1) Fine Tune Video Clips

Color correction capability is available in today’s video editing software. Brightness, contrast, and color balance can be tweaked using most software. Use it.

 2) Speed Effects

Creating slow motion replays from sports footage or speeding up footage to compress time are just two possibilities using speed effects in video editing software. Reversing video clips is another possibility. Speed effects offer the option to increase or decrease the speed of a video clip simply by entering a percentage at which to perform the task.

 3) Audio Sweetening

Capturing proper audio content is just as important as the video being shot. Remember there is only so much that can be fixed in post. It is best to be sure your audio is being properly recorded during filming.  With that being said, video editing software provides audio mixing and sweetening options such as, normalize, equalizer, compression, noise reduction, reverb, de-ess, or de-pop. Understanding how each option works and affects sound will aid in navigating this process.

 4) Pushes and Pulls

Instead of attempting to perform proper zooms while shooting, utilize your editing software‘s motion controls. The software will allow you to zoom in beyond 100% and alter speeds to capture the expression you desire.

 5) Stabilization

The stabilization feature in most video editing software can be used to fix shaky shots. This is not a miracle cure. Remember the best way to avoid having to “fix” issues in post is to properly capture footage in the field. However, a stabilization filter, although not in every case, can smooth shaky clips.



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Circle of Fifths

Circle of Fifths

For any aspiring musicians and producers, a sound knowledge of music theory is required. The basis of Western music theory lies with the circle of fifths. The circle of fifths shows tonalities ordered by ascending (for sharp keys) or descending (for flat keys) intervals. The circle of fifths is depicted above as a chart that shows the relationship between keys, the number of sharps or flats in a given key signature, and is essential for composing and harmonizing. Beginning with the key of C (no sharps or flats) the circle is laid out like a clock depicting the twelve keys. Each hour on the clock is the fifth scale note of the preceding key. For example, given the C major scale, (C D E F G A B C) the fifth note is G. This gives us our next hour in the one position on the clock. The closer keys are on the circle of fifths the greater their tonal relationship. This means the chords work well together. Use the resources below to access free circle of fifths instructional sites. Try utilizing the circle of fifths when composing your next piece.