how to edit youtube videos like a pro by a pro

how to edit youtube videos like a pro by a pro

How to edit videos for YouTube with final cut pro x tutorial. If you’re new to video editing or have some experience, this video is for you. In this tutorial I show you how I go about editing a video from start to finish for one of my YouTube channels using final cut pro x on the mac. Pro video editing lesson by your’s truly, a professional video editor of 25 years.

In this video editing tutorial, I walk you through a video editing project from start to finish, all the way to how to upload videos to your YouTube channel. I have 4 youtube channels that i film and edit for.

For more information check out my youtube channel Steve Rotter.

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3d animation star wars death star trench run test. 3d animation for star wars fan film in production.

3d animation star wars death star trench run test. 3d animation for star wars fan film in production.

3d animation star wars death star trench run test. 3d animation for star wars film for the fans. Subscribe to my YouTube channel, Steve Rotter, for more updates on this star wars fan film in progress. disney sucks! star wars episode 9 will fail like the rest. we are creating this film for fans of star wars episodes 4 – 6. http://www.steverotter.com braintank studios and rotter studios. star wars for the fans. death star trench run test for fan film. Check back for updates and to see the final film.

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The Last Jedi Sucked. How about the Star Wars fans remake Star Wars

The Last Jedi Sucked. How about the Star Wars fans remake Star Wars

The Last Jedi Sucked.

How about the Star Wars fans remake Star Wars

We all know Disney ruined star wars. the last Jedi sucks and most star wars fans hate it. what do you say us fans remake star wars. make it dark, how it should be. the last jedi is garbage even as a stand alone film, lacking any form of storyline. star wars as a kid had magic to it. star wars a new hope, the empire strikes back and return of the jedi, had a great storyline. After seeing so much hatred against the last jedi, I had an idea to join forces with artists out there to create something truly amazing. If you’re a writer, animator, stop motion animator, actor or actress, I urge you to join us and make star wars great again. I am a professional video editor of 25 years, audio engineer, photographer, cinematographer and lover of film. We can work together via Dropbox and hold meetings via Skype. Please get ahold of me to organize. This will be made by fans for fans. It will not pay anything but it will get your work out there on YouTube. Please spread this around. share with friends and family and artists. Don’t think you’re not good enough. You can film segments in your part of the world and submit. We’re looking for actors and actresses, writers, filmmakers, animators, etc. contact me either here via messaging or my site, www.steverotter.com If you enjoyed this video, consider giving it a like and a share and SUBSCRIBE to ROTTER studios on YouTube. It helps out a lot! I discuss thought – provoking topics, movies and media. I’m a video editor of 25 years, audio engineer 20 years, photographer 25 years and guitarist 20 years. I post photography and stop motion animation videos, along with movie reviews and Indy film reviews.

 

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Fiverr Arbtration and why I don’t agree with it.

Fiverr Arbtration and why I don’t agree with it.

Fiverr Arbitration is when a third party decides to use your talent and make it theirs, charging more money for it. You create it and they sell it for higher. This is purely my opinion but it bothers me. If you do not know, Fiverr is a really cool site where you can hire someone to create something for you. Anything you can imagine can be found from voice Impressionists, proofreaders for your novel, graphic designers, silly services, website designers, musicians, and an entire population of artists and creators, along with a guy who will wear a rubber horse mask and sing a song of your choice for you, on video. Yes, he makes money doing it. It’s fun to look through. I love Fiverr. I get to work in the arts on the side, make some extra cash, and sell to people all over the world. I just completed video trailers for clients in Australia, Italy and Israel.

Fiver is set up quite well. You search for a service, see their finished jobs created for other clients, and place the order. It is very easy and fun. Most jobs start at $5, hence the name Fiverr. I do video editing for marketing. Here are one of my Fiverr gigs for video editing, marketing. My clients range from authors promoting their books to companies needing a video for the website or client.

Fiverr Arbitration is when a third-party decides to get involved. They will purchase a gig from Fiverr then sell it someone else for higher. If an artist charges $5 for a gig they make $3. Fiverr takes a cut. The third party may look to Craigslist or elsewhere and find someone needing the service, charging them $50 or more, as an example. Some large companies have turned to Fiverr to outsource work. Instead of a marketing department, why not go to Fiverr and hire a few design artists for $10 or $20? Once product is received, they can easily sell it to their business client for whatever they want. $100, $500, etc.

