VIDEO EDITING -

THE SOFTWARE

YOUR COMMITMENT

Never under-estimate the amount of time that you will need to spend in editing your videos.

Video editing software can cost well into the hundreds of pounds/dollars/euros etc. or you can download free software.

In my mind it is a no-brainer because most of what you will want to do can be done with some of the excellent free software that is available.


GETTING STARTED

Mac owners: check if your Mac comes with iMovie. It should, and it is available for you to use free of charge.This is an excellent entry for those who are new to video editing. It will remain as a good video editor for a long time before you feel that you are ready to move on to something more advanced. 

PC Owners: PowerDirector365 may be the choice for you. You can get a long way with the free version.

FREE SOFTWARE


It is not unusual for the providers of video editing software to provide a "free" version of their main "all bells and whistles" product. However, such "free" versions are only enough to give you a taste of the real thing. They tend not to be enough to meet all of your needs.


An example is PowerDirector365 from Cyberlink. The concept of the main software is really attractive to any of you who are wanting videos for use on the social media channels, or just to create some fun.

There are video effects, access to free background music, a library of sound effects and so on. This is in addition to being able to edit both sound and pictures (e.g for colour).

However, with the free version many of the editing features that are in the full version are missing and access to supplementary files, such as the music library, are restricted. 


So, my tendency is to sart with the free version to see if I like the way the interfaces work and to see if I need the extras that are 'missing'.


If I really think that the full software package is going to help me to be more productive then I will jump in and subscribe to the full version.


If you want a modern social-media orientated video editor then I would not hesitate to recommend PowerDirector365. Download the free version and see what you think. You can get it here.


Some of the other free versions that you can test out include:


             WONDERSHARE FILMORA VIDEO EDITOR

             COREL VIDEO STUDIO PRO 2022

             MOVAVI VIDEO SUITE


Video editors tend to have common structure. If you bear this in mind it will enable you to get to grips with each editor quite quickly.

 

















Every video editor tends to have:


     1. A panel that shows the videos, stills and sound tracks that you have imported.

     2. Below this there will be the time line for the video, onto which you can drag each element of your video and place it where you want it to appear.

     3. If the video element comes from a camera it will consist of the visual file and the sound file. The visual image will appear above the sound track, and the two will remain tied to each other unless you choose to separate them.

     4. If there is also a separate sound track (i.e. recorded on a second microphone not plugged into the camera) this can be brought on to the time line and placed under the camera recordings.

     5. The contents of the time line is usually viewed in a panel to the right of the imported media files.


The rest of the screen space is devoted to editing and exporting tools.


The export process will require you to define the final destination for the video.

5 Video so far

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2 Video time-line appears along here

RAISING YOUR GAME WITH ADVANCED SOFTWARE


Once you have mastered the basics of video editing you will want to move up to a more advanced level.


The obvious route is to go to the paid version of the software that you have been trying out for free. The benefit is that you are already familiar with the way the software works, and what you are paying for is the extra bells and whistles. It may also be the case that you have had access to all of the tools within the software but now the free time is up and you have to pay to be able to go on using that software.


If you are working on a PC I would strongly recommend taking a look at Pinnacle Systems.


One other possibility is that you move to  DaVinci Resolve. (Be warned this is a technically advanced system and you will need a high-end PC if Windows is your platform.)


DaVinci Resolve is designed for heavy editing of both sound and vision. It does not have a social media vibe although you can upload the edited file to social media sites.


The free version of DaVinci Resolve 17, unlike some of the other software, retains many of the powerful features of the paid for version.


Both versons, however, will require a significant investment of your time in order to get the best out of them. This is fine for those with a deep committment to video editing, it may be a step too far for those of you who just want to get your videos edited and put them out there for the public (or just your friends) to see.

STRUCTURE OF A VIDEO EDITOR

VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE

Start your search with one of these - make sure that it is compatible with your computer system.