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YouTube Thursdays - Photos In Videos

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In this week's post of our YouTube Thursdays series, we are going to get back into video editing. The last few weeks we diverged a bit from editing so we could be inspired some from fellow members and their YouTube channels. We also took a look at YouTube channel banner artwork. You can see all previous week's posts via the link above if you want to catch up.

This week we are going to take a look at another one of the resources that we have to include in our video projects. When we have photos related to our subject, we can drop them into our timeline. Ideally with our business video projects, we will not simply be creating "video slideshows" because the value of doing that is only marginally better than just posting an online photo album. However, if we are doing video projects composed mostly of video clips and we have the ability to supplement with an occasional photo, then you have used a good resource.

But for this week's lesson, we are going to make a video slideshow. I'd like if you went back into your camera rolls and pick out several photos (and short video clips if you have them) and compose a new project. Maybe you'll want to highlight a particular family member or remember a certain family vacation that you took. What you might create could look something like this one that I just composed. It is looking back at fun beach days with my son over the years. Take a look

Now in this video, I also include background music for the finished edit. I'll be talking about that next week so be sure and come back to learn that aspect. This week we are just looking at the visual parts.

When you drop a photo into your timeline, you can have it display for as many seconds as you want by dragging the end of the clip to the left or right to shorten or lengthen it. By default it will come in for a duration of 5 seconds. Once we introduce the background music, you will want to coordinate the cuts with the beats of the music. But for today, we won't be concerned with that quite yet.

Here's a peek at the timeline that was used to produce the above video. Some of these things we'll learn today. Others, will be for future discussions.

One of the things that you will discover before long is the concept of aspect ratio. In videos now, the standard is a 16:9 ratio for the video frame. That means for 16 units of width, there is 9 units of height. For math geeks, that translates to a ratio where the width is 1.77 times wider than the height. Older TV productions used to be in a 4:3 ratio or the width 1.33 times the height. Now we watch programs in wider format. Some cameras take photos in a 3:2 format. If you take a vertical photo, that usually is a 9:16 (inverted from the 16:9 horizontal). In any of these cases where the aspect ratio does not match the video frame, you are going to end up with black bars where the two do not match. We call these bars either letterboxing (if they go across top and bottom) and pillarboxing if they go on the left and right sides (like vertical pillars).

When you insert a photo that is not in 16:9 aspect ratio, you will want to scale the image up so that it fills the whole frame. In the CapCut editor, scaling up an image is as simple as dragging one of the corner handles outward to make it enlarged. One of the consequences of enlarging however, is that two of the edges are going to be clipped (or cropped) off as they fall outside the frame boundary.

The final concept to cover in this week's lesson is called keyframing. Keyframing allows us to set a start and stop point of a change in one or more of the properties of the video clip. So let's say you want to zoom in over the duration of the clip. You will set a start keyframe where it is scaled at normal size and then a few seconds later another keyframe where the image is scale up. The result is that the scene will zoom in over those few seconds. Little animations like this will add a whole level of making your video presentation more interesting.

Enough talking about it. You'll learn about all of the above in today's video editing lesson:

As always, I hope that we get some that not only are curious about watching all these things but are willing to give it a try! Consider some theme for your project (a person, place, event) and then pick a set of photos from your archives (and short video clips if you have them) and compose a short 1 to 2 minute video like I demonstrated. Once you have that, we'll add music to it next! Stay tuned. See you next week!

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Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love your tutorials!  Use of pictures is the only way I have really created videos.  I am going to create another one here soon, so I will definitely come back and review this again before doing so!

Mar 07, 2024 04:33 AM
Craig Daniels

Video slideshows can be interesting when you add all the pieces together (music and movement) Brian England 

Mar 07, 2024 11:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent overview - and I love the video you made of your son on the beach - his smile in that last frame is priceless!

Mar 07, 2024 05:30 AM
Craig Daniels

It makes me happy to watch those old videos. Isn't technology great! Kat Palmiotti 

Mar 07, 2024 11:42 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Craig Daniels, I, too, am overloaded with family issues and work. I am so grateful for these tutorials you are doing. I will bookmark these and hope my brain can absorb all this information. Thank you so much Craig 

Mar 07, 2024 07:19 AM
Craig Daniels

The good thing about me recording these lessons instead of doing them live is that they are ready whenever you are Hannah Williams 

Mar 07, 2024 11:43 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Craig:

Loved the video at the beach and the scenes over the years. 

