Video editing is an art that requires patience—especially for beginners. Expertise is something that develops over time, so the following is a broad overview of the basics. We’ve compiled some tips, tricks, and resources to help novices familiarize themselves with the editing process as they navigate their way through various programs. Read on to learn how to make your artistic vision a reality with these video editing basics.
Most computers come already loaded with basic editing software, like iMovie for Macs and Movie Maker for Windows. There are some more advanced programs available like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro that offer additional features once you have more experience under your belt.
Though each software program offers slightly different features, the basics remain the same. Here are the universal parts that make up virtually every video-editing program:
- Sequencer: also known as the timeline or storyboard editor, this is the place where you order, trim, and edit your footage.
- Preview screen: also known as the viewer, this is where you’ll watch the working draft of your video during the editing process.
- Library/Collection: where you sort and store your audio, video, and image files before dropping them into your timeline.
Important Editing Tools
The names may vary across different programs, but here are a few must-know tools you’re sure to use.
- Pointer: this standard mouse icon is used to navigate through the program.
- Razor/Cut: this tool chops a piece of footage into separate clips.
- Zoom: zooming into your timeline allows you a closer look for more precise edits.
Labeling and filing your footage can help streamline the editing process and prevent confusion later on.
Build the skeleton of your video by dragging and dropping footage onto your timeline in the order you want them. Once the scenes are in order, use the razor/cut tool to trim.
Once your footage is in order on the timeline it’s time to experiment with effects, titles, and transitions. The more you practice and explore, the better your end result will be.
Video Editing Basics: Ask for Help
Learning to edit video is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. Contact the professionals at Disc Hounds with any questions you have along the way.