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Blender for Video Production Quick Start Guide

By : Allan Brito
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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)

How to use videos as textures in Blender

The use of textures is an outstanding option in Blender to create rich graphics for any video production. When you mix 3D graphics such as planes with textures to make a video, you can create almost any type of content.

However, using textures will give you much more freedom to overcome a limitation of the Video Sequencer Editor. Until now, we have managed to add videos to the Sequencer to cut and mount in several different ways. One thing you can't do with videos in the Sequencer is to scale down two clips and show them at the same time in the render (Figure 6.1):

Figure 6.1: Two videos side by side

For projects that require you to create a more complex infographic using multiple videos at once, having this limitation will be a huge problem.

One feature of Blender related to textures will allow you to overcome that problem and successfully...