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Another specialist topic request for video

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by FlyingFox, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. FlyingFox

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    I know there is a video forum, and this is directed to the mods, but please comment and support if you agree,
    Is it possible to have another subject post which is specially directed to editing video and photos possibly called editing footage.
    This would be not for posting your videos of where ever, but tips on editing and colour correction going through to advanced techniques of using the main software we use ie Fcpx and adobe etc
    It would be really useful to share this information to get the best from the cameras we use ?
     
  2. OI Photography

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    Perhaps a sub-section here in Video just called "Editing" so threads about that can have their own space? Makes perfect sense to me. I'll see if we can make that happen :)
     
  3. ProfessorStein

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    Why, dirk? Are you thinking they look like fish??

    Really like the idea of an editing topic/subtopic. Actually, it should just be a rule when posting videos... "I shot this at this location, with this type of bird, with this gimbal and accessories, and used this software in post..." ;)
     
  4. el cuajinais

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    I hear you but editing video is just so broad a topic that you'd be best served by going to an editing website. For FCPX, which is what I use, I recommend fcp.co. Also keep in mind video production is, in my estimation, 25% technical & 75% art. Learning to operate the software and camera will only get you so far. You need to study and deconstruct the videos you like. What is it about this particular video that makes you like it?

    Color correction is another discipline altogether. Not saying you can't take on all the disciplines, but you should expect to spend months and years learning the software, studying the theory (more important for color correction) and practicing to get better. You need to learn what ALL the settings on your GoPro are for. Then you need to experiment with your camera settings, a lot. There are no short cuts or cheat sheets, you need to study and understand. That is the reason you don't see too many good videos, it takes way more time to learn than most people are willing to put in. This would be my start-up advice to you:

    1. Take the free FCPX intro training from Izzy Video.
    2. Read your GoPro* documentation from cover to cover and watch their new Field Guide videos (which I have yet to watch).
    3. EXPERIMENT! Play around with all the settings on your GoPro* and witness first hand, what all the different settings do.
    4. Learn what is royalty free music and where to buy cheap or get for free.
    5. Take the free color Grading Central FCPX color correction tutorial.

    Last thing I would warn is that there is no way to make an aerial video of a single location interesting for more than 2 minutes. It is simply not possible so don't bother trying. To go beyond 2 minutes you need to either switch landscapes or have animate objects, otherwise keep it short.

    *If you don't already own a GoPro, you should see about getting one. And if you are serious about video, it should be one of the black editions.