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Improving my video editing skills, looking for effect tutorials




As the title says, I want to improve my video editing skills, especailly when it comes to using and combining various effects and transitions.


I use Vegas 14 pro and I can do the simple basics. Changing speed, cutting, playing around with media generator files, very basic masking although i am very slow, transitions, simple shadows, adjusting a simple green screen and decent timing when combining the footage with music. I am aware that it will probably never look as good as with a full adobe suite, but I am nowhere good enough that I could justify an adobe subscription at the beginning of my hobby.


At some point i want to make  a strongly edited gaming video, or an AMV with lots of effects that should look at least acceptable  and not totally vomit inducing. If you watch the good videos you notice that it is a wide mix of many cuts, blurs, lens flares, smokes, zooms, quick transitions, colour changes to create a certain mood, and so on. Some of those effects even get combined to achieve even more interesting effects.


And that's where I feel completely lost because i dont know where i should begin:


Which techniques can easily be combined to create good looking effects?

Downloading (preferably free) aditional effects for more versatility?

Do you have any site or video recommendations that deal with video editing, mainly focusing on effects?


I know LMG uploaded a 4 hour+ video, and I might be able to get a few good tips out of it, although it is for adobe editing. But are there good sources besides that?


I feel like a kid in candy land: It doesnt matter what I pick first, it will definitely be useful one way or another.  But I will also never be on a decent track to improve my skills in a meaningful way. So I am thankful for every guidance i can get in that regard.

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31 minutes ago, Ein0r said:


Should pick up Vegas Pro 15 while it's $25 on humble bundle, potentially new codecs and all of that.

Mostly just look up tutorials for individual effects when you need them.

I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...



What is your budget/country for your new PC?


what monitor resolution/refresh rate?


What games or other software do you need to run?



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I use the same program, and I'm fairly inexperienced as I rarely make videos in the first place, but whenever there's something I don't know how to do there's almost always a YouTube tutorial for such. I found SkillShare fairly lackluster because there's already more content on YouTube, and it's free.

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Thanks for the advice so far.


I have vegas 14 and was thinking to get 15 as an addition around christmas. I still have time for that^^

I will also check out skillshare, maybe I'll make a find there. I looked through Udemy, a similar teaching platform but they only have basic editing stuff.


Searching specific tutorials on youtube or google is a good idea, if I  know what I want in the first place. But i dont even know what I might want, with all those nearly limitless possibiities the editing softwares provide.


The only thing I know I will definitely need is a tutorial on how to blend (moving) characters into the background/ another video clip.


This is my current "progress": Dancy Boy on the right should appear as if he is part of the scene. The black shadow surrounding him was a failed attempt of a 2d trackmotion effect  to achieve my goal. Which obviously didnt work. Dancy Boy was taken from a chroma key background (without the trackmotion effect). And yes, Dancy Boy's movements are definitely harder to blend into the background than a slow moving character, But that was also just a test to see how clean the chroma key is with more difficult movements.



But then again: What if i also want to add a lightning effect that moves like a flame over the surface of that scene? Do I search for "lightning flame effect" and pray to the chaos gods, hoping that they might be able to provide me with a tutorial for this specific effect combination? xD 


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