How to Edit Video Footage

There are many options available for editing video footage, from Premiere and Final Cut Pro, to Apple's iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. But if you’re new to this world, I suggest using Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor). This video footage editor is extremely capable and simple, and allows you to import, edit and export high definition videos. Now let's see how to edit video footage using it.

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1 Import your video footage

Before importing video footage into Video Editor, you can copy all of the files from the relevant directory on the memory card to a hard drive. Then run this program and choose the relevant aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3). Click “Import” to locate and add your files to the media item.

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2 Edit your video footage

After that, drag-n-drop the imported files to the timeline and this footage editor enables you to preview every clip clearly. You can stretch and drag the individual chunks, and this will manage which portions you want to appear on your video.

Crop, rotate, trim, split footage using the basic video editing tools

Then click the video footage to bring up the video and audio editing panel. Here, you can rotate or crop video, adjust brightness, saturation, contrast, slow or speed up the playing speed, set audio pitch, volume, fade in/out, and more.

Touch up your footage with music, texts, intro/credit and more

Background music will add a really nice touch to your movie. You can drag and drop the imported music to the music track, and this will cause music to play along with your video. You can also add words to describe the action, or simply point out something interesting. To do this, just click the “Text” button in the tool bar, drag-n-drop a text effect to the text track and enter your words.

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Besides music and texts, feel free to create add intro/credits at the beginning or end of your movie by applying intro/credit effect. Video Editor also contains a library of various transitions effects that join two clips together. To apply a transition, drag it from the Transition window to the timeline between two clips and change the length by double clicking on its icon in the timeline.

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If needed, right click and choose “Power Tool” to apply more effects like Close-up, Jump Cut, Tilt-Shift, Mosaic, and Face-off to your footage.

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3 Export your new footage

When you’re done, hit “Create” to save your footage to different formats, directly upload to YouTube or burn to DVD as you like.

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Aug 27,2015 20:20 pm / Posted by Liza Brown to Video

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