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How do I make video clips?

August 2015

This article is a step-by-step guide on how to create and subsequently play a video clip file, explaining the process with pictures. It simplifies the process of making a video clip. The first part explains how to work with a video. With a theme and script, you can record and transfer clips to your PC through USB, or a card in case of conventional camcorder. The next part of the article involves working with pictures where you can record, connect and export to the format you desire. It also explains mixing videos and the pictures. With a wide variety of user-friendly software, it's never been so easy to create a video clip!


With video

With a camcorder


The use of a camcorder requires, as a minimum, knowledge of its basic functions.

This manual will help you avoid handling errors and missed shots due to the ignorance about the device's functions.

Make sure you have a charged battery before you start. You could carry a second charged battery as a back-up.

Writing the script


A single video clip can be based, for example, on the length (in time) of a piece of your favorite music.

You then already have a time scale with which you are going to shoot.
Choose a theme (example: flowers). Your scenario will consist of an opening (beginning of the clip) and closing (end of the clip).

You will need to organize the progression of events using your own inspiration.

You can order the progression of the clip using as a basis:
  • Flower colors (color progression)
  • Places (progression from flowers in cities, flowers on plains, flowers on mountains),
  • Genres (daisies, roses, poppies, etc ...)
  • Anything else in your imagination...


Your script can also be written depending on the timing of your shots.

Recording


With at least a minimum knowledge of your camcorder, you are ready to make shots.

If the time scale of your scenario is to be limited to the duration of your chosen piece of music (eg: 5 minutes), it is advisable to conduct short-term shots (sequences) (eg: 30 seconds to take a view).
You may film varied sequences to facilitate a wider choice in the quality of what you filmed.

Acquisition


The acquisition of your clips to the PC can be carried out through direct connection (USB, 1394) if you have a digital camcorder.

With conventional or DV camcorders, you should use a card (internal or external (USB box)) and video capture software on your handset.

The software supplied with your camcorder can also fill that office (see the manual of your device).

Video composition


The video clip of five minutes can be put together with editing software (or composition).
Once your clips are on the hard drive of your computer, you still have to import them into your editing software.

You can also complement your editing software with easy to use tools such as Windows Movie Maker, for example (for Microsoft).

A final viewing window allows you to view the clips being mounted.

Add your transitions opening (top), closure (end), and the transitions that will allow you to connect all your clips.

Watch the result in the viewing window.

The duration of your video should match the duration of the music you choose.

If you are satisfied with the result, you need to export the assembly carried out in a single file video / audio.

The export will be in the format of your choice (. Avi,. Mpg,. Wmv).

Pictures

With pictures


Be it pictures or graphics, the approach remains the same.
Your editing software also allows you to acquire images that appear on the screen for a limited duration (eg: 5 seconds per pictures display).
Import your pictures and music in the editing software.

Video composition

  • Import your pictures, your music, in the editing software
  • Put your music on the time line
  • Put your pictures in the order of your chosen scenario


A final viewing window allows you to view your mounting rapidly underway.

Add your transitions opening (top), closure (end), and the transitions that will allow you to connect all your clips.

Watch the result in the viewing window.

The duration of your video from images should match the duration of the music you choose.

If you are satisfied with the result, you need to export the assembly carried out in a single file video / audio.

The export will be in the format of your choice (. Avi,. Mpg,. Wmv).

Software for making a slideshow


There is software that allows you to compose your work as PowerPoint slides.

Other visualization software also includes images of the "slide-show". In this case, you may not need to dial a montage (Irfanview software).

The operating system on your computer itself can integrate this function (for example "Picture and faxes windows" of Windows XP).

Once you get a "preview" of your first launched photo, press F11 on your keyboard and your show starts.

With videos and pictures


It is now possible to mix the two techniques, combining the pictures and videos filmed in an individual video component. It is now possible to make the final cut from the different sequences available.

Conclusion


You are now ready to share your finished video clip, a reflection of your creativity, with family or friends online. Nowadays, easy-to-use software for creating videos, such as Windows Movie Maker, are easily available.
Although more sophisticated software such as Adobe first exists, they are less easy to use.

Good luck, composer!
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