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Editing videos


How to get started?

Choosing the right software

There is a plethora of editing softwares available, either requiring a paid membership or not. Below we will look at the basic steps to get started with the editing process. We have put some emphasis on Adobe Premiere Rush, as that is one of the easiest tools to use for simple editing, and it is freely available for University of Groningen staff and students. 

Alternatively, for PC users, Windows comes with the Movie Editor app pre-install on the computer, but it has very limited options when compared to Rush.

Mac users

Mac users will have the possibility to use their own dedicated editing software: iMovie. Moreover, Apple offers a second tool that is worth mentioning here: Apple Clips. It is very basic in its design and will not offer you the capabilities of a software such as Adobe provides, but allows for minute editing of videos and animations that can be shared as a teaser or summary from a larger video content for example.

Alternatives

Other softwares allow for minute editing of recordings and can be used to improve their quality very easily and in a quick fashion, such as found in Loom or OBS. However, they will not offer you any freedom to create more than what you record. For a personalised, and more creative video it is recommended to use a full editing software such as Adobe Premiere Rush. However, if your experience with editing is limited, we do not advise using the Premiere version.

Besides being able to record a video, Loom allows you to do basic trimming of your video at the end of the recording. You will have the option to cut and remove any undesired parts. Have a look at the Loom documentation for more information.

OBS, on the other hand, is a more complex/complete software which allow to livestream. The software has many different options to use various camera angles, insert slides, animations, text and more. A basic tutorial can be found in the following video. However, recording a full presentation in such a manner will “lock” the possibilities afterwards to edit it. It becomes harder to add to it without complex editing. To retain full capacity on the editing process, it is recommended to record the material separately and then edit it.

Start editing with Adobe Premiere Rush

You should have access to Adobe Premiere Rush (a "lite" video editor) and Adobe Premiere Pro (a full video editor) via the RUG login. It might be nice to start with a project in Rush. If you need more complex editing, Rush projects can be taken into Pro easily for more complicated editing. You can login to https://www.adobe.com/nl/creativecloud.html and download and install the software. For more information, see here: https://myuniversity.rug.nl/infonet/medewerkers/ict/servicedesk/onderhoud/20210126-adobe 

Training materials for Adobe Premiere Rush can be found here:

Keep in mind that editing is an iterative process, and that nothing will replace actual practice. 

  • Useful video relating tips on the recording/editing process. It is good to keep those in mind before looking into the actual editing process.

It is worth mentioning here a more advanced feature that can be very useful to you; the use of a green screen. Unfortunately, Rush does not offer the possibility to use a green screen, but Pro does. The software is more complicated to use than its lite version, but far more versatile. Any Rush project can be opened in Pro easily as can be seen in the following link. When this is done, you add your choice of image on your green screen as is shown in this short video.

  Basic Track Advance feature

Import the necessary material to make your video.

Cut away the bad takes and the superfluous. You also can think about adding cuts within one of your talks to change the video camera angle for example, and add some dynamism to your video.

Organize the pieces of your videos in order to create the final content you want.

Sound can be added to your video as background music. It is time to also improve the soundtracks that come with your videos to remove any undesired background noise for example.

Color is the last bit you tweak when you are happy with the makeup of your video. 

Green screen can be used when your project is over in Rush. Open your Rush project in Pro and add the desired background(s).

Export your video!

Make sure to save the video in mp4 (as an .mp4 file) if you want to upload the video to Nestor.


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