Dealing with Vertical Video in Final Cut Pro X

A friend was asking how to handle vertical video in Final Cut Pro X.  We end up with so much of it because of Snapchat, Instagram Stories and other applications, but these videos can be repurposed.  There are plenty of apps on iPhone that will handle this, but sometimes you want to do it along with other footage in a bigger project.


360 video at The Scarehouse

Taking 360 video to scary levels.  

From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for October 27, 2016.  You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive.

Recently The Scarehouse released a 360 video we were experimenting with. This was one of a long line of uses for the new technology, in this case, we had on hand the Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta.

The first issue that we had was lighting.  The room was rather dark.  Hey, it’s a haunted house. Working with the staff, we determined a pretty nice lighting that came up from below the camera in the middle of the Room of Doors, lighting the subjects with a chilling effect.

After determining the sequence, we ran through with each camera a couple of times.  The Ricoh Theta won out with lighting, and ability to edit.  (Samsung gets funny when you don’t have the software installed, and there are no Mac options as of the time).  We added logos to cover up the tripod and to fade in to finish it off.

While I have some issues with some of the video quality with the hardware we used, one has to remember these videos are typically being seen in the stream on Facebook or on smartphones rather than an Oculus Rift or full screen, making the low end perfect for these scenarios.

What do you think of our scary 360?  Check out the Facebook or the Youtube version! (You can use Google Cardboard with your Youtube app!)

Ride the Facebook Wave 

From the Sorgatron Media Creators Newsletter List for October 14, 2016.  You can Subscribe to it here or read the archive.

Last week, we talked about how one company was using Facebook Live around an event to create some engagement and serve their customers.  This week, I wanted to talk a little about considering the platform over YouTube Live.

When YouTube Live became available to the masses, it was a chance for all of us to tap into YouTube’s crazy massive audience directly.

But then Facebook did video.

When video came to the blue brand, it was clear using it to post your videos gave you a little bit of a boost, since Facebook wanted everyone to see more videos.  We’ve seen an exponential growth in Wrestling Mayhem Show’s likes and views since starting the strategy.  Facebook Live is seeing the same trend.

Right now, if you use systems like OBS or Wirecast, you can tap into Facebook for live content just as easily (ok, you may want to learn what a stream key if you haven’t yet).  In recent weeks, we’ve moved our Wrestling Mayhem Show and AwesomeCast live streams over.  The untreated, lower resolution streams of our raw interviews with pro wrestler Britt Baker or WMS episode with announcer Burt LeGrande are now trending higher than their fully edited and cleaned counterparts.

This won’t last.  Something else will be not he crest of Facebook’s new feature wave you’ll have to take advantage of, but maybe it’s time to give the Facebook Live a spin and see how far it goes.