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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 - Wedding Video Tips, Filters Guide and Family Histories

Wedding Video Tips I have a friend who helped me out a few years ago writing some article for me on an old photography site I used to run. One of the categories of that site was "Wedding Photography Tips" so I contacted him and asked for a good article on that subject. I felt pretty confident in asking him because after all, he had been a wedding photographer for years back in the day. Given that the site[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Silly Zoom Marketing, Video Project Tips and Recording a Mobile Device

Zoom Silliness OK this one is my "pet peeve/time to get on my soapbox rant" article for the week. This stuff really annoys me. You see the idea that you are going to achieve this incredible degree of zoom on a consumer camera and that somehow it is awesome is nothing more than a marketing lie. It is the old idea of throwing big meaningless numbers at people knowing full well they don't really understand them so that they[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Feeling Comfortable on Camera, 360 Degree Video and CyberLink Tutorials

Getting Comfy in Front of the Camera One of the great barriers many people find in creating video content is how to get it done without doing it yourself! Why? Because most people feel totally uncomfortable appearing in front of the camera in a presentation setting and let's face it, most people aren't even up to doing voice-overs for their own projects. Of course we all watch videos of professionals doing it but can safely assign that to being[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Using Hashtags, Screen Recording Tips and YouTube Analytics

Got #Hashtags? For a great many people getting a video shot in a reasonably acceptable manner and then achieving at least a half decent edit to end up with a watchable video is not too hard. In fact these days a lot of people can turn out quite good short videos with relative ease. It's not just that the equipment and software is better, although of course it is, its that the information and instruction necessary to do[Full Post Here]

The Friday Roundup - Stroller Dolly's, Presentation Tips and Background Music

Video Presentation Design If you are at all into making demonstration or tutorial type videos one of the best ways to do that is by creating a PowerPoint style presentation and then dubbing a voice track over it. Once created you can then use screen recording software like Camtasia to convert the whole thing into a video. Although that sounds simple enough there are a few ways that the video quality you end up with can range from[Full Post Here]

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]