Adobe After effect
Adobe After Effect

For those of you who are used to using the Adobe suite, you’ve probably heard of the After Effect software, which allows you to add special effects to your videos. Indeed, for those who are used to video editing and who are beginning to master Premiere Pro, the next step would be to be able to add 2D or 3D effects in your footage with the help of After Effect. Even if learning to master this software is completely different from learning editing software, you will still have fun learning new skills! So here are the basic few things you could learn using After Effects: 

  1. Create Pixel Art

Have you always dreamed of doing Pixel Art? Several tutorials are available on platforms such as Youtube or even on blogs specializing in video production so that you can make your Pixel Art step by step to spice up your videos or video transitions. 

  1. Transparent background

You always wondered how you could create export transparent background videos? Whether you are a vlogger or you regularly post content on your Youtube channel, you may often need to integrate content with a transparent background, such as your channel’s logo for example, or video animations or 2D or 3D animations. After Effect will be helpful for that!

  1. Motion Tracking 

Have you ever heard of this tool? Motion tracking is a special effects technique that consists in analyzing the movements and trajectories in a video image, in order to apply them to a new graphic element that will be integrated in the same image, typically a title, another image or a 3D animation. Essentially, It can really up the value of your projects and is great to add to client videos, so it’s a must to add to your list!

  1. 3D animations

Remember the colorful video clips of the singer Mika? Do you want to make transitions in the same style? Nothing could be easier with After Effects! Animation is a process that will take you a little time to learn and realize but it’s really worth it when you see the result.

Now all you have to do is download the software and have fun with all these new features. Don’t hesitate to look for tutorials on Youtube that will help you to achieve your goals 😉

Posted in: Online Videos, Video Production

You’ve spent all day working on the production of your next video. You’ve wrapped up and are now doing some editing. You’re confident this will be a breeze because it went so well. Then, you notice the problems.

It’s not uncommon for there to be shots you need to fix after production. Whether it is minor or something significant you likely don’t have to go back and re-shoot unless there is simply too much to fix. Instead, consider a few key ways you can improve those unsuccessful shots to make them work just perfectly.

#1: Improve the Shaking

The most common complaint post-production is the shaking of the video. Even if you have stabilization in place, there are still going to be instances in which you find yourself dealing with a few wobbles or unwanted movements. The good news is you can often improve this. To do so, you’ll want to use a stabilization tool in your editor (and really learn how to use it well). The Warp Stabilization Tool from After Effects and Adobe Premiere is one of the best options. Back down the smoothness setting, which can help to improve the movement. Choose the Perspective or Position, Scale and Rotation settings instead of the Subspace Warp.

#2: Fixing the Sound

If you are using Adobe Creative Cloud, you can improve the sound significantly even when you are fighting a lot of background noise. Adobe Audition is another excellent editing tool for this purpose. You’ll get a lot out of it if you put some time into using it. Some situations may warrant a reshoot, though.

#3: Framing Problems

Another common problem that needs repair after production is framing. You’re main go to settings for making improvements to framing include Position, Scale, Rotation, and Perspective tools. The best way to fix these types of problems, you may need to give up some of the quality resolution of your shot. That’s because you’ll need to scale the image no matter what to fix the framing.

#4: Exposure Problems

It is quite common for filming to warrant re-doing the shoot completely as a result of exposure problems, but that’s not always necessary. You can adjust the exposure and improve it through the Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Whites, Blacks, and Shadows settings on your editing tool. If the shot is underexposed, you’ll need to adjust most of these settings to get improvement. It’s important to work on all of them to get the look right.

When it comes to finalizing your production, take the time to use a quality editing tool. And, learn as much as you can about the various settings available to you on it. You’ll find there are many types of problems that you simply can improve without having to schedule the dreaded re-shoot. This may take a bit of time, but playing with some of these tools can help you to have the best final production possible and give you the ability to sharpen your skills behind the camera.

Posted in: Video Production