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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 - Posing Tricks, New Smartphone Rigs and Time Lapse Tips

Posing Tips for Subjects Although these tips apply to everyone they REALLY apply to guys! If you have ever tried to photograph or video guys at an event of any description you will have noticed they tend to stand there looking nervous until the pressure mounts to such a degree that they then do something stupid. Why is this so? What is it about guys especially that causes them to do this and what can you do to stop[Full Post Here]

Corel VideoStudio Pro X8 Review

Corel VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 are the latest version releases of Corel’s popular and feature packed consumer video editing software. As would be expected from a product that has been around for quite some time now, VideoStudio is a well matured and stable program that has benefitted from development by Corel and its predecessors for a number of years now. On a personal note I just checked the Corel site and my first copy[Full Post Here]

Corel Video Studio Pro X8 Review Part 2

So let's take a look at the nuts and bolts of the program itself and how it performs. Probably the first thing to take note of is that on my home computer I installed the VideoStudio Pro X8 Ultimate version. This came in two packages, a main pack containing the base program and a second package containing the extras you get with the Ultimate version. Installing the main program took me 7 minutes flat and the extra stuff[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Another 4K Pocket Cam and Goodbye to Annotations

4K Video Getting Closer Over the past few years or so the idea of 4K video has been floating around and of course at a pro level is now a reality and quite common. I have mentioned it a few times in a couple of posts not because I thought it was particularly relevant to the home user but because it would inevitably make it's way down to us lesser beings! I didn't want to look like I[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Foley Explained, Title Sequences and White Balance

What's a Foley Anyway? I think just about every person who makes their own videos at some point gets to a level of production where they feel they are beginning to make progress. Then they take a look at something done in a professional setting and maybe feel that progress hasn't been so good! When you compare your own productions against the productions of those that are at the same level as you, you don't really get a[Full Post Here]

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]