Editing Your Video
Editing a video will typically take more time than editing a podcast. This is because there is so much that you can do with video that you cannot do with audio. The final video can be very simplified, or very complex and that can all be determined during the editing process. It's all just a matter of how professional you want your video to be.
Before you start, do the same thing with your video as you did with your podcast. Save one copy on your desktop, and another in a separate file, such as you're my Documents folder. This way, if you mess up too badly, you will still have the original video.
Start by listening to the video while watching. You will need to edit out any background noise. You may also need to do a 'talk-over' in some areas, where you say what needed to be said in case it doesn't come out clearly enough. Take care of all of the sound issues first.
You can transfer your entire video into the video editing software, and then determine which parts of that video you want to use for the final product. You can take entire sections, clips, clips of clips, etc. So, if you had a long pause in the video, it can be completely cut out.
If you have a shot that didn't work well, you can cut it out. Since you can also edit the sound, you can easily make it work out okay. It just takes a great deal of time and patience. Remember that once you get the hang of it, this becomes easier and faster.
When you 'splice' it all together, however, it may not look quite right after you've cut out several clips or trimmed clips. This can be resolved with fades. You can fade into a clip, and then fade out of that clip and into the next one, or just fade into the next one. It is obvious that the camera was 'stopped' or that the video was edited, but it is very professional, and not a problem at all.
For the most part, it just looks like a break between shots or topics - a planned break. You may need to adjust the gamma on the video for your final product. You can use the editing software to make the video appear brighter or darker overall.
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