How to install Lumafusion Presets and Get 10 FREE Lower Thirds so you can play with it.

Have you bought or get Luma Fusion preset on the net? Did they provide an installation guide for you if not then in this blog posts I will share my way of installing a LumaFusion Presets.

This method works with any preset for LumaFusion, either a LUTS, title and lower thirds. A preset it’s like a quick start, is it not perfect out of the box in most cases. So use preset as a starting point, a guide you could say, to make things quicker in your video editing.

Download from what ever website you happen to find the preset. It is usually in your Download Folder. See below photo. From here we have to install it into Lumafusion. See the steps below for full details with photos that I have made as part of the instruction for my Lumafusion Classic Pack. It’s FREE as promised on the tittle.

An example folders of Preset in Download

1) Download From Link provided by Gumroad

2) No need to unzip or you have unzip before installing. Check the descriptions where you get yours preset from.

3) Locate Your Preset from Downloaded Folders “TLN Lumafusion Lower Thirds” in Download

4) There are 3 folders to Download a)TLN Lumafusion Lower Thirds b)TLN Lumafusion Motion Presets c)TLN PNG Lower Thirds of the graphics so you use it in other video editing softwares 

5) Only need to install a)TLN Lumafusion Lower Thirds and b)TLN Lumafusion Motion Presets

6) Copy all 10 “TLN Classic Lower Thirds” see below

7) Open File App

8) Go to my iPad 

9) Select Lumafusion (Be careful as you might corrupt Lumafusion) See below where the red arrow is pointing.

10) Select Preset

11) Paste to Tittles (IMPORTANT STEP)

12) Open Tittles Folder to check if the file “.tittledata” is in there, see top photo for an example.

13) Open Lumafusion (May Need To Restart IPad)

14) Insert any Tittle

15) Double Tap Tittle 

16) User Preset (On top of page) should now be installed otherwise restart Lumafusion and or iPad. See below of the example.

17) Voila Let’s Play. Now you can modify any settings in here to suit your needs. And that is a good preset if you don’t have to do too much to makes it work for you. See below I could possibly modify any elements in the text and graphic to make the preset your own. See below.


19) Follow Steps 5 To 10

20) Paste to “Motions” folder (Important step) See Below

21) Double Check To see if you’re pasted the right file “.motionpreset”

22) It is now in your User Preset in the “Frame and Fit” Tab

23) Select the Star tap on top corner

24) Voila 5 Seconds Motion Animation in 24fps. Let’s Play

Do you want this Lower Thirds and Motion Animation Presets? I am giving it away FREE. But you could give me coffee money if you want. It took me at least 10 hours to put everything together. But I am in the giving season, so it is FREE for you if you’re going to Click Here.

Want to see what it looks like? I would love to show you. Check the video below where I have put the Lower Thirds and Motion Animation to work so you know what are the possibilities and time saving that you could get by download and install it in Lumafusion.

Still want to better understand how to install the preset? Check out the video below where I run through the process from A to Z. And have you download the presets yet? It’s FREE cannot get easier than that.


Procreate an alternative to Photoshop?

The photo above is my first ever Procreate document. I was just playing around with orders tools and settings in Procreate and see if it can match Photoshop in its capacity. I’m still new to this app but so far I’m really impressed with it so far. Very snappy in this application all the tools that you normally use it for a Photoshop, you just it feel more snappier.

Actually this was my second, the first one was just a random stuff. It was more abstract painting, I want to play with with my fingers with the iPad to paint and see how it goes. That is how I like to use a new apps or software. Just play with it for a while. I did watch a few tutorials and read up on the menu a bit before decide to purchased the app. So I was not a beginner. Some people have big fear syndrome of new things and that is the worst thing you could do to your learning curve.

I know how to use Photoshop, not fully, just enough to do what I have to do as a photographer to get to the job that I want to do. But the skills I know from Photoshop still applies in other programs. Adobe was the pioneer in the digital art form and once you know Photoshop you can take it to other program no problem.

I haven’t use Photoshop for a long time but the skills of Photoshop is there with me. I know about masking, I know about layers, I know about blend mode. There is enough tools in Procreate that can satisfy me as a creator. Since this program is mainly for painter and illustrator it doesn’t have a text as in Photoshop.

But that is okay as I can freehand my text. There’s no more uniqueness and that’s right your own handwriting. My handwriting is not the best in the world but is unique in its own way. The reason why I want to use text because I want to create a good YouTube thumbnail. I am as a YouTube creator for the past month as a new endeavour. Also it keeps me ground as I have something to do to past the time since Sydney lockdown.

I am no expert in this new apps but so far playing with it, I can say it meets my expectation. And for the price you pay for it in comparison to Photoshop I cannot complain right? Look out for Procreate as a new name in the creative field.

