Avid Announces Free Version of Media Composer

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Avid has revealed its plans to release a free version of its popular Media Composer video editing software. Dubbed “Media Composer | First,” it will be scaled down in features but will still offer much of the experience for which Media Composer is popular.

Avid has not divulged the complete details on Media Composer | First; however, it will launch later this year. The available info from Avid highlights an in-app Marketplace for purchasing effects and stock footage. Additionally, Avid also highlights cloud connectivity, stating that all projects are stored in the cloud with media stored locally.

As Avid’s FAQ reinforces several times, Media Composer | First is targeted specifically at beginners. Avid makes effort to encourage anyone looking to become a serious editor to look at the full version Media Composer instead.

Avid Media Composer | First will officially launch sometime later in 2015.

Quick Portrait Breakdown: From Beach Snapshot to Framed Canvas

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Anyone who has gone to the beach with the family understands the pressure on the photographer in the family to capture the perfect portrait on the beach.

It’s not like there aren’t enough things to worry about between hitting the lighting at the right time, to timing your shot in between random beach walkers to keeping sand out of your camera bag. On top of normal photographer thoughts, there is the challenge of working with your own kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews who don’t see you as a photographer but as dad/mom/grandpa/grandma/uncle/aunt with a dorky habit of carrying a camera. [Read more…]

How to Get Started Editing Video in Premiere Pro CC

If you want to get more out of your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s video shooting capabilities, you need to learn how to edit that video. Making the transition from photo editing to video editing can be a jarring move.

Video is whole other can of worms but it can be very rewarding. Even if you are not pushing out videos to a client, being able to do behind-the-scenes videos of your work, or just having polished family videos from today’s digital media devices.

If you don’t know where to start, this tutorial from Terry White is a great place to start. He gives you enough info to get started editing in Premiere Pro CC and cut a sequence from start to finish.

There may be better and more efficient methods to use some of the things he shows, but it is a good starting point. If you talk to 10 different editors, you’ll get 10 different opinions on editing techniques and workflow.

NEXTO DI NVS2825 is a Powerful Field Video Backup, Review and Editing Solution

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The NEXTO DI NVS2825 is a portable video backup drive with some powerful features. The NEXTO line of backup drives have previously been relegated to serving simple backup drives with some “kinda cool” features; however, the NVS2825 adds some file handling features that make it a most impressive tool for video professionals. [Read more…]