Making Movies On Your Camera (Part 2) - 3 of the best … software for editing your movie

7/16/2012 9:27:03 AM

Editing your video

If you are a Spiellberg in the making, you may not need to flex your editing muscles too much, as what you have recorded may be perfect as it is. However, for the rest of us mere mortals there is a variety of movie- making software out there, available for every budget and skill- level.

Type ‘Video Editing Software’ into an internet search engine and take a look through the list of possibilities- you will even find many developers offer free 30- day trials so you can try before you buy. It is possible that your computer will already have a video- editing suite installed on it, for example newer Macs include iMovie and Windows users have Movie Live Movie Maker. Also, when you bought your camera there may have been a free CD included with a dedicated video editing package on it, so just insert the disc and follow the instructions to install it.

Description: Description: Most developers offer a free trial of their movie- making sofware

Most developers offer a free trial of their movie- making sofware

Whatever software you choose to use and get to grips with, you should be able to make basic adjustments. These include deleting or adding in parts of the movie to increasing, decreasing or muting the sound. Then, when you have started to master the controls perhaps you could try getting creative and adding some music to your montage, inserting some titles and text or even trying out some artistic effects. The possibilities are endless with your home movie so get editing!

Edit! Perfect your video in Windows Live Movie Maker

Getting started


Step 1 : Getting started

Right- click on your movie, choose Open With and select Movie Maker. You can then add more videos or images by selecting the relevant option on the tool bar. In the Home section hit Title to add a title to your film.

Take a snapshot

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Step 2 : Take a snapshot

Create a still from any part of your footage by pausing the movie and selecting Snapshot from the Toolbar, which creates a new picture in the timeline. You can move any clip or image simply by dragging and dropping it at will.

Cut and add transitions

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Step 3 : Cut and add transitions

To trim a movie, head to Edit, then add in your desired clip time. Add a transition between frames in the Animation section by choosing a clip then double clicking on the transition.

Visual effects

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Step 4 : Visual effects

You can jazz your movie up by turning it into black and white, watercolour, saturated and more using the vast array of Visual Effect options listed in the Toolbar. Just click on an effect to preview on the screen on the left.

3 of the best … software for editing your movie



iMovie - software for editing your movie

iMovie is one branch of Apple’s iLife creative app family free with every new Mac. For those with older Macs, the newest version of the filmmaking app is available on the Mac App Store for $14.99 (

Final cut pro X


Final cut pro X - software for editing your movie

This app by Apple is a high- end video editing package for enthusiast and pros, with a price tag of $300. The app has a wide range of features including the Magnetic Timeline for dragging and dropping clips (

Avid Studio


Avid Studio - software for editing your movie

With versions for both PC and iPad, Avid Studio is ideal for videographers on the move. Add images, HD videos and audio files to create a rich and interesting movie montage for just under $130. Try a free 30- day trial at

Technical tip

Some programs have a Ken Burn effect. This pans over stills, which is a great addition to video projects.
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