DJI Spark Review – A great innovation or an expensive waste of money?

So here we go again, another 6 months goes by and DJI announce another new drone. This time round its the Spark, an all new ‘pocket sized’ craft. The company seems to be busting at the waistline with the number products its trying to push out. But unlike some of the other innovations DJI have brought to market, I haven’t been following this one with bated breath.

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How to create a Slow Down and Fast Forward Effect | dgtl Workshop

Hello and welcome to another dgtl Workshop! For today’s tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to create a Slow Down and Fast Forward Effect within Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s very simple to do and will only take up a few minutes of your time. Once you’ve mastered creating this effect, you’ll be able to add it to any of your personal projects!

For those who are more of a visual learner, you can watch the video version of this tutorial instead! If that’s not the case, then feel free to read onwards at your own pace.

Why and when to use the Slow Down and Fast Forward Effect?

The Slow Down and Fast Forward effect is used by a variety of creators to make their videos more interesting. It’s use can range from being subtle, to being very obvious. This tends to be due to the fact different creators use the effect differently for different outcomes. Some examples of using it would be to reduce the time spent showing boring clips, assist emotional scenes and emphasise an action that’s taking place.

Setting up the Sequence

For the effect to work, make sure the clip/s you are using are 50fps or more and that the sequence settings’ timebase is set to 25 frames per second. The reason for this is because the more frames the clip has, the more we can slow it down.Clip is 60fps

Sequence Settings

Changing the settings

Slowing Down a Clip

Next we’ll cut a part of the clip that we want to slow down. Once you’ve cut it, right click on the chopped clip and select the “Speed/Duration” button. Change the speed to 50% and hit “OK”. If you play through that clip now, you’ll notice it has slowed down.

While their are other ways to slow down a clip, this is a method that I personally find quicker to do and is easier to see which clips have had their speed altered when I’m editing.

Cutting the clip

Slowing a clip

Fast Forwarding a Clip

So for this part, we are going to repeat the same step as Step 2, but instead of decreasing the Speed/Duration, we are going to increase it to 125%. This will create a Fast Forward Effect within this part of our footage, which will help emphasise the snowboarder’s landing.

Fast forwarding a clip

Adjusting speed

Resetting the Clip’s Speed

To get a clip back to it’s default speed, just repeat the same step as Step 2/3 and change the Speed/Duration to 100%.

Cutting another clip

Changing speed to 100%

Cleaning up the Sequence (Optional)

Once you are done with adding the Slow Down and Fast Forward Effect, all you need to do is clean up your sequence. For myself, that was just chopping off useless bits of the footage so that the clip would be perfect. For others, that may be cleaning up audio, effects, etc. When you’ve finished going through this tutorial, you should be able to easily use the Slow Down and Fast Forward effect within your own projects!

Chopping off unwanted footage

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There are two types of people in the world, those who see creativity as a skill and those who see it as a talent. Whatever your stance is on this, being creative can come in many different forms. Here are a few benefits why our dgtl Concepts team love to collaborate with fellow creatives. Whether it’s marketers who provide the storyboard, or companies who have a few ideas in mind, we love to take up every exciting opportunity that presents itself.Read More

How to create a Letterbox Effect | dgtl Workshop

Hello and welcome to another dgtl Workshop! For today’s tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to create a Letterbox Effect within Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s very simple to do and will only take up a few minutes of your time. Once you’ve mastered creating this effect, you’ll be able to add it to any of your personal projects!

If you prefer video content, then feel free to watch the tutorial above instead! Though, if watching a video is not to your taste, then feel free to read onwards at your own pace.

Why and when to use the Letterbox Effect?

When it comes to professional videos, filmmakers use the Letterbox effect for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons may be to cut out parts of the footage that don’t look good; so that some of the footage can be salvaged and used within the video. Another reason may be to make your video look cinematic; the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen create more focus on what’s happening in that moment in time.

Create an Adjustment Layer

Go to ”New Item” on the left side of the screen and select the Adjustment Layer.

Create Adjustment Layer

Select adjustment layer

Add the Adjustment Layer onto the Sequence

Next, drag the Adjustment Layer onto the Sequence and extend the layer so that it covers up how many clips you want the effect to be applied to.

Changing the adjustment layer settings

Dragging it in

Placing it above the footage

Crop the Video

Head to the ”Effects” tab on the bottom left-hand side of the screen. Search for Crop, and then drag and drop the effect onto the Letterbox layer. Next, select the layer and go to the ”Effects Controls” tab at the top left side of the page.

Applying the crop effect

Adjust the Settings

Within the “Effects Controls” tab, look for the Crop section. Once found, open it up and you will see the tab has a few categories; left, top, right, bottom. For the Cinematic or Letterbox effect, we will change the top and the bottom values to 16%. However, if you wish to increase or decrease the Letterbox, you can change the values to whatever best suits your needs.

Adjusting the crop settings

Change the Positions of the Clips (Optional)

Some clips might need some tweaking for the Letterbox effect to work well on them. The easiest way to do this is to adjust each individual clip’s position – It’s by adjusting their position that you can remove unwanted parts of the clip and bring focus on to areas that really matter. Once you’ve followed through all of these steps, you should be able to easily create your own Letterbox Effect within your projects!

Finished outcome

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DJI Mavic Pro vs Phantom 4 Pro vs Inspire 2

Hands up, who’s just received the long awaited marketing email from DJI introducing the new Phantom 4 pro and the Inspire 2?

The drone game just took a new twist! Personally I wasn’t expecting to see them this side of Christmas, what with all the issues with Mavic Pro shipping, but DJI have dropped a bombshell on the already tattered remains of the GoPro Karma launch.

Interested in drone services? Check out what we can do for you! From stunning aerial video to precise photos, we can provide the entire range of drone services that you need. See more at dgtl Concepts

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Taking photos in a club venue is widely regarded as a difficult challenge for most photographers, regardless of the level of one’s photographic ability, because of the constant changes in light. Unlike other event photography which typically has a constant light source which translates into exposure – you constantly need to adjust your settings on the move.

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