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Blender for Video Production Quick Start Guide

By : Allan Brito
Book Image

Blender for Video Production Quick Start Guide

By: Allan Brito

Overview of this book

One of the critical components of any workflow related to video production is a reliable tool to create and edit media such as video and audio. In most cases, you will find video producers using software that can only cut and mount video in a "traditional" way. What if you could use a software that offers not only options to edit and cut video, but also create 3D content and animation? With Blender, you can make use of a fantastic set of tools to edit and cut video, and also produce 3D content that will enable you to take your productions to the next level. Do you want to take footage from a camera and cut or add sound and titles? This book will show you how Blender can do that for you! You will learn to add 3D virtual objects to the same footage that will help you to create a full 3D environment. Using some camera tricks, you can even turn Blender into a powerful 2.5D animation software to create compelling infographics to produce educational, marketing, and instructional videos. You will also learn how to work with motion tracking to mix live-action footage with virtual objects. You will then learn how to use the video editing capabilities of Blender and match 3D content to your project for YouTube or any other media. Toward the end of the book, you will export the project to YouTube using optimal settings for the best performance in the platform.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

Properties for video strips in Blender

In the Blender user interface, you will find that most windows will have something called a properties panel. These tabs will give you access to unique properties from objects that will reflect the selected object. For instance, if you have a 3D object selected, you will see properties such as coordinates, scale, and more.

In the Sequencer, you will see properties related to video and audio such as Length, Color, and Orientation.

First and foremost, how do you open the Properties tab? You will use the same shortcut to open the Properties tab in all windows in Blender. Just place the cursor in the window you wish to use and press the N key. That will open the properties in a sidebar as shown (Figure 3.1):

Figure 3.1: Sequencer sidebar

As you will see in Figure 3.1, the Properties tab will appear on the right-hand side of your window.