VSCO has been allowing photographers to edit their photos for a while now, and now they’re introducing a new feature. From now on, the users will be able to edit videos as well. You can apply all those stylish filters, and color grade the footage. Although, the feature is available for free only for a limited time, in the trial version.
I make a lot of screen recordings that I need to edit quickly. With someone who doesn’t have a lot of video experience, I did my best to learn the basics of Premiere. Being that it was a foreign program, there wasn’t much familiarity. About the same time, I came across this video from Scott Kelby that showed me it was possible to edit video in Photoshop. It has most of the basic tools you’d need, and you use adjustment layers for grading!
Well, there’s a new version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, as well as Adobe Premiere Elements. The 2018 versions of both come with some rather neat upgrades. There’s also new Adobe Elements Organizer 2018, which features an “Auto-Curate” facility to help pick your best photos for you.
While many have already jumped on the Photoshop & Lightroom CC package, Elements still has its place. Not everybody needs all the features of full blown Photoshop. And not everybody wants to tie themselves into a subscription contract, either. And once you add Premiere Pro into the mix, that subscription gets expensive really quickly. Not ideal for those who just want to make quick family snaps and movies.
We all make noob mistakes when we’re new to something. That’s why we make those mistakes, we’re noobs. While most of us try to avoid them now, who can honestly say they’ve never made hideous bevelled text in Photoshop? Or added a page curl to a document? Well, the same is true with video editing.
While learning editing, there’s a lot of things we try, because we think they look (or sound) cool. Then a few months later, we realise just how wrong we were. This video from Aputure talks about the 5 beginner editing mistakes that pretty much everybody makes at some point, and why you should avoid them.
When it comes to video editing, there’s more than one way to do any given task. It doesn’t matter whether it’s organising your media, picking your selects, or assembling everything together on a timeline. And everybody has their own way. But when you’re new, learning from others, finding your own way can be a long, slow process.
In this video from TravelFeels, Matti Haapoja talks to us about his YouTube video editing workflow. He covers his complete workflow from organising his files to outputting the final render, and all the steps in between.
Aside from the regular Apple Macbook Pro updates, we don’t really cover computers all that much on here. Occasionally, though, something pretty exceptional comes along for those interested in photography or video. Something like the Microsoft Surface Studio (or the Dell clone), for example. Now, though, HP have revealed a truly insane powerhouse of a PC.
Housing dual Xeon CPUs with 56 processing cores, Hewlett Packard’s new Z8 workstation takes up to 3TB of RAM (I know!) and 48TB of storage space. While a fully decked Z8 might be out of the price range of most creatives, the base price isn’t actually that bad, at a mere $2,439. For comparison, the 6 core Apple Mac Pro with 16GB RAM starts at $2,999.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about using… “non standard” input devices for using software. DIY Projects such as MIDI2Lightroom, and the Playstation Lightroom Cullinator have led to more purpose built units being built. Products like Palette, a customisable interface of knobs, dials and sliders, and Loupedeck, an all-in-one unit.
For Lightroom, that’s great, but when it comes to video, the options are a little more sparse. Sure, there’s input devices available for DaVinci Resolve, but what about Adobe Premiere Pro? Well, here’s the folks at Owl Bot with a free solution to let you use your Steam Controller with the latest update of Premiere Pro CC2017.
A recent post on Google products forum announces that YouTube Video Editor and Photo slideshows will be discontinued in September. Apparently, there were a limited number of users of these features. So, Google has decided to cancel them completely so they can focus on “building new tools and improving on other existing features.”
If you’re into creating video content, then you’re definitely going to want to set aside some time to watch this one. Probably a few evenings. Adobe Worldwide Evangelist, Jason Levine, has put together this amazing seven video course on how to make great videos.
Each video in the playlist is about an hour long, and takes you through the complete process. From setting up and importing your project to optimising it for social media and promotion. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a more advanced user, you can almost certainly guarantee you’ll still pick up some new tricks.
Lightroom isn’t the first tool that usually springs to mind when it comes to creating videos. In fact, most people don’t know Lightroom even supports video files. I certainly didn’t, but then I’ve never tried it. As it turns out, though, it does. And you can grade, cut and edit your footage all within Lightroom itself.