Be the Newsroom Cutup: Video Editing Basics

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
June 17, 2015 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Be the Newsroom Cutup: Video Editing Basics
Originally Broadcast On:
June 17, 2015
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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The best videographers are great video editors. All the work in the field means nothing if you can’t assemble your shots into a coherent story. When you're getting started, though, the camera feels familiar and safe while video editing programs, well, don't. Timelines, bins, clips, J cuts, L cuts, transitions and audio ducking – AUDIO DUCKING? – it’s a whole new language. A language that can let you speak in an entirely new way.

If you have never launched a non-linear video editor (or don’t even know what that means), this is where to start. We’ll walk through importing your files, finding the start and end points of each clip and moving it onto the timeline. We’ll walk through how you add b-roll (or cover shots) and mix the audio levels so your audience can hear your subject’s story. We will add some simple graphics and then export your project so it’s ready to be published.

We'll show the editing process in Adobe Premiere, but this Webinar will focus more on editing concepts than the specific tool.

What Will I Learn:
  • Basic editing terminology so you can talk intelligently about non-linear video editing
  • How to import video files
  • How to layer video and audio
  • How to add basic titles and graphics
  • The concept behind non-destructive, non-linear editing
  • What the basic tools and panels in a modern video editor are
  • How to create a timeline and move media clips onto it using three-point editing
  • How to make L and J cuts to take advantage of your b-roll
  • How to add simple titles and graphics to your story
Who Should Take this Course:

If you’re just starting down the path of video storytelling, then this is your session. No pre-existing knowledge will be required but, if you’ve got some skills, you may pick up a few tips or learn some of the why to go with the how.

Course Instructor:

Mark E. Johnson

Mark E. Johnson is the Senior Lecturer of Photojournalism and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication where he oversees the Visual Journalism program. An early digital disciple and technology geek, he believes that the story is always more important than the form it’s presented in.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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