There is a lot of information to absorb in this tutorial post so I have bookmarked it. This is a wonderful addition to the YouTube Thursdays series to help us take our videos to a new and more interesting level!



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Mar 07, 2024 08:45 AM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Jeff Dowler, CRS - I am looking forward to your next round of videos. Hopefully some of the things I am showing can be of benefit when you do your next ones!

Mar 07, 2024 11:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Craig, for sharing your experience and advice.

Mar 07, 2024 09:04 AM
Craig Daniels

Thank you Roy

Mar 07, 2024 11:44 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Thanks, as always good stuff, now when is the movie (video) coming out.  and the cliff noted version 

Mar 07, 2024 09:49 AM
Craig Daniels

sometimes you just have to actually read the book and not the cliffs notes Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert  😅

Mar 07, 2024 11:44 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge. 

Mar 07, 2024 10:14 AM
Craig Daniels

I'm glad you find value in them. You are doing a great job with video, kudos to you Ritu Desai 703-625-4949 

Mar 07, 2024 11:45 AM
Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

Another great tutorial, Craig. Pictures in video help to tell different parts of the story and in my latest video I tried three different techniques with using photos which two were brand new for me.

Mar 07, 2024 10:38 AM
Craig Daniels

Toby Barnett - I just watched your latest video. nice work as always. How neat to see the shop overlay image right in the spot it will be. Awesome!

Mar 07, 2024 11:39 AM
Toby Barnett

Thank you Craig. It worked WAY better than planned.

Mar 07, 2024 12:54 PM
Kathy Streib

Toby Barnett I think the video you did looks great!

Mar 07, 2024 06:01 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great tutorial.  Thanks very much!

Mar 07, 2024 10:47 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect

Hi Craig Daniels   I've just discovered Kaiber ai.  It can give existing video an enhanced or hallucigenic effect.  Do you know any other like it? Thanks

Mar 07, 2024 11:50 AM
Craig Daniels

I'm happy you have been discovering my posts John Henry, Florida Architect - I do know you like to create videos! thanks

Mar 07, 2024 11:46 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Letterboxing, pillarboxing, keyframing.. I learned new words today. I made the mistake of not reframing my pictures when I posted my first reel. It's a learning curve for sure. Thank you for this tutorial, Craig. I'll have to set some time aside to read it a couple more times. I also have to remember to take more videos instead of just snapping pictures! That's my ongoing homework so I'll actually have some footage to create videos with. 

Mar 07, 2024 12:24 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You are right that a slide show is marginally effective or worthwhile. The poor busy  real estate buyer already saw the image array and thought a real estate video was promised... when darn, slide show, no full motion, no natural sound Craig Daniels ! Same old regurgitated images.

Mar 07, 2024 02:32 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Craig you are putting together a excellent YouTube instruction manual in this series.

Mar 07, 2024 02:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Craig- I've been following this series and love it. Of course I've bookmarked these and will try to do one. Happy to read the good news about your son. 

Mar 07, 2024 06:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Craig I am not a video guy so if I get to that point maybe I will have to come back to this tutorial how to add pictures to a video:)Endre

Mar 07, 2024 09:15 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great advice.  Thanks for sharing.



Mar 08, 2024 10:48 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

I love it Craig. Thanks for the fun at the beach and tutorial. Jeff

Mar 08, 2024 08:27 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Craig,
What a great tutorial. I love the video so much!

Mar 09, 2024 06:30 AM
April Swenson
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers - Ocean Shores, WA
CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
Thank you! This is very helpful. How much is the CapEditor program? Is it for Windows or Apple?
Mar 11, 2024 05:19 AM
Craig Daniels

Hi April Swenson . CapCut is free and the desktop app can be downloaded for both PC and Mac. Here's an earlier post that you can check out to get more info.

Mar 11, 2024 05:22 AM
April Swenson

Thank you so much, Craig. That is great!

Mar 11, 2024 05:25 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Your son is adorable! And boy is he tall now.

I have created a few CapCut videos and have learned to insert photos, lengthen and shorten them. I need to do research on the "banner artwork" and intro sections, but baby steps! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Mar 28, 2024 09:31 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

First of all, I have an intro still to insert in all my videos and was wondering how I would accomplish the mission.  Secondly, I fell down on the job and have not completed the 5 second clips we spoke about.

Your Brandon/Dawn video is wonderful.  Love his smile and curious nature.  Could that be the Irish Sea?  I often wonder why your code is not embedded at the end of your videos so I stay on your channel.  Love your commitment Craig Daniels 😎

Apr 23, 2024 10:32 AM