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Camtaisa 2024 Is Here Now With Dynamic Captions 2024-06-12

Camtasia 2024 is here. Camtasia has always been one of my favorite website tools. This years version has some new features worth noting. And some drawbacks that need to be fixed.

First up is "Dynamic Captions." A new AI powered caption generator that will save you a lot of time. Simply drag and drop Dynamic Captions onto a timeline track just above your audio track that you want captioned.

Seems too simple, right? Well as with any AI powered app it is not perfect. You will need to review your captions to correct misspellings and misinterpretations. As you will see in this next video. I updated some of the errors, but not all. Check it out...

Rode VideoMicro 2 Test

For this video I used "Dynamic Captions to do the captioning. I probably should have spent more time editing them but I wanted to see what it could do for a video creator in a hurry.

As you can tell the captioning is off in some places and misinterprets words in others. However all the properties to change it are available. That means customization and editing can correct any errors.

Also worth noting about Camtasia Studio 2024 is the lack of 2 features that used to be time savers but are now time wasters, cause they aren't there anymore. I am referring to:

  1. "Remove Stitching" a tool that used to allow you to unstich a stiched clip. I looked everywhere I could think of to find this option. But it simply ins't there anymore. A "Stich" allows you to compine 2 clips into 1. This could be advantageous wheb trying to move clips around without having to re-edit them.

    Unstiching a stiched clip allows you to edit each part individually. Without the "Remove Stitching" option makes stiching a waste of time.

  2. "Export Selection As..." option no longer seems to work. I wanted to export a section of a video I was working on. So, I selected that portion of the video, then opened up the Export dropdown menu and found "Export Selection As..." greyed out and unselectable. There is a workaround for this but it entails a lot of unnecessary editing.

I am pretty sure these misques will be updated in the next release. But it would have been nice if TechSmith had of spotted them before I did. Still, Camtasia Studio 2024 is still the best screen recording software available. Now with AI powered dynamic captioning. Get yours here...

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Video Creation Tips Category (New) 2024-06-05

Video Creation category"Where have you been all my life?" Is what a video director said to me one day when I was videotape operating for him. It was a big multi-camera teleconference shoot for Chrysler Corp. I worked for a huge production house and the place was packed. There were 5 edit suites, audio post, 3 stage productions and 2 film to video transfer suites all running at the same time. I was a Sr. Video Engineer at the time.

My job that day was tape operator for the big shoot on A stage. I had (4) recorders and (2) playback videotape machines to operate. I had (3) cameras feeds, the main switched output and 2 playback tapedecks and a backup recorder. And, every other engineer, editor, assistant and technician in the place wanting to take them away from me.

We were doing a world wide satelite distributed 4 hour scripted teleconference. It was mandatory to either attend the event or watch the recording for all company employees. It was like a "State of The Union" address for around 100,000 Chrysler employees.

To say my performance on this production was critical, would be an understatement. While I had 7 machines to operate everyone else had just one or 2 jobs to do. I was constantly doing something with split second timing.

Roll tape, stop tape, cue the next segment, take notes, make labels, playback that last part, communicate professionally and fend off vultures wanting to snatch a tapedeck when I wasn't guarding it. It was a very hectic and rewarding day. In the end I had over 15 hours of freshly recorded videotape, in a 4 hour shoot. All of it labeled, cataloged and with detailed notes.

Edited in Camtasia 2023.4 BackyardGran Prix HumanBot AI Powered Chat Bot

If I wanted to see any of that today I would have to research an archive somewhere of old videotape. Most likely that would be all but impossible, as all that was long ago. The tapes are probably now destroyed, reused or lost many years ago.

Years later while operating my own home based video production business it occurred to me I should have an archive specifically for video creation. I should have a place to catalog my work and share it with everyone, my website of course. So, I created "Video Creation Tips" a new category on Best Website Tools.

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5C of Videography Concepts Explained 2024-06-04

5c of videography concepts explained
Understanding the 5c of videography is key to creating quality video productions. In this article we will explore each one and offer some tips on how to apply them.

