The Steps Involved In PC Movie Editing
PC movie editing has become very simple with the introduction of several PC movie editing software applications in the market, including Microsoft's own Windows Movie Maker. These tools are making movie editing as simple as adding pictures to a chat room profile. Of course, the final outcome of the movie will depend on how creative you are. But the software does help you to be more creative because of the simple manner in which they can be used. Here we check out the basic steps involved in PC movie editing.
1. Shooting the video
When you shoot the video, you need not be much bothered about what turns up in the raw footage, because you are going to do the editing later on. Because you will be deleting many portions of the video, it is necessary to record for a longer amount of time than you actually want the final film to be. A rule of the thumb is to shoot at least 33% more video than you really want. That means, if you want a two-hour video, you should shoot for at least three-hours. Also, make sure to shoot every shot from different angles, because you do not know what will look the best in the final cut.
2. Capturing the video
Once your video is shot, you will have to capture it on the computer. Capturing means to allow the computer to understand the footage you have shot. You will need to have a fast computer, or capturing could take eons. A capture card such as the Firewire will be needed to capture the video taken from most sources. Digital cameras will not require this card. Also, if you have shot on a VHS tape, then you will need to have a convertor card to convert your analog inputs to the digital format.
3. Clipping the video
Clipping is the part when you select only the portions of the video you want to keep and then dump them into a folder that contains the edited portions of your video. Clipping is quite an easy thing because all PC movie editing software applications use a time slider, on which you can directly select the portion of the movie you want to keep without even watching the movie in its entirety. However, clipping needs good precision and an eye for detail.
4. Entering special effects
All errors during clipping can be easily covered up by adding transition effects. These are the effects you can insert between two shots. It covers up all jarring moves between shots. You can also add music, audio and subtitles anywhere in the video you want.
5. Publishing the video
You can keep the finished video on your hard disk and burn it on a DVD, or you can publish it over the Internet. With Windows Movie Maker, you can directly publish the video onto YouTube and share it with your friends and others through the Internet.