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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)

Preparing a project for exporting and rendering

Getting to the stage where you are ready to render a project is always exciting because you are close to seeing that big project come to life. However, before you jump into rendering a project, you must do a few things before pressing the Ctrl + F12 shortcut for rendering.

The first task is to ensure we are using the correct renderer. Blender will give you two main options for rendering:

  • Eevee
  • Cycles

In the Render tab of the Properties window, you can choose between them and set up your project rendering. Nowadays, Eevee is the most exciting option for rendering in Blender because it is capable of making real-time graphics. But it is still in development and doesn't support some basic features we need, such as transparent PNG files, as textures in the 3D View.

For that reason, you should choose Cycles to render any project...