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My editing suite at Rotter studios

I know this is how business works but it bothers me as an artist and Fiverr designer. I will never charge $5 for my video work unless it’s something I can knock out in 5 minutes or less. Even then, I won’t do it. I don’t fee comfortable with anyone using my work and passing it off as their own. Granted, I’m getting paid so it shouldn’t matter, but it does matter to me. Maybe it’s because these third-party vultures are seeing it as easy money. They put a price on art. I can’t put a price on art. It’s hard to determine what to sell for. We put the hours in and they reap the benefits. Again, Fiverr people are getting paid so I guess that’s all they care about. For this reason I will not price anything starting at $5. I’m proud of my work and it comes with a price. I have plenty of satisfied clients, many of them return clients. I’m averaging way more than $5. Could I get more clients if I charged less? Sure, but why would I do that? Work way more hours for way less?

I know my work has been sold for higher by a couple of clients and although it bothers me a little bit, I’m ok with that because I made the money I felt comfortable with.

You will see people selling their books on marketing and Fiverr arbitration which are nothing more than get rich quick schemes. If you want to start a business being a third-party, I just gave you all the information you need. Save your $20 on their stupid book.

What do you think? I know business has middlemen and that’s how things work, but for me, I just don’t like it. Kind of like how I have never and will never steal or rip a CD or DVD movie. Being an artist I believe in giving back. Knowing how many hours, weeks, months it takes to turn out a film or album, I’ll gladly spend the $10-$15 for that entertainment that I will keep forever.

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Where are the clowns

Where are the clowns

Where are the clowns

Being a photographer, I’m always looking for some interesting form of architecture in Chicago. I’ll take some random shot from an angle someone would not normally see things from and post to Facebook. I will now also post here on my blog, the random Chicago photo of the day or week.

Walking to work, some colors caught my eye. Hoping it would be what I thought it was, I walked faster, hoping no one would be around to ruin the shot. It was all clear, and a perfect find, for me anyway. The rider was not around, as the clown bike was securely fastened to the water-drenched post just off the street. It had just rained, which was more fitting for this shot. I’m curious to know what the rider looks like. The bike was there the next morning. I have taken this route before for years, and have never seen this. Yes it is creepy, and that’s why I like it. For someone to go through the trouble to construct this and fasten to their bike….THEIR BIKE!…they are one interesting character indeed. It is not a mask. It is a constructed face made of what looks to be ceramic and mostly paper mache of some sort.

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clown in Chicago by Steve Rotter

Chicago wedding photos

Chicago wedding photos

Chicago wedding photos by Steve Rotter

Here are some wedding photos of Chicago couples taken by me:

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Chicago wedding rings by Steve Rotter

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Chicago photography by Steve Rotter. I love the lines in this shot. Black and white makes it.

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Wedding cake at Venuti’s reception hall in Addison, IL

Venuti’s Italian restaurant is one of my favorite places to photograph weddings. The atmosphere is very nice with an Italian home feel to it. I really love this place and the food is very good. They are not paying me to say this. About 30 minutes west of Chicago in Addison, IL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Botanical Gardens photo by Steve Rotter

lego snowspeeder 75144 speed build

lego snowspeeder 75144 speed build

Lego snowspeeder 75144 speed build

Hello all. I wanted to share a really cool star wars Lego build with you guys. This video is from one of my You Tube channels, Rotter Studios. I show my photography, video production, stop motion animation and lego speed build work.

I love Star Wars and as a kid I really loved legos. We didn’t have the money years ago for lego sets (and still don’t) but when this lego snow speeder came out this year in 2017 I had to have it. The snow speeder is one of my favorite ships.

I went to the Lego store downtown Chicago with a friend the day the LEGO Star Wars Snow Speeder 75144 Building Kit was released. 3 other adults were waiting to get this. It cost $199.00 before tax, which is a great deal for such a great set. I normally don’t buy sets that large. My kids’ love for legos got me into building them again on the side. Then, incorporating the builds on my You Tube channel for others to see is a lot of fun. This entire build took about 8 hours from start to finish.

Lego speed build videos are very popular on You Tube. I do them here and there because they are so much fun.

I will be creating some stop motion animation films with the Lego sets we build. Time is something I need so stay tuned.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did creating it. It is truly a work of art.

