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  1. Robb, Darn, this post was marked as "read" and half way down my list, so sorry for the delay in response here. Congrats on your first edit and kudos for teaching yourself Premiere! Glad you are enjoying the course. Here are some general notes and time-specific notes for your cut. Nice work! General Notes The horizon was filmed not level in a handful of the shots. You can rotate the image a little bit in the right direction in Premiere until the horizon is level. This is a nice benefit of post-production, being able to fix small errors in shooting. See if you can pick out which shots need adjusting, and do that for your next cut. Are you sure you have your sequence settings correct? Why is there a black border around the entire frame? Maybe the sequence resolution and hence, the aspect ratio, was not set correctly for your footage? The color of your shots is generally pretty nice! Did you do any color correction or this color is straight off the camera? Also, interesting choice of music, and interesting way to cut the title appearing to the music. Makes it unique. Time-Specific Notes 00:00:27:00 - I can still see the beginning movement when this shot is fading in. Try to avoid showing adjustments in the camera or aircraft like that in your cut. It flows much better and appears much smoother if you cut into that shot after that movement in the camera is 100% complete. Otherwise it just looks like an awkward move while fading in. Also avoid these kinds of movements even if they are in the middle of a shot. There are a few more instances of this happening in your cut. I will point them out below. 00:00:32:00 - Awkward movement in this shot. 00:00:46:00 - This shot is so short, not sure if it belongs here. I don't know how much I like the next shot (00:00:47:00) because most of the frame is the brown lake/pond so maybe remove this shot and extend the 00:00:46:00 shot to fill the time, assuming that shot has good material continuing past what you show at 00:00:46:00. 00:00:57:00 - Awkward camera shake and movement in this shot. Use a different point in the shot that doesn't have that, or just cut it out completely. You want to be showing off the very best of your work. Sometimes an amazing scene is ruined by camera shake like that but it is not worth using in the cut since people in the industry aren't going to notice the scene, no matter how beautiful, they will notice the camera shake. 00:01:00:00 - There is a small awkward movement back and forth in this shot. 00:01:11:00 - Awkward movement in this shot. The camera moves down, stops, then moves down again. 00:01:14:00 - "Copywright", incorrect spelling. Should be "Copyright". 00:01:18:00 - You can remove the extra black frames from here to the end of the video. Usually you only should put about 1 second of black at the end. That is enough. Overall, nice work on this first cut! Can't wait to see your next cut. Let me know if you have any further questions. Happy new year, Christian
  2. Hello! Just so I know the right way to go about commenting and providing feedback... the point of this video or your use for it, is to just showcase the footage you shot on the lighthouse project? It is not meant to serve as a full standalone demo reel of your/your company's capabilities, correct? Happy new year, Christian
  3. Mark, No worries, this is why I always recommend having someone else provide feedback on your cuts. I miss things like this sometimes, and a handful of those times, it is actually non-editors that pickup on stuff like that. So, you don't even necessarily need another skilled editor. I can see the difference with this cut regarding all the changes you made and am really loving your final reel! I am very glad you enjoyed the course and that it helped you make this cut. In the first beach shot, I feel like the horizon is still slightly off, maybe it is just me and I'm looking at it weird or something, or maybe it is just the distortion in the lens but I feel like the horizon in the shot after that appears straight, the way it should be. Again, it could just be me, if so, just ignore. Also, I really like how your approach to a lot of your editing decisions was thinking outside of the box. This is important with editing because it will help you solve problems and it can also affect the creative aspect of your edits, making your content unique. Great job, seriously. Happy new year, Christian
  4. Cool! The titles definitely look much better with the stronger contrast as they have now. Christian
  5. Mark, BEAUTIFUL video!!! Well done. I like the choice of 2.35 aspect ratio. It certainly gives it a more cinematic feel. I think the music is very nice and the video is a perfect length and paces well. Below are a few general notes and a few specific notes. I don't have too many specific notes actually since the shots are all composed very nicely. Just a quick couple tips or adjustments to make and think about to perfect it all. General Notes: I think there are definitely a lot more places to put cuts regarding the music if you wanted to make a slightly faster paced video. I would suggest this so you can fit more footage into the same length piece so you can showcase even more of these beautiful shots. You don't want it too fast of course and you want to keep some sections slower (like it is now) so it is just a matter of playing with it and trying out cuts and seeing how it sounds. To give you an idea of how the cuts can work well with the music, here is a sequence of timecode as you have it cut now... 00:01:12:00 > 00:01:19:00 and here is that same sequence with cuts as I hear them to give you an idea of how more cuts work well with that particular melody in the track... 