December 2, 2013
Already monday, new week and this week I am going to do this:
- Learn how to use a RED EPIC
- Be a photo model for a photographer in Luleå
- Scout film locations
- Write a business deal to a “secret” company
- Take one awesome picture
- Go to Germany over the weekend
It’s going to be a fun week and a very different weekend. I’m actually going to Germany to see my father. I haven’t seen him since 2006. I was 12 then, now I’m 20 and I’ve changed a bit during these 8 years so his reaction will be fun to see.
Next week I’m shooting a music video with a rockband from Gällivare called Season One. The video is going to be crazy and I will be shooting on a RED EPIC. We are going to take over the world with their music video!
November 28, 2013
Now a days people often ask me what editing software they should use and they always have different needs “I only want to edit my GoPro footage” or “I just bough a DSLR” or ” Windows movie maker doesn’t hold up anymore”
Before we start I’m going to make one thing very clear, I am an atheist but if I had to choose one god it would be Steve Jobs. I’m an apple person every day of the week and the whole year around. I’m telling you this because it’s a big part of how I work.
Basically we have 3 big names in the editing industry:
- Avid Media Composer
- Final Cut Pro (FCP)
- Adobe Premier
I would say that these three names rule the market at the moment. There is of course other softwares such as: Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker, Imovie, Pinnacle Studio etc…
What I’m writing right now is my own extremely personal opinon but if you are interested in movie making this will be some great tips! I don’t know so much about Avid but it used to be THE program to edit blockbusters and big projects on a few years ago, maybe it still is but for the home editor it’s not the first choice.
For a beginner I would really recommend to buy a Mac of any sort and start working in Imovie. It’s how I started out when I was 12 and it seems to be working for me… Imovie is today a great editing suite and has a really nice, playful interface that really helps the user get going. Start with Imovie, play around, make edits with your friends or from your GoPro footage and just go wild.
You can make quite extensive edits in Imovie but when your beginning to do some color correction and you got more and more “nerd” issues then it’s time to move on.
In my eyes you now have two options: Final Cut or Adobe Premiere
Final cut 7 is considered as a legendary suite and the whole final cut concept was made by apple to be the first affordable pro editing software. It was made for the studios in hollywood but also for the average Joe that wanted to make movies. A lot of people still use FCP7 but the latest version is called FCPX (X=10).
FCPX adopted the design and simplicity from Imovie but has the brain and possibilities of a pro software. Apple got so much critic when releasing FCPX and in the beginning they really deserved it. There was so many bugs and missing so many features but during these last 2-3 years apple has taken care of a lot of issues and today people are starting to accept this new and creative editing suite.
I was so used to Imovie that I never considered working with anything else than Final Cut. Right now I think what people around the world love the most about FCPX is the great ability to log and organize your media. It gives a great overview of your footage and when it works like it should, almost everyone agrees that it’s a fast and easy editor that still does the job!
The other option for mac users is Adobe Premiere. So many people use this great suite and it’s really nice to be able to have a smooth workflow together with Adobe After Effects. Esthetically it’s not as pleasing as FPCX but other than that it’s a great software. If you are used to working with Photoshop and other Adobe products I can imagine that you would get a grip on premiere fast.
If possible change to Apple and read the above part. If not then you might have to use windows movie maker… I don’t know how movie maker works today but honestly I have never heard anyone say anything good about it.
I think that GoPro has their own software for editing so you might want to check that out.
But if you are editing on a PC I would recommend you go directly to Premiere.
Sure there might be a harsh learning curve but I would take that any day of the week instead of some Windows Movie Maker hustle. I also think that premiere has gotten more and more user friendly and if you are serious about making edits I see no problem with starting in Premiere.
It doesn’t matter much what the source of your footage is when choosing an editing software. If you are using windows, start with Premiere. If you are using a mac, Start with Imovie and then change to FCPX. If you have any questions feel free to mail me or contact me on Facebook.