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Holiday Video Editing for Beginners

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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.

Hardware:

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.

Software:

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
  •       iMovie
  •       Final Cut Pro X
  •       AVID Media Composer
  •       Lightworks
  •       Avidemux
  •       Shotcut
  •       Hitfilm Express
  •       Adobe Premier Pro
  •       DaVinci Resolve
  •       Openshot
  •       Videopad
  •       Blender
  •       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:

Capture:

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.

Shot:

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.

Timeline:

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.

Add Effects:

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.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Four Things Only A Rummy Player Knows Better

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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Joining a New Online Casino

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Joining another online club sounds overwhelming, however it can really be a great deal of fun. The online gambling club Canada circuit is overflowing with probably the best puts down to wager on the planet, a locale with access to the best virtual entryways out there. The main genuine issue you will have… particularly when you’re at an asset like this one, one that guides you to the best choices, will choose which accommodates your inclinations, desires, and objectives.

Why Someone Might Join

The explanation somebody may be hoping to join another online club will be on the grounds that they need to encounter the rush of wagering cash. For the expectations of winning cash in the most advantageous manner to do as such, or they as of now are an individual from an online gambling club and are searching for a change. In the two cases, you’re in a situation to join a site that appears to be customized in light of you explicitly. There are such a significant number of alternatives out there, you are ensured to discover one you won’t simply appreciate from the start, however can appreciate for quite a while to come.

Inclination Qualities to Look For

After the essential characteristics are considered, the second most significant inquiry is whether the online gambling club matches you as a player. On the off chance that you like to play Slots and just Slots, there are club that brag more than 500 assortments. Some significantly offer rewards and advancements explicitly for Slots-just players. Some gambling club offer an all the more balanced entryway, offering huge amounts of table and games, a great number of Slots, and even multiplayer games, similar to Poker. While we are in regards to gambling clubs to mean the player versus the club, Poker Rooms will frequently be an alternative, and some online gambling clubs even have a sportsbook. Here you can be on a portion of your preferred athletic occasions. Huge numbers of these club enable players to investigate their hall and play their games for nothing in demo practice mode before you even need to enroll or store. You know precisely what you’re getting into and seeing everything firsthand before taking a chance with any of your well deserved money.

Step by step instructions to Join

Joining another online gambling club is simpler than at any other time. The best have the most exceptional SSL encryption, a similar that the greatest banks on the planet use. This to guarantee the wellbeing and security of your private data. All prescribed online club offer moment stores. Where the subsequent you’re finished entering your store technique, the assets are added to your record and you can get to playing. Know that every online gambling club likewise offer Welcome Bonuses and different advancements. While they all give players free cash, they accompany stipulations known as rollover necessities. Be certain that you perused those terms and conditions cautiously to be certain you are eager to meet the necessities before you select the choice to exploit them. You can join one at thecasinosites.com

We have all the best online choices for players in your nation. Prepare to have a ton of fun, and ideally win some cash. Just always remember to consistently rehearse mindful gaming.

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VisionDirect Launches Revolutionary Prescription Lens Scanner Mobile Application

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Get Glasses Prescription in 10 Minutes with VisionDirect

MELBOURNE, Oct. 21st, 2019 – VisionDirect, one of the world’s  leading and fastest growing online eyewear retailer announces the launch of a prescription lens scanner.  The free mobile application allows users to get a precise reading of their prescription details using their mobile devices.

The TGA-listed app is powered by groundbreaking patented technology and only requires a smartphone, a computer screen, a magnetic card for measurement (i.e. credit card, subway card), and current prescription glasses.

As the first company in Australia, VisionDirect launches the Lens Scanner in both App Store and Google Play Store, the Lens Scanner is developed to simplify the process of getting an accurate prescription reading thus making it easier to order new glasses online from the comfort of their home.

“We know that today’s consumers are very tech-savvy and driven by convenience and simplicity, so we proudly offer them a solution that will put them in greater control of their eyewear needs. With Lens Scanner, consumers can easily get their optical details through their mobile phones and at their comfort. We’re confident that this new app will envision our future of accessible and affordable eyewear for everyone”. David Menning, CEO of VisionDirect

The Lens Scanner aims to disrupt the traditional model of buying prescription glasses. The app is designed to be free of charge, user-friendly and timesaving. The user requirements are:

1. A smartphone with the Lens Scanner app (Downloaded from the App Store or Google Play store),

2. A laptop or desktop (with a 12” screen or larger)

3. User’s current pair of eyeglasses, and

4. A standard size magnetic card

About VisionDirect Australia

VisionDirect™ is a part of the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group – the world’s leading designer glasses e-commerce company. With operations across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, our portfolios of domain properties are market leaders in over 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US and VisionDirect.com.au in Australia.

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