00:01:12:00 > 00:01:14:00 > 00:01:16:00 > 00:01:19:00. These numbers might be slightly off because YouTube does not show the exact timecode of the timeline as in Final Cut Pro. Listen to it though and see if you can hear what I am talking about. But what we did here is take a section of the music where you show only one shot and turned it into a section that can show 3 beautiful shots without being too fast. If you use the technique of editing maybe 2 of these section of music with this new pacing and then after that left the next section with the longer pacing as you have now, it makes the piece more dynamic. Does this make sense? The key is not going crazy and editing the whole piece with this faster pacing. You have to do it in just the right spots and you want to pick shots that flow nicely between each other. By the way, with the example above, the way the music sounds, you would use cuts leading into 00:01:14:00 and 00:01:16:00 and then a cross dissolve to lead from 00:01:19:00 into the next shot. The piece also becomes more dynamic when you use cuts and cross dissolves instead of just cross dissolves. One more thing regarding this, it all depends on what you want the piece to be and what you want the feel to be. I am only trying to provide an example of how you can make more cuts since you mentioned you originally thought you couldn't with this music. Maybe the point of the piece is to showcase the beautiful landscape with something very slow and gracious rather than trying to show off as many shots as possible as a company demo reel. The choice is always up to the editor. This also provides a perfect example of how a piece can be turned into something totally different between two different editors. Specific Notes 00:00:02:00 - These first two shots in the video, I am not sure if the color and exposure is adjusted just right. The whites seem a little bit on the warm side and the image seems a little bit darker than it probably should be. 00:00:31:00 - Beautiful shot! The horizon is slanted, as it was filmed that way. One of the benefits of post-production is being able to fix certain things like this to make a shot absolutely perfect. Use the transform tool in Final Cut Pro to rotate the frame slightly, effectively straightening the horizon out. When you do this, you might end up with black parts showing in the corners or on the edge of the video. You can eliminate these by zooming in the frame a little bit with the transform tool as well. You probably won't get the black corners though because you already have a letterbox on the frame so that hides the adjustment in rotation anyway. 00:00:42:00 - This shot's horizon is also slanted. I think there were a few more instances of this in the video so just check all of the shots and make sure to adjust if needed using the technique above. 00:00:58:00 - The lighthouse is overexposed, a common issue with very bright white objects in the frame. If you expose in camera for the lighthouse then the rest of the scene is underexposed but if you expose for the scene itself like you did here, then the lighthouse is too bright. Use the color correction effect in FCPX to bring down the highlights. That will help a little bit. As a quick tip for filming, it is generally better to expose for the brightest part of the image and let the rest be underexposed a little and then bring that exposure back up in post. If the camera records something very bright as overexposed you can't adjust it down because it was so bright, the highlights "clip" and it actually loses that data and detail in the image recording itself. 00:01:09:00 - The sky here is a bit overexposed, as it is in a few other shots. I know it is hard to get the balance just right but see if you can play with it and get the contrast just perfect for the image with nothing overexposed. 00:01:38:00 - One of my favorite shots in the piece! I know you said the letterbox removed sections of the original frame obviously and you made adjustments to bring the horizon back in frame, but does this shot have more room on top to bring the horizon and sunset more in view? Again, overall, very nice job! I love the cinematic feel, between the music and the letterbox 2.35 aspect ratio. Looking forward to seeing another cut of this video as well as future cuts of your future videos! Hope the course has been helpful! Best, Christian
  6. Scott, I would say, whatever setting is the default, normal no-frills setting, that is what you should use. On that camera, I am not sure if it is natural or raw or something else but you want whatever setting doesn't give you color correction in the camera. You always want to record without the camera doing anything by itself, like color adjustments, so you have maximum latitude to adjust things on your own in post. Christian
