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I've been involved in all aspects of audio and video post-production for nearly 20 years (!). The bulk of my work has been as a co-founder of HiLo Media with my partner, Chuck Heilig. We work mostly in tech - creating app demo videos, screencast tutorial videos, software training and e-learning content, plus explainer videos and 2D and 3D animations.


Latest Video Production Blog Posts


How to Learn Final Cut Pro
Jan. 27, 2023 • Joseph Nilo
Learn the best ways to master Final Cut Pro through online courses, in-person classes, and self-paced tutorials. Improve your video editing skills today!

Final Cut Pro is a powerful video editing software that has become an industry standard for professional video editors. It's used by filmmakers, television producer...

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How to Create a Seamless Transition in Final Cut Pro (And Why You Should)
Jan. 24, 2023 • Joseph Nilo
Learn how to create a seamless transition in Final Cut Pro and about some of the transitions that will make your timelines shine!

Creating a seamless transition in Final Cut Pro is a crucial skill for any video editor to have in their toolkit. It’s the cherry on top of your edit, the magical glue t...

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Top 5 AI Tools Used In Video Production
Jan. 19, 2023 • Joseph Nilo
Artificial Intelligence tools are helping make videos already. See the Top 5 AI tools in Video Production. You might be using them right now!

As a 20-year veteran editor, colorist, and animator in the world of video production, I have seen firsthand how technology has transformed the industry. From the trans...

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iMovie vs. Final Cut Pro
Jan. 15, 2023 • Joseph Nilo
Learn the differences between the two video editing suites and discover which is best suited for your project's needs. Get all the info you need to make an informed decision - read now!

When it comes to video editing software, two of the most popular options for both professional and amateur filmmakers are iMovie and Final Cut Pro. But how do you know wh...

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Mastering the Essentials: A Beginner's Guide to Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts
Jan. 11, 2023 • Joseph Nilo
Unlock the full potential of Final Cut Pro with our beginner-friendly guide to mastering essential keyboard shortcuts. Boost your editing efficiency today!

If you're just starting out with Final Cut Pro X or if you're looking to streamline your video editing workflow, then you're in the right place. Whether...

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Optimizing Performance in Final Cut Pro
Jan. 6, 2023 • Joseph Nilo
Discover how to achieve top performance levels for your Final Cut Pro editing projects with these easy-to-follow techniques. Learn more about optimization strategies and tricks today!

As a video editor, you know that performance is key. Whether you’re working on a short film, a music video, or a corporate video, you want your software to be able to kee...

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My History With Final Cut Pro
Jan. 4, 2023 • Joseph Nilo
Picture taken in the early 2000's - coloring a feature film in Apple Color (RIP) that was edited in Final Cut Pro 7.

I've been a video editor for 20+ years. I've been through about all forms of video editing software in my career. I started with Final Cut Pro and have had an ...

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Download Adobe Creative Cloud Apps
Dec. 7, 2022, 7:26 p.m. • Joseph Nilo
This article covers the Creative Cloud App, which is the nerve center for Adobe Creative Cloud on your Mac or PC.

Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of applications from Adobe Systems that provides users with access to a collection of software for graphic design, video editing, web de...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Premiere Pro Essential Sound Panel
Dec. 6, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Learn how to use the powerful audio tools in the Premiere Pro Essential Sound Panel to enhance the quality and clarity of your audio tracks. From adjusting the loudness and EQ to applying effects and mastering your audio, this guide will show you everythi

They say an audience will forgive bad video quality but bad audio quality will make them turn off your video super fast. Though no replacement for professional audio ap...

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Adobe Fonts Frequently Asked Questions
Dec. 1, 2022 • Joseph Nilo

Adobe Fonts is a Typekit platform that allows you to buy and download fonts from some of the most popular type designers in the world. Whether you need a classic serif o...

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Best Monitors for Video Editing
Nov. 28, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Are you looking for the best monitors for video editing in 2023? Our comprehensive review will show you the top models available, along with key concepts and features to watch out for when shopping.

Video editors spend a lot of time worrying about hard drive space, GPUs, CPUs, RAM, etc., but what is more important for the visual medium of editing video than the monit...

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Best Camcorders in 2023
Nov. 27, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Looking for the best camcorders available now to shoot high-quality video? Look no further. Click through to read my reviews and see the features of the best models.

Everyone has a video recorder in their pocket built into their mobile phones, so it's easy to capture video on the run. But there are some great use cases for own...

