Tips On Editing Video For The Web

October 26, 2010 by  
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A web video is only as great as the editing that created it. It doesn’t matter if you have used a state-of-the-art camera, and had perfect angles, if you do not edit your video correctly for the Internet; than you will quickly find that your video is not suitable for Internet use. Just because your video looks great on film, and on your computer, it doesn’t always mean that it will look good when being used on the Internet. This is why there are several rules that you must follow when you are editing a web video.

There are many great web video editing tips out there, however, there are several that are the foundational tips you must follow. Of course, like any video, you must film with editing in mind. When you are filming your web video, make sure that you stay away from sudden camera movements, and long-distance shots. Because of the averagely small size of a web video, when your video features many long-distance shots, you will notice that the clarity is off, and many people will not know what they are looking at. Keep everything simple, for the most part, and always make sure that you stick with close-ups. As
a web video filmmaker, close-ups will be your new best friend, and it is a great way to keep your audience’s attention.

Also, when you are editing your web video, you want to keep sudden, or quick, transitions at a minimum. This is because just in case some of your viewers are running at a lower Internet connection, when you have quick transitions, their player might actually skip over a pivotal scene, and it will make the video seem choppy. The main rule in web video editing is to make sure that everything is smooth. If you look at some very popular web videos, you will notice that there is very little actual camera movement and camera editing performed. Actually, there is a rule among many web videographers that they follow exactly.

This rule basically says that all of their web videos should be done with one take. This means keeping massive amounts of transitions and different shots at a minimum. While some videos require having many different shots, especially if you are making a how-to video, try to keep these shots smooth and precise. However, if you are merely explaining a product, try to do so in a single shot, which will require little-to-no actual video editing. The only editing that you may do is add text screens and other types of informative frames.

Editing for the web is much different than any other type of editing. If you have performed editing for actual films and other productions, you may find that editing for the web is boring, or extremely easy. However, once you see the finished product on the Internet, and understand how smooth editing and minimal transition shots reflect the overall condition of the web video, than you will finally understand why minimal editing is key.

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When It Comes To Web Videos Camtasia Is King

October 26, 2010 by  
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Camtasia is a reasonably priced, user-friendly and feature-rich pc-based video editing and production tool that provides users with the capability to produce high quality videos; regardless if you are putting together video footage from your camcorder or if you want to capture a software application’s screen for training purposes, Camtasia will surely give you more than enough video enhancement firepower to compete in the big leagues.

Essentially, Camtasia’s main modules are the Player, Recorder, and Producer including an audio editing module called Dub-It. It also includes a video compressor that allows you to produce high quality loss-less video files.

The program also offers users the ability to add watermarks to their video footage just as TV networks do when airing their footages.

Adding narration and music to your video footage/production is a snap with the Dub-It module using your microphone or MIDI files.

You can effortlessly record your pc screen, PowerPoint presentation, audio tracks, and webcam video to create composite training videos, and presentations right at your desktop. With Camtasia Studio, users can effortlessly deliver high-quality video content anytime.

Authoring Requirements:

-Windows 2000, Windows XP or later
-DirectX 9 or later
-GHz processor minimum Recommended: 2.5 GHz*
-500 MB RAM minimum Recommended: 1 GB
-Windows-compatible sound card, microphone and speakers
-60MB HD space for installation
-Camtasia Studio Add-in for PowerPoint requires PowerPoint 2000, 2002, 2003, or later version
-Production to the Apple iPod format requires Apple QuickTime 7.1 or later

Playback Requirements:
-Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP or later
-166 MHz processor
-32 MB of RAM

It also includes features that allow you to save video footage as an animated GIF file with sound.

The best feature of Camtasia Studio 7 is that it provides anyone the capability to share your video files with anyone, anywhere. It offers a complete solution for recording, editing and sharing high-quality screen video on the Web, CD-ROM and portable media players, including the ubiquitous iPod.

Uses and Applications:
-Businesspersons can utilize Camtasia Studio to publish marketing videos and MP3 files for portable media players.
-Educators can use Camtasia to record PowerPoint presentations using the Camtasia toolbar, and then post them as online lectures for their students.
-Corporate software training.
-Integrating video content into Flash projects to quickly create project-specific prototypes of Flash training and presentations.

Camtasia was recently awarded the Jolt 16th Annual Product Excellence Award.

“The Jolts gets increasingly competitive every year and TechSmith’s Camtasia support of multiple output formats and extensive editing formats put it to the top of our list,” says Rosalyn Lum, Dr. Dobb’s Journal, technical editor. “The judges loved this very polished and professional product for producing tutorials and other high-quality animated presentations.”

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What’s The Best Editing Software For Web Videos?

October 26, 2010 by  
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Let’s say that you just got back home from an amazing day of filming for your web video. You are certain that the video will gain you massive amounts of attention and traffic to your website; however, as you sit down at your computer you realize that you are missing something very important – editing software. You can have the greatest camcorder in the world, however, if you do not have sufficient editing software, than your web video will look unprofessional and unappealing. Editing software is extremely important for anyone who wants to make web videos, because this is how your video is actually put together.