  7. Bert, Job well done! This video flows much more smoothly and keeps the interest of the viewer better. I am impressed! Some of the shots really are amazing and it is nice to see it all come together in a video like this now. And, I love the way the music builds and the shots build with the music too. Hope you make good use of it on your website and to showcase your skills to clients. Again, great job! A few notes for your thought... There are definitely some shots I would not keep in this video, but I know you mentioned a current lack of more shots to work with, so I would just advise that as you film more spectacular content, update the video to make use of that stuff by replacing these kinds of shots that exist in the video now. The great thing about doing this is the video is timed out and "edited" already so all it requires is dropping the new shot into the same place as the old shot and coloring that new shot. No adjusts to timing or anything usually have to be made. There are two points in the video where the screen flashes to black for 1 or 2 frames when cutting in between two shots. This happens when the two shots are not placed directly next to each other in the timeline. Sometimes this space of 1 or 2 frames of black slips into the timeline by accident when you are editing and adjusting other clips. This is something very easy to miss but to a trained eye, it is very noticeable. One of these black frames is located around 00:01:02:00. See if you can find the other one after that. When you locate the cut in the timeline where the black frames are you have to zoom in A LOT really really close to be able to see such a small section of the timeline. When zoomed out, it looks like the two clips are touching and are back to back but zooming in sometimes tells a different story. (NOTE: It is possible that the flash of black is a render issue instead of there actually being a space of black in the timeline. So if you can't find it, try a re-render in case that is the issue.) Maybe have the website at the end fade in a little bit closer to the fade out of the logo. After the logo faded out I almost closed out of the video because I thought it was over. I would have missed your website had I done that... Best, Christian
  8. Scott- Awesome. Sorry for the slight delay in feedback. Things have continued to be busy with the holidays. First off, I think the color in a lot of the shots is done very nicely. Did you color correct everything in this video? I think it looks especially nice in some of the sunset shots. It is a little hard to color correct in shots with uneven lighting, like the cloudy shots as you mentioned. Are you coming across any particular problem when trying to do this? I want to know more about your process and the particular issue you are facing. Second, I think for what you are trying to do with this video it works well. Correct me if I am wrong but you are trying to showcase the follow me mode on the aircraft as well as the quality and kinds of shots it can get? The only major thing I would change for this type of video is to add some cross dissolves maybe between the shots that way it doesn't just cut right into the next thing. Might make it look a little bit more polished. Also, good work with the titles/notes for each shot, maybe just expand the textbox background area a little more so the words are not right up to the edge of the background box? Lastly, pay attention to shots that have a weird or incorrect movement with the drone or camera, like an adjusting move. In one of your shots, at 00:00:48:00, the drone turns to the left to get the shot you want. Showing that random left turn to adjust for the shot is not necessary and it looks much more cinematic to just have the shot fade right into where it is looking straight after that left turn. In general with aerials it is always best to edit out movements like that that are not actually contributing to the shot and are there only for setting up the actual shot you are trying to show. Let me know if this makes sense and what you think! Looking forward to seeing another cut. Best, Christian
  9. Lloyd, Nice work getting the cut done, answering the questions and learning something about the editing process. I am glad to see you taking initiative as well and trying to figure things out using the official Adobe help material. There are still times I turn to Apple's user manual for Final Cut when I want to do something special and get it right the first time. General Notes: Cool opening 2 shots! Looks like a cool house! Not sure what I think about the music. I like the direction you are trying to head in but I think this particular track might be a little bit too slow paced to keep the energy of the piece up enough for its purpose. Even though it is only 1 minute long, it still requires someone watching it to be engaged and not lose any focus because of a lack in choosing the right song or one of the specific areas mentioned below. I think the titles need to be changed up. They don't contrast well enough with the footage when you have them just as text right on top of the image. Maybe using a lower third type title on the bottom of the screen will look good? That is, a title with a background bar under it, like how most people's names show up on the news on TV. But be creative with it. Maybe there is a way you can find that adjusts the text to contrast with the image better without using a standard lower third type thing. In a lot of cuts during the piece, they seem to happen a little bit off from where they should be happening with the music. Try listening through the music around each cut very carefully and think about how you can start the cross dissolve and how long you can make it so it lasts and is timed perfectly with a note that is being held out, or a beat that occurs. This is tricky to do and takes a lot of practice to master but see if you can even adjust it to be a little bit better. 