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So, I'm a editor and I've seen a few (not to mention "a lot") of bad previews that can be better. Based on that I decided to make a few tips for video editing. =============================================================================================================================================================== Software I use: Sony Vegas Pro 10 (this tips are usefull for any editor) --------------------------------- 1º) Disable Resample (Vegas Only) - Before editing your video is obligatory that you do this! To disable resample you must do: Right Click on your video --> Switches --> Disable Resample Comparison: ![WITH Resample!](http://i.gyazo.com/ecd93a44479ccb12e3bdabb6e8d7ef0d.png "WITH Resample!") ![WITHOUT Resample!](http://i.gyazo.com/22cbbca8f9bfd4790a863483aa987cd0.png "WITHOUT Resample!") --------------------------------- 2º) Background Music In Preview Videos: It's recommended that you use **background music** or **ambience sound**, if you are going to use a music of your choice please remember: we need to hear the weapon sounds! so please play the music at a **low volume**. Using music or ambience sound is good because it doesn't make the video boring and makes it more interesting! But be careful with that! --------------------------------- 3º) What is the best resolution? Some people may think that 1080p is better but it's not. The best resolution for youtube usage is 720p, if you record the raw video at 1920x1080 it's even better when converted to 720p! --------------------------------- 4º) Best FPS for YouTube? Again, a lot of people will think that it's better to use 30fps (or even 29,97fps) render because youtube plays the videos at 30fps and that's true, but to make it **even smoother** it's recommended that you render the final product at 60fps, why? because when uploaded to youtube it's converted to 30fps and that convertion ON the upload will make it smoother! --------------------------------- 5º) CC? Color Correction is really important to make the video aspect better and graceful, **but**, don't make something hardcore! It's important to make a **good** CC and keep the in-game aspect ratio! - Recommended plugin for CC making: Magic Bullet Looks Suite Recommended FX for making CC's: - Brightness and Contrast - Color Balance - Color Corrector - Color Curves - Levels --------------------------------- 6º) Camera Shake, really? Yes! Using a camera shake will avoid the video to look much static, and **again** be careful when making a camera shake effect! Make something soft and smooth as well! Effects I use to make Camera Shake on Vegas: - Event Pan/Crop - Deform --------------------------------- 7º) What about that sexy blur effect? I'm talking about RSMB (ReelSmart Motion Blur)! It's a plugin that enable you to make some smexy blur effects on the movements! And again, RSMB will make your video looks smoother and more interesting! Comparison: ![RSMB: OFF](http://i.gyazo.com/bd4f64703e2f412dc7bda8293525c6d4.png "RSMB: OFF") ![RSMB: ON](http://i.gyazo.com/a9e082fb763d347864c94147b5182695.png "RSMB: ON") --------------------------------- 8º) 600fps: The best frame rate that you can record a **raw video** to edit is 600fps, you will be able to make really good slow-mo scenes without any plugin or console codes! --------------------------------- 9º) Velocity (Vegas Only): By using velocity you can have better control off your clip speed when making slow-mo effects or speeding up the video, by cutting the video and narrowing it or stretching you will have a "flat" and worse product, to enable Velocity do this: Right Click on your video --> Insert/Remove Envelope --> Velocity. After that a green bar will appear on the video and with that you control the video speed. ![This green bar](http://i.gyazo.com/c26ee45fb31b82ce7d3fd57024f93877.png "This green bar") --------------------------------- 10º) Black Bars: Black bars will add a widescreen effect on your video and that helps occasionally. ![Black bars](http://i.gyazo.com/17c3d7dd0f06ef709e8a0043a9802bbc.png "Black Bars, wow") --------------------------------- 11º) Credits: I think everyone put the credits ON the video, but that takes screen space and, consequently, 'mess' the looks, how to avoid? Simply put the correct credits on your video description! There's already credits on the skin page, why put more credits ON the video? --------------------------------- This is all, I hope these tips help you on your next video, please leave your comment and to check the FULL RESULTS of what I'm talking about check my last CSS video or my channel by clicking on the links bellow: - [Lastest CS1.6 Video (Wasted Edit)](http://youtu.be/9-gIYKXM87Q "") - [CSS Video (Warm Edit)](http://youtu.be/BtaruLgoZcg "") - [My YouTube Channel](https://www.youtube.com/user/652T4V0 "")

