Guide to Edit Professional Video Projects
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Guide to Edit Professional Video Projects

Learn all the basic video techniques to edit videos like a professional.
4.5 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
34 students enrolled
Created by Brian Southers
Last updated 2/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Edit comfortably using good editing techniques.
  • Arrange the edited clips to effectively tell a story with a beginning, middle and end.
  • Take existing video clips and edit into a professional looking project.
  • Use titles effectively to enhance a project.
  • Use music, ambient sounds and sound effects strategically within projects.
  • Adjust audio sound levels to proper standards.
  • Use the 'J' and 'L' edit to enhance different edits.
  • Work with graphics and image files to increase the appeal, marketing and branding of an edit.
  • Add filters to enhance the video and audio signal.
  • Use keyframes to animate objects and provide changes with clips while the video is playing.
  • Use different video resolutions to export to different platforms including online and broadcasting channels.
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  • Individuals will need some type of video editor for this course. They can use their own video files to edit or download the ones available with this course.

This course will tackle different problems and provide solutions for those with the desire to edit projects professionally. If you are hesitant about jumping into the video editing world or feel you lack the necessary skills to delivery a great project, well this course is for you. This course centers around you completing one project that you can finish in two to three hours. You can use any video editor, because the concepts presented are not editor specific. The techniques are used across all editors. I will show you all the steps using one project that will have different parts to hone your skills. I will provide you with the same clips so you can follow along. This course is divided into four sections. The first section is the basic video techniques, the second is editing the rough cut, the third is the fine edit and the last section is putting on the finishing touches. What is really cool about this course is my help and feedback as you navigate the project. If you have a question about the concepts presented please ask. I have found through my many years of teaching that when you can ask questions along the way the learning process deepens and is more effective. Once you have completed your edit you can send it to me so I can review it and provide feedback. Take this course for the following reasons:

  1. Learn industry standards editing techniques
  2. Learn by editing a professional project (all files provided)
  3. Complete the course in as little as two to three hours
  4. Use any video editor
  5. Ask questions through the helpful forum
  6. Learn through videos
  7. Submit your project for review and critique once finished
Who is the target audience?
  • This Beginners guide to video editing is great for anyone new to editing or want to achieve more professional looking video projects. This course is not for individuals wanting to learn visual effects, work with 3D and seeking a great deal of advance techniques.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Video Editing Basic Techniques
10 Lectures 34:30

Files are provided for this course. Please download the zip files and uncompress them to use. Files are Quicktime files .mov.

Provided Files for this Course

All video editors have similar features and approaches to editing footage. Learning the foundational principles of video editors will help to understand the overall editing process. Use the link below to ask questions throughout this course.

Preview 03:20

The first step to any edit is getting all the content into the video editors. This lecture will discuss the different methods to import content to use.

Preview 03:35

The Timeline is where are the action takes place. It is where the editor assembles the clips together to create the finished project.

Understanding the Timeline

Most clips need trimming. This reduces the dead space at the beginning and end of the clip. It also removes and content not needed.

Trimming Content

Deleting content within the video clip to eliminate mistakes, improve the edit or decrease the length of the edit.

Removing Content

Placing content on top of each other to keep the audio from the content that is below while keeping the video from the content that is above.

Stacking Content and Opacity

Changing the position of the content so that the entire edit is more effective.

Rearranging Content

Marking clips is the software's ability to allow the editor to take notes direction on the clips. Use it to as a reminder to complete tasks, fix errors and as a way to leave notes to pass on to future editors on the project.

Marking Clips

The quiz is to assess what you have learned about the basic video editing techniques.

Basic Techniques Quiz
5 questions
The Rough Cut
5 Lectures 30:39

Provides a brief overview of the section and important concepts.

Section Introduction

The rough cut is putting on the pieces together, but not trying to put that much effort in the editing details. The main goal is to see if the story has a good beginning, middle and end.

Preview 08:09

Create a Beginning, Middle and End Part Two

B-Roll has different uses, but the primary use is to add visuals to the edit. These visuals could coincide with an interview. Instead of seeing the interviewer the B-Roll is shown, but the interviewer is still heard. The B-Roll is also very useful for hiding mistakes and jump cuts.

Adding B-Roll

Audio is very important. The goal is to get it towards perfection as possible. The ear is less forgiving with sound than the eye is with visuals.

Selecting the Right Audio Tracks

Provides questions that gives an review of the rough cut section.

The Rough Cut Quiz
5 questions
The Fine Edit
6 Lectures 32:40

Gives a brief overview of section and important points.

Section Introduction

Once the rough cut is completed fine tuning of the edits begins. This is where close attention to each edit needs to take place. Making adjustments even if it is just by one frame.

Preview 02:59

Split edits is when the audio and video do not end at the same edit point. Either the audio will extend past the edit or the video. This allows for a smoother transition.

Slip Edit

Lower thirds are labels. Usually they are one or two lines of text that is situated in the lower third of the screen towards the bottom. The first line is usually the name of the person speaking and the second line is usually the title and/or job function.

Lower Thirds

A dissolves is a transition that takes place at an edit point. A dissolves blends two clips together as each meet. A dissolve usually represents a passing of time and it should be overused.

Dissolves and Fade In/Out

Cropping, Scaling and Rotating are all parameters of every clip. This gives much control over the display of each clip. Cropping cuts information from the clip. Scaling magnifies the clip. Rotating shifts the clips at its center point by a certain angle. Filters are added to clips and they change the look and/or video signal.

Cropping, Scaling, Rotating and Adding Filters

This quiz will asses your acquire knowledge of the material presented in section three.

The Fine Edit Quiz
6 questions
Putting on the Finishing Touches
6 Lectures 26:05

Gives a brief overview of section and important points to remember.

Section Introduction

Give give a project more volume and tone it is best to include other audio elements. These are typically room tone, sound effects, foley (if needed) and music.

Ambient (Room Tone), Sound Effects and Music

An opening can set the look and feel for the entire project. It can also serve as the hook to acquire the interest of the viewer.

Create an Opening

Keyframing is the changing of parameters over some amount of time. At least two keyframes are needed plus a change in a parameter for the keyframing to take place.

Preview 07:20

Exporting is packaging the entire project up in a playable format that can be viewed outside the software. Exporting can be in various formats and resolutions for different platforms.



This quiz will review the final techniques presented in section four.

The Finishing Touches Quiz
5 questions
About the Instructor
Brian Southers
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Filmmaker, Photographer and Video Strategist

I am a filmmaker, photographer and video strategist with over twenty years of production experience and seven years as a certified teacher. My first business was a school photography company. I just so happened to get a gig for an elementary school. I made $7,500 within two hours and I was hooked on school photography. Over the next few years I added 100 additional schools to my business and I kept the business for eight years. After this I became a film and digital media instructor. I have developed curriculum for filmmaking programs and have written a "how to" book that helps youth learn film techniques from "A" to "Z". I understand and can implement all learning styles including kinesthetic, auditory, visual and read/write. I have a degree in filmmaking and finishing my masters in visual effects and animation. I have produce films, documentaries, promotional videos and commercials. I have a thorough understanding of all the popular editing software and I have used most standard production equipment to some capacity. I am great at helping other and getting them to complete their production goals more effectively and efficiently.