Familiarity with these concepts can improve the quality of your next video. The 5c of videography are color, contrast, clarity, composition and continuity. Briefly they are;

  • Color - plays a huge role in video. Color can set the tone, evoke emotion, define elements and impact perception. Color saturation, hue and dynamic range are aspects of a video that can be controlled.
  • Contrast - impacts the visual quality of a production. Defined as the difference between black and white or shadows and highlights.
  • Clarity both audio and video clarity contribute to the overall quality of a video composition. Paying attention to both of these can greatly improve quality.
  • Composition - is the deliberate arrangements of audio and video elements within a frame. Like a composer conducting an orchestra, video can be orchestrated as well.
  • Continuity - is the consistency of video and audio elements from scene to scene and to create a seemless flow throughout the video. Continuity is the glue that holds a video production together.

Continue reading for more in depth discussion and learn how to apply these concepts...

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Backyard Gran Prix Circuit de Driveway 2024-05-25

Backyard Gran Prix at Circuit de Driveway is a laydown enduro go kart event I staged in my backyard. The purpose of this test was to prepare the car for an upcoming racing event.

This video is a collage of driveway tests cut together to tell a short story. What isn't shown are the changes the go kart went through to get it tuned up. Enjoy the Video...

Backyard Gran Prix Circuit de Driveway

Website tips for this post are:
  • Film style shooting means using one camera to shoot many different angles while trying to match sequences, position of objects and framing from one shot to the next.
  • When shooting original footage keep in mind that zoom level can be changed in post production. It is easy to shoot images with a wide angle lens to get everything in frame. If you shoot at a wide angle you can zoom the shot in, in post.
  • Use a UV filter on your lens, when shooting outdoors. In this video a couple of scenes were shot without the UV filter on, and had a lot of UV to contend with. Fortunately I used DaVinci Resolve 19 which I used to dig out the UV effect. I used DaVinci Resolve 19 to color grade, edit and sound mix this video.

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Color Slice Tool In DaVinci Resolve Studio 19 2024-05-09

Released in early May DaVinci Resolve Studio 19 is now available. And with it several new and exciting features. Including: Davinci Resolve Neural Engine upgraded with AI tools. Color Slice tool on the color page, and Intellitrack AI can now track, follow and pan audio. My favorite is the Color Slice palette...

Color Slice Tool In DaVinci Resolve Studio 19

Colorists rejoice over this fabulous addition to the color graders tool bag. Off hand I can think of many ways to engage this tool. Right off I wish I had this back in '91.

This new client comes to me with a 16mm film clip of a "David" statue (You know, the Greek nude guy), in a picturesque garden setting. Shot at 24fps in bright morning... shadow. To say it was underexposed would be generous. The fresh out of art school kid exposed his film for bright sunlight while the subject was in deep shadow. Yuk, it was flat and colorless.

Have you ever worked with a color blind (so-called) artist? I have had that distinct displeasure. I spent about an hour preparing a color correction scheme to the best of my (and the equipment's) ability. It was as good as it could get.

"NO, NO!!!," says the client, "the statue is more green than that. I need to see the patina.* Crank up the green and swing the hue over some." So I did, then told him "now, the sky is green."

"No problem, looks okay to me" he says "just focus on the statue. More green please." So I gave him what he wanted and thought that was it.

It wasn't. Next day I get called on the carpet by the company owner. "Why is the sky green?" he asks.

"That is what the client asked for," I reply.

"Well" the boss says "your client's boss called me and chewed me out and claimed that his artist was better than my colorist. Because the sky is blue, not green."

He wanted a full refund AND for us to pay for re-transferring the footage, at a different facility. That we screwed the pooch on this one, because his artist just graduated from Art School.

"Thought this might happen" I respond. "That's why I laid down a second version, with the sky blue."

Of course, I was the bad guy on this fiasco, because for sure, a kid just out of art school sees color better than a seasoned professional colorist. Regardless of the colorist's 14 years experience. Regardless of his vast film experience. Totally disregarding the fact that the so-called artist is green color perception deficient.

Color Slice palette in DaVinci Resolve 19

When I saw this new Color Slice tool in DaVinci Resolve Studio 19, I knew that was the tool I was missing all those years ago. If-a coulda, woulda grabbed a slice of green sky and made it blue. That woulda been heavenly. I did CYA on this job by saving my original color correction. Which I saved to tape, and sent to the client later.

What I learned from this episode is this. When someone else wants poor quality, it isn't enough to just give just that to them, even if it is all they want. You should give them your quality version as well, as an option, just to CYA. Just in case... here it comes... everyone is a critic.

