video editing

What PC should I get to switch away from Mac?

Episode 910

Doug from Pasadena, CA
Dell All-in-One

Doug makes industrial videos and he's fed up with the changes in Apple's Final Cut, breaking of camera's connectivity, and being on Apple time when it comes to updates. So he's moving on to PCs and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Leo says in the office, TWiT has Dell computers, and he recommends paying extra for the Gold support. Dell will let him configure the machines.

What laptop would you recommend for video editing?

Episode 904

Chandler from Dallas, TX

Chandler is using Final Cut Pro for editing and he wants to get more mobile with a laptop. Leo says he has an MacBook Pro with Retina display and is very happy with it. It's not cheap, at $2200. But with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Thunderbolt or USB3 drive, he'll be good for a long time. Leo says it's the fastest Mac there is.

How can I eliminate wind noise from my home videos?

Lawrence from Oceanside, CA

Episode 899

Leo would first edit the video in iMovie. In there, he can remove the sound track and remix it with music. When he exports the video, he should check the export settings to make sure it's set to export at the highest quality. Josh, in the chatroom says it's easy to "squish the wind noise" by using the equalizer and cutting it by 6DB. That'll lower the wind noise without eliminating the rest of the sound track.

I'm a video editor. Should I get a new Macbook Pro or consider switching to Windows?

Episode 894

Ken from Michigan
Final Cut Pro

Ken is not sure whether or not to get a new Macbook Pro with Final Cut Pro X missing so many key features. Apple dramatically decreased the cost of Final Cut from $1,300 to just $299, but they also removed a lot of functionality. Leo says Apple has been putting features back in over time because of a lot of professionals switching to either Avid or Adobe Premiere.

How do green screens work and how can I implement a similar technique in my videos?

Episode 875

Alek from Cedar Rapids, IL

Green screens are commonly used by meteorologists when they do their forecasts. They are stand in front of a green screen which is replaced by the camera with a weather map. This is called "matte-ing" or "keying". Alec wants to use this for his stop motion LEGO videos, and Leo gives him a couple of options:

How do I burn videos from my computer to DVD?

Episode 875

Julia from Fresno, California

Windows Movie Maker can do this, and it's available as a free download at Or if she plans to do more video editing, she could get Adobe Premiere Elements for $79. There also is a free 30 day trial version she can get. Premiere does a very nice job authoring DVDs. The term "authoring" simply means creating a DVD with a title screen and menu similar to commercial DVDs.