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Several Things You Should Consider When You Choose Video Editing Software

By Jingyi Qi

As the computer technic improves everyday, everyone can get started with video editing quickly. There are various software programs that can be chosen. Here are several tips that you should consider when you choose a video editing software.


There are a lot of free editing software nowadays. They all have their own strong points. However, comparing with priced software, you may find some weakness. Therefore, if you have a certain budget, you could consider the following software,

Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and AVID Media Composer. You can get Final Cut Pro for $299.99 in Mac App Store. For Adobe and AVID, there are several different choices. Either you can purchase Premiere alone for $19.99 per month as an annual plan, or you can get all the apps in Creative Cloud for $49.99 per month as an annual plan. Also, you can get the perpetual license of AVID Media Composer with annual upgrade plan for $1299, or $34.97 or $37.46 per month which depends on the agreement.

2.Operating System


This is a simple consideration. Depends on your computer system, you may need to choose different software. Some software can support for different operating systems. Both Adobe Premiere and AVID Media Composer can be used in Mac and Win. If you fall in love with Mac system and Apple products, Final Cut Pro and iMovie may be a good choice. There is also a lot of software that only work for Windows system.



Since more and more people involved into editing world, software engineers try to make editing software easier to learn and more users friendly. Comparing Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and AVID Media Composer, Final Cut Pro is the easiest one for me, but Premiere is my favorite. If you use Adobe Apps as often as me, Premiere is very suitable. Dynamic Link between Adobe software support creative activities strongly. Real feature film use AVID Media Composer a lot. AVID looks more difficult than other two. However, once you get use of the tools in AVID, you will find it works well.

All above is the basic consideration for choosing editing software. You should also think what do you need and which fits you most. Hope these little tips can help you when you choose your video editing software.


3 ways to get the best sound on set

  1. Figure out the proper sound devices you will need for recording your particular film. Using a directional shotgun mic and boom pole is highly recommended for your shoots. With the shotgun mic and boom pole you can get to close to the actors/talent so you can focus on capturing a particular source. The Tascam and Zoom field recorders are also good devices to use. You are able to use their internal microphones and connect an external one. However, this may be out of your price range for beginning filmmakers.


  1. Are you going to be shooting on a soundstage or out on location? It is just as important for an audio team to do a tech scout out on location where the production is planning shoot to listen for any sound problems. Traffic noise, airplanes, air conditioning, and any nature sounds could affect the quality of your recording.


  1. Mic placement is also a factor that will determine the outcome of your recordings. Placing the microphone too far away from your actor or talent will resulting you to crank up the gain on the mix bored, which will capturer unwanted noise, such as more background noise. Make sure you place the mic as close to your actor/talent as you possibly can without having it show up on frame.


These 3 steps will assist you on capturing the best sound for your production. Production is the most important stage for recording sound. Some issues can be fixed in post-production, however it will serve you and your post sound mixer better by nipping these issues in bud early by recording the best sound on set.


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Your Shoot Will Not Go As Planned

What to do when that happens.                                                                                               (Gathered from my personal experiences.)


We’ve all been there before. We go into whatever it is we may be doing with a certain plan on how it’s all going to happen. Whether you’re the one in charge, or just the low man on the totem pole, we all have a plan for how we see it happening, or how we want it to happen.


There’s one thing I’ve learned over the years that has stuck with me and helped me through a lot of situations.


An old leader of mine from the Army once told me, “No plan ever survives intact on first contact.”

Quite literally nothing you planned will happen that way. You’re not on the A-Team.


Don’t Freak Out



This literally never helps; especially if you’re the one in charge. Plans change on an almost constant basis, and your personal reactions to these changes are going to effect how the rest of your crew sees you, as well as how they handle the changes. Freaking out disrupts the workflow, diminishes creativity, and causes a loss of confidence in both the way you handle things and the way your subordinates view you. No fighter has ever won their fight if they freaked out after being hit.


Assess The Situation

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I recently had a situation where I was both the 2nd AD and the casting director for a short film. One week before day one of our shoot our female lead backed out. To make matters worse, our male lead had not spoken to us in over two weeks and would not return any form of communication we sent his way. So I took my own advice and did not freak out, even though others around me were almost losing their minds. I simply made a phone call to an actress friend of mine, she recommended an actor she had worked with before, and in less than 24 hours we had a new cast.