There are literally hundreds of different types of video editing software available for you to choose from, however, the results you will have greatly depend on the type of editing software you use. While many editing systems boast that they will give you amazing results, when you are a first-time web video filmmaker, you will need an editing software that is powerful, yet user-friendly. And throughout the years there are several editing software companies that have proven themselves in the filmmaking field. Perhaps the most popular editing software is Final Cut Pro. This great software will allow you to edit your video quickly, easily and professionally. Actually, many film industry professionals rely on Final Cut Pro to give them the high-quality results they require.

You can get these same types of results from Final Cut Pro, even if you are filming with an average grade digital camcorder. This is because within the Final Cut Pro system, you can add filters and effects that will create a web video that looks as if it was made by top Hollywood filmmakers. There has really never been an editing software that is so complete, and yet, so easy to use. Actually, Final Cut Pro has won the coveted Emmy award for its wonderful additions to the filmmaking world. Imagine what your web video will look like after you have edited it with this wonderful software?

Another great film editing software is the Windows Movie Maker. If you have a recent computer that runs on the Windows operating system, than you will most likely have Windows Movie Maker already installed onto your computer. While this isn’t the most comprehensive and professional editing software, it will still provide you with ample resources to compile a very professional and appealing web video.

It is true that the quality of your web video greatly depends on the camera you use, however, it also depends on the exact type of film editing software that you use. Even if you can’t afford the highest-grade editing software, there are still many great, and free, editing software suites that you can use, all of which will give you results that you’ll be proud to show off.

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Tips For Making A Youtube Video

October 26, 2010 by  
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Are you interested in making your own videos to upload to YouTube and to share with the rest of the internet community?

If you are and if this is your first time trying to do so, you may be wondering how you can go about making your own videos. Although the process of making a YouTube video may seem like a complicated one, it isn’t necessarily. Even those with a low amount of computer knowledge are able to successfully make their own videos, many of which later end up on YouTube.

The first step in making a YouTube video is to get a video recording device. Video recording devices come in a number of different formats. For instance, it is possible to use cell phones, webcams, or traditional camcorders. If you are interested in using your cell phone to help you make a YouTube video, you will need to make sure that your cell phone has video recording capabilities. You will find that most new, modern cell phones do. For the best quality videos, you want to use traditional camcorders, particularly digital ones, but webcams are also nice low-cost alternatives.

Once you have a video recording device in your possession, you can start to make your own videos. Popular videos on YouTube include video blogs, comedy skits, how-to videos, or travel videos. You can make just about whatever type of video you want, whether it is one that is staged or just recording spur of the moment activities or conversations. When making a YouTube video, it is important to remember that YouTube doesn’t limit the number of videos you can submit, but all videos must be ten minutes or less, if you have a traditional YouTube membership account. Therefore, if you want to have videos be longer than ten minutes, you either need to upgrade your account or make your videos in different segments.

When making your YouTube video, you will want to make sure that the quality is good. For this, it is a good idea to speak directly into the camera or else use raised voices. This will help to ensure that those watching your videos on YouTube can actually understand what you are saying. It is also advised that you make sure the lighting is good. The best time to make movies is during the day. If you want to make your movies at night, whether they take place inside or outdoors, you will want to make sure that you have the appropriate amount of lighting. Nothing is worse that watching a video that is hard to see.

Although there are a number of steps, like the ones mentioned above, which you can take to ensure that your YouTube videos are quality ones, there is a way that you can fix problems later on. You can do this with movie editing software. Moving editing software allows you to preview and edit your videos, should you wish to do so before uploading them to YouTube. If you have a relatively new computer, you should be able to find movie editing software already on your computer. If you are unable to find movie editing software, you should be able to get free software programs or even purchase deluxe software programs online or from one of your local media stores.

The decision as to whether or not you want to edit your videos, before sharing them on YouTube, is yours to make, but it is advised that you at least look into doing so, especially if your computer already has a movie editing program. You will want to watch your movies and see if there is anything that you would like to edit, change, or remove. If so, the time to do it is before you post your video on the YouTube website. Editing your YouTube videos or at least previewing them first is likely to improve their quality, which, in turn, will help to improve the exposure that your YouTube videos get. Many YouTube members share videos that they find interesting with those that they know and your videos may be one of them.

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Video Editing For The 21st Century

October 26, 2010 by  
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Video editing used to be something that was only used by movie makers and those that had a good amount of money to spend. Today, there are some very cool video editing software programs out there that are designed and used by many home computer users. This makes editing a video just as easy as snapping and using a photo. There are many things that you could not do before that you now can. Video editing is something that many will use throughout the coming years.

But, if you are to purchase video editing software, what should you use? What should you purchase? Here are some tips to help you choose the video editing products that you should purchase for your needs.

• First off, know what those needs are. For many, you simply want to take your home movie of the family vacation and edit it out. But, if you want to do additional things to it, you will likely need to insure that those features are available to you in whichever product you choose to purchase.

• You will also want to make sure that the video editing software that you choose, works on your computer as well as with your digital devices such as your mobile phones, your video camera, and your digital camera. These things will matter in what you can use the editing software for.

• Go ahead and check out the bells and whistles that these things have. You will be impressed by how many various types of editing you can do. For example, you can dub over sound, you can cut and add in graphics, and you can take everything out of order without running the original pieces.

• You will want to look for quality as well as user friendliness. The more able you are to use the editing software, the more often you will use it.

Video editing has come a long way and features huge amounts of features that you just have to take advantage of. More than likely, it will continue to grow as well!

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