Let me ask you a question first: why do you shoot holiday videos? Is it that you want to show off to people through social media about a great holiday you have just had? It may be true enough and no crime at all! Or is it that you like filming scenes and sceneries and with people in it and considering a career in the video editing arena? Very reasonable and a great place to start too. Or maybe you shoot simply because you want to remember – people in your life who matter most.
Every answer is acceptable, because you don’t need a reason for capturing your loved ones live or recording an amazing visit to an exotic location with your family. The problem arises when you want to show it to others – even the loved ones.
Because watching raw footage for 20 minutes can be a daunting task, for even the very near and dear ones and then they have to lie to your face about how much they enjoyed it.
If you want to relieve them from that painful experience or should I say, want to learn a few bare minimum basics about holiday video editing for beginners, please carry on reading.
But before we get serious, let me clear something off.
I believe editing is a digital art form and not for everyone. My elder brother, who is a teacher of economics, can’t even snap a picture without missing a large chunk of the head, is absolutely no match for editing a second’s worth of raw footage. But that never stopped him filming of her two year old daughter whenever he can. So, shoot anything and everything you want without being bothered, because there are professionals who would take care of your holiday video editing.
Now we can get serious.
If you want to edit your raw footage, you need to have a powerful computer to do that. Let me give you just the bare minimum requirements.
Your computer should have at least 8 gigabytes of RAM which is also known as computer’s memory. It also has to have a strong processor to process the complicated tasks you are going to throw at it. Intel Core series (i5 and higher) and the AMD FX series can handle most of them. But processors running with a speed of 2.6 gigahertz (gHz) can get the job done as well. And you must have a lot of storage, at least 500 GB to start with.
There are bucket loads of software available and many of them have ample free tools which can help you start editing with ease. Since you are starting as a beginner, free tools can help you learn a lot. And you can always buy the paid ones when you think you feel the specific need to do something that can’t be done by free tools. Below are just the names of some widely used editing software in no particular order:
- Window’s Movie Maker
- Final Cut Pro X
- AVID Media Composer
- Hitfilm Express
- Adobe Premier Pro
- DaVinci Resolve
- VSDC free Video Editor etc.
Those are just a few widely available, user-friendly editing software. You can jumpstart your holiday video editing with any of them.
The Editing Process Itself:
The first step is obviously moving the raw footage to your Mac or PC. You can do it as one big, chunky single file or make it big by adding 5 or 10 smaller files; it usually depends on the OS of your computer or the software you are using for editing. You can bring the video data shot by shot by software and each different shot will be in a different file. It will be immensely helpful when you start editing.
After bringing all the footage, you have to decide about how you are going to use it. Let me make it clear by giving an example the last video I edited –
It was my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary and a huge party was thrown. The video started from the moment of the guests started arriving.
A 2-second shot of the car door being opened.
A 3-second shot of the smiling guests getting out of the car.
A 3-second shot my parents were greeting them at the doorways.
A 3-second shot of the guests hugging each others.
And vice versa.
I had to figure out a way to find the starting and finishing of each little incident as a complete unit and bind them later sequentially by also maintaining chronological order.
I had to do that by watching the raw footage many times and pointing an IN and OUT marker for the little units that I was going to use later.
When you finish working out the shots, they need to be organized so that you can knit them together. And timeline is the place where you do that. You place the little clips in sequence and watch them being played.
Now the fun part begins. After you have done assembling and cleaning-up timeline, you can add effects. You can put together texts, transitions, still pictures, filters – anything. It entirely depends on your likings. I can just give a word of experience –less is always good in the case for adding effects.
There you go, with the above four easy concepts – capture, shots, timeline and adding effects – you can finish editing your holiday video. You might not create a masterpiece but at least people won’t have to lie to your face.
Before I leave you on your own, just a few pointers to remember –
- View your raw footage a number of times to be sure to choose the right clips to use later.
- Make sure you organize everything in separate folders. If you can figure out the best takes before the editing process, the job will be a whole lot easier.
- Shoot each scene a number of times. It will give you a sea of wealth to work later on and you can mix and match every clip for a refined result.
- Stop working for hours end, it will dull your senses and you may miss easy fixes.
- Best bet is always using instrumental instead of music, because lyrics can distract if you want to add your subjects talking.