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Chicago Photography by Steve Rotter

Chicago Photography by Steve Rotter

Chicago Photography by Steve Rotter

Hello all. Being I’m a photographer and cinematographer, I feel it’s of course only fitting that I post some of my work. I’m in Chicago a lot. There are so many photos to be had. Thanks for checking out my blog. If you like what I write, consider subscribing for more. Check out my website as well. www.steverotter.com

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Chicago photography by Steve Rotter. I love the lines in this shot. Black and white makes it.

The building on the bottom is the Sears tower. It was bought out a few years ago, and is now called the Willis tower. Chicagoans don’t like change. It is still referred to as the SEARS TOWER, OR, “the building previously called the SEARS TOWER.” I call it the SEARS TOWER and always will.

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The IBM building

Great lines with desaturated color, adding just a touch of blue from the sky in the reflected windows.

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Chicago reflections
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Chicago alleyway by Steve Rotter
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Overlooking Chicago by Steve Rotter
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Museum of Science and Industry photo by Steve Rotter

Classic stairwell in the Museum of Science and Industry. Have been visiting this museum since I was a kid, along with the Field museum and the Shedd Aquarium. Awesome museums of Chicago.

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Chicago bridge by Steve Rotter

Thanks again for checking out my work!

Steve

 

Rainy day photography – Chicago photo of the day by Steve Rotter

Rainy day photography – Chicago photo of the day by Steve Rotter

Rainy day photography – Chicago photo of the day by Steve Rotter

I will occasionally post my favorite photos of Chicago, taken by your’s truly. I love Chicago history and architecture. It’s the perfect city for photography. Enjoy!

I used to photograph weddings in Chicago but no longer do that due to the stress and lack of time to keep a day job and my studio going. I’m proud to say I did that for 10 years. I now photograph for myself and spend most of my artistic time working on my YouTube channels.

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Rainy day 7am in Chicago on Wacker drive by Steve Rotter

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How to charge for photography services

How to charge for photography services
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If you’re good at something NEVER do it for free!

This read is for the wedding photographer and brides looking for wedding photographers. I’m a Chicago photographer and I have some info for you all. To quote Heath Ledger’s Joker, “If you’re good at something never do it for free.” I want to reach out and hopefully instill some confidence in those of you trying to make some money in doing what you love. I also want to help brides looking for a wedding photography. For the rest of you, you’ll find this interesting.

Being a wedding photographer is a lot of work especially if you own your own studio. You place ads, maybe attend events, spend money on marketing, build the website, order business cards, do your taxes, buy gear, meet with potential clients and wonder why they don’t book you (after they said they loved your work and pricing), spend 12 hours on your feet, half the time melting outside in the summer, dealing with many people who you never met (some are drunk) and the list goes on and on.

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Wedding photograph by your’s truly

I’ve been a photographer for 25 years, starting as a little kid. Let me preface this writing with this: there are photographers and there are PHOTOGRAPHERS. Art is Art but if you’re paying someone to photograph your wedding, don’t you think they should know how to work a camera? Setting a camera to full auto doesn’t qualify. Your client / bride winds up with a shaded face and blown out backgrounds (very bright backgrounds.)

I shot both photos and video for my studio, SAR studios, now Rotter studios, since 1999. It was hard to think I could make money doing something I loved. Weddings weren’t my first choice. I would much rather shoot art or bands performing live. Weddings ARE art though. Photographing what others can’t see is all around you. It’s all art. That’s what an artist does. You see what other people can’t and you document it. For the most part it was a lot of fun and rarely did I have an issue except for that one time a groomsman drank way too much and never followed instructions. There was also that other time a fight almost broke out because some family members, who refused to let the bride marry the groom, showed up at the wedding. The bride cried in the back room while the groom went to deal with the chaos. I stayed with her, along with her bridesmaids, and consoled her until the smoke cleared. I felt bad for them. They were a really nice couple.

cropped-canon-5d-mkii-chicago-videoAs a photographer at weddings, you are the one they come to for answers. You are the director on the set. It’s just the way it is. You don’t take a break. You’re moving constantly all day long for hours. Packing up your gear, driving there and arriving early, setting up, roaming and photographing, packing up, driving home, etc. The day is very long and tiring. You’re also carrying around 20+ pounds of gear on your back and holding a camera that feels like it weighs a ton after a couple hours.

When the day is done, you’re not. You have many photos to edit. I averaged about 2,000 per wedding and didn’t get rid of many. Although they looked great, I edited each one to make them look as best I could.

