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Flip Video™ For Dummies® by Drew Davidson, Joe Hutsko

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Chapter 13. Ten Excellent Editing Tips

Shooting anything and everything that interests you with your Flip without worrying about capturing the perfect shot every time is what makes your Flip such a great and liberating creative partner. As you can read in Chapter 12, the things you find really interesting and capture on video will probably be interesting to others, but that doesn't mean all 20 minutes of that waterfall you recorded and burned to a DVD is interesting. Sure, a few seconds or even a minute or two can be interesting to watch, but 20 minutes? Probably not — especially because the little kid who was standing nearby and out of frame cried through the entire video.

In This Chapter

In this chapter, find some choice editing tidbits that can hopefully help you make editing choices (and cuts) that result in more interesting-to-watch video shots and longer-length movies.

Cut the Bad Bits

This is the essence of editing. Although you want to tell a story to your viewers, you also don't want to lose their interest. Shorter really is almost always sweeter. Trim your clips down to the best parts and piece those trimmed clips together with other nicely trimmed clips to tell your story. You might find yourself ...

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