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Using Video Editing Software

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Now that you have a fancy video/digital recorder you can finally film all the fun you and your loved ones are having whilst on holiday, or during various celebration and milestones. Once upon a time it would have been good enough to simply pop in the tape or burn the video onto a DVD, and then play it back on the television and most people would have thought it enjoyable. Now that technology has improved a great deal and video editing software has become really quite easy to use, good enough just isn’t good enough anymore.

The magical things you can do now with your videos

As the language for using software becomes easier for even the average, low-tech person to understand more of the editing software programs are easier to use so that even a novice can add effects to their home videos that they would have paid a lot of money to a professional in a london animation studio to do for them.

We spoke with for their professional advice:

“After you have captured your video to your computer’s editing software you can do a number of things that will make your film look like a pro did it for you:

·       You can use the storyboard to move scenes around to create the story you want to tell.

·       You can add narration, motion graphics, whiteboard video or even subtitles to your scenes.

·       You can create special effects such as colour changes, scrapbook edging to look like an old fashioned photo album, and fade in and out to new scenes for cleaner transitions.

·       You can also clean up the quality of your home video to clean up blurs, bad lighting, shaky camera handling, and other common issues novice filmmakers tend to experience.”

The fun is just beginning with your video.

After you have edited your home video and you have burned it onto a DVD, there are a variety of things you can now do with your film. You can upload it to YouTube or Vine to share with others. You can save it to a cloud service to ensure that you will never lose it due to storm or fire damage. Your grandparents and parents who are not technologically savvy will be able to watch your video no matter where they are in the world with ease. Yes, even the folks who still have 12:00 blinking on their old-fashioned VHS players.

These days even the technology resistant older generation have at least given in and brought a computer into the home. If you want to share your vacation video or graduation celebration with them, you can send your video to them through email accounts, or share your cloud information, or share it on your social network of choice. All they will need to do through their email is click “download, save, and play” in succession to see your fun day. Or if you elect to use social media to share your experience, all they will need to do is click the play arrow superimposed on your posting to see your experience.

Where to get started using a video editing program.

Most video editing programs will work with virtually any system you have. If you elect to download video editing software online you may want to try a free version first to see how well you can use the interactive methods employed. Check the software for system requirements. Look for information such as:

·       Windows or Mac system: which generation as well.

·       If using a tablet or smartphone, check whether it is Apple iOS or Android.

·       Check the memory/bit requirements: 32 or 64 bit.

If you enjoy the free, basic video editing software you may decide to purchase a higher quality software. The best advice is to start with the free one to make sure it does what you want and that it works with your current devices and that the language is comfortable for you to use the program. The best part of the fun you will have capturing the memories.


The Best way to video a Family Celebration

Family celebrations by their very nature are unpredictable and constantly changing events. It can be challenging to video celebrations. The first thing the family may need to  is decide whether there will be a designated videographer in the family or if they want to let everyone take a role, meaning all those smartphones in everyone’s hands are put to use. Let’s look at the two options pros and cons:

Family Videographer taking an outsider’s role

The family member chosen to film the celebration is necessarily cut out of the production by being set behind the camera. That can be sad later in life when a spouse or friend of the family asks where, Bob is and the reply is that he is the cameraman. The pro of having one person video the event is that there is a modicum of control even in a potentially chaotic event. One camera will capture the scene. With one camera filming the event you are assured that all the key moments will be recorded. Granted, that one camera may miss other fun or interesting scenes that should have been captured for posterity.

On the other hand, having one person film the event means that you will get that person’s perspective on what is important, and that may not be what another person felt was important. There is also the possibility that the designated cameraman was not the best choice for the task, meaning that the event may be inadequately filmed with bad lighting, low lighting, shaky handling of the camera, or forgotten lens caps left on during an important moment.

Everyone has a camera for the event

The advantage to having a camera in everyone’s hand is that you will find multiple versions of the event from different perspectives, which can be interesting. Children will see most things at low levels or at upward angles, which can let the adults see what the children see. On the other hand, teens and young adults will most likely pay closer attention to their own age groups, leaving out the children and older members of the celebration.

