue.

Selecting the Interview Space (MORE…)