00:00:22:00 - Be careful with the exact sections of the clip that you choose to be seen in the cut. For example, at this point when it fades from one shot to the next, in the next shot I can tell the drone was moving and then stops abruptly and then starts climbing. I think the point of that shot is for you to show the drone climbing so you have to adjust the edit point just a little bit to remove all traces of the drone's awkward and incorrect movement before the shot comes into view. In general, always when editing, avoid small or large abrupt movements in the drone or camera. The point of editing is to remove mistakes or sections of the video like this. There are a few other example of this happening I'll point out below. 00:00:27:00 - In this example, you cross dissolve to the next clip but the drone (or camera) is in the middle of a pan to the right and then it stops and continues forward. Adjust the edit to remove that section of the clip. It should cross dissolve nice and smooth right into the drone moving forward. 00:00:37:00 - Just a quick reminder about what I mentioned regarding the titles.... 00:00:44:00 - Here is another example of non-cinematic camera/drone movement to edit out. When it fades to the shot of the door, the camera is still panning... Either way, this entire door shot I might eliminate as the drone seems to be awkwardly flying to the side and not lined up with the door. I think this kind of shot would look much better if the drone were perfectly aligned with the door, flying straight at it. It would be different if you were trying to show something else along with the door, like maybe a special porch or something on it but it doesn't appear that way at this house. 00:00:50:00 - Same thing as the 00:00:22:00 shot. Can see the drone moving backwards, then stop right away then start climbing. 00:00:52:00 - Same thing with title here and all the way through end of video, title stays on black screen as black/gray text but video disappears, and then music stops abruptly. If you add a fade out to the end of the music as well, that will help smooth out the ending. And maybe add more info. on the last title "slide" on the black screen about the property, the real estate agent, or your drone services company. Looking forward to seeing the next version of your cut here! Keep up the good work. Best, Christian
  10. Alyssa, Cool choice of music! Using the cross dissolves between clips means the shots pretty well match up with the music and don't seem off beat so nice job there. Since the video is short as it is only showcasing one property, I want you to focus on this one particular area first and foremost in the next cut you make. As I have mentioned on other people's videos, one of the best ways to make the cut look extremely professional is to be very careful with the exact selection of the clips you use. The clips should not contain any jerky movements in the camera or drone, and it should be smooth and fluid. Examples of this appear at 00:00:25:00 where the drone is flying sideways/forwards to the house corner and then stops and pans towards the right. Another example is at 00:00:41:00 where the drone is flying forwards, dips a little bit, then climbs slightly, then climbs more, and then the pan adjusts to the right. If this shot could be filmed in one smooth continuous flow it could look amazing! If that is the way it is filmed, and what you have to work with then consider not including it in the cut. Does this make sense? I like the pace that the music sets and if the shots are cleaned up to be one continuous, cinematic shot one after another, bam, bam, bam, I think it will flow very nicely. Looking forward to seeing the next cut of this! Let me know what you think. Christian
  11. I would agree with that, if done right a logo or company name in corner does add to the professionalism of the piece.
  12. It is true that video editing will be much "slower" but with laptops the question is usually will it even work at all? If it's too "slow" you aren't even going to be able to edit effectively. It will be like the video doesn't even play without skipping every second. You always have the option of editing with proxy media on a laptop but the only NLE I know of that makes this easy to setup and do is Final Cut Pro X, so unless you get a MacBook, that isn't going to happen. For a mix of basic business needs and performance, have you looked at Dell's XPS 13 or 15 models? They are above that price range I believe but they would do what you need and can probably do the editing as well. I can't recommend anything in that price range that will do anything beyond basic email, internet, and word processing, especially with an i5.
  13. The most popular NLE that also works on Windows is Adobe Premiere Pro CC. @GreatHornedOwl is right that you will need a pretty decent computer and 4K monitor to truly do 4K right. Lately, PC builds I have looked over that are capable of true 4K editing without any issues or lag are coming in at more than $1,000, sometimes closer to $2,000. There is another thread in the cinematography section of this forum, "Is this a good PC build?" where we have been discussing some recommended build specs for a good 4K editing computer. Check it out if you can. As far as outsourcing the editing goes, pricing revolves around so many factors. i.e. who the editor is, their pricing structure, what you want the video to be like, how much footage you give them, how much time it takes them to edit it. On average, figure it would take a good editor at least a few hours to get it right and most good editors that would do a project like this charge at least $100-150 per hour. You might get lucky and find someone really good for less. It happens.
