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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)

Aligning 3D Content with Video Using Virtual Cameras

In some projects related to video production, you may want to use what we call a virtual camera, or track an object motion to replace it in a video later. That is quite common in productions dealing with some level of VFX.

Blender can perform some of those tasks with a powerful motion tracking system for video, which will allow you to use virtual cameras and track objects on the screen. In this chapter, you will learn how to use that system to add content to part of a video that was left blank while filming.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How tracking works in Blender
  • Using tracking marks to produce your videos
  • Identifying the best points in a video for monitoring
  • Adding markers to existing footage
  • Processing tracking data
  • Creating objects to follow tracking markers
  • Composing a video with images or video using tracking data