What Do Journal Editors Want?

I just posted a new video on my scientific writing YouTube channel that looks at how journal editors decide to send out a paper for review. Some science journals send out for review less than half of papers submitted. Thus, it’s important to know how that decision is made and what an author can do to get past this first step in getting a paper accepted for publication. Here is that video:

How to Animate Text in ScreenFlow 9

In a new video tutorial, I show how to animate text so that it looks like it’s being typed onto the screen. Text animation can be used to deliver a series of facts, to repeat what’s being spoken, to clarify technical terms, or to help drive home a message. To demonstrate this technique, I use ScreenFlow 9, a video editing and screen recording application for the Mac.

How to Enhance Zoom Video and Audio Quality

Are you planning to teach a Zoom course, host a Webinar, or participate in a video interview? If so, it’s important to ensure that you make a professional impression. In this video tutorial, I show how to make a few adjustments to the video and audio settings in Zoom that will improve their quality.

Script Writing for Video

Many successful videographers carefully plan their projects before filming. Writing a script can help you organize your video prior to filming, avoid time-wasting digressions, and select appropriate language for this medium. In a new video tutorial, I discuss the difference between writing text meant to be read and that meant to be spoken and provide a series of suggestions for preparing a script for a video.

By the way, many of the tips I cover in this tutorial apply to preparation of material for podcasts and oral presentations at conferences.

LumaFusion (2019) Tutorial: Video Editing on iPhone & iPad

In this tutorial series, learn how to edit your videos on iPhone or iPad using LumaFusion 2019. In Part 1, I introduce the workspace and show how to trim clips and begin building your video. In Part 2, I cover various adjustments such as creating cutaways and picture in picture, modifying the audio, and adding text titles and transitions. These basics will get you started editing video like a professional.

I found the LumaFusion app to be fairly easy to navigate, and it worked well with the touchscreen on my iPhone. Although sometimes I found it difficult to see some elements in the timeline (e.g., transitions), I was able to make them larger by expanding the view (using the pinch-zoom gesture). (This would be less of a problem on an iPad.)

The various framing tools allow quick resizing and positioning of a video clip or photo.The ability to use multiple tracks is a big plus. I also like the advanced text titles tool, which lets you select font style, size, and color, along with other options such as outlining and opacity. Additionally useful are the galleries of presets, which allow you to quickly make routine adjustments. Although not covered in my tutorial, you can create custom presets and save them to a gallery for repeated use. Overall, the app seems to be well designed and has few glitches.