5 Minute Guide to Video Editing for Beginners

Getting started with video editing for beginners is very simple, you only need a few items and you can make quality films at home that you can enjoy for many years to come. You may even produce a popular Hollywood movie.

The basic items for video editing for beginners are a video capture card, the software to be edited, your computer, storage space on your computer and a camcorder, VCR or you can view your movie on your computer screen.

Video editing for beginners is effortless, all you do is capture the video on your computer with a capture card, then edit your video with video editing software and then copy the video you edited to tape or burn it to a VCD, CD or DVD.

Let’s first look at your computer. You need at least a Pentium II 300 or faster, at least 256 Megs of RAM, but you get better performance with 512 Megs. You will also require a 30 GB disk that has been split into two separate partitions. The C: must have 10 GB and all your software is stored there and the D: is where your audio, video, and editing projects are stored. Your graphics card must be a 32 Megabytes. You can have 8 or 16 Meg, but the quality will not be that good.

If you want to make your own DVDs, you need a lot of storage space. The most you can get from a one-sided 4.7 GB DVD is about 2 hours of video. If you use DV images, you need 13 GB per hour of video. This means that you need 26 GB of storage and remember that you always have extra recordings you need to do that too, so you now need up to 39 GB of storage space. If you add other options such as images, MPEG2 footage for the DVD and the folder to hold everything, you are now up to 50 GB. So for your 2-hour film, you need at least 50 GB of space.

Some of the renowned producers of video recording cards are: Pinnacle, Matrox, Dazzle, ADS, Canopus and Digital Origin.
What video recording cards do in simple terms is that these cards use hardware or software compression to digitize your video on your computer’s hard drive. This way you can edit your video and play it on tape or display your movie on your computer screen.

Sometimes you can purchase the video capture cards together with the video editing software you choose. Some of the most popular video capture cards packaged with video software are the Pinnacle Pro One, supplied with the Adobe Premiere 6 full version, TitleDeko RT, DV Tools 2.0, Hollywood FX and Impressions DVD. The Dazzle DV NOW AV can be purchased together with the full version of Premiere 6 and the DVDit LE.
Having music and your video can also be achieved with an MP3 Converter that lets you convert your MP3 music to a wav file or to the format you need for your video. You may also want to purchase an MP3 encoder with which you can copy Wav or other formats to an MP3. A CD ripper is another item you might want to buy and that will help you convert your CDs to MP3, WAV, WMA type files.

Another software program that will make video editing for beginners easier is a MPEG Encoder, a very easy-to-use program that makes converting different formats easier than you can imagine. Many of these MPEG converters will help convert DVD, VCD, AVI, MPEG, GIF, Flash, WMV, WMA, WAV, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, AAC, 3GP and even more.

Now all you have to do is find the best video editing software that you feel comfortable with and wherever you are. You can find several companies for video editing software that offer their software on a trial basis. So you can try the software, so you can see if this is the perfect software for you. But remember that you will receive the video recording card with the trial version. You will have to buy it separately.

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