What video editing software should I use?
This is always one of the first questions a newbie video content creator will ask, so I thought we might as well tackle it first. The answer is: whatever software you have access to and feel most comfortable with. We could debate until the cows come home about the benefits of Adobe Premiere Pro over Final Cut Pro X, but honestly, the only thing that matters when you're getting started is that you choose a tool and get to know it.
Here's a list of some of some popular video editing software to get you started:
- iMovie: This editing tool comes with Apple computers and is designed to be super easy to use. You may not be able to do super complex things with it, but it does everything you'll need when you're starting out.
- Hitfilm express: This is free video editing software that works on Mac or Windows. You can purchase well-priced add-ons for things like color grading and effects when you want to get a little fancier.
- Premiere elements: A basic version of Premiere Pro, this software has everything you need for getting started with video editing and costs $79.99.
- Adobe Premiere Pro: Premiere Pro comes as part of Adobe Creative Cloud, so if you already have a subscription you'll be able to simply add it through your Creative Cloud app. If you don't it will cost $29.99 per month for access to just Premiere Pro, or $49.99 for access to all Creative Cloud apps. It's available on both Mac and Windows and it is a very robust piece of software used by both beginners and professionals.
- Final Cut Pro X: Available on Mac operating systems only, Final Cut Pro is used by many video editing professionals. Its price at $299.99 may mean it's not the ideal software to start out with, but the editing flow using it is similar to iMovie. So if you start with iMovie, it will make for an easier transition to Final Cut Pro later on.
As you improve your video editing capabilities and get more confident you might find your current tool lacking, and that's when you can dive in to research something new. But for now, choose a piece of software you've used before, that a friend uses (you'll be able to ask them for help!), or that you have access to without forking out hundreds of dollars.
Just like with filming gear, stick with the basics for now and save the investing for later on when you know for sure this is something you want to keep doing.
The basics of video editing
On a basic level, video editing is taking footage, cutting it up, removing the pieces you don't want, and keeping the pieces you do. Back in the old days, this was done by literally slicing film reel and piecing it together. Thankfully software makes the whole process a lot easier (with much less risk of messing up your footage!).
Now obviously the level of editing a video requires will depend on its format. A vlog á la Casey Neistat will require precision editing and well-planned timing of the footage to music, whereas a ‘talking head' video needs much less.
In either case, however, the premise is the same: cutting away all the footage you filmed that doesn't fit with the story you have in mind for your final video and arranging the footage that's left in the right order.
There are three main jobs video editing needs to do:
- Removing mistakes
- Keeping the video moving at an engaging pace
- Inserting supporting footage or titles
These three points could be seen as a checklist for you to walk through as you edit, so grab your footage and let's dig into each one a little deeper.
The built-in free video editing feature that comes with RealPlayer is simple to use and can save you valuable space on your computer. Use the video trimmer to edit videos so you can start and end a video where you want and get rid of the rest. It can all be done in three easy steps. Once you have a perfectly trimmed video you can share it with Facebook friends, post it on Twitter, or upload it to YouTube.
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How to Edit Videos with RealPlayer
When you add a video to your RealPlayer Library you can use the trim tool to quickly edit it. Use this tool to remove unwanted footage from your video. Here’s how to edit videos in RealPlayer on your PC:
- Click on a video in your RealPlayer Library that you want to edit and click the More button in the bottom menu bar and click Trim. (Note: You can also right-click on the video thumbnail and choose Edit and then click Trim.)
- The video will open in a player with a trim bar below. Click the green play button and click pause when you get to the point where you want the video to start. You can also click the Set Start and Set End buttons that appear when the video plays. Once you do that, you can click and drag the start and end handles in the trim bar.
- Click save trim. Rename the file when the Save As box appears and click Save. Don’t worry you’ll still have the complete video saved in your RealPlayer library.
Save Pictures from Videos Using RealPlayer’s Video Editing Software
Some videos are so beautifully shot that every frame is a cinematic gem. Why not save those video frames as a photo? You can use those pictures as screensavers for your computer, share them with friends, or transfer them to your mobile device so you always have them with you. RealPlayer’s video editor makes it easy to extract pictures from your videos in just a few seconds.
How to Save Pictures from Videos
When you add a video to your RealPlayer Library you can use the edit function to save a screen shot. Here’s how to save pictures from videos in RealPlayer on your PC:
- Click on a video in your RealPlayer Library. Click the More button in the bottom menu bar and click Trim. (Note: You can also right-click on the video thumbnail and choose Edit and then click Trim.)
- The video will open in a player with a trim bar below. Click the green play button and click the Save Picture button under the video screen when you see an image that you want to save as an image.
- Click save trim. Rename the file when the Save As box appears, choose where you want to store it, and click Save.When you’re done editing your video or saving a picture, just use the RealTimes app to share it on social media or send it to friends. You can do it directly from the RealPlayer library by clicking the Share button in the bottom menu bar.