Just about all of today's digital cameras are capable of recording video. Most are also capable of taking very good quality HD video. But a similar problem arises for most people in that it's not easy to view those video clips. Many would like to combine them to single playable videos, but don't know how. Similarly many others would like to create their own YouTube videos, but also don't fully understand where to start. This site's tutorials are intended to help those people. ONLY FREE SOFTWARE are used in these tutorials. That way, the average person can get started and try what they've learned immediately.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Video Special Effects - Part 1



This tutorial shows how to incorporate a variety of special effects into your video project.  Free chroma-key special effects were all downloaded from YouTube using the Freemake Video Converter program.  VSDC Free Video Editor was used to combine those effects into the following video:




Note that VSDC downloader will suggest installing additional bundled software along with VSDC.  This is why VSDC is free. Carefully read those installation screens and make sure to uncheck or decline any software that doesn't interest you (probably all). 
(VSDC download link click here). 


Before proceeding, it is first recommended that you view both of the following YouTube VSDC tutorials.  Please ensure that YouTube annotations are turned on (it's the first of those little buttons in the lower right-side of the YouTube screen).

Basic Video Editing with VSDC

Chroma Key Editing with VSDC


OK, now that you know the basics of VSDC, lets proceed.   The following illustration shows the timeline of the VSDC project file that was used to produce this video.  Click on the picture to expand it for better viewing.



As seen on the VSDC timeline, there are seven different video clips used in this project.  One is the baseline clip of night scenery (Video 1), five are various chroma-key overlay effects of UFOs, lightning, and aliens (Videos 2-6), and one is an overlay of the video static ending (Video 7).  Additionally, there are three sound effects (UFO fly-by swish, and two electrical discharge sound effects), and one title text object. 

Article continued in Video Special Effects - Part 2.


9 comments:

  1. Hi. :) I was just wondering if Windows Live Movie Maker is as good as the other video-editors you commonly suggest. I used to think it was just as good, if not better, but now I just don't know. If Windows Live Movie Maker isn't as good as the other editors, then which one would you suggest? Hopefully you're able answer my question, and I hope you have a nice day. :)

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    1. Actually, Windows Live Movie Maker is very good for basic video editing. If you're using it, and are happy with it, stick with it. But it does not have chroma-key editing, or split screen ability like VSDC. But how many people really need to put dinosaur's or aliens in their videos :)

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    3. OK! Thank you so much! :)

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  2. Is it better to use black as a background?

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    1. You can use any color that you want for the background, and use the "Get color from scene" button to select it. But you'll need to make sure that whatever color you select is also not included in the foreground effect. Otherwise you'll get weird invisible patches on the effect video. With black, you may also experience such an issue if your effect video also has dark shadows. The shadows may show up as invisible spots.

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  3. I like your post! I learned from here: http://www.videostudiopro.com/en/pages/video-effects/ about editing and adding effects to videos and I find it much easier to use then VSDC. Anyway nice job

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