How to Edit with Effects to Create Cool Videos

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Time Shift – Adding a time shift effect to your video can give you a 360-style view that allows the viewer to follow the progression or path of the actor quickly. By mastering the ability to create pivot points in the right places, you’ll be able to speed up and slow down certain areas while keeping everything smooth.

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Freeze Frame – There are times in a video where you might want to add a freeze-frame effect. This stops the video, allowing you to point something out, and then resume playing. It’s also been used by PowerDirector users to create a popular video effect called the clone.

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Replay – Want to see that again? The replay effect is easy to implement and incredibly useful.

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Time Lapse – From showing progression to capturing milestones, the uses for a time-lapse as a special video effect are practically endless. Here’s an article about how to create a time-lapse video and how to use PowerDirector to merge time-lapse videos.

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Stop Motion – Stop motion and stop motion animation can be tough to capture on camera, and it’s a very arduous, time-consuming procedure. The same effect, however, can be done with special effects video editing software.

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Video in Reverse – This editing trend has become all the rage recently, especially on social media, as editors play with humor, animation, and other effects.

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How to Use Video Speed to Create Cool Effects

To learn how to use these to create cool effects, check out the following articles on changing video speed with PowerDirector app, and using the Action Camera Center to create sports videos.

Keyframe Animation

If you want more control and the ability to unlock your creativity, keyframes are your new best friend, and they’ll take your video editing skills to the next level.

A keyframe is a single point on a timeline where something happens. It’s used for animations or to change the value of an applied effect.

In plain English, you can alter the behavior of an element in a frame or the entire frame itself by setting a keyframe value at one point in your timeline and then a different keyframe value later in the timeline, your parameters will change from one value to the other over that time period. This allows for different values for a setting within the same clip. The values you can change include scale, position, rotation, opacity, anchor point, and more.

This might sound abstract, so we’ll give you plenty of examples to get your creative juices flowing.

Ways to Use Keyframes

The only limit to using keyframes is your imagination (and your editing software), but the bulk of the applications fall into these two categories:

Object movement and transformation
Keyframes allow you to take a static object or block of text and make it animated. It can bounce around, move linearly, zoom in and out, and more. For each position or change in position, all you have to do is create a new keyframe. Change effects over time
In CyberLink’s PowerDirector, there are dozens of effects that you can customize with keyframes, including focus, glow, gaussian blur, and more. By adjusting keyframe settings, you have the power to make these effects look any way you’d

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