Learn Video Editing in Blender for Beginners
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Learn Video Editing in Blender for Beginners

Edit Video and Audio & Start uploading your Content to YouTube
3.8 (22 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.
599 students enrolled
Created by Thomas McDonald
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to Add, cut and delete video clips
  • Add effects to the video
  • Add Text to the Video sequence
  • Export to recommended YouTube best quality mp4 format
  • Export a single image from your video clip
  • Fade in and Fade out Effect
  • Keyframing
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  • A Free Copy of the Blender Software Suite
  • A computer capable of running Blender

Start editing your video with this very powerful and free video editor.

Start editing video with total control using the feature packed video editor in Blender that offers you industry standard power. This is Professional video editing software with no price tag! This course is perfect for you want to practice while you learn. The course is designed to guide you through setting up Blender’s very powerful Video sequence Editor, takes you step by step through the important features so you can start creating very quickly. Experience total control over the export options available in Blender and export your video edits to YouTube or other formats with the best quality settings every time. Learn how to add effects and export your creations quickly and easily ready for sharing. Become a great content creator with this free amazing software. 

Make Great Content

Practice editing while you learn. This course is based around practical activities so will learn by doing.

What is Video Editing in Blender all About?

This course covers all the basics to video editing to help get you started and creating awesome content for YouTube.

  • Setting up Blender's VSE (Video Sequence Editor)
  • Editing your videos
  • Adding Text
  • Adding transitions 
  • Adding Sound
  • Making Soft Cuts
  • Exporting your video for high quality playback

Who is the target audience?
  • YouTubers
  • Marketers
  • Small business owners
  • Content Creators
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
1 Lecture 00:53

In this course we take a look at Blender’s video sequence editor. The course covers some of the important tools within the VSE so you can get creating quickly. The Video sequence Editor in Blender is a joy to use and once you have gotten to grips with it something you will use time and time again. The course has a practical aspect where I would ask you to follow along and complete the lectures before moving on. Stick with it and maybe you will discover other areas of Blender you find interesting.v 

Preview 00:53
Setting Up Blender
4 Lectures 11:02

Visit Blender.org for the latest version of Blender, the free and open source software suite. Go to the download page; download a copy of Blender suitable to your operating system.

Visit videolan.org for the free and open source media player VLC

Preview 01:55

Please follow this lecture carefully and enable all the add-ons and keyboard arrangements so you can enjoy the course without confusion.

Setting up User Preferences

Overview of the VSE

Blender has different screen arrangements and we will begin by choosing one of these. We will however add a couple more editors and make the screen arrangement more functional for our needs.

Intro to the VSE

Test your Knowledge
2 questions
Working with Video Files
4 Lectures 12:43

The video sequencer is all about adding media so we begin by adding a short video strip for some simple demonstration. This is an mp4 container, meaning it holds both a video and audio file. The audio and video will come into the sequencer on different channels so you can edit them individually or as one. 

Preview 03:23

Test your Memory
2 questions

When we import the video clip we find it extends beyond the default 250 frames limit on the sequencer. This limit is easily controlled and extended using the controls on the timeline editor.

Frame Length

Hiding or muting a clip on the sequencer simply means it does not interfere on playback or be rendered out in the final video. With the clip selected the shortcut key H mutes the clip. Alt + H un-mutes the clip. 

Hiding & Moving

We cover the difference between hard and soft cuts. To make a soft cut use the short cut key K. To make a hard cut use the short cut key Shift + K.

Hard & Soft Cuts
Working with Multiple Video Clips
7 Lectures 21:31

We begin a new project and import new video clips to the sequencer. Please find the clips in the resource folder.

We Start a New Project

We cut away unwanted sections of the clips using the knife tool. We also look at snapping to the end of clips.

To return the scrubber to the beginning of the sequence press; Shift + Left Arrow.

With a clip selected snap it to the scrubber with the keys Shift + S.

Use page up and page down to snap the scrubber to the beginning of each clip on the sequencer.

Preview 03:57

If you want to add your own narration to your video edits the free and open source audio software Audacity is available @ Audacity.org.

Sound Options (Audacity)

We use key frames to change the opacity of a color effect to fade between clips.  

Fade Transition

We use a wipe transition to fade between two clips.

Adding Wipe Transition

We add a color to the beginning and the end and use a cross effect to slowly fade in and out.

Fade in and Fade out

I demonstrate how to add text to the sequencer, animate its size, change its color and position.

Preview 03:44
Exporting to YouTube
4 Lectures 16:58

I demonstrate how to export a single image from the video clip.

Exporting a Single Image

Exporting Video YouTube Ready

Syncing Separate Files Formats

Transformation for Zoom and Scale
Bonus Section
1 Lecture 02:20
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About the Instructor
Thomas McDonald
4.4 Average rating
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14,741 Students
12 Courses
Udemy Instructor, 3D Artist, Designer & Animator

Thomas mc Donald is a 3D Designer currently living in Kilkenny Ireland who has a passion for 3D modelling and animation and using Blenders powerful software allows his imagination come to life like never before.

Over the past 12 years he’s worked on various 3D Modelling programs designing for production. Having discovered Blender a number of years ago and realized its amazing potential for creating, the future has no limits.