How to Make a Storyboard

How to Make a Storyboard

First created by the Walt Disney Studios in the early 1930s, a storyboard can be incredibly useful when planning a film or video. A storyboard, itself, consists of a sequence of film shots; usually these frames include sketches since the design storyboard is created during a film’s planning stages. Overall, a storyboard helps filmmakers to visualize a film or video before they even touch a camera. Consequently, this process helps both aspiring and professional filmmakers create interesting and well-structured films.

While you can create a storyboard the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper, it is helpful to use a computer program such as Celtx. Celtx is screenwriting software that among other tasks, allows users to create storyboards. Best of all, it is free to use.

How to Develop a Storyboard in Celtx

Storyboard in Celtx

Step #1: Open up Celtx and click on “Storyboard”. You should now see your storyboard template. In the box near the top of the screen, choose a name for your project.

Step #2:  Ensure that your images for the storyboard are imported onto Celtx. You can either scan images of your storyboard sketches or take photos of them. Another option is to use a tool like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop to create your storyboard frames and then import these images into Celtx. In any case, remember to use one box for each cut when creating these frames.

Celtx Layout

Step #3: Click on the “Add Images” button and then go to “My Folder” where your images are stored and click on the “Open” button. Each image will get imported as an individual storyboard frame. You can rearrange these frames as you see fit.

Step #4:  In the box directly below each image, describe the type of shot you wish it to be. For example, is it a close-up or wide shot? Then in the space below this box, describe the action that will take place in the shot. Remember to include any special directions or other relevant notes in this space.

Step #5:  Repeat this process until your storyboard is complete. Click on “Save” to save your work.

Storyboard Dos and Don’ts

  • Keep in mind that each scene must serve a distinct purpose
  • Only move your camera when absolutely necessary
  • Try to make the most of negative space
  • Try to show depth of field in each shot
  • Avoid filming complicated angles
  • Make sure that your instructions for each frame are clear
  • Watch your continuity from frame-to-frame
  • Keep all important action shots in the center of the screen

All in all, storyboards are an excellent way for beginners and professional filmmakers to both visualize and plan videos and films.

– VideoCaddy

How to Edit Music Files – Audio

How to Edit Music Files - Audio

Editing music files allows you to clean up tracks, add beats to songs, cut out unwanted sounds, adjust vocals and much more. Additionally, you can fade, shift, duplicate, and adjust the sound volume of music files.

How to Edit Music Files – Introduction

Music Editor Free is one example of a quality free audio editor on the market today. This editing software offers an easy-to-use interface with great audio features. For example, with Music Editor Free, you can copy, paste, delete, trim, cut and edit. Moreover, if you require extra audio effects, this software can also efficiently reduce noise, amplify sounds, add echo effects and more. In addition to editing, it can also readily record music, recordings, and other sounds.

How to Edit Music Files with Music Editor Free

  1. Download Music Editor and install the software (Copy this link to download: http://download.cnet.com/Music-Editor-Free/3000-2170_4-12367222.html) Music Editor Mock up
  2. Make sure that the music tracks or music videos you wish to edit are saved on your computer.
  3. Launch the Music Editor Free program and then select “Open”.  Next, find the audio file you wish to edit on the computer and select it.
  4. Click on “Preview” to listen to the music before making any changes to the music file.
  5. Highlight a section of the music file you wish to edit. Music Editor
  6. Click on the “Edit” menu and select either “copy”, “paste”, “cut”, “delete” or “crop”.
  7. To select a special audio effect, go to the “Effect” menu and click on “fade in”, “fade out”, “echo”, “amplify”, “chorus”, or “vibrato”.
  8. Adjust the music file quality by adding “popular presets” or selecting “detailed parameters”.
  9. To save your changes to the music files, click on “Home” and then select “Save”.  Additionally, you can select the black arrow beneath the “Save” button and then choose “Save Selection As” to save the region of the music file you highlighted OR you can choose “Save File As” to save your current version of the music file to another location or under another file name.
  10. You are done!

Benefits of paid editing tools

While free programs are great to perform the above functions, if you require additional functionality, you may want to consider investing in a paid program such as Adobe Audition. For example, Audition’s audio repair tools offer many more advanced tools.  Additionally, these advanced features allow you to make edits quickly. That said, depending on your editing needs, you may not need all of the features available in paid programs that include Adobe Audition.

Overall, while you can complete edits within free editing programs, if you require more advanced editing features, you may want to consider investing in a more expensive audio editing program.

– VideoCaddy

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Professional Audio Editing Software – Review

Professional Audio Editing Software - Review

There are a number of different professional audio editing software programs on the market today. That said, how do you know which software will best suit your audio editing needs?  Below are the five most well-known professional audio editing software applications currently available:

Professional Audio Editing Software Adobe Audition – #1 – ~$350

Adobe Audition Layout

Adobe Audition 3 is a well-designed audio editing software program that offers a great deal of features.  Some of the powerful tools available include automatic speech alignment, real-time clip stretching, and control surface support. In addition to editing, you can also restore audio recordings, add effects, mix, and more with this application.  In turn, you will be able to complete your projects in a more efficient manner. On the minus side, it does require quite a bit of processing and thus, the software can be a bit on the slow side.

Professional Audio Editing Software Avid Pro Tool – #2 – ~$700

Avid Pro Tool Layout

This audio editor makes sound editing extremely easy and is in fact the standard when it comes to professional audio editing. Available for both PCs and Macs, this software features a transparent interface and a solid mixing (and recording) engine. It is a relatively expensive piece of software.

Professional Audio Editing Software – MAC Soundtrack Pro #3 – ~$1000

Apple Soundtrack Pro 3 allows you to both edit and mix quickly and easily. As the software features simple ways to fix audio track issues and also boasts of multi-track editing features, both amateurs and more seasoned professionals alike will appreciate this program. Regardless of whether you need to create an entire soundtrack or need to fix one audio clip, Apple Soundtrack Pro allows you to make the changes quickly and easily.  Moreover, since this version of the Soundtrack Pro software also now offers a Voice-level match feature, you can readily match dialogue volumes.

Professional Audio Editing Software – Sony Sound Forge #4 – ~$350-400

Sound Forge waves

Sound Forge Pro 10 audio software allows you to edit audio in a reliable manner.  Extremely efficient, this quality software actually gives you complete control over the audio editing process. Besides editing and audio mixing, you can also record, master, restore, and much more with Sony Sound Forge. In addition, the latest version of the software offers features that include integrated CD burning, musical instrument file editing, event based editing, time stretching, audio conversion and more.

Professional Audio Editing Software – Adobe Soundbooth #5 – ~$200

Soundbooth is a quality multi-track audio editor from Adobe. This audio editing software allows you to effectively edit and manipulate audio. Similar in design to other Adobe products, if you are familiar with other Adobe applications such as Photoshop, learning how to use this interface is a breeze. Even inexperienced users can quickly learn how to use the Soundbooth interface. Soundbooth also boasts of a very helpful volume matching tool. This feature effectively balances the volume of multiple sources.

Overall, while there are a number of quality professional audio editors on the market today, your choice will depend on whether the software suits your audio editing needs and budget.

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