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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

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The Friday Roundup - Shooting Tips, Audio Tutorials and Drones

Tips for Shooting Like an Editor I've probably been banging on about this for years now but you know you can't repeat the basics often enough in my opinion. Easily the biggest problem the average amatuer video editor has at any time is that he or she is trying to polish a turd! What I mean by that is that the average person has a limited skillset with which to work in the first place. They are usually learning[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - Masking a Video, Music and Emotion and a Better Mobile Vimeo

Last week I put up a video from Gripps where he showed quite simply how to use the masking function within VideoStudio Pro X7 to create text that seemed to arise from the ground. In this video he shows how to do pretty much the same thing only this time doing it with a video clip. Although you may look at it and think the effect is quite simple it is well worth learning how its done[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - Or Should That Be the Black Friday Roundup?

Black Friday Stuff! Woohoo!... I guess. So I suppose it is probably appropriate that this week I kick off with something regarding Black Friday and Black Friday sales and discounts. Just to give you an idea of how clueless I am about such things I actually had to go to Wikipedia to look it up and work out what it is and what its origins are. Anyway I am assuming everyone else knows what it is so I[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - Shooting Tips, Editing Tips and a Little Color

OK! So let's open it up this weeks with some tips on lighting. Now I know I probably bang on about it a lot or at least I am beginning to feel like I do but the things is that it is rather important. Video comes from the world of photography really and the word "photography" actually means - light writing or writing with light. In addition to its basic application in just about everything you are doing[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - Flying Cars and Sensor Breakthroughs

OK, here's the deal. When I was a kid I would come home from school, do my chores (usually) and after 5:00 PM was permitted to turn on the TV. At the time there were the usual cartoons around from Warner Bros. and Hanna Barbera. One of my faves was always the Jetsons. Now you may be asking yourself why is he banging on about this? Good question! The thing is that at that time George Jetson had a flying car. Now[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - DSLR Video Tips, Social Media & Special FX

An increasing number of people are now using DSLR cameras to capture video footage these days and the higher quality on offer is probably the driving force behind that increase. If you couple that with the convenience of having a still camera with you at the same time and their ability to change lenses you can see why they are becoming so prevalent. One aspect of DSLRs for video that is often overlooked is the fact they[Full Post Here]