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How to Edit a Video – Terminology

Once you have a video editing computer and the software to do the work you are ready to learn the basics of how to edit a video.  There are lots of professional video editing software programs available and most use the same kinds of methods and terminology.  In this article, I will cover the basic terminology you will need to understand while working with these programs.  When you’re first beginning to learn how to edit a video there are lots of words that may be new to you.  I would start by picking a professional video editing software program.  Most have 30 day trials and which should allow you to learn the basics of video editing.  Hopefully, you have a video editing computer that will handle this task.  If you need help with that read the article about getting the best video editing computer.  Video editing computers are really the foundation that you need to edit video and will be the key to easily making great video that your friends and family will love.

So let’s talk about the terminology that will be found in most professional video editing software programs.

When beginning a video editing project, the first thing you will do is to create a project.  A project is the master file that will contain everything related to your video.  You will need to create this file first to have a place to organize and edit your video.  Usually when you open a video editing software program it will force you to make one.  I recommend saving this next to your video files or somewhere easy to find.  If you loose this file all your hard video editing work will be lost.

Bins, Folders and Assets
Once you’ve created a project, one of the first steps will be to import your video files from your video editing computer and load them into your project.  Look for an “Import” button, then locate your video files.  Once they are imported, they will be loaded into an assets folder.  This can be named many different things, like a Bin, Folder or Library.  You will see all your video there and will be able to click them to watch or edit them.

Once your video is into your video editing software, the movies will be referred to as clips.  These clips will be refined and editied to create your larger video.  So if you are making a video of a family trip you could have some video clips of packing, heading to the airport, arrival at your destination, etc…  We will trim each of these clips to make sure they include only the frames we need and nothing more so we can place them in our timeline.

Timelines and Sequences
Once you have all your clips trimmed and ready, you will drop them into the timeline or sequence.  This reffers to the place that you will combine all your clips to make your finished video.  You will begin to assemble your clips in the order that you want them to appear.  Once you have the sequence down, this is where you will add video effects and transitions to finish up your video.  If you are just learning the basic of how to edit video, don’t worry we’ll cover the rest of this in another article.

So we’ve talked about the some of the terminology that will help you understand the process of video editing.  To recap, before you start editing video you will need a fairly speedy video editing computer to do the job, a 30 day trial of a professional video editing software package and some time to learn.  Once you understand the basics we can start to build some great video.

2017-04-12T03:53:56-07:00 September 25th, 2009|How to Edit a Video|0 Comments

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