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Corel Video Studio x7 VS Avid Media Composer!


Corel Video Studio x7


Avid Media Composer 

            As an editor, one of the most popular issues one comes into contact with, is choosing the sort of software to use for editing. The market is saturated with hundreds of video editing programs, from elite software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer, to more basic and casual software like Windows Movie Maker and Virtual Dub. But what the market seems to be missing, is a good, fast, cheap editing platform that can act as a middle ground between the complex and the casual. This is where Corel Video Studio comes in.

In the following paragraphs we will see how Corel Video Studio stands out from the other editing platforms, with focus on how it differs from what Avid Media Composer has to offer. 

In the film industry, Avid seems to be the most popular choice for editors working for big broadcasting companies and production houses. The reason for this is because Avid is known for offering the widest range of really complex and detailed options in editing: from its capacity of being able to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, numerous intricate ways to cut, to the ability to edit straight to a cloud server. But all of this comes with a quite a few downsides:

  1. The interface is not very user friendly making really hard for someone who is new to it to find their way around it. The learning curve is much slower than any other editing platform because most of its layout is different from what editors are used to in software like Premiere Pro and Final Cut.
  2. Special Effects are not a strong point in Avid, most of them being just basic premade FX. It does give the editor the choice of modifying or making their own special effects, but because of its perplexing layout, the time it takes to build and effect is too big in comparison to other software.

Corel Video Studio has a different concept when it comes to editing platforms, making it a much faster and easier process. The way it does this is through a series of alternative approaches to what Avid does:

  1. The interface is very user friendly, making it very easy for any editor to quickly get accustomed to it. Making use of the “drag and drop” technique that most software is based on at the present. The learning curve is very fast, taking someone around a week to get to a comfortable level of knowledge on how the software works.
  2. The best feature in Corel is its massive table of Special Effects, Filters and Transitions. They come in a premade, ready to use state, giving the editor the option to just drag them onto their clips to apply them. This drastically reduces the time it takes to normally build or modify a Special Effect on other editing platforms.

These approaches that Corel Video Studio takes on the editing process, make it a much faster and easier part of film making. This software is the perfect tool for independent film makers or companies working with a tight time schedule. Written by: George Sonei

Delicia - Call My Name - Behind the Scenes

How to film and edit a music video effectively when on a low budget

The biggest tip that any filmmaker can use when making a music video is to ensure that for each scene setup, angle and shot that is taken they film the entire song from start to finish. This will make for a much easier and faster editing process. Also during filming make sure that the singer performs for every second of the song, including instrumentals. So their body language is constantly performing to the camera, even when they are not singing, as these are equally important shots to fill space within the video.

When it comes to the editing it is best to pic out the 5/6 strongest singing shots and put them in the video first, once you have sync the first shot it is really easy to copy and paste the shot and extend it to the next part of the song for a fast edit. Then you can fill in simple movement shots in between to make the video more detailed and exciting.

Usually we aim for the first 1minute of the video to be the most important as that sets the tone for the entire video and also gets people interested and eager to watch more. Once the style and tone is set in the first one minute then the rest of the video should easily fall into place. If you are aiming for a video that is very in sync with the song tempo and the lyrics then this will be a much more detailed edit, one big tip is to try and not let words finish half way through, in other words chopping shots in the middle of a word or phrase, as it can be confusing to the viewer.

Also adding movement shots or posing shots can help with creating a moving style video that works with music up-tempo, without the need of special effects, sharp and fast shots work well. If the video is more slow, then blending footage from one shot to the next helps create a slow feel for the video. You can also slow some shots down to capture the essence of a slow song.