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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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The Friday Roundup - Gear Obsession, Rotoscoping and Success on Vimeo

Return of the Rotoscope Let's talk about rotoscope... anyone? OK, rotoscope is a technology that nearly all good video editors at the top of the consumer level editing food chain will have in some form or another. Some will have it as a separate module within the main interface of the software and some will have it as part of a filters package. So what is it? Rotoscope is a drawing tool that allows you to draw over live footage[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - 4K Video Camera Drops Below $800 So Let the Games Begin!

Prepare for the 4K Marketing Hoopla! So this will the first of what I predict to be many blurbs on the subject of 4K video. The reason I say this is that we have reached a point of critical mass regarding 4K video and as a consumer I think you can probably benefit from a little insulation from the marketing tsunami that is about to hit. You see the first sign that a previously unavailable technology is about[Full Post Here]
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Recommended Simple or Easy Video Editing Software

Over the past few years all of the major video editing software companies have been battling each other in a game of who can come up with the shiniest new features to attract the attention of the public. The end result has been that the average consumer level video editing software has become incredibly feature rich but in the process, has become quite complicated as well. You can’t keep adding features without having to add access to[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - Timelapse, Hyperlapse, Windows 10 and Some Editing Magic

Prepare for Hyperlapse Mr. Sulu! So you may or may not remember that last week I referred to an article published by Magix on how to achieve a reasonably good timelapse video. If you missed it or need reminding just click somewhere around here to find the blog posts page and go to last week's post. This week Magix have delivered on their promise of upping the ante and going Hyperlapse! Before we get into it too much let's[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - YouTube Ranking Tips and Special Effects

YouTube Ranking Tips I have often repeated on the blog here that the idea of just slapping a video up on to YouTube and then sitting back waiting for those "views" to roll in is very much a thing of the past. In fact I suspect it was never "a thing" in the first place! With millions of videos for YouTube to choose from for any given topic or search term it is vital that you give them[Full Post Here]
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The Friday Roundup - Storyboarding, Title Sequences and Interviews

Storyboarding For Home Videos There are a few basic points in the video making process that clearly delineate the pro from the amateur. Obviously a number of these points come down to superior technical expertise available, superior equipment or a superior budget. In fact for the most part the amateur video maker pretty well has NO budget! However there are points on which you as a video maker can compete with the big boys and use techniques they use[Full Post Here]