A Day of Independence


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July 4, 2015

From everyone at The GLJ Media Group to all our readers in the states and anywhere else in this free world, we wish you and your families a happy and safe Forth of July!


Freedom in America
Isn’t really free;
We often pay a price
To keep our liberty.

Remember those we loved,
Who fought for us, and died;
And those we never knew
For whom others mourned and cried.


‘Using Blending Modes in Premiere Pro’ by Caleb Ward


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July 3, 2015



Blending modes aren’t just for Photoshop. Learn how to use blending modes in this three step Premiere Pro tutorial.

Every video editor should at least have a working knowledge of how to use blending modes, but I’m surprised to hear that many people think you can only use blending modes in After Effects and Photoshop. In this quick tutorial we’ll take a look at how to use blending modes in your Premiere Pro video editing projects. The process is incredibly easy. Let’s dive in:

1. Layer Your Footage

Blending Modes Step 1

The point of a blending mode (or transfer mode) is to have pixel information transferred or blended with another layer. So, you need more than one layer to be present. If you don’t have more than one layer in your timeline you won’t be able to apply a transfer mode. In the example above I have two layers….the bottom clip is video footage and the top clip is a light leak:

Layer Examples

2. Select the Appropriate Layer

Blending Mode Step 2

Select the layer which you want to apply the blending mode to.

3. Change the Blending Mode

Blending Mode Step 3

Navigate to the effects control panel (Shift+5) and select the arrow next to Opacity. You should see ‘Blend Mode’ and ‘Normal’ in the dropdown menu. You can now select your desired blending mode by clicking the arrow next to “Normal”.

In the case of this tutorial I am selecting “Screen” which will leave the light parts of the light leak footage and ‘remove’ the dark parts. Here’s the end result.

Blending Modes in Premiere Pro


Experiment with different blending modes when you overlay textures, grains and light effects over your video footage.

Want to learn more about using blending modes? Check out a few of the following links:

  1. 6 Useful Blending Modes in After Effects – PremiumBeat
  2. Blending Modes Explained – Digital Photo Mentor
  3. Create Realistic Muzzle Flashes in After Effects – PremiumBeat

How do you use blending modes to your creative advantage? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Set Your Creativity Free! (with 50 free stock media files)


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July 2, 2015

by Pond5


(Thanks to David Wardrick for posting)

Set Your Creativity Free! Pond5 is giving away $1,000 of hi-res video and audio files for free!  Click here for a variety of after effects templates, music, sound fx, and stock footage you can surely use in the future.

Stock Video Footage of 8mm film vintage the end hd with alphaStock Video Footage of Multiple fireworks explosion FullHDStock Video Footage of Sunrise over the EarthStock Music of Joyful

Stock Video Footage of Green eye opens - pupil dilates in 4kStock Video Footage of Clock in time-lapse loop

How to Get 400+ Composers to Send You Royalty Free Music That You Specifically Need


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July 1, 2015

by 909 Music

Royalty Free Music Library for Video, Film Music, TV, Ads, Games, Apps & more from 909music.com

You’ve spent days on shoot and sleepless nights on your edit and it’s finally time to add music to your video. You go searching for Royalty-Free music on various libraries online. To get the perfect track, you have to browse through several different tracks and composers, you have to set filters and browse through different genres, moods & tags and after a long quest for quality music you may or may not find something that fits your needs.

What if you could just post a music request detailing exactly the kind of music you are looking for and within hours have composers from all over the world send you tracks you need, that fit your budget, straight to your inbox?

Well, the Marketplace on 909 Music lets you do exactly that!




This is where content producers submit background music requests. Whether you need a fast paced action track for a sports car commercial, a slow romantic theme for a wedding video or an inspiring and uplifting track for a corporate video, just submit a request in the marketplace and set your budget.

Within a few minutes you will have music submissions with relevant tracks coming in to your 909 Music inbox from over 400+ composers. Here you can listen to all the submissions without any distractions, chat with composers and tell them what you like and don’t like, and even buy the tracks right away.

