I have used Techsmith’s Camtasia and Snagit for several years. For the most part I have used them to produce tutorial screen casts. Over the years, Camtasia has added features that rival consumer level video editors, such as Adobe’s Premiere Elements.
Much of my photography is centered around taking videos and photos of my granddaughters competing in sports. On a recent weekend, I videoed Lucy in one of her soccer games as the goalkeeper.
I decided to use Camtasia 2019 to produce the final video. However, I took multiple steps and programs to create the final short video.
Here is what I did.
Shooting the video Clips
For this project I used my Sony AX53 Camcorder to take the 1080p video.
This camera is lighter and easier to hold for extended periods than my Canon 7D Mk 2. Since Lucy is a goalkeeper, much of the time the action does not involve her. I keep her roughly in the frame as I watch the game. When she tenses and begins to prepare for action, I begin the video.
Doing this I end up with a large number of short video clips by the end of the game.
I used Lightroom Classic to Import and then add Keyword tags to all of the video clips.
Then using the Picks and Rejects flags I identified those that are not worth retaining. This is the vast majority. I deleted them.
Then I used the Star Rating system of Lightroom Classic to identify just those very few clips that I wanted to include in the current project.
My camcorder did a pretty good job of recording the raw video. However, for each clip I used Lightroom Classic’s Quick Develop mode within the Library module, and selected Auto Tone. This brightened up each clip. Lightroom Classic is not optimized for video editing, but it does do a nice job here.
I used Premiere Elements 2020 to convert two of the clips to slow motion, since the action was too fast to follow easily.
I saved the edited clips back into the same folder the original clips are stored, but with new names. And then I Imported them into Lightroom Classic and tagged them accordingly.
At this point, I would normally finish the project by adding transitions, titles etc using Premiere Elements 2020, but this time, I chose to use Camtasia 2019 to finish my project.
Specifically, I did the following in Camtasia 2019:
Imported the four clips to a single track.
Added Transitions and adjusted their duration. I used a couple of different transitions.
Added lower thirds title for the video, customizing it a bit from the default.
I added a music background and deleted the audio that my camcorder originally recorded, except at the very end of the video, which I thought was cool. The music I added came from Techsmith’s selection of free music.
Finally, I saved the project as an MP4 HD 1080p video file on my hard drive.
So for this project, I used three separate programs. Lightroom Classic is pretty unique here in what it does. However, I could have used Premiere Elements 2020 to do everything that I did in Camtasia 2019. I could have also converted the slow motion clips with in Camtasia 2019 instead of Premiere Elements 2020, but the process would have been harder.
So, I often find in creating a video project, I end up using multiple programs. And remember, the features of Camtasia 2019 for this simple project only scratched the surface of its capabilities. In future projects, I will explore more of what it can do.
Adobe has released their latest version of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. They have continued their march to add improvements each year to both programs that make organizing and editing your photos and videos easier.
Applying advanced techniques to your photos and videos that typically take multiple steps have been reduced to either a single click or a few well of well defined steps called Guided Edits. Photoshop Elements 2020 now includes 55 Guided Edits, and Premiere Elements has twenty-three.
In the coming weeks I will highlight some of the new features, but in the meantime, check out the Adobe website for multiple short videos highlighting the capabilities of both programs.
Click on the figure below and scroll down to see several videos describing new and existing features of Photoshop Elements 2020.
To see the features included in Premiere Elements 2020 click on the link below.
Check back here soon for additional demonstrations of the various new features in both programs.
For some time now Adobe as offered a free website building tool to help you build your own online photo gallery. It is called Adobe Portfolio, and it is free with any subscription to the Creative Cloud. In my case I subscribe to the option that gives me Lightroom Classic, Lightroom, and Photoshop CC for ten dollars a month.
Adobe has added new features since they first introduced it. I played with it a couple of years ago, but never really got into it. So today I began my second venture. I have put up a very basic gallery so far. There are plenty of additional elements I can and will in time.
But my first attempt at least allows the viewer an easy way to view the few pictures I have uploaded so far. It is easy to upload your photos from Lightroom. You just put your photos in a Lightroom Album and upload the pictures from there. If you are a Lightroom Classic user, you must sync the desired Collection with Lightroom where that Collection becomes an Album. You can also just upload pictures directly from your computer.
In this post I am going to illustrate how I currently process 360-degree photos from my Insta360 One X camera. There are other workflows and programs that can be used. Right now this is what I do.
I have put my current workflow into an AppTip Sheet. To some extent this is a personal AppTip Sheet, in that the storage locations are unique to my software and computer. For example the unique nature and file format for the One X does not make organizing and editing using Lightroom Classic or Photoshop possible until the very end of the process.
