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Home Movie Film School: Video Editing Basics

Home Movie Film School, Part 4

Hi, I'm Casey and today on home movie film school, video editing basics. Looking for a passive aggressive way to alienate friends and family? I recommend making them sit through a long unedited stretches of home videos. But if you actually want to entertain people and have a repeat audience I would get familiar with basic video editing. The first thing you need is a video editing program. Check your applications to see if your computer or device already has one. If not I would check on the various app stores. You can always experiment with a trial version. Take a little time to learn the program. They all operate a little differently but the best way to learn is by doing so don't be afraid if it's not perfect the first time. Like any skill you'll get better with practice. Okay now you have your program. The next thing is you need is your footage. Make sure your footage is on the same device or computer as your editing program. These days you can video edit on a smart phone, tablet or computer. The trick is making sure all your footage is on the same device as your editing program. And your editing program can access it. If you are a worry wart you might want to backup the footage somewhere before you begin editing. Alright time to edit. A good rule of thumb is to watch all of your footage at least once. You never know what hidden gems you may find. However if you were there and you shot it you probably know the good bits. Start selecting the moments you want to share in the final video and make them stand alone clips. This will allow you to tie all the footage together later. The idea is to cut out the boring bits. I love to edit to music. Some lyrics and melodies tell a story and add an emotional tone. If you have a lifestyle video say a day at the beach, find a song that provides a voice for the subject. Just make sure that the audio doesn't drown out the sound of your selected moments. You don't want too much going on. Now that you've got your moments and your music it's time to bring it all together. Start connecting your moments with edits. Add transitions for a little flare. Keep it simple. Find one or two transitions that fit the tone of your video and stick with those. Now that your video is put together it's time to give it a title. This is an opportunity to tell your viewer what it's about. I recommend keeping it short, sweet and descriptive. We're here to watch not read. Once your masterpiece is finished it's time to export. Exporting is when your editing program turns your cut into a video file. Some programs export a file that's instantly shareable on video platforms and social media. And some export a file that you then have to encode again to share. I recommend exporting the highest quality for your personal archive and then also creating a file optimized for sharing and uploading. Now you know video editing basics. Just remember editing is an art and there's always more to learn. I'm Casey and that's a wrap on today's edition of home movie film school.

Editing your video allows you to assemble the footage you’ve shot into a cohesive whole. Host Casey Ford Alexander, an actor and filmmaker, takes you through some basic video editing tips to help you put the finishing touches on your home movie.

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