The marketplace displays a wide range of music requests from filmmakers on 909 Music and is by far the most convenient method to request and receive Royalty Free Music for your video productions.


post request

Posting a music request and receiving exactly the music you need, highly simplifies the life of filmmakers and 909 Music makes this possible. The convenience at which filmmakers get music delivered to them based on their needs and budget is unparalleled elsewhere.

When you are logged into your account, under your profile picture you will see a button that says ‘Post a Music Request‘. When you click on it you will be taken to a simple page with a description box where you can detail your musical needs.

It’s best to be as detailed and direct as possible so the composers can send you exactly what you need. There is also another box where you can type in the budget you have for the track. All you have to do is write in a description for the music you want and set a budget and click on ‘Post Request’. Keep in mind it doesn’t matter what your budget is. You can type in anything from $10 to $100 for a track and you will receive tracks that fit exactly your budget.

Some of the advantages of posting a request in the marketplace are:

  • You don’t have to struggle to search for music you are looking for. Composers send you exactly what you need within your budget.
  • You have direct communication with composers. This helps you build your network of musicians worldwide.
  • It’s very easy to audition multiple tracks at once and choose the best tracks for your projects
  • With a simple one-click buy button within the inbox you can purchase and download music Royalty-Free Music instantly.


How Do You Receive Tracks?

Once you’ve posted a request and composers start sending you Royalty Free music, you receive music very efficiently. When you are logged in, on the top right of your screen you will see a drop down menu near your name. When you click the down arrow button, you’ll see a section called ‘Request/Offers’.

All your submissions fall under that section and you are notified via email as soon as you receive a submission. You will see tracks and messages sent by composers to you like in the image below:




Communication with the composers is really easy with this interface and you can quickly reply to them and tell them if you like the tracks or not. If you would like certain edits in the tracks or slightly different versions, you can effectively communicate this to them using the chat feature as shown in the image above. Once you are satisfied with the track you want, you can purchase it by clicking on the buy button.

Don’t worry about struggling to find the perfect music anymore. Our composers are highly experienced professionals who have been composing music for media for decades, and are now available to you at a click of a mouse! So go ahead, post your music request in the marketplace today at www.909music.com/marketplace

The marketplace is by far the most convenient method to get music composers to send you Royalty-Free Music that you specifically need. So what do you think of the marketplace? Let us know in the comments below.


Create Timelapse Sequences in After Effects (and What is Bulb-ReMapping?)


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June 30, 2015

by nathan Joseph Dodson, tutvid.com


In the following tutorial we will look at creating a smooth 24fps video clip from a sequence of RAW photographs you have shot. It’s a snap! Jump in and let’s learn something!  Nathan goes on to explain how he went through the entire process of creating this product with a number of other how-to’s here.

Philly Is Ugly timelapse tutorial, how-to’s and behind the scenes: http://phillyisugly.com

For example, a bit about “Bulb-ReMapping”  (whats that???)



‘Export from Blender to Motion’ by Deyson Otiz


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June 29, 2015

by Deyson Otiz

Here’s an article by a great and talented guy, Deyson Otiz. Check all he has to offer in the way of freebies, tutorials, and his portfolio at: http://deyson.com/


I wanted to share the latest tutorial “How to use the  Export Blender to Motion script”. Click here to watch it now

In this tutorial I will show you how to export your Blender 3D keyframes to use inside of Apple’s Motion software. This will allow you to use two powerful tools for your animation and CG creations.

Blender is a Free 3D creation program that is extremly powerful and fun to use.

Special thanks to OSXrules at BlenderArtists.org for creating this awesome script! You rock!

Make sure to also check out Blenderguru.com, cgcookie.com, blendermarket.com & blendswap.com for more info and resources.

Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your valuable time and have a creative day!  :)

Deyson Otiz –
Creator of MotionMasterTemplates.com

What is Dramatic Sync Tempo in Editing?


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June 26, 2015

from , Paddy Bird

Temporal Decompression Tutorial Inside the Edit

Dramatic pauses are used to amplify each and every word, which gives the audience time to digest and ponder what is being said, automatically giving it more dramatic power.

