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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, 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]
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The Friday Roundup - 4K Video, Editing Tips and Audio Scrubbing

The past five or so years have seen remarkable changes in not just the video editing landscape for the average user but also in the ways in which we can shoot footage in the first place. "Back in the day" the only real choice for getting decent quality video was by using a dedicated camcorder. Other choices such as still cameras did offer video but it was all quite awful and not just taken at poor resolution. The[Full Post Here]
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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]
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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 its complicated interface meant that I never really got very far trying it out anyway. Every time I installed it and opened 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 unfamiliar and confusing. However a[Full Post Here]