  14. Glenn, I think the shots themselves are pretty well done and visually they are framed nicely! For a video like this, with the point being to just show off a few of the clips you got in preview form, it is already formed pretty well. One major thing I definitely would do is give a light color pass to the shots. You don't have to do a full blown color correction but crushing the blacks and adding a little saturation helps to make the footage pop more and makes it more realistic for an everyday person to watch. Some people don't understand that footage right out of a camera usually needs correction and they assume the footage can't be fixed and just looks bad so a light color pass will make sure viewers don't think that. The only other thing I would look at is one or two of the shots where there is a movement in the drone that stops suddenly or changes direction suddenly in a weird way. Shots and moves, whether it is the camera or drone moving, should be smooth and continuous. When you just let go of the sticks or camera controls and don't smoothly roll out of a movement, it is strange and not cinematic to look at. An example of this can be seen at 00:00:30:00 when you try and adjust for lining up the bridge. Those small little movements to adjust means that clip or that part of the clip should be edited out of the cut. Overall, this is some really cool footage, looking forward to seeing it pop even more and get edited into a full reel! Christian
  15. OK I think dual GPU is out then since the build is already close to that price range, maybe even a little over with the upgraded parts I suggested before. The GPU you have in that build now should be fine then. You are right about upgrades, that is the beauty of it. When you need to in the future you can get dual GPUs or even a better single GPU. Keep in mind that recommendations for parts, or if it will work for what you want to do or not, cannot be guaranteed only because I have not and cannot test every combination of parts out there. I am just basing what I say off of the specifications in general.
  16. OK cool, so for 4K, for the best experience I would consider a higher end GPU or maybe even dual GPUs. Two solid GPUs connected together should give you awesome performance for editing. But, what is your budget like after considering the above changed options I mentioned? Dual GPUs are going to definitely increase the price since you have to buy two obviously.
  17. Kyle, Assuming that all of these parts are compatible and will fit nicely in that specific case, then I think this is a pretty solid build. What do you want to do with it? Edit 4K? Or just HD? Either way, I would probably consider 16GB or 32GB of RAM over the 8GB you have in there now. 8GB is kind of low for a high end video editing desktop these days. And what about an SSD? Maybe get a bigger HDD like 4TB for archives since they are so affordable these days and then get a smaller SSD like 512GB that you can use to store current projects on so it is super quick. Christian
  18. This is a really tough question to answer... Personally, I think one of the hardest parts of my process for editing is selecting the perfect track. I never thought about the exact process I use to pick a track but it is one of those things where when I hear the track I know it is the right one. I spend hours sometimes going through lists of tracks and searching around and listening to parts of them just to see if I can hear the "right one". I have a subscription to Elias Music Library so I usually start there and pick the genre and mood search terms based off of the "feel" set for the project. i.e. For the Washington DC warbirds video I talk about in one of the course case studies, the footage and feel the client wanted was cinematic and action so obviously I didn't include hip-hop in my searches of music. I guess to best sum it up, having a plan first before starting any of this stuff is key. Planning is something that many people don't take seriously when trying to edit a solid piece, and I don't blame them, because usually it is boring and tedious. But, if you have a solid plan on how you are going to approach the edit, it makes every aspect including picking the right music much easier.
  19. Yup, this is what I was thinking of. I know Da Vinci has some auto tracking features too and I use that for tracking objects for coloring purposes but didn't know exactly how it works in AE. AE is definitely something I want to try and teach myself soon. It can be so helpful!
