Importing Video Clips into the VSE

Thomas McDonald
A free video tutorial from Thomas McDonald
3D Artist, Designer & Animator
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Lecture description

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. 

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English [Auto] This what we're just going to take a look at adding some video strips to the sequencer. You'll find a video called House animation in the resource folder of course you can download it. I'm going to use that as an example in this lecture. So let's get started. So what I've done is set up a project folder and in here I'm going to have all the files relating to this project. So I have an asset folder and in the folder I have videos for the moment I'm going to create a image folder and in the video folder I have a video called House animation. You can find this video in the resource folder of course and just download it. OK so I'm going to add this to the scene. We'll take a look at how we can do that. So what I'm going to do is just click in here and Control-C to get the location of this video. And I come back over here then to Blendr so you can navigate to it over here. Went and searched for it. Otherwise I can just click in here and control the press enter. And that will bring me to that folder and that's probably the fastest way. So the video is currently being displayed using just short list. There is a long list option and there's also the thumbnail option and this one kind of works a little bit better I think especially with video. So you get a nice preview before you add it to the scene. There's other options here so we can have a tiny size a small size normal or large think Normal think large is a little bit too big. I think normally works pretty well and are just a couple of viewing options. So let's take a look at dragging this into the scene now before I do that. What I want to do is come over here to our properties editor and frame rate. I'm going to switch this to something like maybe twenty nine point nine seven. And this is just to demonstrate that when I drag in this video clip that it will automatically update to the frame rate that this clip was recorded in. So I'm going to select this and drag it in and just release and you can see it's out of a video file and it's also added a sound file so the video file is in blue and the sound file is in green. And over here on my frame rate you can see that's changed now from twenty nine point nine seven to 24 frames a second. And that's what this video was created in. And that's something you want to be watching out for. It will normally update. But if it doesn't you need to switch it here. So let's have another look at how you can add these media. So I'm just going to select both these clips press delete and erase clips. So if we come down here to the sequence or header I can select Add. And this brings up a menu so you can add a scene a clip a mask a video an image a sound or an effect Strip. In this case I want to add back in that house animation so I'm going to click movie and because we were already here it has brought me directly to that folder. It's very easy from here to navigate to where whatever fault you need to on your computer. You can begin in the appropriate place so for example documents you have the option of desktop deleting you can do is add a bookmark to this folder. So I'm going to do that. I'm just going to come down here to bookmarks and click plus and it has placed a bookmark on my video folder. So any time I click and I can click the video and come directly into this folder. So if I select the house animation you can see down here that we have a couple of options. Kids tell me to start from 60 so it's going to bring it in at 60 I can change this and change just to 1. It's going to bring in the on channel one. I can change this maybe to two or three. It's going to replace selection is going to bring in the sound and use the movie frame. There's additional options there that you can change if you want to come up here and add movie strip. And there were a couple of things you'll notice rather than coming in where the player head is now back and beginning at frim 1. You'll also notice that it's come in on channel TV cameras kind of delete these again. And a third way to add media and I find that probably the most convenient and it's just to press shift a shortcut key. And in this case I'm going to choose movie again. So if I'm brought back to a unfamiliar place I can just click in my bookmark and it will bring me directly back to the house animation. So I was going to double click this and again it adds it to my sequencer. So that's just three ways to add your media to the sequencer and it will automatically come in to the position of the player head unless you specify otherwise and it will come on to the next available channel. And by default you don't normally place a strip on Channel 0. So that's true method of adding clips to the sequencer. And that's going to do it for this one.