A detailed study of decompression in sync tempo and the magical effect it can have on the dramatic impact of a scene…

Read nofilmschhol.com’s better explanation of Dramatic Sync Temp editing here.


If you color correct, this is likely a good quality to have…


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June 25, 2015

by iGame

(Thanks to Chris McGuinness for posting)

Which one of the boxes has an irregular color?

Test your color vision

1. Click on the box that has an irregular color compared to the rest of the boxes.

2. The test starts when you click on the first box.

3. You have 15 seconds to decide on each grid.

4. When you click the wrong box you will lose 3 seconds.


How color vision works

Human can distinguish colors when incoming light reacts with the cone cells in the retina of eye.

There are three types of cone cells. Based on how they respond to light of wavelengths you will perceive the three basic colors; red, green and blue. The rest of the colors are perceived as a result of your brain combining the different cone cells.

Often it is claimed that women distinguish colors better than men. This is partly true since 2-3 % of women have also fourth type of cone cells instead of the normal three.

This is called tetrachromacy. A person like this can distinguish up to 100 million different color tones.

Why are some people color blind

Some people have color blindness. It is notably more common amongst the men: in research it’s been found that 8 % of men are color blind as opposed to only 0,4 % of women.

color blindness is caused by lack or defectiveness of cone cells in the retina of eye.

For a color blind person some colors look misleadingly similar. The most common form of color blindness is deuteranomaly, a difficulty to distinguish red and green.

Please notice that on this page you can’t test color blindness, but your ability to differiate color tones.

How animals see colors

Birds are famous for their excellent eyesight. Their eyes can see even five basic colors and the number of different color combinations is vast.

Bees and many other insects can see ultraviolet light. That helps them to notice which plants are full of nectar and need pollination.

In most mammals’ eyes there are less cone cells than in human’s eyes which makes them see a smaller-scale color spectrum. Many mammals hunt at night when it’s more important to distinguish shapes than colors.

Marine fish register only blue and green light. In turn, fish living in lakes and rivers see shades of red.


Premiere Pro’s New Lumetri Color Panel Is Super Powerful


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June 24, 2015

by Robert Hardy, nofilmschool

Premiere Pro CC 2015 Lumetri Color Panel
Adobe released one of the largest updates to Premiere Pro in recent memory.


Of the many new features that are integrated into the software, the most exciting of them is Lumetri Color panel, which comes in a completely revamped color correction workspace. While the workspace itself features new scopes (courtesy of SpeedGrade) and a few other nifty features for editors who find themselves correcting and grading footage, the Lumetri Color panel provides perhaps the biggest boost in grading capability and ease of use that has ever been seen in Premiere.

Alex Jordan of Learn Color Grading just put together an in-depth look at how the new Lumetri panel functions, and he shows us how to use every single tool in the panel to maximum effect. Check it out…

What Makes a Video Successful?


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June 23, 2015

by James Brayshaw, Winshaw


The RAC Club

Content marketing, and video in particular, is growing at an accelerating rate. When considering video as a channel for communicating with prospects and customers, organizations are faced with a plethora of options. Here we ask video storyteller Ash Bhardwaj to share his top tips on how to make a video successful.

Types of Video

The first thing to be aware of is the different types of video out there, from Hollywood blockbusters to user generated mobile phone footage. You will probably be familiar with pre-roll videos that often appear on You Tube before a clip. These replicate the production quality and intentions of television advertising and are typically used for awareness. For more targeted campaigns, homepage videos and mini series work well to convert website visits or build credibility. These will have a similar structure and length to campaign videos although tend to have a longer shelf life. Crowdfunding videos for instance have a very definite redundancy date once the fundraising cycle ends. Vloggers have also entered the mainstream and as a result are being seen as pure advertising.

How to make a video successful

There are six important steps to get right when commissioning and producing a great video; Intent, Pre-Production, Story, Style, Production, Distribution. For more on What Makes a Video Successful, click here.



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