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How to Solve the “Poster Frame” Problem

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I received an email question about poster frames the other day, so I thought I’d make a video that shows how to solve a problem you might encounter with them.

The problem is basically this: When you have a video file on your computer, the operating system automatically chooses a poster frame to represent the video file.

The poster frame is a single frame from the video. Sometimes the frame the operating system chooses is great. Other times, it’s not ideal.

And the challenge is that not all apps allow you to choose your own custom poster frame when you export a video. For example, Final Cut Pro X doesn’t let you choose the poster frame when you export a project.

That said, there are ways of dealing with this. In the video, you’ll see me use a couple different options for setting a custom poster frame. One of the options feels like a hack, but it can get the job done.

If you’re someone who stores video files on your Mac, and you like to see a good visual representation of those videos, this quick tip should be useful.

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6 Requirements of Video Cataloging Software

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I’m a big fan of video cataloging software. It’s useful when you have a lot of video clips and you’re trying to find a specific one within the large collection.

But not all video cataloging software is the same.

In this article, I’ll share six items that I consider requirements from video cataloging software.

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What is the difference between a Master File and a Delivery File?

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Just in case you’re not already doing this, I thought I’d share this useful workflow for exporting…

By the way, I’m going to share the process I use, but please keep in mind this isn’t always the right process for everyone. But 99% of the time, it’s the right process for many of us.

Also, I should mention that there’s nothing revolutionary about this workflow. It’s one that people have been using for many years.

But if you’re new(ish) to video production, it’s not always an obvious process. If you don’t know about it, you can accidentally build some bad habits.

Okay, here’s how it works…

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How to Make a Master Video File

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Every video creator needs to realize this truth: It’s critical to export a master video file whenever you complete a project.

Even though it’s important, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re currently doing it.

I’ve talked to folks who make a video, upload it directly to YouTube, then delete their project files from their computer to free up space — retaining basically nothing except the YouTube version.

And they don’t even have that video. YouTube does.

When I hear folks tell me they do this, it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard — very disturbing.

I’m fairly confident that YouTube has a long (and profitable) future ahead of them. But what if something goes wrong? What if YouTube goes out of business? What if someone accidentally pushes a wrong button somewhere and a certain YouTube account gets deleted and all the videos disappear forever?

Like I said, it probably wouldn’t happen, but why risk it?

Everyone needs a master video file for every completed video project. Making a master is a fundamental thing to do.

That said, I still sometimes get questions about it. My goal here is to make it clear how (and why) you can export a master.

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How to Work with AVCHD Video and MTS Files – Izzy Video 252

AVCHD video can be confusing.

When you’re shooting video, you see on your camera that you have several different clips. But when you plug the card into your computer and look at the files, you can’t see the individual video clips.

If you dig deep, you’ll find mysterious MTS files, but when you try to open them in a video player, it doesn’t work.

How can you copy or move a single video clip? How can you open them in a video player without bringing them into your video editing software?

This video shows a tool called ClipWrap that I find useful for working with AVCHD video clips on a Mac. I hope you find this brief tour helpful.

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