Answered By: Arnetta Henderson
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 43

There are several steps involved in editing a video. To start you need to make sure that you have all the tools to complete the process. Here is an outline and examples of what can be used:
1. Select a video-editing program

  • If you have a Windows PC, you can use Microsoft's free Movie Maker software,
  • if you're a Mac user, there's Apple's free iMovie.

Both programs are fine for basic editing and special effects, and they're surprisingly easy to use.

2. Edit your production.

  • Most editing programs offer a timeline view, onto which you drop the individual shots
  • You can move the shots around, trim or shorten any individual shot
  • Delete the shots that aren't working for you.
  • Add transitions between shots, such as fades, to give a more professional look to the final production.

3. Add text, graphics and other special effects

  • You don't need to be a pro to add these special effects, as most of these programs guide you through these functions step-by-step.

4. Choose the right file format

When your video editing is complete, you can create a final video file to upload to YouTube and other video-sharing sites. YouTube will accept most major file formats, so you're probably safe no matter which one you choose. I recommend the .AVI, .MP4, or .WMA formats, which are all supported by the major video editing programs.

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