13 Mindblowing Video Editing Tips
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by Lion El Aton
7M ago
  With CapCut on desktop? We honestly couldn’t believe how good it was. Most people have no idea CapCut even has a desktop app. Much less a good one. Much less a free good one. We were just as surprised as you, but check out the video and honestly tell us you don’t feel the same way. That’s why we teamed up with CapCut to give you 13 of our most mindblowing video editing tips… …in no particular order.    DOWNLOAD CAPCUT Skin Tone Protection CapCut has a built in Skin Tone Protection feature. Just activate it on your clip, and you can get as extreme as you want on your color grad ..read more
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The Ultimate List of A.I. Tools for Filmmakers (2023)
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by Lion El Aton
10M ago
  A.I. is changing filmmaking That’s why we put together this list of every incredible AI tool we’ve featured in our viral Mindblowing series. Along with short descriptions and links, all in one place. You’re gonna wanna bookmark this. A.I. TOOLS Runway - The ultimate AI tool for filmmakers, with everything from text-to-video editing, easy rotoscoping, object removal, and even text-to-video generation. Wonder Studio - A powerful AI tool that automatically animates, lights and composes CG characters into live-action scenes. Eleven Labs - AI speech generator that turns your text into hyper ..read more
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Introducing the FILM CRUX Podcast
Film Crux Blog
by Lion El Aton
1y ago
  The podcast for filmmakers… Our goal is to make the best filmmaking podcast in the world. That’s it. Our strategy is simple: Learn from the best filmmakers on Earth. Share that knowledge with all the other filmmakers out there. Repeat.   That’s perfectly exemplified in our debut episode with Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Lawrence Sher. Lawrence is best known for his work on films like Joker, The Hangover, and the upcoming Joker: Folie á Deux. He’s also known for creating the popular visual film reference website ShotDeck.   THE HOST A great podcast starts wi ..read more
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9 Mindblowing Tools for Filmmakers
Film Crux Blog
by Lion El Aton
1y ago
  Must-have filmmaking tools… Our ‘Mindblowing’ series has been going absolutely viral on Instagram and TikTok. That’s why we put together 9 of the most mindblowing filmmaking tools we’ve covered into one video. Number 7 is unbelievable…   1. EbSynth EbSynth lets you create breathtaking visuals by animating your paintings. By painting over the first frame of your video clip, EbSynth can then use that to apply the same style across the remaining frames in the clip. This basically gives you infinite options of visual styles to apply to your films and videos. In addition to the handmad ..read more
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The Best Instagram Accounts for Filmmakers (2021)
Film Crux Blog
by Lion El Aton
2y ago
 THERE ARE SO FEW GREAT INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR FILMMAKERS… SO AFTER THE POPULARITY OF OUR LAST LIST, WE’RE BACK WITH THE 11 MUST-FOLLOW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS OF 2021. You’re going to want to follow all of these immediately.     @dodford Mindblowingly good videos on filmmaking by the ever-so-talented Daniel McMahon.   @BENJACQUIER A sound designer and music composer for films and media with godlike skills and excellently crafted videos.   @STUDIOBINDER Back on the list another year, and for good reason. Unbelievably well-constructed videos and everything filmmaking ..read more
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How to Use Stock Footage Like a Pro
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by Lion El Aton
2y ago
 STOCK FOOTAGE CAN TAKE YOUR FILMS TO NEW LEVELS… BUT IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO USE IT RIGHT, AND EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND GREAT STOCK FOOTAGE. That’s why we put together these 5 simple tips on how to use stock footage to create films and videos that blow people away. Here’s a short sample film we made entirely with stock footage from Artgrid.    GET ARTGRID  1. Match The Vibe The number one way people go wrong with stock footage is by not matching the vibe of the piece they’re trying to create. Use clips that not only show what you want to be shown, but also give off the v ..read more
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13 of the Best Sci-Fi Short Films
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by Lion El Aton
3y ago
Science fiction is a favorite genre among many prolific and amateur filmmakers alike. In fact, many directors like Neill Blomkamp, Dan Trachtenberg and even George Lucas got their start in Hollywood by making their own sci-fi short films and using those to launch their careers. Using a sci-fi short is a tremendous way to get attention or present a proof of concept, which is why we’ve put together a list featuring 13 of the best sci-fi short films of all-time (in no particular order). Bookmark this page and watch them whenever you need some inspiration. THE LEVIATHAN RUAIRI ROBINSON AMBITION P ..read more
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Sound Design for Film
Film Crux Blog
by Lion El Aton
3y ago
 SOUND DESIGN IS LIKE COLOR GRADING… FOR YOUR EARS. If you’re a filmmaker and you’re trying to take your work to the next level, there are few skills more important to master than sound design. So whether you’re just starting out with sound design, you want to add some new tips and tricks to your utility belt, or you just want some killer sound design inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Bookmark this page to have everything you need for amazing sound design all in one place.   What is Sound Design? Sound Design Tutorials Sound Design Inspiration Sound Design Tools  Wha ..read more
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13 Sound Design Tips for More Cinematic Films
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by Lion El Aton
4y ago
 Just about every filmmaker knows by now… that sound design can really make or break your films. It’s one of the defining characteristics separating captivating, cinematic work, from films that look amateurish and novice. With beautiful sound design, even the simplest shots can be heightened to new levels. That’s why we put together this list of 13 of our best sound design tips to help you make your films more cinematic.   Punctuate If you have a big impactful moment, punctuate it with a powerful hit. Ambiance Using wind and other environmental ambiance’s at varying intensitie ..read more
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11 Tips to Make Mindblowing Instagram Videos
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by Lion El Aton
4y ago
 Making stunning Instagram videos is no easy task. Not only are there a ton of restrictions on what you’re able to do with your videos, but essentially, it’s filmmaking in a wildly different format than we’ve seen in the past. That’s why we put together this guide featuring 11 of the best tips for making mindblowing Instagram videos. Enjoy. TABLE OF CONTENTS Tall Videos White letterboxes Shifting Aspect Ratios Nail Export Settings Perfect L ..read more
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