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Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide by Alan Hess

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Video Editing

Editing video is a lot tougher than editing images. It takes longer as well because a lot of the edits have to be done in real time. This means that for every minute of video footage, you have to actually spend a minute looking at it. Having a plan before you start shooting video makes it easier to put it all together in postproduction. If you have never edited video, it can be quite daunting.

The general idea is to take a series of video clips and combine them into a full movie. The clips need to be strung together so that, when watched from beginning to end, they create a coherent story. Each of the video clips usually needs to be trimmed, so that the video starts and ends in the right spot. The space between the clips can then have a transition applied so that the movie flows evenly. Many video-editing applications can color-correct movies or add special effects, titles, and edit sound.

Video-editing software used to be very expensive and running it required a high-end computer system. Now, video-editing software comes free with cameras and most computers. It is even possible to use video-editing apps on an iPad. Video is everywhere and it’s not going away. My advice is to use the free Nikon software to get an understanding of the basics, and then move on to an application like Premiere Elements from Adobe, which is a cut-down version of its professional Premiere video-editing application. You can also use Final Cut X from Apple, which is a professional-level video-editing ...

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