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Vimeo Video School

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The video-sharing website, Vimeo, has launched an online ‘school’ with videos on how to make good, err, videos! It looks way cool, masha’Allah. I can’t wait to watch them. Just as soon as I leave the office… ahem. :)

The only grumble is, the school web page doesn’t seem to have an RSS feed, or email subscribe option. Please leave a comment if you find it!

Free Sound Effects for Your Production

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One of the most important aspects of movie-making is a good audio track. In fact, I would argue that sound quality is more critical than video quality. A one-second sound clip can improve the effectiveness of a scene by 100%. The following is a simple, low-res example from our first production, A Day in the Life of a Muslim Student.

Before, with the original recorded sound:

After, using a ‘boing‘┬ásound effect.

I found FreeSound.org to be an excellent resource in this regard. They have short and long sound files that have the potential to really enhance your production, insha’Allah. Especially as the clips are free and of good quality. All you have to do is attribute the owner somewhere in your credits. Note: there may be some restrictions on use if you want to modify the sound, or if your project is commercial in nature – check the Creative Commons license that the user has applied to their file.

Know of anymore great sound sites? Leave a comment below.

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