GH6 is coming this year. Should you upgrade from GH4/GH5?

If you’re a big fan of a GH cameras from Panasonic, you know that the GH6 is coming this year. It is a long overdue upgrade to the flagship video centric camera from Panasonic.

There are guys out there that was begging Panasonic to make an upgraded to the wildly popular GH5. For the price and form factor that was the GH5, nothing in the market comes close to it.

But Panasonic have one foot on Micro Fourth Thirds and the other foot in 35mm full frame format. The thing about being average was that Panasonic have not succeeded in both endeavours. They have now realised there huge mistakes and back track to M43 system.

There was well known Youtube channel that predicts the dead of M43 system since Olympus OMD was in trouble and Panasonic dabbled into 35mm format. But fortunate Mr depth of field was wrong about it. Could you guess who I am talking about. I called him Mr “Depth of Field” because that’s all he knows about photography.

The GH6 is coming sometime at the end of the year just enough time for the Christmas rush for the American market. And Panasonic hopefully comes true with a remarkable camera and wins back confidence in their fans based. And I am one those fanboys of Panasonic cameras.

But the big question would the GH6 be the camera for you to upgrade? Depends if you making your living with a camera right? If you’re a Pro or someone making a living by taking photos and videos then the upgrade is obvious.

However, the majority of Panasonic user based are enthusiasts and there so much option right now that making a commitment to M43 doesn’t seems to make sense anymore.

I am all about travelling light, since I had the GH4 I am contemplating into downsizing my camera. It was an upgraded from the G7 and I could feel the extra weight on me. If I am not planing any travel or have a travel cameras then M43 these days still a great choice for anyone looking to get into serious photography and videography.

But for me, the GoPro 10 and IPhone 13 intrigue me more as weight and compactness is my number one priority. We have to see what the Gh6 brings to the market.

Could you make YouTube Shorts with Luma Fusion?

I was wondering about the question above all last night and I have found out answer.Yes you could actually make YouTube shorts with Luma Fusion.

I was so playing all day YouTube Shorts. And yes I also edited normal videos. With Luma fusion you simply have to select the right aspect when you first start your project. There is no customed aspect ratio that you can select when you first start your project.But hopefully future updates of the apps will allow us to do just that.

So now I am pretty excited to making more YouTube shorts because I can play around with a real camera, that we paid thousands for than the conveniences of the smart phone.

One caution that we have to bear in mind is we have to shoot wider and not cropping in so much. Think vertical framing when we do shoot our footage. Most of the work is do in post production.

I was playing with Luma Fusion a few days ago regarding short vertical content. I though I could export out any aspect ratio, but I was so wrong about that. So it was a hiccup until I got my mind fresh to come back with an open mind and new perspective that thing starts to come into places.

Have you experiment with YouTube shorts yet? It less than 60 seconds of video. Instant feedback if your content is worth anything. Also you could quickly change it as well since it is only 60 seconds. Great way to test out concept videos right? And more importantly it does not take so much of your time.

How to add music in Luma Fusion for Content Creators.

I’ve been playing around with Luna Fusion and adding music to the project is something I did all the time. As a photographer and learning about video making process, audio is not our strong point.

Hence I always use royalty free music to add to my timeline so can you convey are you stories in better light or mood. This is where I first learned the term that “ audio is half the story”. I could not believe it.

But but since then I have become a better audio person, just a better story teller overall.I know now the difference between and shotgun microphone and I dynamic microphone for example.

When I just putting a a series of photographs together and adding music to the the timeline as a last minute effort. It was not on a higher priority. In film they have composer just do a specific score for the film only, but as a solo content creator that is not possible.

When I first started making YouTube videos, I just knew a few independence composer and use Creative Commons license for royalty free music.

I say YouTube content creator the last thing you want to get into trouble with is a copyright strike on your content. That that is why I always use nowadays the music that YouTube supply. Did you know that you can use YouTube music? YouTube in the studio section is where you find the music and sounds effect for your project.

Guarantee way that your effort in making video does not benefit someone else. Just simply use YouTube supply music. Sure it is not very unique but it is a great way for people to start. And lately I have seen some decent musics available and YouTube keep updating it which is good for content creators.

Getting music is easy and once you have the right music you can simply import it straight to Luma Fusion. You will drag it on the timeline as you would do with video editing. You now treat the music as just another video on your timeline and there is a lot you could do in Luma Fusion for audio.

The hard part is to get the legal right to use other people music without penalise. And I have shown you the ways in this post. The editing is easy, composing music is hard, not edit music.

iPad Air 4 Accessories Unboxing. Only need two.

Have you seen those are videos where the YouTube reviewers about the iPad Air 4 accessories that people must need. I’m telling you now there’s only two that are a must, the rest just unnecessary items that makes thing more clutter.

