Cool Video Editing
Video editing is a broad field and there
are many video production companies
out there, but at the end of the day, it’s
always cool. Some parts of video editing
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are cooler than others, though, and the
most fun I’ve ever had in video
production is in special effects
development and processing.
Perhaps unfortunately, special effects can
be kind of hard to get the hang of – it is
its own field, after all – but that doesn’t
mean it’s completely inaccessible.
Today, we ll look at two of the most
useful video production techniques that
result in some of the coolest video edits
you’ve ever seen – guaranteed.
Chrome is a technique we use to
eliminate a certain color from a shot.
While that sounds useless in practice, it
gives us a host of cool effects. One of the
most common of these is to use the
green screen, key the color green, and
then replace that removed screen with a
backdrop we choose. Ever wanted to
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walk on the moon without a space suit?
This is how. Need a desert landscape for
your video project? Chroma key it in.
Setting up chroma isn’t too hard, but it
does require a few special pieces of
equipment. You’ll need a green screen,
for one. While in theory you could use
anything that’s green, you definitely
want a specially made green screen, as
these are designed so as to display
minimal shadow and keep their shape.
Y ’ll also need a software capable of
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keying a color; for this, use Premiere Pro
or Final Cut Pro
Once that’s in place, just set your
subjects against the screen; film; key the
color in your software; and replace the
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‘key’ with your image, or video. Easy as
pie, and a great way to add some spice
to your video production.
Sometimes, you need one actor to
appear twice in a shot You have two
options: Clone him, or duplicate the
image. Since I m not a scientist, I ll teach
It’s really easy, actually, and uses the
setup we had above. First, shoot the
backdrop, and then film the actor doing
his two parts against the g
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(not at the same time, of course), key
out the green from both videos, and then
set them against your backdrop.
That way, you’ll have your actor and her
doppelganger i th same shot – no
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