Category: Video Editing

iMovie

iMovie

Tool Summary

iMovie is a free video editing software for Mac devices. It boasts easy to use tools and templates. This program can be used on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is great for getting started with video editing.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, iOS
  • Recommended For: Beginners – This a great tool to learn video editing, or basic editing, but lacks some advanced features.

Things to Know

iMovie has an abundance of easy to use filters and effects, including the option to use a green screen. You can also edit your sound with ease, without also impacting your video. iMovie comes with built in templates for titles, backgrounds and transitions. It also gives you the option to format your video as a trailer. 

If you are working on a device with a lower processing system, iMovie has the tendency to crash when working with complicated or long videos.

When saving your project, iMovie allows you to easily upload the video directly to Youtube, Facebook, or Vimeo, or to be sent in an email, in addition to saving it as a file.

Getting Started Guides:

How to Use iMovie

iMovie Support by Apple

Additional Resources

Freesound: Free audio files. Most audio files just require you to credit the creator.

Pixabay: Copyright free images and videos.

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Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro

Tool Summary

Premiere Pro is the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web. You can edit footage, audio, and graphics as well as easily integrate files from Adobe stock. If you are working in Adobe Audition or After Effects you can easily link compositions from those programs into your Premiere project.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Part of Adobe Creative Cloud subscription – 7 day free trial, a monthly fee after that. There is a discount for students
  • Platforms: macOS and Windows 
  • Recommended for: Advanced users – like many Adobe applications this program has a learning curve and may feel complicated at first.

Things to Know

Premiere is organized by using “windows”. The tab you are on will dictate how the windows look in the program. Oftentimes the windows have multiple tabs in themselves, which allows the user to access certain things easily. If you have a lot of material on your timeline you can mark the “in” and “out” points; this tells Premiere you only want to export what is in between those points. One important thing to note is that when exporting a project, you will only be able to export when you are in the “timeline” window.

Getting Started Guides

Getting Started

Adobe Premiere Pro Learn & Support Center

Premiere Pro Community Forum

Additional Resources

Mixkit Templates: free templates for download, specifically for Premiere Pro

Mixkit Video: free stock footage

Incompetech: free music, as long as you give credit to the creator

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Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is an advanced tool used for creating and compositing videos, motion graphics design, and animation. This tool gives creators the ability to combine different elements like text, video, music, and sound, then add motion to make new compositions that move in artistic and creative ways.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Adobe Cloud Subscription (There is a small monthly fee for Students using your UMW email address, Free On Computers in the HCC)
  • Platforms: Mac and Windows
  • Recommended For: Advanced Users – Great tool for people with any animation, and/or video editing experience, but maybe overwhelming for beginners. Will also be easier to learn with previous Adobe product experiences, such as Adobe Premiere Pro where similar layouts are used.

Things to Know

Adobe After Effects is an extremely powerful creative tool that can be used to help add motion or visual effects to your next video, graphic design, or animation project. One feature includes the ability to change the position, scale, motion path, anchor point, rotation, and opacity of an object. This allows creators to assign different motions and effects to individual elements (for example letters) so they create some type of animation, like letters flying in to create a word. Another great feature on this platform is the vast libary of effects at your disposal. With effects like mirror, blur, perspective, and time you will be able to create amazing effects and illusions for your projects.

Getting Started Guides:

Adobe After Effects Beginner and Advanced Guides

Additional Resources:

Mixkit Video – Free stock video (Some will need attribution)

Pixabay – Photo/Video – Free stock photos and videos. “All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”. Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the contributor or Pixabay is not necessary but is always appreciated by our community. You can make modifications to content from Pixabay.”

4 Techniques For Custom Logo Animation in After Effects

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YouTube

YouTube

Tool Summary

YouTube is the world’s largest video content platform, and is owned and operated by Google inc. YouTube features free to watch videos on nearly every topic – both for entertainment and education. Users can also create their own profile and channel, where they can upload videos, share said videos with viewers, and comment on other videos if they so desire.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, and mobile
  • Recommended For: Nearly everyone

Things to know

YouTube has several uses for the average viewer, content creators, and in an educational setting. Users are able to search for publicly available videos and comment on them. YouTube can also be used in a class setting (i.e. a student can record a video on their phone or laptop and upload it on YouTube). Professors can use YouTube to give students more options for turning in assignments (i.e. write about a topic or record yourself talking about a topic and upload it as a video), to augment lecture and textbook material, or even as the basis for the class in creative cases.