Keep in mind that the different perspectives may not tell the story of the celebration completely. Of course, a technical editing wizard may be able to splice the scenes from multiple views to tell a cohesive story, but that may be harder than it sounds.

The best way to video a family celebration may be a combination of methods.

Perhaps you can have a designated family videographer, or even hire a professional to tell the official story. This will provide the narrative of the celebration: who attended, what the celebration is about, the songs and dances; actual story of the celebration.

Along with the main scenes captured on one camera, other family can video from a video camera or smartphone. Their story would be the behind the scenes events: The groom preparing for the big day. The bride putting on her gown for the first time. The cake being carried in. The ring-bearer taking a nap before the wedding. The flower-girl pouting before the music begins. Later at the reception, the candid scenes can be played for the guests on the high definition TV screen with the camera’s sharing abilities. The official videographer can film the reactions to the individual scenes, which will continue the narrative of the big day for the bride and groom to share for a lifetime.  All in all you have to see yourself as one big video production company. Leeds based have some great advice.

Video Editing Software

Credit: Andrzej Pobiedziński

Credit: Andrzej Pobiedziński

In this day and age family videos seem like major productions. In the old days a camera shot of the happy couple cutting a cake or running out of the church under a spray of rice at a wedding was more than enough to commemorate the big day. In our current times, for most cases, the brides want a video to show every event leading up to the wedding: selecting the dress, choosing the décor, menu and cake for the receptions, and so on. Every event must be recorded for posterity.

A well-off bride may be able to hire a professional to do all the work. However, due to the quality of video/digital camcorders and the ease with which people can use video editing software, even the well-off bride can simply have a family member film the events and later edit the events herself.

As software creators become savvier about consumer use of their programs they have realised that making the process more interactive is a good way to get more people to use their products. This is particularly true regarding video editing software with the advent of social media and video sharing websites. As more people wish to share their videos, software designers are eager to provide programs everyone can use.

Beginner’s luck with free software.

If you want to try using video editing software on a budget, you will be delighted to find that you can easily find such software available for free online. Lightworks provides an easy, interactive program for beginners to test their mettle. The user interface helps the beginner understand how to use the software to edit their video. The tools are easy to use and you can create real-time video effects.

WeVideo is a cloud-based editing software.  The designers provided an easy to use drag and drop method for editing so that you don’t have to understand how it works. Instead, you simply apply the effects you want with a click of the mouse. Afterward, you can share your effort on various social networks. The basic program is free. If you like the simple structure, you can get the advanced version by upgrading to different paid plans.

Intermediate skills to make you look like a pro.

You can search online for higher level video editing software. We looked for the ones that a beginner can advance to after they have gained some better understanding of the technology and the language of editing.  Now that you know more, you will find that simple methods and simple features just don’t do the job you wish to accomplish.

Adobe Premiers Elements is a great professional grade software that an intermediate user can enjoy. This editing software will enable you to:

·       Add animation to your work

·       Include video and visual transitions beyond “fade” and “turning the page.”

·       Correct colours that did not film correctly due to lighting or other issues.

·       Drag and Drop effects that are a step up from the basics.

·       Direct capture from camcorder and DVD burning.

Pinnacle Studio 16 is another great professional grade software that is available online. This software includes:

·       3D editing technology

·       Animation effects

·       Better video and audio transitions

·       Green Screen

Cyberlink is yet another more advanced video editing software a savvier filmmaker can enjoy using. It does much the same things as the above programs. The one feature that is interesting is the ability to add subtitles, which would be a boon for foreign language when visiting another country, or to provide dialogue for deaf viewers, or to provide a fun silent film experience.

There are other beginner and intermediate video editing software available both on and offline. These are mentioned to show you what you can do with your home video that you may not have thought of before. All of them offer either a free, basic version or a free trial download so that one can test them before making a purchase.