The massive video editing extravaganza! – 50 tips! Part 5

And now onto tips 21-25!

21. Sometimes you can save it, sometimes you can’t. Not all footage you receive will be optimum quality. By all means, minimise the damage – add de-noise effects, adjust the luminance values, etc… But remember, you can only do so much. If it’s really that bad, then there needs to be a re-shoot for it. If that’s impossible, just live with it and move on.

Zooming in will usually result in the outline of a box outside of the viewable area.

22. Don’t be afraid to zoom in a bit. While the greatest pixel resolution is desired, sometimes there’s things around the edges of the screen that is simply going to ruin things. Don’t be afraid to zoom in a little. The loss of pixel resolution can be worth the price of cropping something out. Especially boom mics coming into the perfect shot and even accidental shadows and such.

23. Motion tracking – when to use it. Motion tracking can be used in a lot of different circumstances. It can be to stabilise handheld shake, to block, blur and pixelate logos on moving objects in the shot. It can also be used in the inverse, putting logos, writing, etc… onto moving objects within the shot. Basically, whenever you need to stabilise something in the foreground or background, it’s good.

24. Motion tracking – a brief explanation. Okay, and here’s how it works. Motion tracking tracks the location of user defined pixels across the screen. It’s like the eye test where you follow the pen from left to right, down to up, etc… It can be assigned to a number of different attributes including rotation, scale, position and sometimes effects. So, you’re tracking a vehicle that’s driving away from you, you can apply the tracking data to the license plate and have it pixelated, and only where needed. The pixelation would then follow the license plate, getting smaller as it goes away.

AVID's motion tracking tool

25. Maintain order when stacking effects. There’s going to be times when you’ll need multiple effects on a single clip. In many NLE systems it a simple case of dragging ontop of the existing clip. With AVID, it overwrites the previous effect unless you hold the alt key while dragging. Most systems will allow you to re-arrange the order of the effects also. What does this mean? Well, ordinarily the computer will process each effect in turn, effect 2 goes on top of effect 1, effect 3 goes on top of effect 4, etc… Sometimes you want one effect done first though. Reordering effects can greatly affect the clip.

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