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Premiere Pro Transcription: The Ultimate Guide
Nov. 26, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
This guide provides an in-depth look at how to use Premiere Pro for audio to text transcription and closed caption files.

Transcription is becoming a more and more important part of the post-production workflow. Many video editors need to transcribe audio to create captions for compliance or...

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The Ultimate Guide To Video Cropping
Nov. 18, 2022 • Joseph NIlo
Learn how to crop your videos today with this guide! Includes information on the best online video croppers, how to crop different types of videos and more.

Whether you're a pro video editor or simply shooting video on your phone, we've all been faced with the issue of needing to crop a video. Maybe you need to...

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The 8 Best USB Audio Interfaces For Podcasters and Musicians 2022
Nov. 11, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Review and comparison of the best usb audio interfaces available online for musicians. I've included reviews, prices, and links to purchase each.

Are you looking for the best USB audio interface to use in your home studio? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we will discuss the best USB audio int...

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What is Adobe Illustrator?
Oct. 27, 2022 • Joseph Nilo

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Inc. Originally designed for the Apple Macintosh, development of Adobe Illustrator began i...

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What is Adobe Photoshop?
Oct. 26, 2022 • Joseph Nilo

Adobe Photoshop is a professional photo editing software program, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of creative tools . It is widely used by photographers and ...

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What Is Adobe After Effects?
Oct. 26, 2022 • Joseph Nilo

Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of film...

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What Is Adobe Audition?
Oct. 25, 2022 • Joseph Nilo

Adobe Audition is a digital audio editing software developed by Adobe Systems. It offers powerful tools for audio recording, mixing, and sound restoration. In this arti...

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What is Adobe Premiere Pro?
Oct. 25, 2022 • Joseph Nilo

Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing software used by professionals in the film and television industry. It is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, which includes o...

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Best External Wired and Wireless Mics for iPhone
Oct. 25, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
While your iPhone has a pretty decent microphone in it, if you're going to up the quality of your iPhone videos, you'll need to get an external microphone for your iPhone.

TL;DR Quick Picks Top Pick: Shure MV88 Best Entry-Level Microphone for iPhone: Sennheiser MKE 200 Least Expensive Pick: PoP voice lavalier microphon...

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Movavi Screen Recorder vs. Telestream Screenflow
Oct. 23, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Two Screen Capture Applications Compared and Reviewed

If you're in the market for screen recording software, you've probably come across Movavi Screen Recorder and Telestream Screenflow. Both are excellent option...

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iMac Video Editing Guide
Oct. 22, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Your guide to all things related to editing video on the Apple iMac

So you've got an iMac as your mac for video editing. This will be your guide to the best video editing software for your iMac and the best ways to maximize the power...

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How Does a GPU Impact Video Editing?
Oct. 14, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Let's learn about what a GPU does, how it helps video editors, and which video editing applications use it the most.

The main way that a GPU impacts video editing is by reducing render times. Render times refer to the amount of time it takes for your computer to process and output the f...

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How a Mac CPU Impacts Mac Video Editing
Oct. 14, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
The CPU is a vital part of your computer's ability to edit video footage.

Your Mac computer's central processing unit, or CPU, is responsible for handling the majority of the instructions your computer needs to carry out. In many cases, ...

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Where To Find Video Editor Remote Jobs
Oct. 10, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
The ultimate guide to finding work as a video editor in a post-pandemic economy.

I've been working remotely as a freelance video editor and animator for around 15 years ago. Ever since I went independent from my past production house job and sta...

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Adobe Premiere Pro Cost
Oct. 8, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
How Much Does Premiere Pro Cost and Is it Worth It?

In this day and age, video editors can and should be cost-conscious about the software they use. There are good options out there for editing video, even some free ones....

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The Ultimate Guide to Freeze Frames in Adobe Premiere Pro
Oct. 6, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Brrrrrr. No, it's not cold outside, we're just freezing our frames!

If you're a video editor, then chances are you're familiar with the freeze frame effect. This guide will cover how to make freeze frames in the popular video ed...

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Envato Elements Review
Sept. 23, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Finding royalty free stock images, stock videos, and stock music is a large part of my job as an editor in video production. I've tried a lot of different stock footage sites and wanted to give my detailed Envato Elements review.

First things first, use this link to get the best deal on an Envato Elements paid subscription and support this blog. My Envato Elements Review is below. ...

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How to Add Transitions Between Video Clips in Adobe Premiere Pro
Sept. 19, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Video transitions are a vital part of the video editing process. They move the timeline along and add energy to your edit.

