Video Editing Tips by Brony2you

Ohai, so I hear a lot about video editors who have some trouble when it comes to video editing or doing this or that or certain aspects when it comes to scenes and certain editing troubles.So I thought I would make a quick tutorial or however long this goes for on helpful hints in video editing.

 

In this I will be covering a few things.

  • Helpful hints in certain editing software
  • Video scene and editing knowledge
  • Ways to use Green Screens and Vectors in a smooth manner.

 

Also note, this will mostly cover things in Sony Vegas. A lot of these can apply over to AE but primarily I will be covering how to do these in Sony Vegas since it is a prime editing medium. If you have any problems concerning AE just ask.

 

 

First thing lets cover that won’t take too long is helpful hints in editing software.

Let’s start off with Sony Vegas. Now all these tips apply to most if not all version of Sony Vegas. Some of this information might be common knowledge to some of you and for others who are just dwelling in will be a blessing.

 

  • Slowing or speeding up a clip

Simply grab one end of a clip and hold ctrl. Then drag the clip to a desired length. This will slow down the clip and reduce the fps. This will also slow down the audio with it.

 

 

  • Matching Output Aspect

Simply go into the pan and crop options of any clip (the square on the top right of any clip in the timeline) and right click the pan and crop window and click Match Output Aspect. This will remove any black bars that you might get on clips that are not the correct size for the size chosen for your project.

 

  • Disable Resample/Ghosting

Resampling is annoying little thing that causes a slight fade between frames. To disable this which I highly recommend for better shots with slow mo or just in general, simply go to preferences by right clicking a clip in the timeline. Once there change it from Smart Resample to Disable Resample.

 

  • Instant image settings for images being dropped into Sony Vegas (This can help making a timelapse video a million times faster)

Go to options then preferences. Go to the editing tab and go to “New still length image” and change it to the longer or shorter length for convenience. Also, on the same note, go to “general” and change the recent projects tab that shows under file to 10 or something. You’ll thank me later.

 

Now to look at green screen tips and vector tips..

This is mostly based around how you use them but a few problems I see with them is how people prepare them. Now first off I’ll show you a few locations to get some great Green Screens that are majorly helpful.

 

 

GreenScreenPonies Channel – Green Screens done by LittleShyFim and Stormfx3 and others that include downloads in the video description.

TommyXe green screen pack – A compilation of most of the masks used by TommyXe from some of his videos.

Liftl0k masks – A mask pack from liftl0k from one of his pmvs.

iamxkoreanx mask pack – A mask pack from Korean from his Fire Hive pmv

 

If you’re using Sony Vegas, obviously apply Chroma Key. If using After Effects, use Keylight. Something from earlier that is a MUST when using green screen is disable resampling. This will remove the ghosting I mentioned earlier which is annoying and makes shots look crisper.

 

Once done modify it to a desired setting for green screen so it seems fitting and yaddayadda. Something that happens to rainbow dash masks often is her color is distorted. You have 2 options, spend a while sitting in AE fiddling with the cluster of color correction settings to get it perfect OR do something that is fast, not perfect, but improves a distorted Rainbow dash or any other green screen.

Add a color correcter setting and mess with the settings to fit it. A brightness and contrast couldn’t hurt as well. This doesn’t null it but it looks better then desaturated rd.

Also, I should note some of the tips for vectors can very well be applied to vectors. In fact almost all can be mirrored over on how to use a green screen.

 

That should cover everything for green screens, now onto Vectors!

First thing is first, places to get em. The two best places are vector club and Svg resources.

Svg Resources

MLP Vector Club

Using these uniquely can be done well, or not so well. There is no right way to use vectors but some ways look a little neater then others. This is also a helpful hint of vegas. In the pan and crop options for a vector there are many ways to smooth the movement for a vector. Also ways to interact it more with the surroundings.

 

Go to the pan and crop options and one main way to smooth thing is through either right clicking keyframes or the smooth percentage options on the side. This will change how smoothly the camera pans your vector.

Now, a way to make a background move with a vector requires some in depth looking into layers. (This can be solved easily in AE with 3d layers and cameras but this also works for Sony Vegas) First off have your background layer and your vector layer and click make composition child for your background layer. This will lock the bottom layer to the top one. Now click parent motion next to the top layer. Pan it any way you like and it will move the background and the vector right with it.

Also, for sizing/aspect ratio you can lock it or bend it to make stuff thinner for angles (preferably done in AE with rotation). The same smoothness options apply to the side and keyframes there as they do in pan and cropping.

 

Now to nailing your vector down to a surface go to track motion on your top vector layer. Go down and check 2d shadow. Once done turn off aspect ratio in the same place as before, go to the top left and change the blur to 0. Once done go to color and change the opacity to a desired amount. Then go to change the size (with aspect ratio unlocked) and angle it to fit the angle of the ground as best you can to the feet. Then Wa-la, 2d now looks 3d.

Also, on the 2d note, the 2d glow option works the same way only it has a glowing effect to where you can change the color and such and is below it.

Now onto video knowledge on what to use!

This will be short and sweet. Just a few notes on how to use scenes. When it comes to choosing scenes and picking what will fit, I will recommend having a nice knowledge of a lot of MLP episodes. Have scenes that are relevant to certain parts of a song or have scenes that go well/ are eye appealing to the music.

This entire video can be used as a good example for that part.

And on that note, have good quality clips that don’t have a hub logo. It changes a LOT when it comes to scenes without a hub logo. You can buy them off Itunes OR download them off youtube with a youtube download, which I do not condone…

And when it comes to video editing I highly recommend this, somewhat advanced but easy to understand lip syncing tutorial (by Silkamv) that focuses around Sony Vegas for lip syncing. It involves cropping which I don’t prefer for sony vegas, but it works incredibly well for lip syncing. I will add a few things to this in time but for now I hope all this helps for random points in editing.

Hope you all found this helpful.