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    > **Posted by DustStriker(NP)** > I'm talking about the editing! To render on 720p resolution directly from the software and why? For sports or fast action 720p is usually better because with an interlaced signal (1080p) the two halves of the image that make up each frame can be slightly out of sync, and while the image is technically slightly higher resolution (1080 vs 720 lines) it's less clear. Furthermore interlaced video is prone to a type of annoying video artifact called twittering ... see link. Finally many displays don't do de-interlacing very well. You seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding of what I said and what interlacing is. 1080p is not interlaced. The 'p' suffixed to it stands for "progressive." Moreover, interlaced signal lines are not sometimes out of sync, they're always out of sync by definition. > Actually he really change, he doens't suppor 60fps videos so he compresses the video as well, you can check on my last CS1.6 edit that it's really smooth (rendered at 60fps) and compare with another CS1.6 edit, you will see the difference on the parts with more velocity. I looked it up just to be sure and YouTube will stream 60 fps videos. Whether it renders that way through Flash or HTML5 is another question, though. > Because adding a "fake" black bar allow you to edit the bar size without compromise the game aspect ratio (you can use a small black bar on the frag scenes and use a large bar on the cinematics to creat an ambient, as I did in many edits, for example), you can check by trying this: record a short clip in hlae on 1280x500, that will add blackbars, and after that record on 1280x720 and add a "fake" black bar, you will see the difference. Cropping also does not compromise the aspect ratio. If you mean people can use the bars (letterboxing) to create a widescreen effect in a, say, 4:3 video then that makes sense. Cropping obviously will crop the whole length of the video so that wouldn't be an option.
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    > **Posted by Judo** > YouTube will resize it to several resolutions on its own so this is fairly bad advice. > I'm talking about the editing! To render on 720p resolution directly from the software and why? For sports or fast action 720p is usually better because with an interlaced signal (1080p) the two halves of the image that make up each frame can be slightly out of sync, and while the image is technically slightly higher resolution (1080 vs 720 lines) it's less clear. Furthermore interlaced video is prone to a type of annoying video artifact called twittering ... see link. Finally many displays don't do de-interlacing very well. > YouTube does not change the framerate from 60 to 30, framerate conversion will never make a video smoother without artifacts, and, consequently, framerate conversion should be avoided at all costs UNLESS the conversion is exactly half of the original and you use the appropriate technique. Actually he really change, he doens't suppor 60fps videos so he compresses the video as well, you can check on my last CS1.6 edit that it's really smooth (rendered at 60fps) and compare with another CS1.6 edit, you will see the difference on the parts with more velocity. > > 10º) Black Bars: Black bars will add a widescreen effect on your video and that helps occasionally. > > Why not just crop the video or record in widesreen? It's better for compression if nothing else. Because adding a "fake" black bar allow you to edit the bar size without compromise the game aspect ratio (you can use a small black bar on the frag scenes and use a large bar on the cinematics to creat an ambient, as I did in many edits, for example), you can check by trying this: record a short clip in hlae on 1280x500, that will add blackbars, and after that record on 1280x720 and add a "fake" black bar, you will see the difference.
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    > 3º) What is the best resolution? Some people may think that 1080p is better but it's not. The best resolution for youtube usage is 720p, if you record the raw video at 1920x1080 it's even better when converted to 720p! YouTube will resize it to several resolutions on its own so this is fairly bad advice. > 4º) Best FPS for YouTube? Again, a lot of people will think that it's better to use 30fps (or even 29,97fps) render because youtube plays the videos at 30fps and that's true, but to make it even smoother it's recommended that you render the final product at 60fps, why? because when uploaded to youtube it's converted to 30fps and that convertion ON the upload will make it smoother! YouTube does not change the framerate from 60 to 30, framerate conversion will never make a video smoother without artifacts, and, consequently, framerate conversion should be avoided at all costs UNLESS the conversion is exactly half of the original and you use the appropriate technique. It should also be noted that newer formats like h.264 have a feature called VFR, variable framerate, that could negate all of this but I don't think either player on YouTube supports it. > 10º) Black Bars: Black bars will add a widescreen effect on your video and that helps occasionally. Why not just crop the video or record in widesreen? It's better for compression if nothing else.
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    These are pretty helpful, now that I think about it.
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    thanks for your tips =)
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