How to SPICE UP your videos using CAMERA TRICKS!


– What’s up everybody! Peter
McKinnon here and today we’re talking about three
little camera tricks that you can add to your videos
to make your edits a little more fun and a little more interesting. So without further adieu,
let’s roll that intro. (funky music) I just broke Steve. Steven, I gonna have to glue your ass. (funky music) Alright guys, welcome
back to another tutorial. Monday morning, we’re going
to hit the ground running. If you notice, my voice is
like seven octaves lower because I’ve been sick, had
a really sore throat and I’ve been under the weather all last week. So I apologize for the
void of not posting videos. I really wanted to, so
today’s the first day I’ve really felt a lot more like up to it. So, back in the saddle trying to get something out for you guys. This is a topic I’ve wanted
to cover for a little while. There’s a few things I
really love about it. Camera tricks and camera
effects and doing these little things within your
edits, is so much fun because they’re subtle. It’s
not like a big explosion or you’re doing green screen
effects or anything like… These are very subtle, little tweaks that might go over some people’s heads, they might miss them completely.
They might have to rewind. That’s what I love about it. Because that shows the level
of commitment that you have as a film maker, as an editor. To go through this trouble
to just add something so small and subtle that it
might actually be missed. But if it’s not, the
people who notice are like wow, that’s awesome,
like this guy puts a lot of work into his stuff. And getting into that
kind of mindset is going to help you grow as a
film maker or someone that does photos or videos or
whatever it is that you do. But going the extra mile,
to just get that done even if someone’s going to miss it. That’s the principle I love
behind this whole topic. So, without talking anymore,
we’re going to go over three of my favorite effects to do. I’ve done them in some vlogs, some people have missed them. Some people
have obviously caught them, because they’re more obvious than others. But we’re going to talk about
the clothes changing effect. We’re going to talk about
like frame blending. Walking in one side,
coming out the other and reaching through like 3D space. And we’re going to talk
about a dolly zoom, which is something I love to
do with drones and cameras in general, it’s just a
super awesome little camera trick that you can do
within the edit to make your B-roll footage just
look like what is happening. So, three of my favorite things. Let’s start with the
clothes changing effect. So, obviously a great
way to transition from one scene to another within
your vlogs, your videos, your films, what have you. It’s a little more of
a light-hearted thing, I don’t really see it
done in movies very often, but in vlogs all the time. If you just want a fast transition, the clothes change effect
is phenomenal for that. It’s helpful, it actually
helps move your story along within a vlog if you’re
doing something like that. But what I like about
it, is it can be done in so many different ways. Part of the reason I love
this effect too is it kind of goes back to my roots as a magician, it feels a little bit like
a quick change artist, something like that. So all that’s happening is
there’s a cut in the footage. So you would snap your
fingers and your clothes would be different. Now
nothing happened there because I didn’t actually
do it, but what I would want to do, is I would snap,
take a look at my frame, say okay, my thumb is like
right above Steve Job’s head right there, so when I
snap that’s where I am. My head’s pretty much center frame and I’m not going to move my body. So what I would do, is I would snap, deliver the line of content
that I wanted to say. What’s up guys, alright
so we’re going to head out I gotta get rid of this sweater and put something else on. (snapping sound) Boom. I’m going to look where
I am in that frame, okay now I’m a little bit
to the right of his head. And then I’m going to take this off, trying not to move as much as I can. I’m going to have the article of clothing that I want to change into pretty close. So, I’m going to put that on. If anything moves that’s
out of the ordinary. Anything in the background moves, anything in the foreground moves, my hat gets crooked. Anything like that is a tell. Once you’re in whatever
you wanted to change into put your hand back to about where it was at the last frame, then deliver
the next line of content. (snapping sound) Okay, good to go. When you cut those two together, I like to take the snap
from the first clip and carry that audio of just the
snap into the second clip. It’s when you try to line up the snaps that things start to get
a little mix match and they don’t work as well
because then you got two snaps or it’s a little bit weird,
so I take the snap from the first clip audio, drag
that over the second clip where I’m now in these
clothes and then when you put it together, it looks like this. What’s up guys, alright so
we’re going to head out, I got to get rid of this sweater and put something else on. (Snapping sound) Okay, good to go. And there you have it. That’s
