Regardless of your video editing skill level in Premiere Pro, there are always new features to incorporate into your workflow. One of the best parts about Premiere is the seemingly endless number of shortcuts, hacks, and work-arounds for solving problems and expediting your edit. Let’s take a look at some of the features you may not be familiar with.
1. The Power of the Alt Key
Our friends over at PremiumBeat offer this simple-but-effective tutorial on the power of the Alt key — from Isolating the audio and video clip, to rearranging clips in your timeline, to duplicating your clip. The shortcut covers a wide range of different ways to speed up your edit and will save you a great deal of time once you’ve narrowed down all of the key’s different functions.
Introducing Clips. A free new iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more.
“Clips gives iPhone and iPad users a new way to express themselves through video, and it’s incredibly easy to use,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “The effects, filters and amazing new Live Titles we’ve designed for Clips let anyone make great-looking, easily sharable videos with just a few taps.”
Capture a moment.
Getting started is simple and quick. Just hold the red button to record video on the spot, or grab a video clip or photo from anywhere in your library. Pinch and drag while recording to smoothly zoom and pan across images for that extra touch of drama — or comedy.
Live Titles let you easily create animated captions and titles — just by talking. Simply speak while recording, and text automatically appears onscreen, perfectly synced with your voice. Choose from different styles and tap any title to adjust text and punctuation.
Jazz things up.
Give your videos personality with a few taps. Pick a filter that flatters. Add animated graphics and emoji. Use full‑screen posters with backgrounds to help tell your story. And set the mood with dozens of music tracks that instantly and intelligently adjust to match the length of your video.
Clips recognizes who’s in your video and who you share with most often, then presents these people as suggestions for sharing. Just tap a name to send your video using Messages.
As of late 2016 there are only a handful of good free video editing programs.
The reasons why I don’t use one of them range from not enough capabilities to the requirement of running a Linux operating system on my PC. However, work is underway to remedy these obstacles. In the meantime, check out Blender, Cinelerra, and kdenlive.
Rather than opt for a pricey video editing alternative, I use a “second tier” program, currently version 14 of PowerDirector Ultimate from Cyberlink. PD14 has an enormous amount of advanced capabilities and a huge online repository of multimedia production elements. I started with PD version 8 and periodically updated to later versions. The “Deluxe” or “Ultimate” PD packages have more features and usually include additional related software, all for under $100.
Free Software For Filmmakers
Click here to see David Vine‘s entire list of free software for filmmakers.
Inspiration came from What’s the Mashup? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmnSm…) but didn’t manage 100! The idea was to do the same for movies from the Golden Age – meaning no title later than 1953 (although there is one at the end.) Oh, and none of these clips was sped up or slowed down. (WOW!)
Enjoy your holiday weekend (here in the states), from Cavus Media!
Last summer, Resolve became the most fully featured NLE and color correction tool that you can get for free on any major operating system. Like many of you, I’m extremely excited for that proposition, especially considering that I edit a lot less than I used to, and forking out Creative Cloud subscription fees month after month is starting to seem like a waste of money. For that reason, I’m definitely thinking about adopting Resolve as my primary editing tool. And in order to learn it and see if it will meet my needs, I’ve taken to YouTube to find the best tutorials.
Even though the beta has only been out for a few weeks at this point, there are already some damn good tutorials showcasing both the editing and color correction prowess of the software. First up is an in-depth look at Resolve 12’s editing interface from Dave Andrade over at the Post Color Blog:
Blackmagic Fusion 8 Public Beta
The public beta of Fusion 8 for Windows and Mac is here.
The compositing and 3D application used by a number of Hollywood films was purchased by Blackmagic about a year ago, and they released version 7 for free, along with a $1,000 studio version containing more advanced features and options. While version 7 was only available on Windows, version 8 is now available for both Windows and OS X, and the $1K studio version will be available for Windows, Mac, and Linux when it’s finally released.
Here’s a general overview of Fusion from Rick Young:
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