The process of adding video transitions is simple but the "why" and "when" to add video transitions require a bit more explanation and experience edit...

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Top 9 Condenser Microphones for Recording Voice and Vocals
Sept. 16, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Capturing the human voice is likely the first use of microphones when they were invented. Today we've got so many options from inexpensive to crazy expensive condenser microphones.

Whether you need a condenser microphone for recording vocal tracks for your next hit song, to really up the quality of your voiceover recording, or accentuate your voice ...

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Best Video Editing Software in 2023
Sept. 13, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Choosing the best video editing software can be a daunting task. But don't worry, I've got you covered! In this article, I'll be discussing the best options available right now and what to look for when making your decision.

There are so many choices for video editing software these days. There are free apps, paid apps, subscription apps. It's hard for a video editor to make the decision...

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All About the Final Cut Pro Student Discount
Sept. 6, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Are you a student filmmaker? Here's everything you need to know about the Final Cut Pro student discount.

Though my student days are long behind me, I remember wanting and needing to learn video production and professional video editing software. I've been using Final C...

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Adobe Creative Cloud Price Explained
Aug. 30, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Let's chat about Adobe Creative Cloud Pricing. Consider this your definitive guide.

First things first: Full disclosure: this page includes affiliate links. Purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud through these links will get you the best deal available ...

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Top Shutterstock Alternatives for 2023
Aug. 24, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
The best Shutterstock Alternatives for images and video reviewed for 2023.

In my career as a video production professional , I require and use a ton of stock photos and stock video footage in projects. I decided to compile this list of the top ...

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Adobe Premiere Rush Frequently Asked Questions
Aug. 23, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
This article covers a bunch of questions I found on Google about Adobe Premiere Rush CC.

What is Adobe Premiere Rush CC? Premiere Rush is a cross-device and cross-platform simple video editing app from Adobe. It’s designed to make creating and sharing vide...

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Color Grading in Premiere Pro - The Ultimate Guide To The Lumetri Color Panel
Aug. 19, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
This is the ultimate guide to the Premiere Pro Lumetri Color panel and all things related to color correction.

This article is the first part in a series on Color Correction in P Premiere Pro . It will give you a tour of the Lumetri Color tools, go over all the settings, and introduce you to some important ...

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Best Microphones For YouTube Videos 2022
Aug. 3, 2022, 11:52 p.m. • Joseph Nilo
I created this article to help you find the best microphone for your videos. It covers everything from condenser microphones, USB mics, and XLR mics. You will also see some video examples of each mic in action along with a review of what I liked and didn'

They say in video production that viewers will forgive bad video but will not forgive bad sound quality. That is why the microphone you use to produce YouTube Videos is of great importance and audi...

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Best Mac for Video Editing in 2023 (including M1 and M2)
July 28, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
We'll compare the features of the best Macs for all levels and budgets of Video Editors.

Best Mac for Video Editing in 2023 (including M1 and M2) I am a Mac guy. I've been involved in media production on the Apple platform for over twenty years . I have strong opinions about...

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Ultimate Guide to All Things Zooming in Premiere Pro
Oct. 6, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Zoom Zoom!

If you're like most editors, you're always looking for ways to work faster and more efficiently. You'll likely spend a lot of time zooming in and out on yo...

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Final Cut Pro vs. Premiere Pro 2023
July 19, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Premiere Pro vs. Final Cut Pro, which is better for you in 2022?

I am a video editing veteran that lives in two worlds. The world of Adobe: using Premiere Pro and After Effects for much of my work. And the world of Apple: using ...

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Best Premiere Pro Export Settings for YouTube
Sept. 1, 2022 • Joseph Nilo
Export settings in Premiere Pro for YouTube explained.

At HiLo Media , we create tons of content that gets delivered via social media, mostly to YouTube. We use mostly Adobe apps to create and edit our content and deliver fi...

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How to use SurferSEO to Write Scripts for YouTube Videos
June 17, 2022, 8:32 p.m. • Joseph Nilo
My name is Joseph Nilo, and I'm a video creator and media producer for HiLo Media. We create content for clients and I like to share things I've learned from my twenty years in video production and animation.

Today, let's talk about video SEO tools. If you're wanting more views on your YouTube videos and more subscribers on your YouTube Channel, SEO or Search ...

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SanDisk Extreme 3D Animation
June 3, 2022, 2:15 p.m. • Joseph Nilo

I worked on this video through HiLo Media and collaborated with marketing firm Apogii from San Francisco. It is a 3D animation of the SanDisk Extreme SSD portable h...

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