What do you charge? Wedding photography pricing is all over the map from $500 a day to $4,000 or more. I’m sorry, I can’t see $4,000 for wedding photos. No one is that good and I have seen hundreds of photographers. I’ll be honest with you, if digital photography didn’t exist, neither would most “photographers.” Most people buy cameras and set to full auto and call themselves wedding photographers. If we were back in the days of film, they wouldn’t be doing what they are trying to do. I started with film a long time ago and good photographers knew how to use their gear…they had to. There was no screen to look at on the back of a camera. There was no cheating.

I met a photographer once while shooting video at a wedding. They charged $3,000. I asked about his gear and he wasn’t too sure. He had no flash at all. I asked what lenses he used. He used the cheap stock lens that came in the box. I asked what ISO he usually shoots at….he had no idea what I was talking about. $3,000. That burned me. What burned me more is the bride had no idea. How would she? It’s unfair.

I hope brides find this blog post and take it to heart. Check out my blog on wedding planning tips for the wedding couple. I now write what I have witnessed. Hopefully it will help a lot of you out. I don’t mean to slam other photographers, but seriously, if your mechanic is rebuilding your car’s transmission, do you think he should be reading the manual while he does it?

I thought I would undercut “competition” and charge less to get clients. That got me nothing but tire kickers. I didn’t set my prices too high figuring no one would hire me because I wasn’t a huge name. Let me tell you, those huge name studios are garbage. I say this because I know. I have spoken to brides who were very upset going with huge name photography studios. I also have friends who worked in huge studios as editors and it was terrible working conditions. Big wedding photography studios do what they can to get your non-refundable deposit and then you’re just another number. Wedding couples also don’t get to pick their photographer most of the time. They just show up. This one wedding I was at had the overweight Italian with chest hair sticking out of his half buttoned-down shirt. Yes, he had the fake gold chains as well. Don’t hate because I said Italian. I am Italian, and that’s what he was….exaggerating the role. I was embarrassed for them. He also didn’t know much about photography. The studio was Fred Fox studios in Chicago. Oh no, I said the name. Whatever.

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Lamborghini at wedding in Chicago

When you’re a small studio, some people will want to take advantage of you. I had this young couple once, giving the sob story of how they couldn’t afford much since they spent their parent’s money on the pricey reception hall downtown in Chicago. That’s not my problem. Maybe spend less? I’m working to support my family. Why should I take the hit? Some people think you just should. Well, I felt bad and gave them a huge discount, even though I was already low in price. My cousin was photographing with me at this time too. We went on this job together. Arriving at the church for reception was awesome. A huge cathedral! 500 guests! The reception hall was really expensive with ferraris and lamborghinis parked in the lot. They had no money. I felt bad for them. That was one of the turning points for me.

In the beginning, I never turned down a gig, thinking it would lead to more gigs. That rarely happened. What happened is we worked all day, I spent a week editing photos, and made just enough for that month’s marketing in Chicago magazines ($500 a month.) I always paid my 2 other photographers before I got paid. I worked for free 90% of the time. That was my fault. I just couldn’t up the price. Couples didn’t inquire that much if you were a small no name studio. They went with the big names because that’s what they knew. There are SO MANY little studios that are GREAT. How do you know which ones to pick? You don’t. That’s why the default is a big studio.

I hope someone out there, be it a bride to be, or a photographer has found this helpful in some way. As for me, I stopped advertising my services around 2012. With more and more people buying digital cameras and offering services for cheap, it was too much. All my weekends were spent working on the business, with M-F being my full time job.

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Chicago photography by Steve Rotter. http://www.steverotter.com

I still take photos or video if someone finds me but I no longer advertise. I played that game for 12 years and always broke even. I now put my creative efforts into my YouTube channels and a couple other online avenues to make money to supplement income….and I’m making more doing it than I ever did with weddings. I work from home on my schedule. That is how I went about charging for photography.

All the websites I spent hours building are gone and have been condensed into this one site you are on now. www.steverotter.com

Thanks for reading. If you enjoy what I do here, consider following my blog for more thoughts. Check out my blog on wedding planning in Chicago.

Steve

 

 

 

How I learned to play guitar in the 80s

How I learned to play guitar in the 80s

Let me wind down the day with thoughts of my past, the rocker days. At 15 years of age I thought it would be fun to play an instrument. Not sure where that thought came from; it just happened. Looking around my room I saw the flute / recorder from school. I knew that wasn’t too cool if I got good at it. I really wasn’t too sure what cool was since I had short hair and got mostly straight A’s in school. Never hung with the fast crowd and have yet to hear any Van Halen or heavy metal band…the year was 1988.

