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[personal profile] brainwane
Ashley Blewer, an archivist specializing in moving images and a software developer, created a website, "ffmprovisr", to make it easier for you to use the program ffmpeg.
FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.

Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.

FFmpeg is a free, open source tool that works on the command line and lets you do stuff like:
  • Change codecs (transcode)
  • Change formats
  • Filter stuff
  • Create GIFs and thumbnails
  • Normalize/equalize audio
  • Read/extract captions
  • Make test patterns
  • Fix audio that's fallen out of sync
  • Join or split files
  • Play an image sequence

I have used FFmpeg recipes in the past and it's great how much it can do, especially in combination with youtube-dl which makes it easy to download video from a ton of sites -- YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and many others. I hope other vidders find ffmprovisr helpful in their work!
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[personal profile] soukup

but I swear, I have tried, and I cannot find the answer on my own. I'm using Windows Live Movie Maker and I want to make my video clips run backwards. Could anyone give me any advice on how to do that?

Thanks in advance!

(Mods: I'm sorry. I have tried to tag this post, to no avail; no matter what I type in it keeps telling me that I'm not allowed to add tags in this comm. Maybe today is just destined to be the day when I fail at doing things that should be absurdly simple.)

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[personal profile] lim
Hey guys,

Does anyone have a copy of Stibs Free Transitions for Final Cut Pro? I can't find it online any more and I've just had to reinstall and failed to back up my copy. I could really do with the blur cross!

eta Got them! If anyone needs them, give me a shout.
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[personal profile] heresluck
Red Giant software is having a so-called Secret Sale, which runs until 11:59 PM PST today, Tuesday, December 14, 2010. (To find out when the sale ends in your time zone, visit the World Clock site.)

They've got tons of interesting plugins and presets, most of which I haven't used (and frankly wouldn't even know what to do with), but I've had a lot of fun with the 3S bundle, which includes Shine and Starglow, both of which I've used in AfterEffects for various purposes in recent vids. There are plenty of tutorials available, both from Red Giant and out in the wilds of YouTube, which I found very helpful.

For folks who like using effects, the sale might be worth a look. Most of the things on offer are compatible with After Effects; some can also be used with Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Motion, Avid, or Sony Vegas.
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[personal profile] damned_colonial
I posted this just recently on [personal profile] starlady's thread talking about AMVs and fanvids.

Cutting out a frame from clip A and inserting clip B into it, or overlaying clip B onto clip A in some way. Examples: The Test by [ profile] heresluck, which overlays Star Trek TOS onto footage from the Reboot movie to show us stuff about the Kirk/Spock relationship, and I'm your man by [ profile] charmax which does it with mirrors.

Sometimes people cut the screen into sections and show different things in each section, sort of like the opening credits sequence to every 70s TV show ever ;) I'm not thinking any really good examples though. Oh! Yes! Vogue by [personal profile] luminosity has a lot of this, though there's a lot of other stuff going on there too.

Something else I've seen is people using effects to texturise (for want of a better word) footage, to make it look old or something. You quite often see sepia tones, old film effects, and similar. Examples: Closer by T. Jonesy and Killa, go back to sleep, by TikiTyler9 (also does other stuff with colour and black and white), I am/Lamb by [personal profile] lim.

lim has a number of vids that have a sketchy, hand-drawn sort of a texture; "Us" is the best known of them, but "This is how it works" also does this. Some of her vids have a different, scrapbooky sort of effect, see eg. "Wallpaper" and "People are People".

(Wow, I wish some of these vidders would write (or point me at) tutorials on how to do this stuff in Final Cut.)

(full comment, for context.)

So... can anyone point me at tutorials for how to do any of these things in Final Cut? (Edit: or other/related mac-based tools.)

(Mods: suggested tags: tech: effects, software: final cut.)