Basic Film Editing Techniques For Beginners
Film editing software applications now make it possible for people at home to churn out great movies that could be a treat to watch. There are no limitations on the kinds of movies that can be shot, and with the surfeit of graphics and other special effects that are present in these software applications, it is very possible to make real professional quality movies or documentaries on stuff. People are taking this very seriously, and they should, because there is nothing like a creatively crafted visual presentation when you have to make a strong expression or impression.
There are only a few things that budding movie makers must keep in mind while using these film editing software tools. In fact, the entire process of editing can be encapsulated in just three simple film editing techniques - capture, create shots and add on the timeline. Of course, graphics and all will come later. When you do get it right, you can produce some amazing videos, like this video which we have just finished for Samara James, the engagement ring guys. So, let us now understand what these three basic film editing techniques are.
Capture means to render raw footage that you have shot with a camcorder or a digital camera onto your computer's hard disk. This can be a slow or fast process depending on the speed of your computer. Also, it will require a lot of empty space on your computer's hard disk. Generally, a thirty minute video of raw footage that you have shot will take 10 gigabytes of space on your hard disk, but you will need to see whether the film editing software you are using will take such a huge video or not; some of them have a limit of only 2 gigabytes. When the capturing is done, the file is stored in .avi format for Windows or .mov format for Mac.
After capturing your video, you have to create shots. This is where your creativity comes in. Using film editing software tools, you can set up start and stop points on your video. Instead of having ten minutes of a running video, you can have just a few second snippets of the interesting portions. Like if it's a vacation video, it will be boring to have the whole thing running. Instead if you have only some minutes worth footage that shows you packing for a few seconds, then outside the airport, visiting interesting places there, eating, etc. - all for a few seconds only - it could be a very interesting watch. Later you can add subtitles to each shot to make them more meaningful.
The last part is to place your shots onto the timeline so that they all run seamlessly. This is quite easily done with the modern film editing software tools we have. It is as easy as clicking and dragging the different shots you have created and placing them on the timeline. If you want, you can keep some empty spaces for filling in graphics or transition effects between the shots. This is almost the end of your editing process. Your creativity can go further, and include graphics, etc. in your videos later on.
With these three simple film editing techniques, you can make great stuff for people to watch over and over again. At least it is better than hours of videos with embarrassing stuff coming up time and again.