VEGAS Movie Studio 14 Platinum For powerful video editing
Do you love making videos and have countless recordings that you'd like to turn into exciting videos? With an easy video editing software, some basic skills and the desire to experiment, you'll realize your first projects in no time. In this article, you'll learn the fundamental facts of movie editing.
When editing a video, we recommend proceeding in five steps: Viewing, planning, cutting, editing and exporting. This is how you'll avoid losing overview and ensure consistent structure in all your projects.
Watch the entire material and make a preliminary selection of clips that you would like to use in your video. This is where you can directly sort out unusable material and save time importing it into your simple video editing software. Tip! Be careful deleting apparently unusable material – good video editing programs can rescue a lot of what at first appears hopeless. VEGAS Movie Studio Platinum, for example, has internal image stabilization, which corrects shaky recordings quickly and easily.
After familiarizing yourself with your material, you can start making a plan for your movie: How would you like to structure it? Which recordings do you want to show and when? Try to imagine how your movie will look when it's done and make notes for yourself. When you have a precise idea, it's recommended to make a storyboard. This way you can capture each idea and thought and make sure you don't forget anything in the editing process.
The first cutting step is the rough ordering of your recordings in the right sequence. The so-called rough cut may include some additional material. The idea here is to get a feel for how the individual scenes fit with one another. Is something working not as well as you imagined? This is the time to change the concept. Tip! Don't be stingy with the material in the rough cut. This gives you more breathing room when fine tuning.
When you have the basic structure of the movie and you're satisfied with the sequence of the cuts, you can start with the details. This includes ensuring that the transitions between clips are fitting and unobtrusive. We recommend using hard cuts for a professional look, as adding a series of different dissolves one after the next will look amateurish.
The editing phase revolves around adding effects, titles and possibly image stabilization for design and final details. The most used video effects include slow motion, time lapse, movement and color effects. These help set highlights and masterfully emphasize the best scenes. One example is slowing down action to accent spectacular scenes.
The last step to a finished movie: Watch out for the right output format. Widescreen (16:9) is most common, with a frame rate of 25 fps. After making the export settings, you still need to render and actually export. Depending on the length of your video, this can take quite some time. After these are done, you can finally present your film.
At the end, video editing remains an individual process, where everyone must find the best process for them. However, these five steps provide a framework to make non-linear movie editing even easier.