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The DIY Video Editor

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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.

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Latest Posts

The Friday Roundup - Slow Computers, Black and White Conversions and Framing

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Some Tips for a Slow Computer I had a guy reach out to me this week about including something from his site as part of the weekly roundup. In fact I get this all the time and generally tend to not do anything about it because usually it is something from a bot or is totally irrelevant to the site. However in this case I am making an exception because it is quite a good resource. So let meRead full post...

The Friday Roundup - Free Video Resources, Green Screen Silhouettes and LUTs

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Free Video Footage Resources Found this interesting resource the other day and wanted to share it with you. It's a relatively new site called Finding Footage and appears to be a search engine that calls on some of the big stock footage sites for its results. Probably the business model is such that they are collecting commission on any referrals to those larger sites. Anyhoo, that's not the point here! What they are offering up front and at the timeRead full post...

The Friday Roundup - Troubleshooting Editing Problems, Color Grading and more

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Troubleshooting Your Editing Software It is pretty common these days for me to receive queries from users regarding problems they are having with their editing projects. In fact this is one of the most common types of question I get here on this site. Easily 90% of these questions start off by the user stating that they are having some kind of problem with the software they are using. This is pretty easy to understand because when you areRead full post...

The Friday Roundup - Magix Stumbles on 360° Video, an Audacity Tutorial and More

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Magix Movie Edit Pro - 360° Close but No Cigar I received a couple of comments this week and last on a subject that I think bears a little bit of a blurb. The original comment(s) were pertaining to the the claim made by Magix for their release of Movie Edit Pro 2016. On their website they say: "NEW! 360° Editing Perfectly arranged from every angle: Movie Edit Pro 2016 Premium is the first editing program to support 360° footage. Whether aloneRead full post...

The Friday Roundup - Kodak Super 8, Light Sabre Sound and Color Grading

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Everything Old is New Again... Again! When I first came across this article and then saw a repeat of the news in it across a few different website I thought it was some kind of joke. I quickly checked out a few site that were carrying it and came to realize that it is in fact true. Kodak are really planning, or should I say have already started executing the plan of issuing a modern day Super 8Read full post...

MAGIX Video Pro X7 Review

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Magix Video Pro X7 is the top of the line video editing software from the European based Magix company. It is a professional grade video editing program able to handle consumer level file formats through to fully professional broadcast quality formats. As such, it offers professional special effects and audio dubbing, has a flexible user interface for a customized workflow and is optimized to produce video, image and audio at studio quality. Magix Video Pro X 7 slots itselfRead full post...