Using your Computer to Edit your Films
Before you start, check that any camera you buy is compatible with your computer. They need to plug into each other or have a memory card that BOTH can read.
Editing your film isn’t just about cutting out the mistakes, it can enhance your film by breaking up long sequences. Adding titles and pictures will really make your film stand out when you put it on-line.
I use Adobe Premier Elements to edit my films. Since I had already created the banner for this blog from a stamped piece which I photographed, there was a digital picture of it on the computer. This allowed me to add the same picture at the start and end of my film. This is a good idea if the picture is from your own images, as it keeps continuity between the blog and the on-line medium.
**Don’t lift a copy of your blogs banner image if it is not yours though, as it could well infringe copyright. **
It is a good idea to break up your film a little using transitions. Think of transitions as visual punctuation, a breathing space between the steps in your project. If you have a long sequence try to break it into scenes using transitions. It makes watching the film less of a marathon for your viewer. In my own films I use ‘Dip to Black’ as the transition.
If you don’t like your original ‘sound track’ using editing software software you can lower or mute it. If you have a computer with a microphone built in you can also add a narration to your film. You can film without speaking, just ‘do’ your project. Edit the film into step by step segments or sequences and then add the transitions. When you have finished ‘cutting’ your film, add the narration as the last step. This way you only have short ‘scenes’ to describe what you are doing, as you watch it back. . The good thing about filming this way is that you can delete any mistakes from the narration without having to re film.
If your computer doesn’t have a microphone they are cheap to buy, mine was just under £20. I use a Logitec headset and microphone and it gives excellent results.
It is easier to read credits if you have them still on the screen. Remember if you upload your film to the Internet, that it will be visible all around the world, and not everyone will speak the same language as you.
What to put in credits
- I start all my films with a title page. This includes an image which is the same as the banner from the blog and a title for the film.
- Next is the film itself, broken up into scenes using transitions
- Products Used in the film. I add a black screen to which I list the items used in the film
- End Page; Another black screen, allows me to add the text ‘Visit the Blog’ the image of the blogs banner and the blog address. Leaving this as the last scene means the blogs address is visible even after the film stops Ideal as the web site address is long and it cannot be added as a hot link into the film.
It is a good idea to have a matching header in the blog, to the videos you produce for your blog on-line. People will recognize them as coming from the same place that way.
This does mean that you need to create your own blog headers though, not use the default one that comes with your blog.
**If another person has created your banner you will need to check with them if publishing it with your videos will be ok and not infringing copyright.**
One last thing to consider if you are wanting to post your finished film to the Internet. Most video hosting sites have a maximum length to the film you can up load. You Tube is about 10 minutes. Keep this in mind before you add too many special effects to your film.
I’m no computer geek! This really is simple to do, take it one step at a time and plan a little and it really is easy. Don’t try and make a long film, record something short; a walk round your house/garden and then play with the software learning where the various tools are. Not everything you make has to be publishing to the world. It will be more fun if you allow yourself time to play and learn how to do something BEFORE trying to make a special film, or complete project.
Coming up in Part 6:
Getting Your Film On-line; How to upload your finished film to on-line sites like You Tube.
Depending on the kind of film you are making you may want to consider different kinds of microphone.
This film by Video Maker shows some options
If you would like to see the videos I’ve made so far, here is my home on You Tube.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon