Massive iOS app update!

Lise Framstad for Life, for Schools, for Work, News & Features

We just had a big iOS app update pushed out into the wild. It contains a significant number of new features: Automatically create awesome slideshows with pan-and-zoom animations Advanced Ken Burns effect editing Freely position your overlay text anywhere in your clip Design your caption text with many fonts and colors Make your videos come alive with our brand new royalty-free music library Fine tune your experience with the new Settings screen  …

Voice over video: part 2

Diana Madrigal for Life, for Schools, for Work

This is the second installment in our voiceover series. Part 1 covers how to choose the proper gear and location. Now that you’ve found the right recording space, it’s time to set up your gear and get ready to record. Grab your computer, headphones, mic, script, and a glass of water (or two). Technical setup Plug in your mic and …

Voice over video: part 1

Diana Madrigal for Life, for Schools, for Work

While you’re planning your next video project, nailing the message and visuals is important—but have you considered adding your voice? All videos are created to share a message. Your own narration can help that message stand out. Why should I add a voiceover to my video? It serves as a foundation for the visuals. It can help clarify what is …

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3 Reasons To Make A Halloween Video With Your Kids

Lauren Colman for Life

With Halloween rapidly approaching, your bookmarks and Pinterest boards are probably bursting at the seams with cute crafts, spooky snacks, and clever costumes to get your kids involved in the holiday. As much as you’d love some well-posed and beautifully lit photos to remember all of your hard DIYing by, it can be difficult to get kids to stay still …

Using Text in Video or Film

Using Text in Your Video

Lauren Colman for Life, for Schools, for Work, Higher Education, Media, Nonprofit, Real Estate, Schools (K-12)

Movies and videos are often remembered for the images, storylines, and musical accompaniment. You may not realize, though, that text can help tell the story just as much as the images. What would a newscast be without the name of the person being interviewed at the bottom of the screen? Can you imagine the latest action film without the opening title …

The Ultimate Free Video Editor Comparison

The Ultimate Free Video Editor Comparison

Lauren Colman for Life

Are your video clips and pictures just begging to be turned into an engaging video? This guide will help you navigate the current offerings of free online video editors so you can choose the one that is right for you. [hs_action id=”9151″]

Ken Burns Effect Video Editing

Being Ken Burns: Using Static Photos in Your Videos

Lauren Colman for Life, for Schools, for Work, Higher Education, Media, Nonprofit, Real Estate, Schools (K-12)

Adding a still image among video clips can stop the flow of your story, jolt the viewer and give your video a slideshow feel. One way to introduce movement is to apply the Ken Burns Effect, an effect that simulates the movement of a camera when recording footage. This effect is named after the filmmaker that made this his signature …

Digital Storytelling: My Foodie Vacation

Digital Storytelling: My Foodie Vacation

Lauren Colman for Life

We’ve all been there. You get back from your vacation and you realize you took nearly 1,000 pictures and video clips! How did that happen? Your family and friends don’t want to sit through a slideshow of all 1,000 snaps. That could take all day! Take a look at all of those memories and look for a common theme. Did you …

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Digital Storytelling: My Semester at Sea

Lauren Colman for Life, for Schools, Higher Education

In the Fall of 2014, Sarah P. embarked on the opportunity of a lifetime. She boarded a ship with approximately 700 other college students to travel the world while learning things you can’t learn from a textbook. Sarah was taking part in Semester at Sea, a global study abroad program sponsored by the University of Virginia. She and the other students, …