The first item for me personally it’s a USB C dongle or hub where I could plug in my SD card from my camera. The reason why I got the iPad Air over the iPad pro because I know that there is more USB C Accessories available than the lightning port from Apple.

Go on Amazon and you would find thousands of product with USB C for your iPad. More competition means more value for the consumer right? So the first thing that I bought and that is a must have is USB-C hub. Apple store has the usb-c to SD card reader but it expensive. And it does not even have multi ports like the Satechi that I got see photo above.

With the additional ports, I now can have my mouse, keyboard and if you come from Photoshop and Lightroom world you somehow will have a Wacom tablet with the pen as your input device. So Apple pen is nice but you have your trusted accessories that you come to love over the years and it will work fine with the iPad. (Have not tested yet)

But the reason I got into the iPad in the first place was the touch based of the iPad. So my 10 fingers now act as a mouse and input device. Some time is not so precise as a pen but I can live with it. Worse case scenario I will bring out my Wacom tablet and with the USB-C hub my Wacom table should work with the iPad.

I got the base model iPad Air 4 with 64 GB memory. My initial thought was I can and I’m going to use an external SSD drive to store all my digital assets. Since Luma Fusion can edit video from an external SSD I bought myself a Samsung T7 500 GB SSD.

I thought of saving some money by going with external storage. But it never work out that way, that is too easy right? The problem with Samsung SSD is doesn’t work with Apple iPad straight out of the box. I think I have to format the SSD on an Apple Mac computer before I could use it. Not a single YouTube reviewers mentioned this, there is lie and it is lie by omission.

Initially I was going to buy the external SSD from an Apple affiliated brand like LaCie. But all sold out in Australia. Everybody in Australia I know don’t like to pay Apple tax. And certainly people doesn’t want to go the cloud route that Apple is trying to push.

Samsung SSD drive is leading the market right now in term of sales and reliability. So any one got a Mac that I could borrow for a few minutes to format my SSD? There is always Apple store but would they format a competitor brand?

Just updated a video I did 6 months ago and it is still relevant still today.

Six months ago I was doing a video of a Rode wireless go. Mainly about the problems that I have with the Deadcat that come along with the Rode wireless go.

The problem is he’s always fall off when you need it most. I mainly an outdoor photographer and videographer and I need something they can record good audio without the chance of the wind jamming the audio quality.

I think Rode did not envision people will use the receiver as a main microphone or use it as a clipped on microphone. They have not test out the “dead cat” or wind shield for the receiver.

Every time I went out and do a video I always lose the windshield already dead cat. The problem with that is you don’t know when you’re gonna lose it and just really frustrated you when you are have a good clip but somehow the audio is bad and it wasn’t your fault at all that was the problem.

I have that kind of situation a few times and I just simply need the windshield to be on all the time and I don’t use the Lav mic at all. I think Rode envision people will use the lav microphone with the system but the microphone from the receiver is good enough for most situation that just simply use it out of conveniences.

Rode supplied the “dead cat” as an after thought that is why Rode did not test it out. 6 months ago I did a video explaining that I simply superglued the windshield to the receiver and problem solved. Rode now solved the problem with wireless go 2.

I did not have the GH4 with me at the time and my main camera was dead. The loved and trusted G7, yes micro fourth third is dead, caused of death “exhaustion”. I am a time lapse shooter.

I just used my phone to captured the footages with no b-roll or a story line. I could have done it with b-roll and good editing techniques but I have not upgraded my computer until recently with the iPad Air.

So going back and did a remake of that video and how I would like the original to be. At that time I am only interest was to get contents out as fast as I can without thinking of quality. I was trying to beat YouTube algorithm and I failed in making good content and in beating the algorithm. The turtle wins the race, not the hare.

Rode Wireless Go Audio Settings For Beginners.

I supposed to do short YouTube video about setting up a Rode Wireless Go Audio Settings. But end up giving so much more than just a few tips and tricks.

I end up teaching people how to set audio for every video production. When I first start learning about audio I thought to myself why would audio be so important than video? The truth of the matter is audio is actually more important than video.

Have you heard of someone said that you can tolerate a bad video but you will not tolerate a bad audio. If someone is watching YouTube right now and if the video is okay but the audio is bad people will click away in three seconds.

But to tell a successful stories we need another element to the mixes of video and audio production. Can you guess what it it? There’s a saying in photography that the pros talk about lighting and amateurs talk about cameras.

Lighting is a photographer language. The exposure triangle in photography is all about lighting in disguised. It is a scientific and mathematical model of light.

The Time-Lapse Nuts Model of great story telling is LAV model. Lighting, Audio and Video. Some times in the film world they have different order for this holy trinity of story telling through LAV. But this is my blog, you have to read it from my perspective.

