The Top 5 Android Video Editing Apps

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on The Top 5 Android Video Editing Apps

Editing video on your Android phone can seem like the the Wild West. Vast prairies of options, and seemingly no law and order as to what works best – and what doesn’t work at all. iPhone users have iMovie as a good and stable starting point. Not so for Droid users. We decided it was time to figure out the best editing app for yourAndroid smartphone. My colleague Thaddeus Bouska has an Android smartphone; he surveyed Android video editing apps. We tried out dozens of apps, and found many that claim to be video editing software, and just aren’t. Many are buggy, designed poorly, or...

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A Soap and Water World

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on A Soap and Water World

I’ve always loved the experience of going through a car wash. Who doesn’t? But how to shoot it in a way that others will want to watch? Too often videos show exactly what everyone sees. Why bother watching? Uh, why bother even shooting it? The secret of making a captivating film is to see the world differently. Stuck in a seat, literally, one would think there aren’t many possibilities. Wrong. I waited for moments revealing different aspects of the process, recording long enough to hopefully wow viewers. I cut before they lose interest; we don’t want viewers looking...

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Video Pics (super short selfie videos) Are Replacing Selfies

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Video Pics (super short selfie videos) Are Replacing Selfies

Still photos are so, well, still. Why not take a video, super short, just long enough to take in the scene, like the time it takes to view a photograph. Shall we call them VideoPics? It’s fresh and alive, think of the photographs in Harry Potter. I came up with ideas and here are a few examples. If you’re with a big group of people, like Neil Patrick Harris trying to outdo Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars last year,simply pan across the crowd, move past them, or have them stream by you and the camera. Now, isn’t that more dynamic than an old STILL photograph? Check out...

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Make SHORT, One-Shot, Smartphone Videos Dynamic

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Make SHORT, One-Shot, Smartphone Videos Dynamic

You see something happening in front of you. You grab your smartphone, tap the app, get set and roll. It’s only thirty seconds long, but does that mean you has to be boring? Me thinks not. There are options to make it dynamic even shooting one-shot short videos.   What do you...

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Video Compression is a Must

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Video Compression is a Must

One of the challenges to Smartphone video makers is sharing. The quality is so high, it’d difficult to upload easily and to send a video that’s more than a few seconds long directly to your friends or get it up on YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo. When I shot “The Great Escape 3” (see earlier post), I had a tough time sharing it. Luckily, apps are always being created that can come to the rescue. In this case to compress the video, making the file size smaller. You can still keep the high quality version of your film, but without video compression, sharing can be incredibly...

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The Great Escape 3

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Blog, Slider | Comments Off on The Great Escape 3

The Great Escape 3

   Go Hollywood! is chapter 10 in my book. Making films is great family fun. I just returned from a vacation in Guatemala, where my brother has lived for decades. We made The Great Escape 3, a short dramatic video, starring his grandsons and appearances by the rest of the family. Of course, kids love chase scenes – they get to run around – so it’s chock full. There’s a jailbreak, escaping on an ATV, searches, hiding, and a dramatic climax. The film is 9 minutes long and took just an hour to shoot. We made up each scene as we went along; no storyboarding,...

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