- If you’re using music, select instrumental as a backing track. Lyrics can often be distracting unless used delicately.
- Get clear idea about some basic terminology like Jump Cuts, J Cut, L Cut, Montage, Cutting on Action, Match Cut/Match Action, Cutways, Wipe etc. You can get explanations about them in plain non-technical terms in numerous sites.
- This is paramount – you need to learn to be patient. There are endless sources of self-learning out there and some of them can be contradictory. But if you know how to be persistent, you can find your own way of editing.
You would be the judge of my little endeavor to give you some very basic ideas about holiday video editing. Now use them, and be an awesome editor.
The Biggest Online Gambling Bosses in Bulgaria Linked to Racist Scandals During Football Match & Money Laundering
Back in October, England faced the Bulgarian national football team at the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. However, the match was marked by demonstrations of vile racism, monkey chants, and paid football hooligans who, by all means, were at the stadium with the initial goal to disrupt the whole game. But this is not the first time the Bulgarian audience showed such disrespect towards foreign players and teams. During the European Championship qualifier in 2011, for instance, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) was fined due to racist behaviour from fans towards some of the English players again. Two years later, the Bulgarian football club Levski Sofia was fined almost 20000 euros after fans held up banners with swastikas and another wishing Hitler a happy birthday. Unfortunately, despite the many sanctions and warnings towards the Bulgarian league in the past, racism still continues to be a very deeply rooted problem.
As if reaching its peak, the racist taunts during the Bulgaria v England Euro 2020 qualifier managed to upset the global civil society. The match was halted twice in the first half after football players from the English team reported about racist insults that appeared to be directed at black players like Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings. The warning in the 28th-minute was followed by a pause of the match in the 43rd minute when part of the fans in B sector left the stadium. The scandal that obviously violated UEFA’s anti-discrimination and anti-racism campaign was followed by global media outreach and led to a number of critical observations and commentaries from professional footballers, members of UEFA executive committee, football clubs, journalists, and even politicians.
“We can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria. This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved. As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football. We will be asking UEFA to investigate it as a matter of urgency,” the English Football Association (FA) points out.
Following these unpleasant events, the President of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), Borislav Mihaylov, officially quit. He stepped down after the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, called for him and wrote on his Facebook page: “I urge Borislav Mihaylov to immediately resign as president of the Bulgarian Football Union! It is unacceptable for Bulgaria, which is one of the most tolerant countries in the world – and people of different ethnicities and religions live in peace – to be associated with racism and xenophobia.”
Boyan Naydenov with the ex-president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihailov
Later on, shortly after the confirmation of Mihaylov’s resignation, more than 20 police officers raided the BFU headquarters in Sofia. According to the Bulgarian chief prosecutor’s spokeswoman, the investigation links the former President of BFU with corruption offences, appointment of referees on football matches, and other major crimes against sport.
But the resignation of Borislav Mihaylov was just the tip of the iceberg. After the racist insults against the British football nationals, the scandal has now deepened. For a long time, there has been a certain link between football and organised crime in Bulgaria. Quite often, football hooligans act under the pressure imposed on them by external influential forces. They are many cases when football hooliganism has been employed on purpose in order to provoke and cause chaos during matches. And this might be the case here as well. Suspecting a background scenario, the special forces investigated the sponsors as well. Which led to a series of events that are unlikely to be simply coincidental.
As special forces were assembled, they inspected the possibility of one of the biggest gambling bosses in the country – Stefan Naydenov – to stay behind the incident. Despite UEFA’s network of informers across Europe working on clamping down on the problem with match fixing, the series of sport manipulations seem to be orchestrated pretty well by the gambling boss. He is not only accused of various manifestations of sport corruption but different sources also report that Naydenov acquired no other but Mario Kostrukov – the former head of the BFU’s Department that fights match-fixing.
Cvetomir Naydenov in from of the National Palace of Justice
Along with his sons, Boyan Naydenov and Cvetomir Naydenov, he runs one of the largest gambling companies in East Europe – Efbet. The trademark is owned by “Brobet LTD”, and is among the main sponsors of football in Bulgaria. Just recently it was involved in a huge scandal that revealed a good number of violations of the Gambling Law in Bulgaria as well as of the Limitation on Cash Payments Act (LCPA) done systematically by Efbet owners.
