Digital Video Editing Basics What is digital video editing? In short, digital video editing is taking video from a camera, bringing it into a computer (called "capturing"), and then editing the video to your liking. This may mean trimming off unwanted pieces, rearranging the order of the video clips, adding titles, making transitions between clips, and more.
The final stage is then to save the new video as a file on your computer or output it to some storage medium, like tape, CD, or DVD. What do you need to do digital video editing? There are many programs and peripherals available for digital video editing, ranging from very simple to very complicated.
For this tutorial we will be focusing on basic video editing techniques that can be used with any modern computer. All the tools we will be using are available for checkout from the high school media center, and are described below: " Camera - Canon ZR20 digital video camera " Video Capture Device - Belkin USB Videobus II " Software - MGI VideoWave For your convenience, please have one of our tech people install and configure the software on the computer you wish to use. Overview of the process Step ... more. less.
1 - Film your video " Using the digital video camera and mini DV tapes, film the video you wish to use.<br><br> Step 2 - Connect the camera to the PC " Plug one end of the Belkin USB Videobus II into a USB port on your computer " On the other end, plug in the video and audio cables that come with the camera " Then, plug the video and audio cables into the Canon ZR20 digital video camera Step 3 - Edit the video " Finally you will start up the MGI VideoWave program to do the video editing. Detailed instructions for this are covered in the rest of this help guide. Using MGI VideoWave - Capturing When the program loads up, you will need to begin by clicking on the "Capture" button.<br><br> This will now show you what is currently on the camera. Using the controls on the camera, get the tape to the section you wish to record. Now, to begin the capture, click the "Video + Audio" button.<br><br> Let a few seconds pass to get the capturing up to full speed and then press the play button on your camera. When you are finished capturing, press the "Stop" button where the "Video + Audio" button used to be. Using MGI VideoWave - Renaming Your clip will now be saved on your computer as raw video and will appear in the clip list with a name like "NONAME_000.AVI" .<br><br> You will probably want to rename it to something more descriptive. To do this, right click on the file, and choose "Rename..." from the pop-up window. Now you can type in whatever name you wish to use, but be sure not to change the extension of ".AVI" from the end of the filename.<br><br> Press "Save" when done. Using MGI VideoWave - Trimming Now you may want to trim off any extra footage at the beginning and end of your clip. To do this, begin by clicking and dragging your clip from the clip list into the viewing window.<br><br> You can preview the video by clicking on the play button in the top right hand corner. When you are ready to trim, click the "Cutting Room" button. This will bring up another set of controls Digital Video Editing Basic - Page 2 Use the play button or position bead to get the video to the exact spot you want and& Press the "Mark-in" button to set where the video should begin (trimming off all video before that point) Press the "Mark-out" button to set where the video should end (trimming off all video after that point) When you are done trimming the video clip, click the "Apply" button to finish.<br><br> This will transfer a copy of your trimmed clip to the "Storyline" bar. Using MGI VideoWave - Produce the final video Now you are ready to save the final compressed version of your video. To do this, begin by clicking on the "Produce" icon on the far left-hand side of the screen.<br><br> The program will ask you if you wish to save the storyline. This is only needed if you have several clips and may want to come back later and make additional changes to their arrangement and length. For our "one clip" example, we would click "No" .<br><br> You will now be asked to pick a "Produce Template" . Each template controls several aspects of the final video such as: " Horizontal and vertical size " Frames per second " Audio quality " Size it will take up on a hard drive For most all standard uses, you will be best to choose the template called "Video in a Window - MPEG1" After making your choice, click the "Next&" button. On the next screen you will have a chance to pick where to save your video and what to name it.<br><br> You should save it somewhere that you can easily locate later. If you have an account on the file server, you should save it to the "My Documents" folder of your personal M:drive. If not, then save it to the "My Documents\My Videos" folder of the computer you are using.<br><br> Digital Video Editing Basic - Page 3 Click the "Browse&" button to pick a location to save your video. On that "Save as&" screen you can also pick an appropriate name for your video. When you have the right name and location, you may click the "Save" button.<br><br> This will bring you back to the window on the right. Everything is ready to save your final video now. Just click the "Produce" button to make it happen.<br><br> When the video is done being saved, you are finished. You may exit the program if you wish. Using the video Now the video is available for you to use as you wish.<br><br> You may want to& " Insert it into a PowerPoint slide show " Upload it to your "Files Page" through the Homepage Construction Kit " Show it on the computer, TV, or data projector with Windows Media Player Each of these applications is explained in our help guides and professional development classes dealing with those specific programs. Using MGI VideoWave - Cleaning up If you are finished with raw video footage, it is always a good idea to delete it. Raw video footage is saved in the .AVI format and can take up hundreds of megabytes of hard drive space.<br><br> The easiest way to delete it is to: " Reopen MGI VideoWave " Right click on the file in the clips window (remember it will be saved in the .AVI format) " Choose "Delete" from the pop-up menu " When asked if you wish to delete the file from the Library and your hard drive, choose "Yes" Questions, comments, concerns? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Copyright 2002 - Eric Curts Digital Video Editing Basic - Page 4