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Add the subtitles to your large mkv file first. Then mkvmerge will split the file with the subtitles automatically. To add the subtitles, the easiest is to use mkvmerge-GUI. It will also show you the command-line it uses. Or you can try something like this directly: video="your_large_video.mkv" st_en="english.srt" st_fr="french.srt" ...


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Even a typical lamp with a "daylight"-colored bulb in it can act as a lighting source for your product. I'm sure your boss could spring for one light bulb! If you shoot again with the new lighting, or even without the new lighting, play around with the angle of your product / camera / stool to minimize the reflections.


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I have a couple of suggestions that could be of help: 1) Use a polarizer to reduce reflections. You say your boss won't spring for anything else, but you can pick one up fairly cheaply (like under $20 on amazon). If that's really not an option, you can try using some polarized sunglasses in front of the lens, at least to see if it eliminates the ...


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You don't say what you're using to edit these videos, but there may be a better chromakey plugin for your platform than what comes natively. Also, again depending on your platform, most editors will allow you to crop the key area (garbage matte) so that the green screen doesn't have to cover the entire raster, just enough to back the product you're ...


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Do you drink coffee? That's my solution. More seriously though - For me, it helps to jump from project to project, setting individual goals each time I move to a different project, e.g. for project 'x', finish creating sub-clips from raw footage before I stop editing. It also helps to alternate between tasks that are boring and tasks that are more ...


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Rather than cut you could consider compositing the shot, with the face coming from the first (talking shot) and the smoke coming from the second. Or as @BrettFromLA suggested, shoot the smoke against black, matching the angle. Either way, do some tests before you shoot.


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It might be possible to create a small, breakable container of powdered sugar that the actor would keep in his mouth while talking. At the key moment, the actor could subtly inhale, break the container, and blow the powdered sugar out. It should look a lot like smoke (though the smoke would have to be blown rather than drifting out of the actor's mouth). If ...


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I like your idea. You might be able to make a convincing smoke element to superimpose on your shot like this: get a black sheet or piece of posterboard cut a small, mouth-sized hole in the posterboard paint the actor's lips black have the actor stand behind the black posterboard, and blow smoke through the hole The lighting would be pretty tricky. The ...


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Something is only properly called "public domain" if the copyright has expired, and there aren't any patents or trademarks applicable either. Many old books are now in the public domain, so it's legal to grab whole paragraphs from them without attribution. (It might still be plagiarism to claim that you wrote it yourself, though.) As I understand it, you ...


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Consider the following technologies: ffmpeg + command line Adobe After Effects + ExtendScript language (based on JavaScript) Sony Vegas Pro + C# language (or any other Microsoft .NET language)


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Just use an affine transform for the title Create a title with the text Put the video on track 2 Put the title on track 1 Combine them with an affine transformation On the affine transformation, add 4 key frames for a title of 5 seconds, at 0 / 1 / 4 / 5 seconds Set the opacity for keyframe at second 0 and second 5 to 0. Keyframes at second 1 and 4 keep ...


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You can do it in Sony Vegas Pro using this plugin (Text Wizard) In a nutshell: Prepare your text and copy it to the clipboard (see below) Add your clips to the timeline Run Text Wizard and choose Create text at events Import text from the clipboard Your text should be in the following format: Song title: Release year: Album title: (empty line) Song ...


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With Adobe After Effects and a script such as PT_TextEdit, you'd be able to do something like this. You create the text styles you want to use, add all the text to a spreadsheet or google sheet, then run it through PT-TextEdit, which will generate a load of different comps for you with the different names. You can then batch export all the comps. ...



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