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Steve Vai circa late 1990s. He designed this guitar, the Ibanez Jem 7VWH. I own one of the original ones and still have it. It’s signed by him and Billy Sheehan, his bassist.

An old acoustic guitar my grandfather had given me years before, collected dust in the corner of my room. “What if I learned to play guitar?” Images of cowboys went through my head. I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn cowboy campfire songs. Little did I know, there was much more to it than that. Grabbing the guitar, I tried strumming, not knowing what I was doing. No clue. Later that night I caught the end of the movie “crossroads” with Ralph Macchio and Steve Vai. Steve Vai was the main driving inspirational force behind me wanting to learn guitar. He was the guitarist for Frank Zappa and David Lee Roth, before starting his solo career in the early 1990’s. I watched the end of the Crossroads movie EVERY DAY after school.

I never took lessons but wanted to. The money wasn’t there and I was more interested in learning from a couple neighborhood guys anyway. They played by ear and taught me the basics. I was amazed to learn about all the cool things you could do. I was obsessed with guitar. Classical music and metal are my favorite styles to play.

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Yngwie Malmsteen playing his signature designed YJM Fender strat in front of a wall of Marshall amps. I have this guitar and love it.

A friend of mine had Yngwie Malmsteen’s first album, Rising Force, on cassette. Knowing I was into guitar, he gave it to me. This cassette blew my mind! Yngwie (pronounced INGVAY) combined classical guitar with heavy metal perfectly. Perfectly executed intricate guitar runs set to classical music phrasing. My jaw hit the floor and I was now hooked for the long haul. I played and noodled around every chance I got. There was no you tube and no internet for that matter so I had to find people who played and learn from them. The year was 1988 and I was progressing rapidly. Most guitar players were in bands or starting bands. I was too overwhelmed with the calibre of guitar players out there, even though most people said I was really good. I never believed them. I was the opposite of a vein guitar player.

 

Check out this video of Yngwie Malmsteen. You can hear how he blends classical phrasing with electric guitar. I LOVE THIS! This was filmed by me when I saw him live in 2017.

My love of photography and video production naturally sparked passion for audio and sound editing. I started to record music at home. Studio equipment was expensive so musicians sought out studios to record at. There were no computers for recording yet. Recording studios recorded on analog tape, reel to reel.

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Steve Rotter (me) 2002.

I formed my first real band I was proud of in 1993. The band’s name was PUSH. That ended around 1996. We were going nowhere as discrepancies mounted, just as in any relationship. This was a relationship between 5 people and their girlfriends. I left and took all my music with me. I’ve played with bands on and off here and there for the next 10 years. I do miss those days but am happy playing in my home studio now. I also record bands here and there from time to time on the side. It’s nice playing the producer and recording engineer for others. Witnessing the art of others is awesome!

I got an email around 1999 from someone who heard my cd and wanted me to tour with their band as lead guitar player in Europe. We were to open for the band whitesnake all over europe. I LOVE whitesnake. You can imagine how ecstatic I was. I couldn’t believe it. Well, I didn’t go. I didn’t feel I was ready or good enough. I also didn’t want to tour europe with people I didn’t know, in a band I didn’t start. I know that sounds stupid, but that’s where I was. So that’s my story on how I learned to play guitar in the 80s.

For the record, I never tried any drugs. Not every heavy metal guy is an idiot or a pot – head – driven weirdo. I have come across many of those people during the band days. It made me feel uncomfortable. I just did my own thing and pushed through. I have a couple CDs for sale if you are interested. Check this site for links.

Order my cd (signed copy) MIME RIOT – FEAR
https://squareup.com/store/rotter-studios/item/mime-riot-fear-cd

Also available on iTunes and Amazon music as digital download.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/id793322130
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/id139284491

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Marshall Code 50-50 watt 1×12″ guitar amp: https://amzn.to/2GmCVVI

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas guitar blue frost: https://amzn.to/2Dp9fU0

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens: https://amzn.to/2wwN5ix

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Shure mv88 microphone: https://amzn.to/2WP78lw

Canon XA11 Pro Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2rNMUK1

iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod: https://amzn.to/2IxYQq4

Fovitec Green / Blue backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2IrDcbK

Fovitec Black/ White backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2rTu18T

Blue Yeti USB Microphone: https://amzn.to/2JWT2vt

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones: https://amzn.to/2K3hiLT

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
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Y-Connector Audio Splitter for Lavalier Microphone
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Headphone Jack Adapter Lightning Connector
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MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: STEVE ROTTER: youtube.com/c/RotterStudios

I’m a GUITAR PLAYER. Check out my music and purchase here:

MIME RIOT
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mimeriot
WRAITH
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/steverotter
ON iTunes:
WRAITH
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

http://www.steverotter.com

I’m a video editor of 25 years, audio engineer 20 years, photographer 25 years and guitarist 20 years. I post photography and stop motion animation videos, but mainly guitar playing.