the clothes changing effect. Now in a recent vlog,
I did the same thing. I jumped up, clapped my hands, came down, I was in a completely different outfit and that was done exactly the same way. I just remembered where I was, where my feet were in that room, when I clapped where my shoulders looked. I looked at the clip, went and changed. Came back to the exact same spot and then just jumped and did the same clap and then cut them together using
the audio from the first clip, so it didn’t, (clapping
hands) didn’t sound weird. But using effects like this creatively, is where they really shine. So let’s say you’re
walking out of your house and you’re vlogging and you say, oof, should have brought a jacket, boom now you’re in a jacket, and you go, I need a hat too, boom, uh wrong hat, boom and now you got the right hat on. Using them like that,
as little characters or little story arcs within your
vlog or within your video, is where I find these
effects really shine. So, now this is a pretty
basic concept and effect, but I did see a ton of
questions about it when I put it in a vlog in the
comments a couple weeks back. So, I just wanted to touch
on that and deliver that to you guys, so for those
of you who don’t know, now you know. So this next little camera
trick that I love to do, I don’t even know what
you would call it, maybe frame blending or frame masking. Let’s just call it frame
masking, essentially it’s the same technique that I
taught in how to clone yourself, we’re just using it in
a different concept. There’s a little bit of
a different way to edit, which I’m going to show
you guys on the screen in a second here. But essentially the concept
is you walk off frame but you come in on the
other side of the frame before you’re fully gone on this side. Now, what’s weird about it,
what gives people the Uhhh! Is that you’re on frame,
on each side of the frame, at the same time for only about a second. Now to do this, you’re going
to want to have your camera on a tripod and you’re
going to want to have nothing moving in the background. You can have stuff moving
in the background, but it’s going to be way easier if you don’t. In last week’s two minute
Tuesday, my chair spun a little bit when I got
up and that’s what made it look like a cut because
where I masked the two clips together, the chair went
from spinning to still and that made it look like
there was a cut even though the background wasn’t moving. So, if you have nothing
moving in the background, this is going to be way easier. So, let me get rid of the chair and show you what I mean. So, essentially you’d be standing here and you walk off frame. Now when I masked those two together, it looks like I just
walked off this side and came right back on without
ever pausing a beat but you saw me in the same frame on both sides for about a second. Okay, so how do you actually
do this in Premier Pro? It’s easier than you
think. I’m going to show you how to do it on screen right now. So, if you want to follow
along, now is the time. So, once you have your
two clips open in Premier, the one that you are going to walk out of, if you’re kind of frame
blending this thing and the frame you’re going to walk into. You have them side by
side, just like this. That’s where I walk away and
this one is where I walk in. So the key, the idea,
the objective here is to blend those together so
it’s one smooth frame but having me on frame at the
same time for like a second, which what throws you for a
loop, it’s like Uhhh..what! This is how you do that. It’s not a cut, a cut would be too abrupt. Now in the last two minute
Tuesday there was a little bit of a cut, like I said because
that chair was moving. But here, there’s no
chair, we should be fine. So let’s find the spot
where I walk off frame and then where I want to come in on the frame on the other side. So let’s say right about
here would be good. Nice and subtle. Let’s take this clip and move it up. This is where I am walking in on frame. So we’ll start it right about there. I’m going to slide this over. Now, here’s the issue with that. Because we’ve slid that over
top of the initial frame, you’re not going to be able
to see the first frame now. So, if we played that back I just disappear and
that’s not what we want. We want this to look like a loop, like I’m walking off one
side, coming into the other. So we have to mask myself out
and key frame that mask away, so that it’s a smooth, continuous loop. Sounds harder than it is,
this is how you do it. Go to the first frame
of this clip right here. We’re going to make this
to about ten percent, just so we can see the whole thing. I know it’s a little bit
small on the screen here, but I’ll zoom in a little
bit so you guys can see. Now if we hide this, I click Enable, you can see my body’s
right there so that’s where we want to start the mask. So we’ll go back to Enable clip, you’re going to come over
here with that clip selected. Hit the pen tool, which opens
up the mask properties and we’re just going to make a
rectangle from here to here, here, over and join that up. Once you’ve done that, come
over to the mask settings, hit inverted. Boom. You
have shown up on the frame. Now if we play that back, it works, but you see this
