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Add an image overlay in front of video using ffmpeg

You can do a simple image overlay using the following syntax: ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -i image.png \ -filter_complex "[0:v][1:v] overlay=25:25:enable='between(t,0,20)'" \ -pix_fmt yuv420p -c:a ...
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Crop a video and export at the exact cropped size

I found that using Adobe Media Encoder is much easier when just cropping. Add the video to the queue and open the export settings. On the source tab you can crop the video and there you can also enter ...
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Add an image overlay in front of video using ffmpeg

This is an addition to the excellent answer by PTS and an answer for chovy. If you want to place the overlay at the lower right corner, FFMPEG can calculate that for you very easily. Use the modified ...
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Combine multiple videos as separate streams in one mkv file

Yes, this is possible using ffmpeg and the mkv container. An example command sequence would be: ffmpeg -i input1 -i input2 -c copy -map 0 -map 1 output.mkv source Breaking down the command: -i ...
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Crop a video and export at the exact cropped size

I think I've found the easiest way! Just crop the area you want. Go to the Export window without worrying about the black margins showing. Set the final resolution and export settings as you would ...
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Premiere distorts picture while paused

According to Adobe, it's a bug. Until Adobe fixes this bug with an update, the workaround is to switch off GPU acceleration in Project Settings.
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Free video editing software

Have a look into the new Blackmagic Davinci Resolve, which includes an NLE and color correction tool. it is free and can output a maximum resolution of 3840x2160.
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Lossless cutting video (MPEG-4)

This is possible with the FFmpeg command ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -ss 0 -c copy -t 60 output.mp4. This would cut the video from the beginning -ss 0 to second 60 -t 60. Be aware that -ss is and offset ...
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Extract person from video

If you have a frame where the person does not exist, you can use a tool called a difference matte. (You'll need to scroll down to the section titled "Difference Matte Effect" for a description.) It ...
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What are the names of different ways to fit video when the aspect ratios do not match?

Letter box if you have bars on the top and bottom. Pillar box if you have them on the sides. Stretch (or possibly anamorphic, depending on what the intended playback aspect ratio is) if you are ...
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Good learning resources for 'non-technical' aspects of filmmaking

Do you realize people go through years of academical studies or expensive courses at private universities to learn all that? It's certainly not something you're going to master by watching a few ...
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How to annotate specific parts of video in pre-production?

Disclaimer: You didn't specify what program you are working with, so I assume you are using the current version of Premiere Pro. Assembly Workflow Your workflow is a common one for beginners. Back ...
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How was this slow motion effect created? what programs can do this?

There are methods to generate frames in between frames, mostly giving you mixed results. For one, the plugin "twixtor" (~330$) actually does a somewhat decent job at assuming missing frames, so much ...
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Good open source Video Editors?

If you are really adventurous why not give Blender a go? It is a 3D animation and compositing/tracking application. It is completely free and open (FLOSS) as well as being totally system agnostic. Run ...
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Sync separate audio to video+bad-camera-audio, free NLE recommendations

I tried kdenlive, so I'll post my findings about it as an answer. It didn't quite do the job, so I'm not going to mark this as the accepted solution. kdenlive easily imports my clips in mjpeg+pcm, ...
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Free video editing software

First off there would be Lightworks, which is free with some limitations. It's a pure abomination and needs a lot of learning an rethinking if you're used to usual NLE software. Then, what most ...
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How to precisely synchronise an audio and video track from separate devices?

First off, if you have audio with your video (that you want to replace with your high-quality audio recording), then step #1 is to nudge the Zoom audio track to line up the impulse of the clap with ...
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Extract person from video

Final Cut Pro X has a plugin called Pro Removal that can remove moving things from the scene on fixed camera shots. Also there is a tutorial for After Effects that shows how remove objects from scene ...
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Creating a one-off non-pro video to document a project - what software would be sensible?

This question gets asked quite frequently, and normally the answer is to pick one from this list. But since you very clearly defined what you are looking for in the editing software, I think I can ...
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Render failed - Davinci Resolve 16

In the 'Deliver' panel, under the Advanced Settings, try enabling/ticking “Use render cached images”.
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Software for video cut automation / scripting

MoviePy looks less intimidating than other scripting languages. It may be easier to script your time tag cutting tool with it. http://zulko.github.io/moviepy/
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How can I achieve the Ken Burn Effect with greater control or in other software?

Don't use the Ken burns effect. Animate the transform controls, setting keyframes for scale and x/y position. By default, the keyframes will ease in and ease out, giving you a Ken Burns like effect, ...
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About film making techniques

Remember its all about the story. How to tell the story. And the tools you use to tell it. Editing, lighting, special effects and sound (are the tools used to tell your story.) Remember: story, ...
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What do you call it when the footage has a rippling effect?

They call this the rolling shutter effect. Also known as the jello or wobble effect and is caused by the side to side motion of cameras that have the CMOS sensor. The rolling shutter effect can be ...
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Are there any video programs to trim and export multiple videos at once?

I don't know of anything that allows you to specify something like trimming a certain amount off in batch, but you can do all of the rest with Adobe Media Encoder. Open AME and drag all of the clips ...
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Are there any video programs to trim and export multiple videos at once?

If all you're doing is trimming the video, you may want to consider the command line tool ffmpeg. The -ss flag will allow you to set the in point for your trim. You can also set an out point on with ...
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big Premiere project with many clips - is it better to storyboard on paper first?

Storyboard first, then shoot, then edit. A storyboard is a tool for organizing your thoughts before you even pick up a camera. It's like a script, and usually follows from a script, but gives you a ...
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Places to look for sound tracks for videos

I've used AudioMicro.com and like a lot of their music. I hear good things about incompetech.com. You can also just Google "royalty-free music sites" and you'll find several, each with different ...
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Places to look for sound tracks for videos

I know for a fact GoPro gets its music from extrememusic.com, and I personally use Night3x from youtube for electronic music, and RFGB for orchestral music. AudioJungle offers some great services to. ...
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Free video editing software

Virtualdub is very good software. Maybe it not cover all the requirements. And it's not exactly "visual" managed as the other, but it'd good and very flexible
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