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Trying to decide which editor to try learning with
Old 17th December 2018
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Question Trying to decide which editor to try learning with

Hi,

I'd like to try learning to do some basic video editing, to be able to mix in shots from different vids and from different sections in the same vid and shorten things etc. Also to be able to add sounds and music. And as you can tell I'm not only very new to it but haven't even tried doing any yet. At this point I'm trying to find the best free or cheap editor to use, so would like one that's fairly easy to learn and also that's popular enough I can ask for help in forums. Maybe even some of them have their own forums? I found that to be true and a great forum it is for Reaper DAW for example. Right now from a review I read and then some Youtube tutorials I'm thinking hard about trying Openshot. Would that be as good to start out with as any?

Thank you for any help or suggestions!

David
Old 30th October 2019
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Something like iMovie would be a good start without spending coin.
Old 13th November 2019
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Hi,

I'd like to try learning to do some basic video editing, to be able to mix in shots from different vids and from different sections in the same vid and shorten things etc. Also to be able to add sounds and music. And as you can tell I'm not only very new to it but haven't even tried doing any yet. At this point I'm trying to find the best free or cheap editor to use, so would like one that's fairly easy to learn and also that's popular enough I can ask for help in forums. Maybe even some of them have their own forums? I found that to be true and a great forum it is for Reaper DAW for example. Right now from a review I read and then some Youtube tutorials I'm thinking hard about trying Openshot. Would that be as good to start out with as any?

Thank you for any help or suggestions!

David
The free version of davinci resolve is great
Old 26th February 2020
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Any new suggestions?
Old 26th February 2020
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I maintain it's less important which one you learn with, than that you start in as soon as possible with whatever editor you've got.

Any editor that lets you cut clips together with frame accuracy, render basic dissolves and wipes, do a little zooming or cropping, and add titles will get you started. And that's pretty much all of the ones available today.

Get a feel for
- cutting two shots together so they form a continuous action in the viewer's mind, without jarring the eye
- editing voices in a frame-based environment, and finding or creating B-roll to cover edits
- when and how type on a screen can help a story
- doing your own moves on stills (rather than pre-programmed 'just like Ken Burns' buttons)
- telling a story so that we're following the characters, and not getting distracted by the edits that carry us along.

Once you're there, you can adapt to any NLE software... just by saying "I want that cut to look like this in my mind... now how does the help file or Google say I do it with this software?"

I'm an old audio guy. My video experience at various stations and post houses started with manual rolling and Editec, moved through control-track and timecode controllers, to CMX and ADO, and then to all the nifty desktop tools we've got today. I'm still doing audience-friendly pix edits for real clients. But the only tutorial I had to read was the one packed with the very first rev of Premiere, and Murch's software-agnostic treatise on editing.

My 13 year old grandson lives ~900 miles away, and his dad - my son - never had an interest in media. But he's taught himself some pretty good editing, first using iMovie on his phone, moving to one of the freeware apps on his DIY desktop machine, and now doing pieces for his church.

This post isn't to brag about me (well, maybe a little about grandson)... it's that you can do the same, if you're motivated. Plunge in. Don't get caught up in the 1-2-3 steps of a particular app... there'll be a new app with a different UI in a few years. Instead, get caught up in what you can do as an editor!
Old 24th March 2020
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Well, I also started editing by using iMovie on my iPhone. Very intuitive software for the beginners. I've tried many other video editors since then and they are all good. At this moment I am using movavi's software:https://www.movavi.com/videoeditor/. Easy to use, no crashes.
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