Click on the image above to open the PDF file that explains the steps I use.
If you found this post to be interesting and helpful, please give it a star rating at the top. And of course, all comments are welcome.
I just upgraded my Insta360 Nano S to an Insta360 One X. For those of you who may not be familiar with these cameras, they are 360-degree cameras.
I had not outgrown my Nano S by any means. I simply ruined its lens by not being careful about setting it down and keeping it in each pouch. To take in the 360-degree view these cameras have lenses on both sides. You must be careful.
Once I scratched the lens, it ruined the pictures and videos. If I remember right, it was going to cost me close to $100 to have the lens replaced. I only paid $300 for the camera. So I bought the One X, which is a better camera. I also bought a nice protective pouch for it, so hopefully I won’t repeat my performance.
Here is a photo I took at the last South Bay Camera Club meeting. It is only the third photo I have taken with the One X. I uploaded it to Kuula.co to project it.
CLICK HERE to see the 360 projected image. Scroll around and zoom in. Look for more 360 images from this camera from me in the future.
Unless you make a conscientious effort to screen your images and videos, you very quickly end up with so many that even if you have them tagged, it will be difficult to quickly find those few images that are worth further work.
After a photoshoot, you can easily end up with hundreds of images. I take a lot of sports action photos. I generally have my camera set on its burst mode. After photographing two or three softball or soccer games during the weekend, I will come home with about 300-400 images. Amongst these are probably less than 50 that are even worth saving.
In the AppTip Sheet linked in this post, I describe a method that I adopted from an eBook by photographer, Chris Marquardt (https://chrismarquardt.com). It is only one of may ways that can be used to quickly go through your photos to end up with only the very best.
Click on the figure below to view the tutorial.
In the next tutorial in this series, we will begin to cover some basic editing capabilities in Lightroom Classic.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. I f you did please Star Rate it at the top of the post. Also, comments are always welcome.
In this second and final part of using Keyword Tags, I will cover the very basics of using previously assigned tags to quickly find your photos.
There many other ways to find images in Lightroom Classic. Additionally, keywords queries can be structured in a variety of ways to do more sophisticated searches. But the material here should get you started at least.
Click on the link below to go to the PDF file that contains the tutorial.
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It has been awhile since I have posted any tutorials, so I thought I better do one. Actually, I was going to post one big one, but I have decided to break it into two or three parts.
Although Lightroom was initially developed to help professional photographers manage their huge collection of photographs, it has evolved over the years.
It has steadily acquired more advanced editing capabilities. Now more and more people use it for their prime photo editor and only draw on Photoshop CC when they absolutely must. Consequently, most of the current written information deals with the Develop Module, sometimes ignoring the Library Module or using it incorrectly, thus generating unnecessary problems for themselves.
In Part 2, I’ll cover how to quickly find your images using your assigned keyword. So stay tuned. If you found this to be helpful, please give it a star rating at the top. Better yet, please leave a comment or share it with others. Thank you.
A few weeks ago, I gave a presentation to the South Bay Mac Users Group (SBMUG) on the iPhone’s camera. This presentation was basically an update of the one I gave about three years ago. The camera in the iPhone and the software that supports it has gone through a lot of technical advancements since then.
I decided to post the slide show here, because I suspect that many people (including myself) just use camera to take simple selfies and are unaware or forget just how capable the iPhone camera is.
To view the slide show, just click on the link above. It is a large file, so it will take several seconds to open. To go from slide to slide, just click. There are embedded videos, so you may have to click to start and/or stop them.
The presentation uses the iPhone 7+ camera, since that is the iPhone I own. Most of the material is directly related to the camera in the iPhone XR, as well as older recent versions of the iPhone.
For those of you who have a different smartphone, check out its camera’s capabilities. I bet you will find that it can do a lot more than you thought.
If you found this information helpful, please star-rate it at the top of the page. Also, I welcome any comments that you may have. They can be entered at the bottom of the page.
The camera in your iPhone and the software Apple provides or apps from other vendors that are free or cost very little, make the above a reasonable question.
I am giving a presentation to the local South Bay Mac Users Group on the iPhone. In preparing for this, I did some research on both camera apps, as well as mobile editing apps that are currently available. There are indeed lots of options available for getting the most out of your iPhone camera.
This article does an excellent job of describing several of these apps describing how they compare.
My presentation will focus on Apple’s Camera app, which has gotten more powerful over the years as the camera itself has improved. My presentation will be part of the group’s regular meeting on Wednesday, May 29th.