You set up the shots, ensured the lighting was perfect, and captured high-quality audio. But shooting your video is only the first step. As any director will tell you, the magic really happens in the editing room. Here’s how to turn raw footage into something fantastic.
The overarching goal of your video should be to keep moving the action forward, or "advancing the story.” If a scene or snippet doesn't tell you something you don't already know, cut it out. You might retain the shot of your son's football team cheering as they storm onto the field, but delete the footage of them sitting on the bench between plays. When in doubt, cut. (You can always keep the raw footage for later if you want to see the entire game.)
While you're taking video, use the "My Clip" button on the Samsung QF30 to tag especially good scenes that you want to remember later. You can also tap this button to tag the best scenes while you're playing back video on the camcorder.
Your video of the school play doesn't have to begin when the curtains open. It can start with your daughter rehearsing lines weeks earlier, getting into makeup, and pacing nervously backstage. Capturing the action after the show is over is equally important. Bookend your video with establishing shots of the venue, and your aspiring actress removing her makeup backstage when the play is over.
This isn't always possible, but moving your camera around will help keep the video from becoming monotonous. In a sports video, shoot from both the stands and the sidelines, and keep moving around the field during the game. When you cut the scenes together later, you'll have plenty of variety to keep the viewer engaged.
A common technique in Hollywood movies is to switch to a different angle when something in the frame is moving. If your son kicks the soccer ball, cut the scene right after it flies out of the frame. Pick the action back up again from another angle as the ball enters the frame from the other side.
No matter what kind of video you're making—whether it's footage of your kids playing football or a comedy skit destined for YouTube—think about editing before you even charge up your camcorder's battery. Every video you shoot can benefit from editing. Your straight-from-the-camera footage will most likely be too long, too scattered, and full of ample stretches when nothing's really happening. Shoot all you want—in fact, shoot more than you think you can ever use—but plan ahead to edit it down. Don't fret over a shot that didn't turn out the way you wanted. Shoot it again, if possible, or try something different to replace it.
Editing is generally done on a computer. Just connect your camcorder via USB and copy the video to your hard drive. Numerous software applications are available that let you cut footage, rearrange clips, and add audio and video effects to the project. Some are simple, free, and available to download on any PC. Other editing apps are much more powerful and cost hundreds of dollars. Whichever you choose, take the time to get to know the application by reading the manual and viewing some tutorials.
Some camcorders, like the Samsung QF30, include editing software right on the camera. To install it on your computer, simply plug the camera in, follow the prompts, and the software will be ready to use on your PC. For simple editing tasks, such as deleting clips or applying background music, you don’t even need to use a computer; the QF30's editing menu lets you makes those edits right on the camcorder.
Pepper your video with too many special effects like color tricks, overlays and transitional "wipes" between scenes, and you’ll lose your audience in a hurry. In moderation, effects can be a fun and unexpected way to add surprise to your video, but when overdone, they distract the viewer from the story you're telling. Keep effects limited to one or two per video.
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