Next time you about to share a story think about the LAV model that you read in this blog. Lighting is first, second is audio then video. Guess what most people do when it time to share a story. They think of a camera first as it does both right?

The degree of what the camera can do both audio and video varies considerably. I am guilty of this myself to think first of a camera. Ten years ago video production was out of the hands of ordinary people but now with advancement in computing power. Video production is available to the masses.

The cost of a video computer back in 2011 was astronomical that only production house can afford them. But now the iPhone can actually edit 4K footages.

My first camera was great at video and still that is visual. But it is poorly in audio department. Mainly the manufacturer fault that the camera I bought first up didn’t have a microphone jack. Back then even manufacturer set the tone for the consumer to be visual focus. So was my focus was just on stills or photography, but I quickly recognised the future is in the moving image not still. So I slowly develop my skills.

The GH4 was my dream camera back when it first came out, but I couldn’t afford the budget to go straight to 4K video production. Now it is in my hands and 4K production seem possible now.

Video is a big tick, audio is a small tick and lighting has no tick. Natural light and more specifically window light is free. As least I know what to work on and develop my skills further right?

Shutter is your friend as a time lapse photographer and even so as a photographer.

When I’m shooting time-lapse I’m most conscious of the shutter speed I’m using to the capture the photos. If you didn’t know the golden rule of your shutter speed should be doubled your frame rate then your not taking much video with a DSLR or mirror less camera lately.

In the video world, videographer uses shutter angle not shutter speed to gain the right exposure and frame rate settings on the camera. As a photographer I am aware of shutter speed and the exposure triangle with ISO and Aperture makes up the trilogy.

Since I got the GH4 as my main camera, I am starting to learn more about shutter angle. Mainly because I want to uses slow motion as a B-roll shot and I don’t want to change the shutter speed to match with the golden rule above.

But as a time lapse shooter I am not handicapped by the shutter and that’s why we get admiration from cinematographer and Hollywood A class directors. Where else could you get really smooth video of the waves or the incredible holy frail time lapses.

How about the long car light head and rear light trails? Or even those magical night sky time lapse of the stars. No wonder why we get admiration from someone that just press the red button right?

I am sometime wonder why there is not much interest in time lapse photography among the public? They’re all seen one form of time lapse in their time with so many Hollywood movies and tv shows using time lapse as an establishing shots.

I came with the solution that is it requires more patience than any form of digital visual art. People live in a 3 seconds world and time lapse seems so odd why can’t you press the red button? I don’t called my selves a nuts for no reason.

By the way could you guess the shutter speed of the photo above with the dancer? Leave me a comment with your guess. Oh when can an iPhone capture the photo above then I will line up to take Apple latest offerings.

Luma Fusion for Lightroom users. A beginner guide tutorials for photographers.

I have just made a short course on how to use Luma Fusion for Lightroom users. I know there’s a lot of photographer out there that have lots photos that they want to share with the world.

One of the best way is through videos. I know photographers are not very skills at video editing, and I have that in mind when I created the short course on YouTube free of charge.

Usually an editor will try to show you how to do video editing from their point of view. Put up your hand if you have seen those videos. Is not really clear is it? This is a video for photographers out there that want to make a video using Luma Fusion.

There’s something magical about how we can interact with our footage and/or our photos that makes Luma Fusion such joy to work with. I have been using Adobe Premiere Pro, Da Vinci Resolve, Windows Movie Maker, Photoshop and now Luma Fusion. And guess what, I like Luma Fusion the most for video editing.

Typical Timeline of a video edit.

Some video editing softwares are so basics, some are so complicated that is beyond a novice to intermediary users and I’ve found Luma Fusion to have the right balance for me.

So basically with this course I start in Lightroom first.Then I moved the audiences to Luma Fusion, where they will be overwhelmed of what they have to learnt.

But I’ve been there myself, so I’ve made the tutorials so perfectly to the point for a beginner to learn that they might actually learn something and enjoy Luma Fusion and video editing. I have pressed the right buttons for any beginners video editors out there. That is my hope anyway when I made the video.

I can still remember the first time that I took a course on Adobe Premiere Pro. Man I just want to learn how to edit a short video not how to make a feature length movie out of video editing. I’m guess that I have the best bang for the buck right?

Usually needs two screens.

The video production of the course took me an hour or so, I edited the videos down to make a video tutorial took me three hours to edit. There’s a few missing tools in Luma Fusion like automatic video and audio linking. But with more advanced editing skills you can make it work.

It is great value compared to other video software out there. Sure Divinci Resolve is free but you paid for it in hardware upgraded. And graphics cards these days are expensive.

Hopefully my video find the right audiences for it and find someone like me 10 years ago in their visual stimulation journey. And my skills and experiences can pass on. Check it out below and there is a chapter in the video just skip to the part you need help the most.

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