Video editing basics are the fundamentals of how you approach constructing your film or video.
Here's a question I received awhile back from a person that was having trouble understanding the basic parts of video editing...
Thank you for your question!
What I have found over the years is that, a lot of times, it's not the subject itself that is hard to learn but that the person's approach to studying the video editing basics (or most any other subject for that matter) just needs a little work.
You need to get the "feel" of your video camera or camcorder by using it all the time. And when using your video editing software... explore everything...! Where to go in the program to do the edits, put in the transitions, render the special effects, export the finished product, etc.
It's hard to learn video editing without shooting lots and lots of footage and then spending hours on your video editing computer just simply editing! You are becoming a craftsman and these are your tools!! It is really true that... Practice makes perfect!
Frankly, a lot of times video editing is not taught following a logical sequence of actions. If steps are missed or are missing... the gradient becomes too steep and you can (and will) feel confused and your progress stopped.
It should make sense to you now... If not then take a look at tips #1 and #3 in this article to make sure that you are studying with the "mass" in front of you and you understand the words and terms that you are working with.
Video editing is a technical subject with a language all its own. To be able to understand a technical subject (or any subject) you must clearly understand and be able to work with the terms that are being used. If you don't understand the words you won't be able to learn the subject... It's as simple as that!
So ... Don't bypass words you don't fully understand as it will lead to a general blankness (things are hard to remember) about the subject and learning it will become difficult, unpleasant and you'll have a general feeling about the subject of "you don't quite get it" or worse ... you become annoyed with the subject in general and want to drop it altogether.
So... if you do feel "blank" or "annoyed" about a subject while you are studying it or after you have studied it... well somewhere in materials... just before you went blank or felt annoyed then...
The solution is to just go back in the materials you have studied... Find the the point where you were last doing well and understood the material... then come forward from that point... Take a good honest look... (it doesn't necessarily have to be a technical word) and find the word(s) that you don't fully understand or are a little foggy about!
By the way... I try to always keep the above three points in mind when writing articles for this site.
This site also has a video terminology glossary that I update periodically... so take a look there for any words you may need to look up. Also... Contact me here if there any words or terminology you want included in the glossary. I always love hearing from the readers!
So... Just keep the three points above in mind when you're studying your video editing basics and you'll find that video editing is not really hard to learn it all... As a matter of fact... It's a breeze!
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