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A Beginner's Guide to Editing Video with Free Software

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Post Production 8th Dec 2016 No Film School


I'm sure many of us can remember the first time we opened up an editing program—immediately breaking out in a cold sweat looking at the complicated buttons and options. If you're a first-time editor who'd rather bypass all of that unpleasantness, good news! Simon Cade of DSLRguide gives you a step-by-step beginner's tutorial on how to use free NLE programs like Windows Movie Maker and Apple's iMovie to edit video projects. Check it out below:

First off, let's just say—hey newbies, you're in a good place! Those of us who are grizzled old fools with years of editing experience under our belt have been there before, so we know the frustration and confusion of trying to navigate an extensive program that does powerful things with video—we don't even know it does many of those things until years later. Besides, we're all here for the same reason: to learn stuff.

Okay, now that that's out of the way—let's talk NLEs, or "non-linear editing" systems. There are a lot of great ones out there, like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and AVID, but these tend to cost a pretty penny with either an outright purchase or a monthly subscription. If you're just wanting to learn the ins and outs of basic editing and aren't ready for the investment, you might want to look into using free or inexpensive programs, like Sony Movie Studio, formerly Sony Vegas ($50), Movie Maker, or iMovie, both of which can come standard on your Windows PC or Mac.

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