Media Production Mentoring

Free online film school designed with beginning filmmakers in mind.


Lesson 1: Get to Know Your Video Editing Program

Purpose: To introduce you to your video editing program (non-linear editor: NLE) and get you comfortable with the very basic functions. Also, I want to get video transitions out of your system.

Basis: For all the sections and tabs and work-spaces your video editor comes with, there are really only three main areas: 1. The Bin that holds you media; 2. The Screen that shows your video; 3. The Timeline where you put your video together. And almost every NLE comes with video transitions. Inexperienced editors like transitions because they seem "cool" and appear to "fix" bad edits. Neither is true. Good editors stick to simple, well-placed cuts. Occasionally they use a cross-fade or dip to blank... but our focus in this Editing 101 course is cutting well.

Directions: Import some media--video, music, pictures--into your Bin. Be sure to use only non-copyrighted material (i.e. do not use music you did not create or specifically have the right to use). Cut it together into a short piece. Then render it out as a video. Rendering is different from Saving. Saving your video project creates a file that is basically a database that keeps track of where to put each media file in your timeline. Rendering out your project creates a stand-alone video you can upload to YouTube. Do so, and then post it as a video response to this assignment.

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