With digital cameras that record high-resolution video becoming increasingly popular, many people are starting to see the value of video editing software that will allow them to add titles and music, and give them the ability to trim video to the most essential parts. Kids’ football games or dance recitals, baby’s first steps, family reunions and more are being filmed and shared with family and friends. That’s not even mentioning the thousands of aspiring young filmmakers, some even in grade school, who are creating their own movies. Video is increasingly popular, inexpensive and easy to share. But how do you get started?
No matter what software you choose for your video editing needs -- iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro/Light, etc. -- the most difficult part is knowing how to make it all work.
There are many helpful books on video editing, but they can be cumbersome and are not beneficial to people who really need to see what is happening onscreen.
One of the best ways for a novice to learn video editing is with online video tutorials. There are many options for this, including simple YouTube searches. But one site stands out as being the easiest to use and understand for beginning video editors.
Lynda.com is a subscription-based service that let’s you go through the steps from first opening the program and starting a project, all the way through exporting and saving, with as much or as little additional information in between as you like
You simply select the program you want to learn from a drop-down menu and select where you want to start -- either beginning, intermediate or expert techniques. Instruction is done with onscreen capture of a project being completed with narration from expert users.
While you can find much online for free, Lynda will offer you the easiest and most effective way to learn video editing software programs, as well as helpful programs like Photoshop and After Effects to help make your movies even more stylized.
So when you’re getting ready to start cutting your video, first get the right Mac machine, storage and software from The MacExperience and then head over to Lynda to learn how to unleash your creative potential.