I Shot It, Now How Do I Edit It?

Shot0iMovie editing for the beginner and those with deadlines.

It wasn't until I saw this title that I realized that everyone may be thinking, "oh yes, the guy from Georgia is making references about hunting!"

Anyone who knows me knows that I am the furthest thing from a hunter, but one thing I can tell is you is that I love the line frequently used in movies and film where the actors say, "well, what are we going to do now?"

The same is true when shooting video. And, do you know how many people shoot their video and then, there it sits, on the camera?

We live in a world of immediacy. In education, our delivery time to meet specific needs can be critical to our teaching and learning process.

Let's say you shot some training videos from a professional development session, and participants need to view and share the content as soon as possible. They probably do not care as much about your creative effects in the video as much as just having the information and it being easily accessible. It is also important for them to know the speaker's names and other elements, which may require necessary verbiage.

Or, perhaps your students video record a public service announcement about the effects health has on learning. Dramatic scenes regarding drug abuse, and, the very nature of the video and its viewing audience may need some effects and transitions that can be done quickly and easily.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced video editor, the tips below will help you to deliver your content quickly and effectively to your waiting audience.

Since our focus for now is editing, be sure and check out my previous article here at www.school-video-news.com entitled, "Making Video History" which will explain the basics of recording and importing your footage.

Step 1

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A - Highlight desired scenes from bottom view.

B- Drag and drop to the top view.

Step 2
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A - Highlight scenes from top view and click "delete" button on your computer.

B - Highlight scenes from bottom view, and drag and drop to the top.

NOTE: You may adjust the length of scenes in either view by dragging your cursor to left to shorten, and to the right to lengthen the selection.

Step 3
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A - Click on the "T" for titles symbol.

B - Select a format.

C - Drag and drop to the opening slide. Here, you may highlight the blue bar, and cursor back & for the to shorten or lengthen the appearance of the information.

D - Click "Show Fonts"

Step 4

 

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A - Click on far right icon.

B - Select transition format.

C - Drag and drop to the place between scenes that require a transition or effect.

Step 5

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A - Click on the music symbol.

B - Search for your audio track. (Tip: Soundzabound audio files are formatted for iMovie, and once downloaded, can be searched, inserted and edited in iMovie.)

C - Drag and drop to the scene in which you wish the music to play.

Step 6

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You may user your curser to highlight the green music bar. Scrolling left shortens the audio track, and, scrolling right lengthens its playing time.

Additional audio editing features to adjust volume and other advanced features may be accessed by clicking the AUDIO ICON button.

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Step 7

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A - Click the "T" for titles icon.

B - Select the credits roll template.

C - Drag and Drop to the ending portion of your video.

D - Click on "Show Fonts".

E - Type in your credits, bibliography or other sources.

Step 8


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Click on "Sharing" from your menu to send to export and burn to DVD or post to YouTube.

Step 9

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That's it for now. Tune in next month when we will explore basic video editing for Windows Movie Maker.