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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 content and rendering

Now we have got to the point where we can start rendering our project! However, if you press the F12 key to render your motion tracking file, you will probably see only the default cube from Blender. Why is that? Unless you add something to the 3D View, Compositing, or Sequencer, Blender doesn't know you want to render the video content.

For this particular project, we will use the Compositing editor to replace the tracking plane with either an image or a video.

Instead of changing the window type, we can start a new workspace. Press the + button and choose VFX | Compositing. You will see the Compositing editor (Figure 8.10):

Figure 8.10: Compositing editor

To get started, we can turn on the Use Nodes and Backdrop at the top to enable nodes and see a preview of our video in the background, respectively.

It is time to add a few nodes in the...