disgusting, hideous line. And you think to yourself,
what, that’s not going to work. What is that? That’s
horrible, like that’s uhhh! Easy to get rid of, you’re
just going to come over, make sure you’re selected on that top clip where you mask is and you’re going to feather that line out
by just dragging this until it’s completely gone. You can move that mask
expansion just a little bit. Don’t move it too much
because you’ll see it moving on the wall there. See that? So, that was at zero, we’re
just going move it a little bit. Maybe it’s like… 25, 30 max. Now we’ve got our mask there,
that line is feathered away, looking good. So if
you play that back now, looks pretty good, but now
we’ve got that big, black chunk here. So the only way
to get rid of that is to go back to where this
frame ends down here and key frame that mask away
as the clip continues. So, here’s how you do that. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to start
moving that the second my body disappears from this right side here. So my body is gone, we want to start moving that mask already. So we’re going to select that layer. Hit Mask, so we can see that. We’re going to hit this
little button here that says track selected mask
forward one frame and then we’re going to move this over, we’re going to hit that again, we’re going to move this over. And the goal is to get
this mask off the screen before this clip ends. Select it forward again, move that over. Select it forward, move that over. We’re pretty much good at this point and we’ll just get it off
the screen completely. So now when we play that back, you won’t see any black
spots there because we’ve key framed it right off the frame. So now when we play that back, Looks good. The only discrepancy in this would be the shadows on the wall, so there’s no way that I can really get
rid of those, that’s why I mean things moving in the
background make it harder. A chair spinning, shadows,
because I’ve got a key light right here, which is casting
different light on to this side of the wall than
it is this side of the wall. So, like midday or really
even light are things you want to look for to make
this effect look as best as you can, but if we were
just playing this nobody’s really going to catch that if it’s a vlog. It’s just the extra little
bit of effort that counts and makes this effect
super, super awesome. Love it. Alright, the third and
final camera trick and I maybe wouldn’t even call
this one a camera trick, more of just like a
cool editing techinque, but I love it so much
that I had to include it. You guys have probably seen
it done in my videos and others as it’s a popular effect, but it’s called the
dolly zoom and it’s when you have the camera moving backwards, if that’s a drone flying backwards or you’re just manually moving
the camera backwards or you have it on a stabilizer and as that camera’s tracking backwards, you digitally zoom within your
editing software, forwards. And give this crazy,
paralax, trippy effect where it’s like space and time,
I can’t even explain it. It looks like this. It
just looks so cool and it’s a great way to make your footage, your drone shots, your tracking
shots look exceptionally… it just makes them look insane. I remember the first time
I saw it, I was like, what is happening? How
is that being achieved? And when I learned about how easy it was, I started doing it all the time. So use it sparingly, but
it’s pretty simple to do. Find a shot that you have
that’s tracking backwards. The easiest thing that
I found to do is fly a drone straight backwards because you’ve got that stabilization built in. It looks great. Fly it backwards, whatever
you’re going to do. Bring that clip into Premier. Go into the effect controls. You’re going to hit scale
to start a stop watch. A key frame at the very
beginning of that frame. Go to the very end of that frame and then zoom the clip in, it
works best with 4K footage because you’ve got more data
and more room to play with but, go to the end of that
frame, zoom in a little bit. Don’t go overboard, subtlety
is key here just like all of these effects that
we’ve been talking about. But you go to the end,
just zoom in a little bit and that’s going to add
that last key frame, so that zoom’s going to happen over time from the first key frame
to the last key frame and when you play that back,
it’s that easy. It’s done. You’ve got this crazy, trippy
effect that I just love to do. And it makes your drone shots
look a little more special and a little more unique. So I know you guys are going
to have fun with that one. Alright, so we have the
clothes changing effect, we have the frame blending,
worm hole portal effect and then we have the dolly zoom. Three awesome things that you
guys can add to your videos to make your edits, your films, your vlogs a little more exciting and add
a little bit of camera magic. I hope you guys enjoyed that video. Hit that like button if
you liked this video. Smash it if that’s
something that you’re into. Subscribe if you aren’t already and and, I’ll see you guys tomorrow. I’m going to go drink
some tea, peace. (laughs) Ahhh. So, ope, ope, alright we’re back… gonna have to glue it.

