Video Editing: From Start to Finish (Part 2 The Basics)

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For the most part video editing software will range anywhere from $30 to even over $1,000. When you are first starting out one of the best things you can do is to start with the basics. The majority of PC’s and laptops come with some video editing system. Movie Maker is a basic video editing program that is available on Microsoft Window’s ME, XP and Vista. Window’s Movie maker offers a wide range of effects, and transitions. You are able to input your credits and titles as well.

Go to you start menu and open up the Movie Maker application. When you open it you will see three items on the left hand side. The three tasks you will see are import, edit and publish to. Import is exactly what it means. This is where you will import whatever photo, video or music you desire to use. The edit portion of the task bar is where you will find what you need in order to edit your video. Under the edit portion you will find effects, transitions, titles and credits. To learn how to use these you can first start by dragging a photo or video into the timeline (more on that later) and then left click onto the effects. This will open up a window and you will see various effects you can use. Select a few effects and drag them to the photo you selected. You should do this a few times just to be familiar with how they work. Keep in mind that when you put a photo into the timeline it will already be at a certain length of time. To shorten or lengthen the time the photo plays simply put your cursor on the right edge of the photo and go to the left or right until you reach the desired time you wish it to play.

Transitions play a very important part in video editing. Movie Maker makes it very easy to do. Go ahead and practice this by selecting two or three pictures. Drag them into the timeline and put them side by side. Now simply put your cursor on the second photo and left click and hold and then drag a portion of it into the first picture. You will be able to see it overlapping in the timeline. To input a transition you can click on transition on the left hand side and then select the transition you wish to use and drag it into the overlapping portion you see in the timeline. The best thing you can do is to just take a little bit of time and just experiment and get comfortable with how to do this. The editing of actually video footage is essentially the same principal for the most part.

Video editing involves cutting up the footage and then reorganizing it in some fashion. The key is to get the portions of the video you want. In Movie Maker on the right hand side you will notice the video screen which you can watch the progress of your video. Underneath it is a button called split. There are a few ways you can go about this. When your video is at the beginning of the portion you want to use then left click on the split button. This will split the imported video into two. You then can delete the portion you will not use. In video editing we have what we call layers. Think of stacking boxes on top of another. You have you video then audio. You will see this stacked together to make one frame. You can also import music if you wish in the audio portion of the time line.

Timeline and storyboard are very important in video editing. The key to good stary telling is to plan out how the story will be told. A story board is essentially the chronological order in which the story is presented. The timeline is when it will happen minute by minute.  It is easiest to edit your video from the timeline. This may seem difficult at first but, after a few tries it will get a lot easier. The key is to keep experimenting. Do not be afraid to mess it up and start again. You will eventually learn a few tricks that will make it easier. After your video is completed you can go to the publish to and select how and where you wish to save your video. As stated earlier it will become easier over time.

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