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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)

Using sound and voiceover for videos

One of the main benefits of using Blender to either edit or manipulate audio tracks is that you can use the same tools we already learnt about when working with video. The interface and tools will be the same. You don't need to learn anything new related to the Sequencer.

Of course, there are some differences in manipulating video data and audio, but we can quickly learn how to deal with that.

How do you get audio files in the Sequencer? Using the Add menu, you can get audio files such as MP3, OGG, or others in the Sequencer using the Sound option (Figure 7.1):

Figure 7.1: Add menu for sound

Once you add the audio track to the Sequencer, you will use the same shortcuts and options to edit and cut it. For instance, pressing the K key will trigger a soft cut on both audio or video strips.

By default, Blender won't show any visual differences...