Editing. A technical introduction

Andrew St.Pierre White
A free video tutorial from Andrew St.Pierre White
Award-winning TV broadcaster and director
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A technical introduction for editing. If you are familiar with how non-linear digital editing works, its okay to skip this one.

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English [Auto] This let's talk about editing. Firstly how does it work. You shoot with your camera the daughter goes onto a memory card that looks like this. You take it out of your camera or you can plug your camera in as two ways of doing it. Plugging the camera directly into the computer so the computer can see them. This is a software here and I'm going to get rid of it. So that's my desktop and I have put my. This is an Apple operating system full with Windows. Don't worry about it. Windows is perfect. There's nothing wrong with it at all. This software that I'm going to show you now works both on Apple and windows. I don't think you need to rush off and change. In fact I'd say it's a bad idea to rush off and change operating system because that's a whole new set of things that you have to learn. I would say don't do it. Stick with what you've got. Your computer is now going to read the files on this disk so I'm going to put that in there. Now you are going to need to find out for yourself how to access the images on the camera card. I cannot tell you how to do that because every computer is slightly different but big because you've got basic PC knowledge you will know that you will need to click it and there in this particular case it's a Sony camera and my video files are all the way down there. Those are my video files. Ok I can now either drag and drop them or I can import them using my editing software. Now this bit is very important for editing. OK. You need to have some kind of disk drive or something like this. With us B-3 is fast enough. HD HD video or something like this is that's powered by the computer. This is powered by separate. You may have to plug this into the wall. This kind of this three terabyte I think doesn't really matter the size USP three which is the fairly new I call it a USP is Universal Serial Bus. You don't need to remember that but anyway that's what you look for USP 3.. So if you're buying any of these disks drives look for USP Three anything from that or faster will work very well perfectly well with HD video. Now when you plug your HD your harddrive into your computer it will appear in terms of an apple it will appear on your desktop. Windows is a little bit different. You're going to need to understand how to access it and there it is there. So I have made a folder for this project. In fact what I'm working on now is actually a series of videos that are making for this course. All right. So I've called it video for beginners. Russia's. Russia's an old fashioned expression where we would print a negative and that it would do a rush print so we can now look at them. And that name is kind of stuck. Russia's. I would then take my daughter that's on my camera card recorded with my camera and I would move it physically into the folder that I'm using as my my my my my folder for my project from my video project. This is important. Everything should go into that folder. When I say everything I write it in big capital letters and underlined it. If you go to a music track put it in there your computer will ask you if you want to access it from your music library. You can do that if you want to. You can access using your your video software editing software to access still images from your still picture lab it'll allow you to do that. I don't think that's a great idea but it does work. And the reason why I always put it as a separate folder is because later on the year's time I want to know where that piece of footage is or where that still photograph is always Where's that whatever it is. I got it all in one folder. The video software and the way it works is I'm going to open it. It's a very piece of software called Da Vinci resolve da Vinci resolve as a professional video editing software and it is free. So if you're just starting out you're just starting editing. Go to the addresses in the description of this video. Da Vinci Blackmagic da Vinci resolve 14 as the latest version downloaded it is free. It is exceptionally good. And when I say good I mean very good. I think it's one of the best operating software on the market today. It does everything well. It does colorizing it as calibrating it does audio editing. It does delivery of your final It's all in one great package and unbelievably it's free. That's what I'm going to teach you now. So what I've got here is I've got I'm ready to start editing. I have to tell the software where to find the media. So that's the word on a camera card. It's called Media. That's the word. Your audio is media all music is media. The picture still picks every component of your video. It's called media. So these are sometimes called media drives. It's one word used for them. OK. So you stuck your media. OK. You can use the harddrive on your computer if it's big enough. You can use that too. But here's the secret. If I put everything in one folder then later on if I want to open a project I know that everything is in that folder and the computer will be able to find everything. In other words what I'm going to do now is if you watch here I'm going to tell us now to import those shots of got Apple II which is a shortcut. It's also in the menu up top if you want to use the menu. And I tell it to find it. So I'll go there for the for beginners. And those are my two shots. That three shots that I want to import what I'm doing is I'm telling the software go and get those files. But it doesn't physically get them and move them like I'm doing with my software. What it says is first of the software that piece of footage is over there. So when you need it you know where to go and find it doesn't actually move it around at all. OK. So let's do that. We're going to click Open it now appears there right. If I now move that somewhere else I put it in that folder. Or you know if I've I put it somewhere else. This piece of software suddenly we're going to find it anymore. And can you see these two here. That is this piece of software as a way of saying I can't find you. You got to be somewhere. I'm not going to remove you. You still see because what the software actually does is it says sorry. Find that media file. It's over there. OK. And so when I assemble an edit I can take this shot and move it into my timeline what basically that has told the piece of software to do is go and find that media file. I'm going to do a little cut here and use a be for blade and then I grab it using a four arrow and I'm going to move it. OK. Very simple. I'm making it smaller by pressing Apple minus I'm told it in this this is called a time line. OK. I have told the the the timeline to find that shot begin at that frame run it until that frame and then stop it. And I remove that I'm not even looking at my mom just explaining the fundamentals of assembling shots in a time and we will get to the details of why you would cut how to compile. We'll get to that. We'll get to them. This is the basics. Now this shot here I can put that in there. It hasn't removed it but because it's gone read it saying I don't know where the original media file is. So that's why it's important to keep everything in a folder and know where it is. You know where it is. The computer knows where it is because pretty important stuff. All right. Now what this piece of. Let's find another one that is actually. So what this basically is I'm telling the computer to run this shot until that frame and then start a new shot and run it from that frame. And as it's telling it to do that the software isn't doing anything with the media files. It's not compiling them. It's not creating a linear flow. It's not creating a whole lot of shots one after the other one off. The other one off the other one is simply doing is show this shot from frame whatever that frame is to whatever friend that is then start on that frame whatever friend that is and run it for. And this can get incredibly complex. You can add sound effects you can add music you can add in titles and all kinds things. So what this does it doesn't compile anything at this stage. It's just a series of instructions on what to do with the media files. Later we'll get onto this little button here which is called Livre than what this particular software does is says. Ok now I'm going to start moving things around. It doesn't physically move the camera files around on a hard drive it creates a brand new file. Compiling all of the shots in the edit It's in the timeline or the shots or the titles or the sound effects everything. It makes one file combining and mixing everything into one. OK. That's sometimes called rendering. It's basically giving all of those instructions that you've created here that you can watch in real time. OK. And compiling them into one file and that one file is the file that is then uploaded to you find a media center or a broadcaster upload you to upload your own video shared with your friends why that's the start the editing side of making films to me is as much fun if not more fun than filming because here is we actually start to see the final product.