 

 

 

The best stop motion animation software by Dragonframe

The best stop motion animation software by Dragonframe

dragoneframe 4Dragonframe software is the best stop motion animation software. Hollywood studios and directors such as Tim Burton have used Dragonframe for their blockbuster films. Dragonframe has been used to make several full-length motion picture films, including Disney’s Frankenweenie and Laika’s Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and ParaNorman, as well as the stop motion television show Shaun the Sheep. It has also been used to shoot stop motion scenes in live action movies, including the holochess scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and numerous stop motion shorts. I am currently using stop motion studio pro on the iphone and it works perfect for smaller projects. My panasonic gx85 camera has a built in stop motion feature that works well and even includes onion skinning.

The panasonic gx85 with its built in stop motion animation feature and stop motion studio pro on iPhone app are great for smaller projects, although they are still very powerful. For more advanced film – like quality, Dragonframe is highly recommended.

Dragonframe4For those of you not sure what stop motion is, it is the painstaking art of photographing still images in succession, to a computer. When put together, as with a flipbook, the characters will move. Just as with cartoons, each frame or drawing cell is put together to create movement. There are 24 frames or drawings per second, in film, so that means an artist had to draw 24 drawings for each second of a movie. Guess how many drawings were required for the average Disney film? Do the math. Actually, Disney used 30 frames per second so it’s more fluid. Walt Disney insisted on this back in the day.

Check out this stop motion animation I did with lego batman and the joker. Filmed with stop motion studio pro on iPhone7.

 

In the case of stop motion, a photograph is taking and the puppet, or object is moved a small fraction of a millimeter. After that move, another photo is taken, and so on. When all photos are played together, movement is created. The movie is edited, sound effects are added, along with titles, music and dialogue. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of work. Depending on the production it can take about an hour or more for 10 seconds of video.

Check out how Dennis Muren used stop motion animation to make the AT AT walkers walk in the Empire Strikes back.

The original king kong movie was filmed using stop motion, along with the AT AT walkers from the Empire strikes back. The AT AT walkers were only about 3′ tall but appeared to be monsters on the silver screen.

Dragonframe is a more advanced, pro stop motion animation software package. It is designed for high quality stop motion animation. Check out this video from Dragonframe.

 

Thanks for reading! Follow my blog here.

GEAR I USE:

Marshall Code 50-50 watt 1×12″ guitar amp: https://amzn.to/2GmCVVI

Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas guitar blue frost: https://amzn.to/2Dp9fU0

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK

Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens: https://amzn.to/2wwN5ix

Panasonic GX85 Batteries: https://amzn.to/2Ksac00

GoPro suction cup mount for car: https://amzn.to/2Ajbryb

GoPro gooseneck mount: https://amzn.to/2uUECmg

Shure mv88 microphone: https://amzn.to/2WP78lw

Canon XA11 Pro Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2rNMUK1

iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod: https://amzn.to/2IxYQq4

Fovitec Green / Blue backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2IrDcbK

Fovitec Black/ White backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2rTu18T

Blue Yeti USB Microphone: https://amzn.to/2JWT2vt

Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones: https://amzn.to/2K3hiLT

Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
https://amzn.to/2lZhGNB

Y-Connector Audio Splitter for Lavalier Microphone
https://amzn.to/2J1UwPU

Headphone Jack Adapter Lightning Connector
https://amzn.to/2udGjtM

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL: STEVE ROTTER: youtube.com/c/RotterStudios

I’m a GUITAR PLAYER. Check out my music and purchase here:

MIME RIOT
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/mimeriot
WRAITH
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/steverotter
ON iTunes:
WRAITH
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wraith/139284491
MIME RIOT
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-ep/793322130

http://www.steverotter.com

I’m a video editor of 25 years, audio engineer 20 years, photographer 25 years and guitarist 20 years. I post photography and stop motion animation videos, but mainly guitar playing.