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The DIY Video Editor


Hello and Welcome to the DIY Video Editor

These days most of us have access to at least some kind of handheld video recording device whether it be one dedicated to the task or simply the ability to capture video on a mobile phone.

Some of you may want to produce simple home movies, some of you may be thinking of yourselves as future YouTube video stars and others may be just looking for a place to start learning how to edit your videos a little more professionally.

Unfortunately most of the available information on shooting better videos, editing your videos effectively, choosing the right software, handling audio and all the parts that make up this subject are spread out all over the place.

Here at the DIY Video Editor I have tried to isolate the basics and provide a starting point for anyone wanting to get into video production as a hobby, as a path to a more professional end or simply as a a family duty!

You can get to everything through the menu system on the right and just hit the Contact button in the sidebar Menu of every page to ask me anything, or if you prefer just Comment on a Post and I’ll try to help out as best I can.


Latest Posts


The Friday Roundup - Cats and LUTs, Green Screen Tips and White Backgrounds

LUTs Explained With Cats! If you happen to be the proud owner of a version of CyberLink PowerDirector that has the color grading module, Color Director attached then you may find this to be of interest. One of the more advanced features of this software is that it allows you to use LUTs. LUT stands for Look Up Table and is a table of preset settings to handle color in a particular way. They can be used to given[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - It Ain't the Meat It's the Motion and Other Editing News

And the Oscar Goes to... CITIZENFOUR is a documentary that was recently awarded the Oscar for Best Documentary. Similarly in 2013 the same award was given to another documentary called Searching for Sugar Man. Why "similarly? Well, Sugar Man was shot almost entirely on Super 8 film and an iPhone whilst CITIZENFOUR was shot on a high end consumer level camcorder, the FS100. Now I don't for a second believe that I am going to create work of this calibre,[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Old Time Movies, Video Formats and Framing Tips

Vintage Movie Look Recently I published my review of Camtasia 8 from Techsmith which has long been my "go to" program for screen recording and editing those recordings into shape. One of the features of Camtasia that I didn't really go into in the review was the aspect of support for the program. With the complexity these days of modern editing software it is important to remember that a good part of choosing the right program for you[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - New Camtasia Review, More on Music Copyrights and Other Stuff

Well to start off with this week we have a miracle! After making endless mental notes to myself that I should really get around to writing a review of the screen recording software I use, Camtasia, I finally did it! Sometimes I amaze myself! So if you have ever wondered what the software is that people use, especially on YouTube, for demonstration type videos then this is the one for you. Now before you go hopping off to check[Full Post Here]
Camtasia Studio Boxshot

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8 Review

Camtasia Studio 8 Review TechSmith Camtasia 8 is a dedicated and purpose built screen recording software suite made up of two main components. The first part is devoted to the recording of events as they occur on your computer screen (Camtasia Recorder) and the second section of the software (Camtasia Studio) enables the user to edit those recordings into a final video presentation. Before we go any further let's just clarify something here because it does create a[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - YouTube Engagement, Better Backgrounds and a Little History Lesson

Contemplating a Career Move? You know if ever there was a time when you thought maybe you might like to take that "video editing" hobby and get serious with it... now would be the time. This report from Cisco really highlights just where the traffic on the internet is going moving into the future. The combination of the convenience of mobile and the immediacy of video content means that clunky old websites like this where we go to[Full Post Here]