ScreenMagic for Apple Motion

ScreenMagic for Apple Motion

Recording laptop screens can be a pain. 

By the time you're finished setting up all the gear and getting the screen clear of finger prints, you start to doubt if it's really worth it.

That's why I was delighted to see the work that Jeremy Wick - Head of Video at Sticker Mule - created an After Effects template that does most of the work for you. It's called ScreenMagic. 🌟

First Impressions: Animoto

First Impressions: Animoto

Sometimes editing video can be time consuming. It can also be pretty hard if you don't know what you are doing. In order to lift that editing burden, online services like Animoto want to lend a hand. I've had a look at Shakr before, a similar solution.

All you have to do is sign-up for a free trail, pick a template and throw in your videos and pictures. Animoto kind of figures out the rest. There are plenty of templates to choose from and a range of musical tracks that you can add.

First impressions: Wipster

First impressions: Wipster

You've finished editing the first draft of your latest video - what next? Do you put it unlisted on YouTube and send a link to the client? Then wait for them to send you a long email with timecode-stamped changes?

Well there are of course easier ways to make this whole process go smoother! In this edition of 'First Impressions', I took a look at Wipster, the solution to the above problem.

Tips for filming a road trip video

Tips for filming a road trip video

I recently went on a week long road trip around Ireland - Just me, my girlfriend and my sister's car. We had an excellent time (thanks for asking) and from the moment we started planning the trip I had already decided that a video would come out of it.

I decided not to overthink things at all so I didn't put much thought into the video other than it would be entirely shot on the GoPro. This was mainly due to its size and portability, but I will get back to that later.

Making videos in a different language - What I have learned so far!

Making videos in a different language - What I have learned so far!

Not every video I make is in English. However the only language I speak is English. I don't see this as a problem at all, but more of a fun challenge.

While I've had the pleasure of making videos in different languages, I must admit is isn't always easy and it did come with a learning curve. 

If you have to do the same for any projects then hopefully these tips will help you.

Filming in an office - Six things to remember

Filming in an office - Six things to remember

I do all my filming in a meeting room. I like to think of it as 'my office' but I'm not sure anyone else agrees.

Anyway, every Tuesday morning, I pop into the meeting room and turn it into a filming studio. I've learned a lot from doing this every week, and made a few adjustments to make sure I am as efficient as I can be.

Here are a few things that I have learned...