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8 contributions to Content Academy
How I got 6.5x faster at editing
You can literally hack your video editing speed. It used to take me 3 hours to edit a high quality video, now it takes me 25 minutes. Here's 5 plugins I use to do so: (I cut and do sound design in Premiere and I edit in After Effects. All of these are After Effects plugins.) - Animation Composer (Paid): Animate layers and text without keyframes - AE Juice (Paid): Presets and stock video within after effects - KEase (Free): Automatically ease your keyframes and copy and paste easing. You can even save your custom eases in here. I use this for zooms. - AtomX (Paid): Presets, I mainly use this for transitions. (basically AE Juice, but higher quality.) - Motion Tools Pro (Free): Sequence your keyframes and quickly adjust your anchor point. Lots more but that's what I use it for. Here's an example of a video I edited using these plugins: Happy editing everyone 🙂
Andreas Hasel
Stephen G. Pope
Paul Cowen
Bronson Wilson
Sean Mize
New comment Sep 28
2 likes • Sep 5
Great work @Martin Nguyen One regret I have is not learning enough AE and just sticking with Premiere
0 likes • Sep 11
@Jeffrey Buoncristiano Loved this Jeffrey, thanks for sharing
Automating Image & Carousel Workflow For IG Stories (or TikTok)
I was surprised to find that IG Stories required you to upload individual images instead of something like a PDF (with multiple images in it). Which really created a workflow nightmare for review/feedback and posting. So I set out to create an automated solution that removed all the pain points involved. It's pretty cool, I ended up using a PDF (for the majority of the workflow) and then used automation to break it into multiple images and then send those images (via a folder link) to the person who is posting. It could also be sent to an auto poster like Metricool if you wanted. I made a quick video on it here → Would love your feedback.
Stephen G. Pope
Isaac Perdomo
Diane Cooley
Cyrus Zed
Sean Mize
New comment Sep 18
4 likes • Sep 15
This was great @Stephen G. Pope thanks for sharing! I also noticed you added an image as the first frame of the reel for thumbnail purposes. Did you create an automation for that as well?
2 likes • Sep 15
@Stephen G. Pope In our database we have two fields one that links to the video to be downloaded and the other for thumbnail image. The poster downloads each separately. Metricool also has the ability to upload a separate thumbnail but not sure if it's possible via their API. Also, is image as short as it possibly can be on the timeline? Try testing cutting it even shorter.
How I Hire My Video Editors (The Hiring Funnel)
I show you step-by-step how I get a lot of editors to come to me as opposed to spending time searching for them. This is a response to @Jacob Zangel and @Trey Tanella who asked me how I hire my editors and thought it would be useful for the rest of the community. Here are the groups I use: The form builder I use: I can also send you this list of editors so you can contact them yourself if you want. I also have a shortlist of qualified editors I've worked with in the past that I can pass along to you. Just send me a message!
Stephen G. Pope
Jacob Zangel
Brandon-Stone Gordon
Aamir Bajwa
Robert Thibodeau
New comment Sep 6
1 like • Aug 21
@Hannes Jordaan Sure here it is:
2 likes • Sep 1
@Brandon-Stone Gordon Agree with @Stephen G. Pope that $10 per short form video is too low for a high-quality edit. If you need really simple things done like cutting and captions then it might be more feasible, but at that point I'd look into Descript or other software that can do a lot of simple edits now. I typically pay around $20 per video and give a $5 bonus if they turn it around faster or really knock it out the park.
Auditing Stephen's Instagram (and How you can Improve Yours)
Hi everyone, I specialize in growing and monetizing personal brands on Instagram. I was taking a look at @Stephen G. Pope 's profile and thought he could benefit from a few pointers. I made an in-depth video auditing it and how he could improve it. Sharing this with all of you as well in the event it could help you optimize your own profiles or those of your clients. I'm offering a free consultation (no strings attached, just want to help) for anyone in the community to give back for all the value you've given to me. If you're interested, book some time with me here 👉 Thanks!
Stephen G. Pope
Jack Alderton
Steve Cary
Mark Thompson
Cyrus Zed
New comment Aug 30
1 like • Aug 30
@Mark Thompson I don't think they make an impactful difference from my experience. The most viral videos I made for my clients did not have a single hashtag.
1 like • Aug 30
@Mark Thompson Hashtags help the platforms, in the case of Instagram, categorize your content if your content and caption do not already do so. Therefore if your caption already contains keywords that your target audience is searching for then hashtags won't materially make a difference. Say, you make a video about a specific email marketing tactic but in the video or caption you never mention the words "email marketing." In that case using #emailmarketing is a good idea. Using #trending #virals or any other general, BS hashtags won't help your post and might even hurt it.
Where can I hire video editors and graphic designers for social media content?
Hello everyone! What would you say are the best places to hire superstar video editors and graphic designers for social media content? I'm talking about video editors and graphic designers that have a proven track record of creating content that gets attention and a lot of views, and most importantly → helps establish a brand and creates business results (money). Obviously, the content needs to be good and the business needs to be able to solve a problem for a specific target group and other business and marketing fundamentals, but you know what I mean. - Do we have any superstar video editors/graphic designers in here? - Where did you find the rockstar creatives that are helping you get results from your business?
Jude Young
Stephen G. Pope
Alex Changho
Salina Yeung
Jacob Zangel
New comment Aug 30
4 likes • Aug 10
My favourite place to hire were Facebook groups. I set up a hiring funnel that would have applicants answer questions and auto-qualify them. I'd then reach out to qualified applicants to do a test project before I hire them
1 like • Aug 11
@Jacob Zangel @Trey Tanella I thought it would be helpful to make a video walking through it so I made one for you!
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Cyrus Zed
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Video content marketer
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