After Effects Project Tutorial: Story Time

For many of you, it may be cheaper and smart to just purchase After Effects templates on sites like VideHive. But at some point, it’s nice to actually know what is going on yourself and be able to create your own amazing motion graphics. That’s where I come to help! I’m taking requests for projects like the ones you see on Video Hive. I recreate the project myself and show you how to do the same. Download this project. After Effects Complete Course Photo Colorization Course After Effects – Advanced Shapes I’ve recreated this story time project. I dumbed down the project so that you can more easily understand what is going on. But go ahead and increase the comp sizes and quality to match the original story time project. If you have other effects, motion graphics, or videos that you’d like to replicate, just post a comment below and […]

Video Editing Tip: Don’t Cut Away to Just One B-roll Shot

This series of blog posts gives you quick and easy tips to improve your editing. Some of the techniques may seem obvious. Others will be new to you. Either way, they will improve you editing efficiency! Enjoy! When editing documentary or promotional videos, there is a fairly standard structure that you’ll most likely be working with. You’ll have an interview or speaker track. This will be someone talking on camera, either straight to camera or off-camera, documentary style. Then you’ll have b-roll footage to work with related to whatever the video is about. The first rule in using b-roll is to use clips related to what the speaker is talking about. This may seem obvious, but I’ve seen so many videos where the b-roll doesn’t match what the speaker is talking about. I think to myself - what is going on here! I understand that you may not always have perfect b-roll […]

Video Creator Spotlight – Estelle Caswell – Adult Daydreamer

Welcome to the Video Creator Spotlight of the month! This series of interviews highlights video creators and their work. I’ve personally learned most of what I know how to do by talking to other people and learning from them. The Video Creator Spotlight is my way of sharing other people’s stories with you in hopes that they inspire you to make better videos.  If you or someone you know would like to be featured in the Video Creator Spotlight, please send me an email at videoschoolonline@gmail.com. Now on to the interview! Who is Estelle Caswell? I’m an adult who daydreams. How did you get interested in video creation? I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama so there wasn’t a lot video production exposure per se. However, my mom is an interior designer and my dad is an architect so I definitely got the artistic gene from them. I just […]

Video Editing Tip: Using the Option/Alt Key

This series of blog posts gives you quick and easy tips to improve your editing. Some of the techniques may seem obvious. Others will be new to you. Either way, they will improve you editing efficiency! Enjoy! Using the alt (if you’re using a PC) or option (if you’re using a Mac) key will really improve the way you edit. It makes you more efficient. Mostly, it just makes things easier. One of the best ways to use the option key is to quickly trim layers and/or to duplicate layers. In the above image, you’ll see a typical piece of footage that has video and audio. If you were to just click on the edge of either the video or audio track and drag left or right, it would lengthen or shorten both the audio and video. But if you option-click and drag just the video of the clip, it will allow […]

  • After Effects Tutorial with Mikey
    Interview with After Effects Guru – Mikey Burop Interview with After Effects Guru – Mikey Burop

    Interview with After Effects Guru – Mikey Burop

Interview with After Effects Guru – Mikey Burop

Over 50% the After Effects Advanced Shapes course – promo code VSOBlog Today I interview Mikey from ‘After Effects Tutorials with Mikey,’ a popular YouTube channel for learning how to use After Effects. We did this interview on our own time – that’s why the back-and-forth question/answer isn’t super fluid. That being said, Mikey gives us some amazing tips on becoming a better video creator, as well as how to build a YouTube audience. Mikey started seriously posting YouTube videos just over 2 years ago. Now he has over 40,000 subscribers. He shares some awesome tips such as:   Speaking of using motion graphics to improve videos, check out Mikey’s website (http://www.cinemaspice.net) to download motion graphic templates, overlays, and more to ‘spice’ up your own projects. I really appreciate Mikey taking the time to give our viewers some great advice. Please check out his sites and tutorials. You’ll definitely learn […]