If the average video producer made a list of the key elements for a great project, the list would probably start with capturing great images, and hopefully include getting good audio, having great content, and maybe even getting good performances from talent. However, you're probably not likely to find solid supporting graphics on that list. So to give these key graphics their due respect, here are 5 tips to improve your supporting graphics. 1. Use Them! Whether it's a local commercial, web tutorial, wedding, or just your family video, supporting graphics can help provide a context for your video, and help reinforce the concept or message you're trying to get across to your viewer.
Or how to have a complete breakdown in six months... Last year some friends of mine came and asked if they could borrow some of my video equipment for a project they wanted to film. On and off over the next few weeks I'd see lights, tripod, a dolly or cables go out in the morning in a van full of excited people and return late at night, returned by a team of weary souls. Six months later I was invited to a party in a pub where they'd set up televisions everywhere, all borrowed of course ... <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Whether we've been aware of it or not, we've all seen the chroma key or "green screen" effect used in everything from our local weather report to our favorite Hollywood blockbusters. With this technique, the movie maker shoots an actor against a solid-colored wall (very often a bright green color which gives the technique the green screen nickname, although technically you could use any color), and then the editor applies a filter to key out or remove that color so that it appears transparent. This transparency enables the editor to put a different piece of video in the layer beneath the actor, thus giving the impression that the actor is standing within the scene of that second video, as shown in Figure 1. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Wax is a high performance and flexible video compositing and special effects software. The idea for Wax is to be very general purpose and flexible in video compositing and effects, so that you can compose your dream video sequence with ease everytime. Wax can create 2D & 3D special effects and can work in two modes - as a standalone application which would appeal for home users/beginners, and as a "plug-in" to video editors/NLEs which would be more useful for professional editors. Currently Wax can work as a plug-in with Sony Vegas®, Pure Motion EditStudio and Adobe Premiere® and work for integrating with various other NLEs is in progress.