4 Basic Tips for Editing Video

Editing video can be a tricky process, especially if you are not overly familiar with the program that you will be using. Whether you are editing a personal or professional video, the basic tips for editing video below will surely lend you a helping hand.

Editing Footage

Most video editing programs have a time line that will be located somewhere near the bottom of your screen. The easiest way to edit your video is to drag the clips into that time line in the specific order that you prefer. You will then be able to select each individual clip and decide how you want those clips to progress throughout your video. This can be accomplished by setting the "in" and "out" times when you have the specific video clip selected. While you have each individual video clip selected, you can also cut out any footage that you don't want to appear in your movie.

Filters and Transitions

If you were shooting your video in different areas where the lighting was different, chances are there will be some clips that are either too dark or too bright. You can use filters to change the brightness, contrast, and color of a specific video clip. By using filters, you will be able to give your entire video a more consistent and uniformed look. Once you are satisfied with the overall color of your video, you can move on to adding transitions, if you would like. It is best to keep the transitions simple and to a bare minimum. Transitions such as straight cuts, dissolves, and fade to black can be placed on individual video clips to change how that specific clip is brought into your movie.

Titles and Graphics

Whether you are using a free or paid for video editing program, you should be able to add titles and graphics. Depending upon the features available in your video editing program, you may even be able to add motion to your title and credit clips, such as scrolling and appearing letter by letter. If you want to set the scene at the start of your video, or add a powerful impact to the end of your video, you can add still images from your digital camera. One thing to keep in mind when adding still images is the curvature of a television screen. You will want to keep the edges of the still image towards the center of the screen to avoid distortion when your movie is played on a television screen.

Music and Narration

While most free programs will not allow you import more than one audio track, this should be a standard version on paid for video editing programs. If you would like to add voice over narration to your movie, the easy option is to use your camera to record your narration. By doing that, all you have to do is import that audio track from your digital camera into your video editing program and position the audio track wherever you would like. When adding music, it is recommended that you stagger the audio so that the music runs from one clip to another.

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