Fortunately for me I laid down 2 versions of that clip. My original grade and the grade the client warped into. I sent the second tape, and never saw that client again.

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*Patina - is a glaze that develops on the surface of bronze with age. Patina is a blue-green-black color mix that is sometimes irridescent and changes appearance with light refraction and angle of incident. Meaning it can appear to change color. (But, this effect is softened in deep shadow.)

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How To Do A Slingshot Brake Adjustment Video 2024-05-01

BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
Great brakes are a must have for any racecar. Not only for safety but also for speed. The better the brakes the faster you can stop. My brakes are made by MCP. The pads are spring loaded and have adjusters, to set the air gap between the pads and the disc.

In this video I show how to adjust the MCP brakes. And provide tips to set them up properly. I used a combination of a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera (BMD PCC) with a Lumix 12-35 zoom lens and an Olympus 25mm fixed focal length lens. I shot this video in Blackmagic "Raw" format, at 30fps, and color corrected and edited in DaVinci Resolve 18...

Slingshot Brake Adjustment

Website tips for this post:

  1. Exposure is critical to the noise factor in video. Under-exposure will increase the noise factor during color correction. To get the right exposure, let the camera do it for you. The BMD PCC has an auto exposure function that works at the push of a button.

    • Pros:
      Auto exposure is easy, accurate and works great in a controlled light environment. The BMD PCC camera has an auto exposure button on the back panel for easy operation.
    • Cons:
      In an environment where light quality changes auto exposure can cause noticable changes in the quality of the shot.
  2. If I suspect the light quality may change during a shot, I turn auto exposure off, after I set it. That way the shot will have the same exposure throughout. The colorist can correct the exposure later, if needed.
  3. In DaVinci Resolve 18 you can create chapters (for YouTube) by adding and naming markers in the video. Then, simply check the option"Add chapters from markers" in the render setup. These are added into your YT description.

I love my BMD PCC. The raw footage setting allows me to use DaVinci Resolve to get the absolute best color correction possible. The wide dynamic range make this camera a great choice for all types of video production. Get yours here...

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Deep Fake Vs. Real Fake Videos IMO 2024-04-25

Animated Avatar Natalie
Okay I just made up the term "Real Fake." And realized it is an oxymoron. Or a figure of speech that juxtaposes 2 contradictory terms to create a new meaning. The meaning of "real fake," at least to me is; a fake of a real person, (which is what HumanPals and HumanBots are for), and not an impersonation of a real person.

I got asked, the other day, if I could make "Deep Fake" videos. And immediately thought "Danger, Will Robinson!" Do I have a moral issue with making Deep Fake videos? Yup, probably. So, I replied "Sorry, my boss prohibits me from making that type of video."

Must admit I felt a little downtrodden over admitting that. Essentially because I make fake videos all the time. It is called animation. The difference is I use real fake personalities, as opposed to impersonating real people, or faking a real person. Which is what deep fakes videos do.

In animation you can animate real fake people to look just "real." With AI animation you could impersonate anyone.

Animated Avatar Tim
BUT, should you? Is it morally responsible to do that? NOpe, As a matter of fact many if not all AI animation tools insist that you agree to several terms of service prohibiting the creation of Deep Fake, impersonation or violent or sexual or political or mean videos.

However that leaves a lot you can do. You can teach how to do something, you can promote a product, offer a service, entertain friends or record a lifestyle. So much is possible.

Now you can use the same tools I do to create "Real Fake" videos. The best tools for AI animation creation are the ones that last, the ones that perform well and ones that have great customer support. These are my BWT Videos recommended tools...

AI Chatbot

HumanBot Boxsz
$199.00 Our Price $49.00

Human Avatar AI ChatBots

Video Express

Video Express Box
$179.00 Our Price $49.00

AI Video Builder

Avatar Builder

Avatar Builder
$97.00 Our Price $49.00

Animated Avatar Videos

Looking to build your own animation creation biz? Here's a few website tips for you.

HumanPal Box
  • Get a website, home office, powerful computer and Internet service.
  • Build or occupy an isolated desktop home office, say in a spare room or basement.
  • Connect to an audience on social media or world wide web.
  • Get some low cost animation tools and learn how to use them.
  • Take your time. Don't expect spectacular results too quickly. A good stew takes time to cook.
  • Create and share your animation creations with tools you can get from here...

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