When uploading videos, it is important to pay attention to the visibility settings of the video. A video can be set to Public, in which case anyone can search for or view it; Unlisted, where it can’t be searched for and can only be viewed with a link to the URL; or Private, where it can only be viewed by you.

Getting Started Guides

Creating a New Channel

Speaking Center’s Using YouTube for class guide

DLS YouTube guide

Additional Resources

Screen-Cast-O-Matic (Screen and Webcam recorder)

YouTube Help Community

YouTube Support and help page

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DaVinci Resolve 16

DaVinci Resolve 16

Tool Summary

DaVinci Resolve 16 is a software tool that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production! The free version of this program is very comprehensive and holds its ground when compared to the other popular editing programs.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Recommended for: Advanced users – The interface can be very overwhelming when you first start using it.

Things to Know

When you first download DaVinci it allows you to choose what you would like the program interface to look like (if you’re used to another program like Premiere or Final Cut). If you’re working in the standard DaVinci interface one thing to note is that the way you navigate between windows is by clicking through icons at the bottom. One cool thing you can do is change how the video and audio clips appear on the timeline, as well as the timeline itself. While exporting you can make your project into a XML, EDLs, or AAF to move the project between DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Premiere Pro. The only downside is that DaVinci may be slower on older computer models.

Getting Started Guides

DaVinci Resolve Training Materials

Community Forum

Additional Resources

Pexels: Free stock photos and footage

Pixabay: Free stock photos, footage, and music 

Freesound: Free music, sound effects, and beats for download

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OpenShot Video Editor

OpenShot Video Editor

Tool Summary

OpenShot Video Editor is an easy to use, quick to learn, open-source video editing software. This program is great for beginners just starting out. It has many built-in features to help the simplest of projects look great.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, and Linux 
  • Opensource: Yes
  • Recommended For: Beginners – This a great tool to learn video editing, but lacks some features advanced users may miss.

Things to Know

When first opening the program a tutorial will be offered. It is good to go through if this is your first time using OpenShot or video editing in general. There are easy drag and drop options for video, audio, and image files. Along with easy video playback buttons to see the project as it is being made. The program even gives you transition and other effects that can be used. When exporting you can make the project into an MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, MPEG, OGG, or WEBM file. This makes it easier to move the project to other platforms like Final Cut, Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve, and other video editing platforms that offer more advanced features.

Getting Started Guides

Getting to Know the Basics of OpenShot

OpenShot Users Guide

Additional Resources

Unsplash: Free stock photos

BenSound: Royalty-free music. Must credit the site if music is used if you don’t buy the music license

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Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is an advanced digital audio workstation. Professionals and amateurs alike use this powerful platform for mixing sounds for video and film, recording and editing radio shows or podcasts, repairing and restoring audio, and to create and mix music.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Adobe Cloud Subscription ($19.99 a month for Students using your UMW email address, Free On Computers in the HCC)
  • Platforms: Mac and Windows
  • Opensource: No
  • Recommended For: Advanced Users – Great tool for people with audio experience, but maybe overwhelming for beginners.

Things to Know

Adobe Audition is a powerful audio editing and creation tool. It has many helpful features that will take your projects to the next level. One feature is the two editing views it includes to help users edit easier depending on what they are doing. These views include the Waveform view, which is used for making changes to an individual audio file, and Multitrack view, which allows the user to view multiple tracks at one time to assemble and mix together on one screen. Another great feature is the flexibility of being able to export video and audio files into Audition, giving you the ability to look at your video as you edit the sound. Premiere Pro even has an Audition soundboard included to get you started with audio edits and will allow you to export your work directly to audition to do any additional editing.

Getting Started Guides:

Adobe Audition Beginner Guides

Additional Resources:

Mixkit – Free Stock Music (Some will need attribution)

Freesound – Free music, sounds, sound effects, and beats for download (Some will need attribution). You can use the filter on the site to sort sounds by license and other preferences.

How to make a Podcast

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