100 Replies to “How to SPICE UP your videos using CAMERA TRICKS!”

  1. I AM BACK! Still sick, but wanted to share some of my favourite techniques with you guys! What is your favourite editing 'trick' or camera 'trick' that you have been into lately? Let me know below!!!

  2. Every time you snapped I awaited with greater and greater anticipation for the clothes change to actually happen.

  3. digital zooms are awful. i wouldn't even consider this a true dolly zoom. this was a good video until the "dolly zoom"

  4. this is cool but really a true artist may use this once or twice but all the time makes it not original!

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  6. man @peter i love your sweater πŸ˜› kindly buy one for me too in small size or medium i will be thankful and send it to me to pakistan just love your sweater man

  7. Hello Peter,
    I have created a new channel for my daughter, i wanted to ask you what camera you suggest to record my videos for youtube? thank you

  8. Going to drink some tea. Do you even drink tea ?? I thought your drink cofee instead of water. Crazyyyyy

  9. Peter, THANK YOU! I'm so new to video editing and you've made learning so easy. I have a LOT of your videos to watch now!

  10. Would you recommend shooting with a battery grip or no? obviously 1dx is built in but having a 5d 3 and a battery grip since day one don't see much of a difference except weight but never see anyone shoot with the grip for videos.

  11. Hy There i am watching you and i think you are very good please maybe you can look on my chanel when you have time . If no No problem have a great day.

  12. I recently went back and watched this video for my latest film! If you have the time to watch it, see if you can spot the techniques?

  13. i wonder if peter ever had to shoot again his β€œbffffwhat’s up everybody” opening line because he got spit all over his lens ?

  14. Great video my guy. extra cudos on the granny sweater πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Ay mann, "🎢 the best time to wear a wool sweater is all the time🎢"(spongebob voice)🀣🀣. But great video my guy.

  15. I hope you start doing. Davinci Resolve tutorials Peter. I got it last month and I don't want to go back to Premiere.

  16. Great tips. Love the application suggestions (not just tricks for tricks sake). Thanks for the great info!

  17. Awesome videos!!!! Truly an inspiration! I have learned so much from your the uniques and know how! THANK YOU

  18. Who else repeated @3:50 to see where any discrepancy in the clothes changing effect was? πŸ™‚

  19. Thanks for sharing… I love the tricks but just because I loved learning about them. I would love you to do a video of more realistic/down-to-earth tricks… maybe 3 cool camera tricks for talking head/instructional videos. We all do a lot of those.

  20. Love your tutorials! I started a YouTube channel with my kid a few weeks ago because of your videos! Basically learned how to work my camera and basic editing from you, it’s been a lot fun!

  21. Hi Peter thanks excellent video very usefuli want to know what you prefer when taking slow motion shots, you do them whit the camera or make the slow motion with the computer program?

  22. someone should do this but with a backflip! so halfway through the backflip they change clothes πŸ˜ƒ

  23. And after all tricks the things you have is you know magic which struck me in your videos without any boringness.

  24. Very cool effects!!! Have you ever been on a cruise and shot footage? Tons of magic on huge cruise ships.

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