What is the 30 Degree rule in film?

Filmmaking and editing have many different rules that cinematographers and film editors are expected to follow or to consider. You might have heard some of these rules such as the 30-degree rule, the 180-degree rule, and the rule of thirds. One of the most basic film editing guidelines that new filmmakers frequently ask about is […]

How to use audio effect plug-ins (VST, Audio Units) in Premiere Pro and Final Cut

Audio effect plugins for Premiere Pro and Final Cut When it comes to audio effects, most modern non-linear video editors allow you to use plug-ins developed by third parties to extend their native audio effects. You might want for example to de-noise audio, process its dynamics or transition between different segments using reverb or delay. […]

Working with DSLR video in Premiere Pro

1. Insert your SDHC card either into either the computer’s SD card reader (MacBook Pro laptops or iMacs) or into a USB card reader plugged into the computer. 2. Copy the files off of the SDHC card. There are two ways to do this, with one being preferred. a) Either drag the folder named “100CANON” […]

White balance for film and video: A beginner’s guide

When is white not really white? When it’s headed toward an unprepared camera sensor. Understanding white balance and the colour difference between light sources is critical to getting the best look from your camera, which also makes it a crucial part of cinematography where everything in the frame needs to look perfect. Different light sources […]


This tutorial quickly explains the difference between insert edit and overwrite edit in Premiere Pro. You’ll see examples using both types of edits. CHOOSING BETWEEN INSERT EDIT AND OVERWRITE EDIT IN PREMIERE PRO The two most common types of edits (the act of actually putting clips into your timeline) are the Insert Edit and Overwrite […]

Adobe Premiere Pro: Converting Stereo Tracks to Dual Mono

Learn how to convert a single left/right stereo channel into dual-mono tracks in this quick Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial. If you want to edit individual audio channels in Adobe Premiere Pro, it’s much easier to accomplish by converting your track to dual mono, rather than trying to edit each channel individually within the stereo track. […]

How to Fix the Media Offline Error in Premiere Pro

In today’s post, I’ll walk you through exactly how easy it is to reconnect missing media files in Premiere Pro. The dreaded missing media ‘red screen’ happens to the best of us, so don’t sweat it. Lucky for us, Premiere Pro has made it fairly quick and simple to reconnect multiple files at once so […]

7 Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Video-Editing Work

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In my previous post about editing techniques, I broke down a lot of the cut types, transitions, and other things you can employ when moving between clips. In this companion piece, I’ll be introducing some tips and tricks that work not just for entire clips, but for the overall tone and feel of your video […]

Why Are Green Screens Green? Why not another colours?

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There’s a scene in the Netflix sitcom Master of None where Aziz Ansari’s hapless commercial and B-movie actor Dev stands in front of a vast green backdrop in a film studio. “Honestly, most of this is going to be done in post [production],” the board director of a hackneyed sci-fi film tells him. “It’s kind […]

13 Creative Editing Techniques Every Video Editor Should Know

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Picture the quick-cut transitions and comedic editing style of any Edgar Wright movie (the work of editor Chris Dickens, usually), the flash-bulb cuts and freeze frames of Martin Scorcese films (editor Thelma Schoonmaker) or the frantic and fabulous opening scene in City of God (editor Daniel Rezende). These are all different types of edits and […]