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Here are some tips and ideas from my talk about video editing

There are numerous options for video editing but I showed three options.


Very Basic - use the Video Editor built into Windows 10/11

If you look on the menu you should see a link to it.

What ever software you choose the basic steps are the same.

Select the media (video clips or photos) you want to use.

Drag the clips one by one to the timeline/storyboard.

You can trim the video clips if necessary.

For the photos you can choose how long you want it. You can also add motion (sometimes called the Ken Burns Effect) this is a type of panning and zooming effect used in film and video production from still imagery. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Burns_effect)

Add a title at the beginning and any other text you want.

At the end you need to create the final video, In Video Editor click on Finish Video. You can often change the resolution, unless you are wanting a small file size leave it at 1080.

Here is a link to 12 things you can do with the Video Editor from Windows 10




Web based video editors

Another alternative is to use a web based video editor. I used https://www.wevideo.com

There are many others including   https://www.adobe.com/express/create/video    https://vimeo.com/

You do need to create a logon but you can use your Google or Facebook etc logons

There is a free option but it will have the WeVideo watermark in the corner. Also you only get 5 minutes of storage.

  https://www.wevideo.com/plans gives you the options

When you go to create a video, you have a few options, either start with a blank on using the full featured or Simplified editor. Or you can use a template.

Again there are the same steps as for the Windows Video editor

To add some motion to still photos, double click onthe photo once you have added it to the timeline and then click on the icon shown below. (They call it animation)

By changing the scale and postion you can create the type of animation you want. Ed zooming in, zooming out or panning.

Click on Save Changes at the bottom

You can also add transitions between the clips.

You can trim any video clips.

Add some text

It's also quite easy to add some background music, you will probably need to trim the audio to be the same length as your video.

Once you have finsihed, click on FINISH top right.

You cvan give your video a name and you also have to set a destination. If you just want to download the video to your computer then choose the one shown on the screen shot. Otherwise if you have an account for one of the others you can send it there. (see note below regarding YouTube etc)

To download the video to your computer click on your initial top right.

On the left hand side is Exports. You will see the video you have just created. Click on the three dots at the end of the row and choose Download.

You can also choose to Open the Export and watch it. At that screen you have the option to share it as well. You cang get a link which you can email etc.


Davinci Resolve

The third optyion I showed you was to make use of a top end video editing package called Davinci Resolve. Available for both Windows and Mac. You do need a fairly high spec computer for this package.

You can download it from  https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve

There are lots of tutorials for this package on YouTube, if you want some help with this package let me know.



In order to share your video you need to bear in mind that file sizes can be quite big.

One option is to make use of YouTube. You do need a Google account but you could well have one already if you have a gmail account.

Go to the Google home page and logon (create an account if you need to)

Then in the top right there is apps menu

Choose YouTube or just go straight to  https://www.youtube.com/

Then click on your initial top right and choose YouTube editor

Click on Create (top right) and choose to Upload video


Drag  the file to this window or click on Select Files.

There are a few steps, you can give the video a name, you also have to say whether the video is made for children. The click Next.

Click Next again

Click Next again

For the visability choose Public or unlisted depending whether you want the whole world to see it or not.

You also get the link to the video which you can email etc to others.

Click Save


That's it, you have created a video and shared it.




4 tips for using the Ken Burns effect

While there is no perfect recipe for applying this effect to your photos, these tips will help you maximize its potential. 

1. Zoom with purpose

The zoom component of the Ken Burns effect has a major influence on the overall feel of a photo. For instance, zooming in creates intimacy; whereas, zooming out highlights detail. 

That being said, make sure not to over-zoom. This can leave you in a pixelated mess. By maintaining an appropriate amount of zoom, your photos will stay sharp and look great. 

2. Vary movement

Refrain from using the same pan and zoom movements on all of your photos. Having a variety of different movements in your project will make your video more interesting. Whether it be panning up instead of down or zooming in instead of out, there are a ton of different combinations to make your video feel more natural. 

3. Mind your speed

Make sure to pay attention to the speed of your movements. Alternating between drastically different speeds will make your video feel less fluid and difficult to watch. 

Keep in mind that the duration of your photo has a lot to do with the speed of the movement. Think of it as a race between a bike and a car. Both are going the same distance; however the car will take less time to get to the finish line. As a result, the car will have a faster movement. 

4. Avoid hard transitions

A hard transition is characterized as an immediate switch between two different clips. Hard transitions are the most common transitions in the film industry, however, they do not look the best when using the Ken Burns effect. 

Try using cross-fade, dip to black, or other transitions to give flow to your video.