Digital Video Editing
By Rob Hunt
Digital Video Editing
Hardware and hiding poor camera quality
Green Screen basics
Green Screen and miniatures
Sound Effects from around the house
A good Cook Book
The future and Machinima
• With the home computer becoming more
powerful and the fall in prices of digital
video cameras amateur digital video
editing is becoming more and more
attainable to the average person. Online
series such as Pure Pwnage and
RedvsBlue are examples of these.
Intro Video clip
• Here is a video clip of some of the effects
that can be easily created with a few
inexpensive materials. Similar effects
where used in classic movies such as the
original Star Wars trilogy.
Hard Discussion of Hardware
• The good
• The bad
• The ugly
Hard Discussion of Hardware
• The good (what I want)
Panasonic AG-HVX200 around $6000
• The good: Superb HD video; a raft of framerate choices; supports solid-state P2 media
as well as tape; terrific, relatively wide-angle
• The bad: Steep learning curve;
noninterchangeable lens; low-res viewfinder
and LCD; heavy for handheld shooting.
• The bottom line: With its AG-HVX200,
Panasonic raises the bar again, bringing us
professional HD versatility and quality at a
lower price than ever.
• The bad
• The ugly
Hard Discussion of Hardware
The good
The bad (what I’m getting)
Sony DCR-HC90
The good: Top-loading tape compartment; built-in
lens cover; wide-screen LCD; novice-friendly Easy
mode; crisp, colorful video; supports true 16:9
The bad: Autofocus can be slow to lock on; LCD
seems small for shooting in 4:3 mode; some
onscreen menus difficult to navigate; no manual
shutter-speed control.
The bottom line: If you're ready to make the move
to 16:9 videography or want to shoot a lot of
romantically lit scenes, look no further than Sony's
top-of-the-line single-chip Handycam
The ugly
Hard Discussion of Hardware
• The good
• The bad
• The ugly (what I used for the next clip)
$ 399.00
• 22X Optical /440x Digital Zoom
• Built in video light
• Color viewfinder
• FlexiZone AF/AE
• Digital Effects
• Pre-Set and Custom title Function
Poor camcorders can look like
vintage film
• With the use of video filters it is possible to
hide poor film quality to a certain extent.
• What everyone loves
• What I Love
• Whats In the future
• What everyone loves
Apple Final Cut Pro $1000
• The good: Extremely broad and deep feature set;
fully customizable industry-standard interface;
strong real-time capabilities; excellent value.
• The bad: Tough learning curve for beginners and
casual users; requires a powerful Mac system; no
multicamera support; no PC version.
• The bottom line: If you're ready for advanced video
editing and you have a Mac G4 or better, look no
What I Love
• Whats In the future
• What everyone loves
• What I Love Ulead MediaStudio Pro $250
• The good: Power-packed application suite;
advanced features and deep options; fast tape
scan to DV-clip index; real-time preview.
• The bad: Busy and inconsistent interface;
complex settings for even simple tasks.
• The bottom line: This is a great tool for
experimentalists who want to tweak under the
hood for more power and better performance.
• Whats In the future
• What everyone loves
• What I Love
• Whats In the future $600
Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5
Apparently the best for pc Video editing
With its 24P support, Premiere is closing in on the
competition from Apple and Avid, but the race is very
tight. The Adobe Video Collection, which also includes
updated versions of Adobe After Effects, Adobe
Audition, and Adobe Encore DVD, will run you $999, or
you can buy Premiere by itself for $699. You'll pay $99
to upgrade from Premiere Pro and $199 to upgrade from
Blue and Green Screen basics
Miniatures and other applications
• A commonly used technique used with the
blue screen effect is to build a miniature
and film it on a blue screen. Using this
you can create castles and spaceships
from household items.
• With 3d modeling the techniques are
similar to those used with miniatures.
Sound Effects from around the
• Recording a microwave or a car engine
running can make for some interesting raw
materials. Add in some audio filters such
as a speed up or slow down and pitch shift
and suddenly you have a spaceship or
tractor beam
• (play sound)
Sound Effects from around the
house cont’d
• Banging plastic on metal or metal on metal
can make gun shots and lazer beams.
• Adding in recordings of animals can create
alien languages or explosions
A good Cook Book
Digital Video Production Cookbook
: 100 Professional Techniques for
Independent and Amateur
The future and Machinima
• Creating movies with video games.
• With a screen capture and some editing
software people are creating entertaining
and popular video series available free
from the net
• Movie contests held by Blizzard using

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