After continuous investigation on the matter, agents from the State Agency for National Security (SANS) stormed the headquarters of Efbet on October 4th. The Bulgarian media published tons of information on the subject, linking the Naydenov family to corruption, money laundering, and other financial crimes. In addition, according to unofficial information from the services, the names of the bookmaker’s owners were also linked to people who are part of organized crimes and corruption not only in Bulgaria but in other European countries too. Yet, the Efbet saga did not end here.
Cvetomir Naydenov supporting his favorite team with Hooligans
Roughly a month after the SANS raid, in a new secret investigation conducted by authorities in Malta on Romanian and Bulgarian connection to money laundering, the names of the Naydenov family and their gambling company stood out. Similar investigations on “Brobet” also took part in Greece, Romania, and Italy. And while information from the Maltese police highlighted that the Bulgarians are linked with the Italian Mafia in Sicily and Milan, some British and Greek journalists underlined that Stefan Naydenov and his sons were part of corruption schemes, financial frauds, and tax evasion. What is more, the British media reported that the gambling boss Stefan Naydenov was part of the communist secret services in his country. He operated under the pseudonym “Nikolov” and was recruited by the State Security Officer Kr. Krastev back in 1980.
The two Naydenov Brothers with their Father Stefan also known as Agent Nikolov
In light of these events, some Bulgarian journalists suggested that Stefan Naydenov and his sons Boyan and Cvetomir Naydenov invested a significant amount of their undeclared profits in real estates in Greece as well as Italy.
Four Things Only A Rummy Player Knows Better
Online rummy is one of the most sought game among youngsters these days. Despite heavy competition from the likes of action games like PubG, Fortnite, online rummy has held on to its own and has been steadily growing. Online rummy companies infact has registered highest growth rates in the gaming industry growing at an astounding growth rate of 50%.
As the game is deeply rooted in the Indian culture and milieu, rummy had little trouble in getting accomadated in the online sphere. Ever since then, there’s no looking back. Online ecosystem expanded rummy’s territory and the game is now available in several places where it wasn’t known earlier. The online avtar made rummy even more interesting and convenient. An interesting blend of fun, entertainment, and thrill is what that makes this game so special.
There are so many opinions about rummy game these days. However, not every of them is necessarily true as they are based on conjectures. Only a rummy player knows the significance of the game and the hard work that goes with it. Just like an athlete knows how hard the training part is, in order to attain success in any major event. In this post, we are looking at a few things which only a rummy player can understand.
1. Ups and Down are inevitable
Real sportsmen know that ups and downs in their career are natural. There’s absolutely no reason to panic if you endure a few losses. Similarly, a rummy pro knows that losses are no big deal. Sure, we feel crawling under our skin during defeats and uncontrollable euphoria on big wins. However, a rummy professional follows a balanced approach and is even restrained in celebrations.
2. Rummy Players are not gamblers
There is a widespread misconception that rummy is a gambling game as money is involved. This disdain for the game is deeply entrenched in the minds of people through constant propaganda and misinformation. Even free rummy games are viewed with the same lens of suspicion.
For all the doubting Thomases, playing rummy game for cash is legal according to a Supreme Court Verdict. The verdict clearly dissects skill games like rummy from card games where chance play a major role. Rummy players knows what it takes to win the game. Surely it’s not luck, if it’s a game based on luck, wouldn’t the same player win multiple games.
3. Rummy Players can be professional
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, similarly players who chose rummy as their profession knows how interesting their profession is. The truth is rummy players need good cognitive ability, attention span, good memory, and mental skills just like how working professionals require.
The society still has a skewed opinion about people choosing playing card games for a living and chastises them for choosing rummy as a career option. The truth is games like rummy, poker, and other skill game offer them financial clout apart from the entertainment. If it were just pastime, would the game achieved this much popularity? The truth is that successful players remain unfettered about their detractors and keep marching ahead.
4. Rummy players know when to stop
Good players don’t get too excited over a winning streak. Just like how we allocate a monthly budget, A good player will set a limit and not exceed it. Even if they are on a winning streak, they know when to stop. Perhaps, this quality is what that separates professionals from the rest.
So, the next time someone passes their unfounded opinions about rummy game, walk away nonchalantly with a grin; as now you are now in a position better than them.
Joining a New Online Casino
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