Learn Video Editing
Video Editing Software Basics: Watch these Four Free Tutorials
Video editing software has a fairly high learning curve, but if you master one program, you will find others easier to learn since most edit programs have similar layouts.
Just like cars all have the same basic features: a steering wheel, brakes and an accelerator; video editing programs also have similar features and layouts.
Although turned around a bit, all three programs have essentially the same basic user interface and function in much the same way.
The video below demonstrates video editing on Final Cut Express. As you can see, the layout of the other programs is similar with Final Cut Express too. FCE is quite similar in function and layout to Final Cut Pro, it just does not have quite as many bells and whistles and does not work with as many different file formats. (UPDATE: AS OF 2011, FINAL CUT EXPRESS IS NO LONGER ON THE MARKET)
The user interface with any video editing program consists of multiple windows that all function independently yet work together. No other genre of software has so much going on in so many windows at once. That alone confuses a lot of people.
Why are there so many windows?
One way you can think of it is to remember that before computers, it took at least five to fifteen different components to edit video. Once computers came along, all those different machines were duplicated inside the editing software, but each one required its own window. You can see what I mean in the two pictures below. One is an old analogue edit system and the other is WMM with four separate windows open.
Once you learn what all the windows do, how they function apart yet together, video editing will make a lot more sense. If you do not understand this basic concept, then video editing will befuddle you to no end.
No matter what video editing software you wish to use, my tutorials giving the big picture will help you learn.
Here are two more free tutorials. The first is on key framing, which is a simple 2D animation and way to make your video elements move or change. The second video below is a tutorial on the online video editing platform called We Video.
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