Video editing seems to be a challenging task for many. It should look professional, without a doubt, but professionalism doesn’t necessarily translate to complexity. Technological advancement means there are hundreds of tools and techniques that help turn raw footage into something snappy and stunning.
Over the years, there have been numerous online video editors that have since made the process of creating and editing videos a breeze. If you know what you want, you can use the 100s of themes, templates, and graphics to churn out engaging videos effortlessly.
While it takes some time and practice to catch up with the features and functionality of video editor programs, creating cool edits on your computer becomes a breeze once you get hold of them. Whether you are a beginner or a professional in video editing, this tutorial should help you become an expert in no time.
Create a Script
Working on a video project without a script takes you nowhere. So, the first requirement is to figure out what type of video you want to make with the clips you have, what message you want the video to convey, and what elements you need to deliver this message effectively.
Consider placing all your media and resources in one folder for easy access. This should make your editing task easier and more effective.
Select Your Video Editing Tool
You can find a huge variety of options for video editor tools on the internet with a simple search. Selecting the right one for your project can be confusing and difficult. You can use a free online video maker—there are quite a few off-late, with extensive features, templates, and more.
You can either pick a free, easy-to-use software or tool from the options available to you or go with the Movie Maker program on your Windows computer.
Check if your PC has it under ‘programs’; if not, download it, and you are ready to proceed with your video edit.
Navigate Through the Interface
When you launch the Movie Maker program, you will see that it’s quite simple and user-friendly. The interface clearly lays out all the options for easy access. The Main Menu offers drop-down menus for ‘file’, ‘edit’, ‘view’, ‘tools’, ‘play’, and ‘help’. Each menu has sub-menus that you can check underneath.
The left pane has ‘Tasks’ while the right has a window called ‘Imported Media,’ displaying all the media you have imported into the project. You can also see a ‘Preview Screen’ on the interface where you can preview your video. This area also lets you drag clips from ‘Imported Media’ and resize and cut them as needed.
Below this, you can find the ‘Timeline’ displaying your clips in the order you have put them together. A triangle icon lets you toggle between the ‘Storyboard’ and ‘Timeline’ views.
Once you have all your media in one location, it’s time to decide what you want to include. You can add pictures, video footage, audio, music, and even narration.
Use the ‘Import’ option to bring them all into your project. To import existing files on the computer, click on ‘Videos/pictures/music or audio’ under ‘Import,’ navigate to the file, and get it on the project.
If your footage is in your camera, you need to connect it to the computer using the command ‘From Digital Video Camera’ under ‘Import.’ Use the cable or installation disk of your camera to connect it to the PC.
Make a Rough Cut
After your media has been imported to the program, you can proceed and bring them together in the order you want them to show up in the final product.
Go to the ‘Imported Media’ window, pick an asset and drag it down the storyboard or timeline. You can easily place the media elements in the ‘Timeline/Storyboard’ using the drag-drop facility; place one item after another until you are done.
Use the ‘Preview Screen’ option to see how the video looks after all the pieces are connected. You have now created a rough cut of your video on your computer.
The final step in editing a video on the computer is to adjust the size of the clips and add finishing touches in the form of special effects, title, narration, and more.
This is your final cut. You can work with the options available and see what they do. When you edit on a PC, it’s non-destructive, which means no changes are made to the original video when you fiddle.
To right-size your clips, click on your video when you’re in the ‘Timeline’ view. You will see two arrows appearing at either end of the clip.
You can use the arrows to adjust the size of the video. You can also drag the video to the Preview Screen and use the ‘Split’ button to break it into a new clip. Play around with this option and repeat it as many times as you want.
Transitions, special effects, text, and titles are easy to add. Simply click on the ‘Edit’ menu and follow the instructions.
Filters and effects enhance your video, but you should avoid overdoing them. You can also add relevant background music that sets the right mood for the video.
There is also a button for ‘Animations’ at the top, which presents you with different options. You can select the clip and add the desired transition. These touches are aimed at catching attention, but too many of them can distract the viewers from the essence of the video.
Add Audio and Edit Sound
Movie Maker will also let you adjust the audio volume or mute it with the ‘Video Volume’ option. Choose the clip and drag the volume slider to mute/adjust the volume of the video based on your needs.
Once the sound is adjusted, you can add background music using the ‘Add Music’ button. You can import music from your computer or online sources. The ‘Record Narration’ option lets you add narrations to your video.
Save & Publish
After all your edits are done, you can save them by clicking on the ‘Publish Movie’ option under the ‘File’ menu.
Select the location where you want to save your edited video and the preferred file format. Choosing ‘YouTube‘ lets you upload the video directly to the platform. The program will allow you to save the video on your computer in different resolutions and formats.
With these steps, you can comfortably complete your video edit on the computer with Movie Maker. The use of this tool and the suggested tips should make it easier for you to enhance the quality and impact of your video.
The key to mastering the art of video editing is to practice. It is a learned skill, so the more you do it, the better and faster you get at it.