  20. Justin, Yes I apologize as well. For some reason I haven't been getting notifications for these posts so I have been going through manually and trying to find all the videos students post. First of all, this is a nicely edited video, well done! And, I am impressed with your flying skills as well. You seem to be flying pretty close to some of the objects in the shots and I know that takes precision. What drone did you fly for this piece? I am also very glad you like the course and looking forward to seeing how you improve even more with it. General Notes I feel the video may be a little bit longer than it needs to be, especially since there are quite a few redundant shots. i.e. shots of the front steps and shots overhead the house to name two. But, you seem to have a pretty good handle on editing and using Final Cut and what you could be doing to improve, so I want to challenge you a little bit... Rather than comment exactly where there are redundant shots and which shot should stay and which should go, I want you to make another cut of the video and see if you can make the critical decisions on which stay and which go with two goals. One, to shorten the video, but two, to only have the best of the best in there! There are cinematic shots in there that I couldn't have done better myself! Those are the shots you want to showcase. So, focus on the cinematography, for example, does a shot have even one tiny move in the camera or drone that shouldn't be there? If two shots are perfect cinematography wise, base your decision off of which is better for color correction or other post processing related purposes. Does this make sense? Nice choice of music! It is a beautiful piece of property... I love lake houses. And, I know it is just a rough cut, so I won't be too critical on color correction, but for the next round, see if you can get all of the shots to at least match exposure wise. There are definitely a few shots that show up much darker than others and there are a few shots where the highlights are too much and it is overexposed (like near the pool since there are a lot of highlights in the pool shots). Clip Specific Notes 00:00:03:00 - Awesome opening shot, I would maybe start this clip a little later so when it ends on the cut you are closer to the house and more over it. Doesn't need a huge adjustment, maybe 1-3 seconds. Use the trim tool and a slip edit to do this. 00:00:32:00 - Awesome shot!!! Love it!! 00:00:47:00 - Great reveal of the lake! 00:01:03:00 - I don't think I like the sequence of shots here. It feels awkward and I think it can be completely taken out. It isn't showing much other than the grass and then it shows the lake but then the shot moves awkwardly backwards at 00:01:07:00. 00:01:10:00 - I think this shot can be taken out as well. It looks strange to me with the drone flying kind of sideways from the camera view. Plus, the drone seems to dip down slightly in the beginning of this clip. The smallest of details like that make all the difference. 00:01:14:00 - Nice camera move here and in the next shot showing off the dock area. 00:01:24:00 - This is one of the overexposed shots I was talking about. 00:01:59:00 - I like this shot but there seems to be a dip in the camera or drone and a brief movement so maybe take it out. Again, overall very nicely done. Very much looking forward to seeing the next cut of this. More specifics about color correction I can provide when you get the actual edit locked down. No point in wasting time color correcting shots fully if they will end up being taken out or replaced. Best, Christian
  21. Alyssa, Only seeing this now since Alan moved it to the Cinematography thread. I have a few comments I thought of while watching your video. General Comments The color correction seems fine for the purposes of this video. Nice work! The piece feels a little bit long to me for the size of the property and the amount and length of the shots you have. I would try and work on shortening it maybe almost by half the amount of time and eliminate redundant shots. One of the very long shots that I think is unnecessary is the full orbit around the house, starting at 00:00:36:00. I think it is a nicely done shot and it shows off the house, but is way too long and redundant. Maybe trying shortening that clip to just one section of the orbit (maybe showing the front of the house) and that will also help with shortening the whole video. Nice job with the title slide at the end to show all of the agent's information! Clip Specific Comments 00:00:00:00 - The opening shot... I get what you are trying to do but I think it would work a lot better with a more cinematic feel to the opening of the video. The shot starts off okay but then at 00:00:09:00 you stop, turn, stop, turn a little more, then fly towards the house while turning to adjust again. It is clear that these turns are adjustments to correct the angle of the camera and flight path are not purposefully there for some sort of cinematic gain. If you rework the opening to not show adjustments like that I think the piece automatically becomes stronger. Things like that never have a place in any video. Think smooth and steady. No large or fast changes in heading or other movement direction should be made. 00:00:28:00 - I see the props come into the frame for a second or two here. Try to avoid flying in a way that does that in the first place, I know it is hard though especially with aircraft like a Phantom, but if you do capture that, don't use the shot at all, crop it out of the frame if the resulting cropped frame would still look okay for the piece, or cut the clip before the props come in and transition to another good clip. I think I saw props enter the frame in one or two other places in the video too so just go back and look very carefully for that happening. Overall, nice rough cut! Looking forward to seeing another cut of this piece. Let me know if you have any questions about the above. Best, Christian
  22. I have removed things from videos before but only when it was a short sequence so I did it manually for each frame, which is obviously cumbersome. I know there are plugins for Final Cut and other NLEs that can auto track a subject and remove it, but I don't know any of them well enough to recommend something. This topic really falls into special effects editing with tools like After Effects, which is not an area I am qualified to teach, to be honest. If a project I work on ever requires something like that, we get a special effects editor to work on it. However, I will ask some friends and see if they have any suggestions. I could do a quick Google search too and see what is suggested but I don't know what software you are trying to use for this...
  23. Yes. I think the fastest way I would do it is to use the blade tool to cut the section you want to speed up out of the main clip. Then adjust the speed on just that bladed portion of the shot. You can play with transitions to try and get it to look right if you don't want it to immediately change speed back to normal at the end of the bladed clip.