Be Flexible To Change

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Of course there are certain aspects to your project that have to remain a certain way, and by all means stand your ground on that. But for everything else, be flexible and allow for changes. So your actor is wearing a red shirt instead of a blue shirt. Is the color necessary to the plot or storyline? No? Then who cares? The audience will be focused on the actor’s talent, not their shirt color. This isn’t the yellow umbrella from “How I Met Your Mother”. Lunch got pushed from 12:00 to 13:00? Great, that’s an extra hour of filming you can get done before you break.


History’s greatest battles were won by leaders who had command of their troops and kept their cool when things didn’t go their way. They knew what their available resources were and how to properly utilize them. It may sound far fetched to compare a short film to a historic battle, but we all have our individual battles to fight. A short film just may happen to be your great battle. So remember, no matter what happens…don’t freak out.

S-Corp vs LLC

A problem most small business owner goes through is picking a protection for their personal assets. This normally becomes a problem once you start to have a growing business. Two of the most common choices entrepreneurs’ debate is Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) or S Corporation (S-Corp). But how do you know which is the best choice for your growing business? In this post I will evaluate the pros and cons of both the LLC and the S-Corp.

Having an LLC or an S-Corp can be beneficial when organizing your business. Having either of the two doesn’t just help protect your personal assets it can also protect your creditors. The investment that you put in is the maximum you are responsible for when dealing with and limited liability. For instants, “If you put in $10,000, and incur $11,000 in debt, you’re only potentially liable for $10,000. Your creditors (check that, your LLC’s creditors) can’t ‘pierce the corporate veil,’ as the phrase goes.” Greg McFarlane mentioned in his book, Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense. (

One of the most common concerns entrepreneurs has deals with the tax side of the two. Jumping straight into it, you don’t have to worry about double taxation when deal with either the LLC or the S-Corp. Google defines Double Taxation as “is a taxation principle referring to income taxes that are paid twice on the same source of earned income. Double taxation occurs because corporations are considered separate legal entities from their shareholders” for those who are ignorant to the meaning.

A few things that an LLC and an S-Corp have in common are liability protection, no double taxation, formalities, legal fee and filing fees. Filing fees for an LLC and range between $200-$600. Filing for an S-Corp can range anywhere between $350-$750 depending on the state you live in. Some pros for an LLC are flexibility in management meaning all members can control the business. Second it is easy to start up. Lastly, its cheap, a couple hundreds can pave the way for you business. My biggest con with the LLC is each member must pay taxes on the dividends made. Second to that you can’t pass your business on to friends or family you business is tied to you. If you die your business dies.

A major S-Corp pro is stock transfer; shareholders can sell shares of stock in the corporation without restriction unlike in an LLC. Some cons are you must be an U.S. Citizen or resident to form. Can only have one class of stock. In addition, I would still recommend that you do more extensive research before choosing one. The decision is ultimately up to you. However, finding out which is best for your business is key.

5 ways to insure your Crowdfunding Campaign works

5 ways to insure your Crowdfunding Campaign works

By Adam Bissett

With crowd funding becoming one of the biggest ways to finance an independent film, how do you make sure that you campaign is successful?

Lets face it Crowd funding is hard. But if you work hard at it you can successfully finance your film. If you think that Crowd funding is the way to go for you, here are 5 tips that you may want to look at before you begin.

1. EMAIL  

You have to get your idea out there. People are not going to be interested in your project if you cant show them that you believe in it. Start off small with a few emails every day, and expand upon that. Keep your emails short and to the point. Also, make them personal. People like to feel that they are important to the project, make them feel that way.

email-data-blue-ss-1920-800x4502. Research

Research creative way to get your project out there. Find what your audience wants and give to them. If for example you are remaking Nosferatu, have someone dress as the Vampire and run around town. Share stories that go along with this, to keep people talking. Also find blogs, businesses, networks, and other places that is going to help your project grow.


3. Updates

People like to be kept in the loop. Do not just get the money and run. Continue to provide updates about the project. Share behind the scenes videos and pictures. Show them what they have contributed toward.

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4. Social media

With social media becoming the biggest way of communication, make sure to use it. Be sure to have a page for your project. Make it interesting to keep people talking about your film. This is one of the best ways to insure to keep an ever growing network, and followers.


5. Make it fun

Films are hard work. But all work and no play can make it dull and boring. Make sure to do things to keep it interesting and fun for the funders. Hold events like panels, Q & A’s, or parties. Get the people out and talking. Make sure they feel like they are a part of making your dream a reality.


With these 5 steps you can be sure that your Crowd funding campaign well be set apart form the rest. Be sure to have it all planned out, and above all have fun with it. Remember, making movies is hard work, but if you don’t have fun doing it, then it’s just another job.

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