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Video websites you need to know about

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While it would be fun to say that lifewire is the only website catering to the needs of burgeoning video pros, enthusiasts and video fans in general, that simply is not the case.

The Internet is full of excellent resources for news, product reviews, online retail,  and stock music delivered in form of a video.

According to Lifewire, video training is another area where online resources are vast

So, where do fans of video go to stay up to date, learn about the latest and greatest tools of the trade, and buy products without spending too much?

Here are websites that keep the video world spinning.

Videomaker – As the elder statesman of the group, we would be remiss to not include the team from Videomaker magazine and their website.

Not only are they the original news provider for the video industry, they have been steadfast in their aim to help everyone make better video. From hobbyists to experienced pros, everyone can take something valuable away from an issue of Videomaker, and their recently redesigned website puts out a handful of daily articles covering everything from product reviews to press releases, and just about everything in between.

Pro Video Coalition – Pro Video Coalition is an online resource for those looking to use professional equipment, employ professional techniques, and basically make great quality video. This does not mean other people cannot benefit from this website. PVC’s team of experts delivers a massive wealth of valuable information about everything from drones to iPhones.

No Film School – No Film School has become a true powerhouse in the area of online news, reviews and industry highlights for fans of video. It offers regular video content and great writing combined with excellent access to industry personalities and equipment to deliver high quality content.

Red Shark News – Red Shark News is another excellent resource for news, reviews and more. Filled with fun, light-hearted articles, and catering to video enthusiasts of all levels, Red Shark News is a site that needs bookmarking.

Studio Daily – Offering news and reviews relating to the world of video production, as well as valuable job postings, webinars and more, Studio Daily is a site that independent producers and major studios alike need to keep an eye on.

Adorama – Adorama features massive inventory, deals on refurbished items and handful of brands exclusive to them. Hammer & Anvil mics, 24/7 bags, and Flashpoint lights are just a few of the Adorama brands offering good quality equipment at a fraction of the cost of larger brands.

B & H Photo Video – This New York City-based megastore’s brick and mortar presence is only overshadowed by its immense website. Huge new and used product inventory, a colossal range of product types, and a top-notch product blog keep B & H at the top of the video buyer’s list.

Premium Beat – People who make video needs music. Music can improve video in many ways, and Premium Beat offers a massive library of high quality, royalty free tracks at reasonable prices. One of the most read video production blogs on the Internet doesn’t hurt their case, either.

Audio Jungle  – Serving as chief competitor to Premium Beat, Audio Jungle is another popular stock music website. While thousands of these types of sites exist, Audio Jungle consistently delivers high quality music at affordable prices with a nice, usable interface.

Ground Control – Whether you shoot with a GoPro, iPhone or ARRI ALEXA, creating a consistent look and feel with a final video can be a challenge. Enter LUTs or Look Up Tables – specially made files to manipulate image data. Adding LUTs to give multiple clips a similar look is a technique often reserved for the pros. Thankfully, Ground Control has created a plethora of nicely-priced, professional grade LUTs for a wide range of cameras, usable in just about any editing suite or motion graphic application. – Without getting a job with Warner Brothers, it can be tough to practice working with high-end footage. Most people cannot get their hands on video shot on a RED camera, or an ARRI. We don’t have the luxury of looking at clips shot with cinema lenses costing as much as a condo in Miami. helps to get professionally shot motion picture footage for the purpose of training and practice.

Rampant Design Tools – Not only do the folks at Rampant Design Tools offer studio grade pre-created drag and drop video effects, they also offer free training and a blog to help budding video experts take their video and special effect work to another level.

Wipster – Video review and approval experts, Wipster, have added a handful of tools to add value to their web experience, including a blog that covers a plethora of topics not directly related to their own offering. Learn to edit, shoot, and operate a business, all without a hard sell.



Codec is short for coder-decoder. It is an algorithm used to encode data, such as an audio or video clip. The encoded data must be decoded when played back.

According to Tech Terms, a media codec is not equivalent to media compression, since it is possible to encode a file without compressing it. However, most codecs do compress the original data, reducing the size of the original file. This is important for multimedia files, since they often have large file sizes. Compressed files take up less disk space and can be downloaded more quickly.

Generally, a codec reduces the file size of a media file, but increases the processing power required to play the file back correctly.

Lossless versus lossy codecs

Some codecs are lossless, meaning they do not reduce the quality of the original media file. Examples of lossless audio codecs include the Free Lossless Audio Codec, and the Apple Lossless Audio Codec.

Video codecs that support lossless compression include H.264 and QuickTime RLE. A lossless codec can often reduce the file size of a media file to about 50 per cent without altering the quality.

Other codecs are lossy, meaning the compression reduces the quality of the media. Examples of lossy audio codecs are Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation and MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3).

Common lossy video codecs include MPEG-2 and HEVC. Most lossy codecs provide a variable compression setting, which allows you to select how much to compress the media. For example, if you apply heavy compression to an audio file, it may reduce the file size to 10 per cent, but the audio may sound like it has been compressed. If you use a lower compression setting that reduces the file size to 30 per cent, it may be closer to the original file.

NOTE: Lossy codecs are commonly applied to streaming media so the data can be transferred more quickly over the Internet.

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