|[December 12, 2012]
CyberLink Offers Tips and Tricks for Editing Your Holiday Videos
TAIPEI, Taiwan --(Business Wire)--
Whether you are looking at how to best capture and share a video of
baby's first Christmas or the excitement of a marriage proposal this
holiday season, CyberLink,
a provider of innovative media creation solutions, is making it easier
to tell a compelling visual story with a new list of "Top
10 Tips and Tricks for Editing Your Holiday Videos," released today.
Designed to help consumers create highly captivating stories by using
basic editing and finishing techniques, the tips are based on frequently
asked questions from the more than two million consumers on the
social media site.
Tip 1: Tell a Story: In pictures or dialog, a good story makes all
Whether you're producing a blockbuster feature film or a home video to
share with family and friends, a great story is the basis for any
well-constructed video. Take the time to plan ahead, brainstorm, get
inspired, discuss with others, share ideas, write out your thoughts and
watch as it all comes together during the editing process. Having a
strong idea of the story you want to tell ahead of time makes the
editing process a lot easier.
Tip 2: Get Organized: Keep your files and folders sorted on your hard
Don't get caught up spending hours of your time looking for a misplaced
file or a specific scene by digging through 30 hours of raw footage.
Take the time at the beginning to create a folder structure that is easy
for you to understand. Keep your files named for easy recognition. For
instance, a clip named "arrival-at-canyon.avi" is easier to recognize
that "clip01.avi". Keep a notebook to record time points in your footage
to locate the specific scenes you'd like to use later.
Tip 3: Set th Pace: A video is like a song, it needs a rhythm
Editing isn't just about cutting whenever you feel like it. It's about
creating a tempo that matches the tone and mood of your video project.
Most editing software has beat markers, which automatically ensure that
your cuts are timed with a rhythm and that there is a flow of picture
and sound together.
Tip 4: Save Your Progress: Save, save, save and save again
This is perhaps one of the most overlooked and most under-practiced
unwritten rules of video editing. Nothing is worse than losing your last
two hours of work because of a power outage or system crash. Make sure
to get in the habit of saving your project every five minutes or so.
Another good idea is to save alternate versions from time to time as you
progress through your project, just in case you change your mind and
want to revert to a previous save point. Then you don't have to go back
and make duplicate edits or cuts.
Tip 5: Be Precise: Make professional edits with precise keyframe
controls and the trim tool
You want your project to be perfect. To achieve the desired result, take
the time to get familiar with the keyframe control and the trim tool -
they help to make very precise edits. Keyframing helps to create visual
effects and synchronizes them along the timeline, such as a fade from
full color to black and white, or movement of an object along a path. It
helps to make a scene more complete. Trim tools allow you to select the
exact sections of your clip on a frame-by-frame basis for precise
accuracy throughout the entire editing process. It helps to eliminate
the amateur look that many first time editors struggle with in the video
Tip 6: Don't Be Afraid to Cut: A good idea in principle might not fit
the final mold
Sometimes a scene might look great on paper, but could end up detracting
from the final result if it doesn't fit the tone or story. Even if it
happens to be your favorite scene, don't hesitate to cut it if you feel
that it doesn't fit with the rest of the video. You can always keep the
clip to use as a "Director's Cut Bonus" on the DVD, either as an outtake
or worked into the extended version.
Tip 7: Keep It Simple: Don't overdo it with effects
"Less is more" is always a good rule of thumb. Everything you use -
effects, titles, dissolves - needs to have a purpose that compliments
your production. Going overboard with effects rarely ends in art. In
most instances, a simple cut or dissolve will do the trick and will add
quality to the appearance of your video.
Tip 8: Spend Time on Your Soundtrack: Complement your production with
music and sound effects
Have you ever watched a movie or section of a movie with the sound
turned off In many cases, you can quickly determine the quality of the
video editing by doing so. But even in the case of Hollywood
productions, a simple sound effect or music cue can get you through an
awkward edit. Try cutting on the sound of a door slamming, a dog
barking, a car zooming by. Mask background noise in your scene with
light music. Determine the right microphone setup for recording your own
sound effects, or download and share sound effects.
Tip 9: Be Creative: Apply the final touches with creative Blu-ray and
Once you've cut together the perfect project that you plan to burn to
disc to save as a memory or share around for others to watch, make it
really stand out by adding a creative DVD menu. The first impression is
important, and the menu will be the first thing people see when they
fire up your DVD.
Tip 10: Get Social: Upload your videos to social video websites
including YouTube (News - Alert)
With all the social sharing options available, and the billions of
videos being watched daily, upload your video productions to YouTube,
Vimeo (News - Alert) or other popular video sharing websites. First, you'll get some
exposure. Second, you'll get feedback from the comments which may have
some good insight on ways to improve your future projects.
"You only get one chance to capture a pivotal moment on video and it's
not always perfect. However, video editing software is more accessible
and affordable for consumers, making it easier than ever to get that
flawed shot as close to perfect as possible," said Alice H. Chang, CEO
of CyberLink. "Whether it is removing background noise, stabilizing the
camera bounce or just adding a bit of color to spice up a shot, we're
happy to be able to offer consumers 10 easy tips and tricks to create a
more compelling story and video."
For more information, please visit CyberLink at www.cyberlink.com.
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