Video Editing for Beginners

Video Editing for Beginners

If you want to dive into the video editing world, then you must know something first. Well, you always need to know something first before delving into anything-new right. Things like jargons, tools, terminologies, etc. are essential if you want to learn video editing, especially if you are going to pursue it as a career. So what are you waiting for? Let’s head right in and see what needs to know first!

In this post, we’ll not teach you how to edit a video right away, instead, we’ll have some sort of fundamentals, the things that you need to know, or if you prefer, an introduction. Don’t worry because this won’t be lengthy. Let’s start with the tools.

The Tools

If you want to do video editing, make sure you have the right tools. What are the typical tools a video editor does have? Most of the time, a novice video editor do have a camcorder, a laptop and/or desktop and a video editing software. Before everything else, make sure that your camcorder and desktop/laptop must have a FireWire (IEEE 1394) connection. It’s just as if plugging in a USB cord from your camcorder to the computer/laptop and most devices comes with it.

The Concepts

Capture is the process of moving your video files from your camcorder to the computer. In order to do this, you might need to have enough hard disk space. A typical half-hour video can take up to 10GB of space. If you have a software like Adobe Premiere, you can take the footage shot by shot.

After the capture process, there will be AVI for PC and MOV for Mac files that will be created. These are the video files that you can work on. Typically, three minutes of footage can consume a gigabyte of storage.

Shots are the parts of the video that you are going to use. Let’s use this example, where a 15-second scene is split into three shots, 3 second shot for jumping, 5 second shot for dunking the ball and 7 second shot for landing from the dunk and running back.

Once you found the shots, you can arrange them in a timeline to place them in a proper order and hook them together. Now, you know the three basic concepts, the capture, the shot and the timeline.

The Software

There’s a lot of software that you can use to edit your video and one of the best and most popular especially for beginners is the Adobe Premier. There are other professional and more advanced alternative mentioned in an earlier post we did.

Final Thoughts

In order to become a video editor, you need to have the tools, the concepts and the software. With all three of these, you can start paving your way to becoming a video editor.