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Tutorial: How to Composite PowerPoint and Talking Head Video in Telestream Wirecast

Any time you produce a webinar that includes PowerPoint and a talking head video, it’s nice to present both in the same video frame. In this tutorial, I’ll how how you accomplish that in Telestream Wirecast. Click here to view the tutorial on ...

Video Tutorial: Maximizing Brightness in FCPX

The histogram and the waveform in Apple Final Cut Pro X are effective, easy-to-master tools that provide the clear input you need to diagnose and fix the contrast issues in your video simply and intelligently. In this video tutorial, you'll learn...

Optimizing Brightness and Contrast in FCPX

The histogram and the waveform in Apple Final Cut Pro X are effective, easy-to-master tools that provide the clear input you need to diagnose and fix the contrast issues in your video simply and intelligently. In this video tutorial, video editing and encoding expert Jan Ozer explains how they work.

Creating a Perfect Green Screen Overlay in Premiere Pro.

Here's a video I produced for OnlineVideo.net on using Premiere Pro's Ultra Key and Garbage Matte. It's an intro- to mid-level video that applies the effect on three videos of varying complexity. The good news? One video is of a (fully clothed) lovely dancing lady. The bad news? The lady's face is not showing (those pesky permission issues) and the other videos are of me.

All joking aside, if you've never used Premiere Pro's Ultra key and you plan to do so in the near term, the tutorial is worth a look.

Normalization and Compression in Adobe CS5.5

Streaming viewers will tolerate some video degradation but expect audio to be near perfect. There are two techniques you can use to make sure that your audio loud, clear and robust. Normalization increases volume as much as possible without introducing distortion into the file, while compression makes the signal as robust as possible. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to apply normalization in Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere Pro, and how to apply compression in Adobe Audition.

Color Correction in Premiere Pro

Here's a tutorial on perfecting video quality in Adobe Premiere Pro CS 3 with the following agenda.

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The tutorial is from a training product that has been discontinued and uses an older version of Premiere Pro, though the functionality has not meaningfully changed since then, so the knowledge should transfer. Click over to the main article to view the tutorial.

Perfecting Audio Quality in Adobe Audition

Here's a tutorial on perfecting audio quality in Adobe Audition 2.0 with the following agenda.

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The tutorial is from a training product that has been discontinued and uses an older version of Audition, though the functionality has not meaningfully changed since then, so the knowledge should transfer. Click over to the main article to view the tutorial.

Perfecting Audio Quality in SoundTrack Pro

Here's a tutorial on perfecting audio quality in Apple SoundTrack Pro (RIP) with the following agenda.

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The tutorial is from a product that has been discontinued and shows an older version of SoundTrack Pro, though I don't think the functionality has meaningfully changed since then, so the knowledge should transfer.

Click over to the main article to view the tutorial.

Don't Preview Encoded files in QuickTime Pro on Windows

I recently was producing some files for a client in Sorenson Squeeze, and saw some funky differences in exposure and contrast when previewing my work in QuickTime Player and other players. Click over to the main article to see a video that details what I saw.

Removing Echo from Audio with Adobe Audition

So, there I was, shooting a video for a Peer Review for StreamingMedia.com. If you're not familiar with these videos, it's where I critique videos presented by different web sites. While I simply don't have the production facilities to match the quality of some of the sites that I comment on, I do try to maximize the quality of my audio and video.

I was trying out a new microphone with the video segment, saw that levels were good, but didn't otherway pay attention to the quality. Then I got to editing the video (after putting away the lights, and storing all the audio gear, of course) and noticed a pretty severe echo in the audio. To learn how I fixed the problem, click over to the main article.