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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 - Shooting for the Edit and a Little More on Color

Shoot for the Edit In the How to Shoot Better Video section of this site I have posted what I hope is a reasonably good introduction to the subject of shooting more effectively. It is by no means a complete or comprehensive discussion of the subject but for the novice I think it at least gets you going in the right direction. One of the main points I cover within that series of posts is the concept of[Full Post Here]

Sony Movie Studio 13 Review

For quite a while I resisted including a review of Sony Movie Studio on this site because I just plain disliked the user interface and the complication of the software meant that I never really got very far trying it out anyway. Every time I would install it and open it up for business I would find myself just staring at the screen kind of blankly wondering where to start and wondering why everything seemed so[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Color Correction, Composition and Plates

Color Correction One of the key developments in video editing software at the consumer level over the past couple of years has been the addition of more sophisticated color correction tools. In fact as it stands right now the average editing package not only comes with good color correction tools but also some pretty good color grading tools. The difference between the two is that correction refers to simply fixing errors in your images which may have come[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Nesting, Teleprompters, Audio and More

Aaaaand we're back! This week the interwebs have been most kind offering a bevy of interesting and useful bits'n'pieces in the world of shooting and editing your video masterpieces. In fact I found a bunch of video tutorials that have been recently published covering a pretty wide range of subjects. So without any more verbal padding on my part let's get into it! Audio Most of the video editing software around at the moment carries with it at least some[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - GoPro Hero4 Released and not much Else!

Well this week it all seems to be about the the newly released GoPro Hero4. In fact after a week of carefully inspecting all the news from every source I tap into it seems that the whole GoPro thing is the only event that seems to have occurred in the world of video shooting and editing for about a week now! Given that my blog posts are completely reliant on others creating quality content for publishing and[Full Post Here]

The Best Video Editing Software Compared

These are my current choices for the best video editing software solutions at the consumer or home user level through to prosumer. A more comprehensive review for each one can be found by following the links next to each one or just look to the menu on the right of the page for a link. The order in which they are presented is based on my own experience in both using and reviewing each one on a[Full Post Here]