Connect with us

Technology

Holiday Video Editing for Beginners

Published

on

Let me ask you a question first: why do you shoot holiday videos? Is it that you want to show off to people through social media about a great holiday you have just had? It may be true enough and no crime at all! Or is it that you like filming scenes and sceneries and with people in it and considering a career in the video editing arena? Very reasonable and a great place to start too. Or maybe you shoot simply because you want to remember – people in your life who matter most.

Every answer is acceptable, because you don’t need a reason for capturing your loved ones live or recording an amazing visit to an exotic location with your family. The problem arises when you want to show it to others – even the loved ones.

Because watching raw footage for 20 minutes can be a daunting task, for even the very near and dear ones and then they have to lie to your face about how much they enjoyed it.

If you want to relieve them from that painful experience or should I say, want to learn a few bare minimum basics about holiday video editing for beginners, please carry on reading.

But before we get serious, let me clear something off.

I believe editing is a digital art form and not for everyone. My elder brother, who is a teacher of economics, can’t even snap a picture without missing a large chunk of the head, is absolutely no match for editing a second’s worth of raw footage. But that never stopped him filming of her two year old daughter whenever he can. So, shoot anything and everything you want without being bothered, because there are professionals who would take care of your holiday video editing.

Now we can get serious.

Hardware:

If you want to edit your raw footage, you need to have a powerful computer to do that. Let me give you just the bare minimum requirements.

Your computer should have at least 8 gigabytes of RAM which is also known as computer’s memory. It also has to have a strong processor to process the complicated tasks you are going to throw at it. Intel Core series (i5 and higher) and the AMD FX series can handle most of them. But processors running with a speed of 2.6 gigahertz (gHz) can get the job done as well. And you must have a lot of storage, at least 500 GB to start with.

Software:

There are bucket loads of software available and many of them have ample free tools which can help you start editing with ease. Since you are starting as a beginner, free tools can help you learn a lot. And you can always buy the paid ones when you think you feel the specific need to do something that can’t be done by free tools. Below are just the names of some widely used editing software in no particular order:

  •       Window’s Movie Maker
  •       iMovie
  •       Final Cut Pro X
  •       AVID Media Composer
  •       Lightworks
  •       Avidemux
  •       Shotcut
  •       Hitfilm Express
  •       Adobe Premier Pro
  •       DaVinci Resolve
  •       Openshot
  •       Videopad
  •       Blender
  •       VSDC free Video Editor etc.

Those are just a few widely available, user-friendly editing software. You can jumpstart your holiday video editing with any of them.

The Editing Process Itself:

Capture:

The first step is obviously moving the raw footage to your Mac or PC. You can do it as one big, chunky single file or make it big by adding 5 or 10 smaller files; it usually depends on the OS of your computer or the software you are using for editing. You can bring the video data shot by shot by software and each different shot will be in a different file. It will be immensely helpful when you start editing.

Shot:

After bringing all the footage, you have to decide about how you are going to use it. Let me make it clear by giving an example the last video I edited –

It was my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary and a huge party was thrown.  The video started from the moment of the guests started arriving.

A 2-second shot of the car door being opened.

A 3-second shot of the smiling guests getting out of the car.

A 3-second shot my parents were greeting them at the doorways.

A 3-second shot of the guests hugging each others.

And vice versa.

I had to figure out a way to find the starting and finishing of each little incident as a complete unit and bind them later sequentially by also maintaining chronological order.

I had to do that by watching the raw footage many times and pointing an IN and OUT marker for the little units that I was going to use later.

Timeline:

When you finish working out the shots, they need to be organized so that you can knit them together. And timeline is the place where you do that. You place the little clips in sequence and watch them being played.

Add Effects:

Now the fun part begins. After you have done assembling and cleaning-up timeline, you can add effects. You can put together texts, transitions, still pictures, filters – anything. It entirely depends on your likings. I can just give a word of experience –less is always good in the case for adding effects.

There you go, with the above four easy concepts – capture, shots, timeline and adding effects – you can finish editing your holiday video. You might not create a masterpiece but at least people won’t have to lie to your face.

Before I leave you on your own, just a few pointers to remember –

  •       View your raw footage a number of times to be sure to choose the right clips to use later.
  •       Make sure you organize everything in separate folders. If you can figure out the best takes before the editing process, the job will be a whole lot easier.
  •       Shoot each scene a number of times. It will give you a sea of wealth to work later on and you can mix and match every clip for a refined result.
  •       Stop working for hours end, it will dull your senses and you may miss easy fixes.
  •       Best bet is always using instrumental instead of music, because lyrics can distract if you want to add your subjects talking.
  •       If you’re using music, select instrumental as a backing track. Lyrics can often be distracting unless used delicately.
  •       Get clear idea about some basic terminology like Jump Cuts, J Cut, L Cut, Montage, Cutting on Action, Match Cut/Match Action, Cutways, Wipe etc. You can get explanations about them in plain non-technical terms in numerous sites.  
  •    This is paramount – you need to learn to be patient. There are endless sources of self-learning out there and some of them can be contradictory. But if you know how to be persistent, you can find your own way of editing.

You would be the judge of my little endeavor to give you some very basic ideas about holiday video editing. Now use them, and be an awesome editor.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Technology

Taimi: The Gay Dating App That Doubles As a Social Network

Published

on

Online dating is often considered an adverse platform by those who have been a part of it themselves.

Why?

Well, in today’s fast paced environment, the thrill of the chase is often thrown out the window. In a world of instant hookups and match ups, no one holds a conversation anymore. It’s either go big or go home (or both) for almost everyone who signs up for these dating sites and apps.

This is especially true when it comes to gay dating platforms. While gay men enjoy friendships, intimacy, and romance just as much as a straight person could do, the platforms that are created for them only cater to the instant gratification aspect. That is why, apps such as Grindr are only good for casual meets.

Indulging into some harmless fun isn’t a bad thing at all. With the right space of mind, it could be quite enjoyable as well. But it’s just that it can get tiresome for those who are looking for a more profound connection. Unfortunately, given the way the current gay dating apps are designed, finding meaningful connections seems next to impossible.

That is where Taimi comes in.

What is Taimi?

Created in 2017, Taimi is a gay dating and networking app for iOS and Android that is designed to double as a social network. The aim for Taimi is not only to facilitate those who are looking for casual meet ups, but also those who are searching for the elusive deeper connection.

Considering this, the Taimi app has all the features of GPS and intelligent distance-based pairing which are now staples of online dating. But with that, it also allows its users to have dedicated profile pages on which they could share anything through the app’s social media posting feature. They could follow likeminded people or have others follow their own profiles, creating connections and friendships along the way.

This dual approach is one of the many things that sets the Taimi gay app apart from its competitors.

It Sports Latest Safety Features

According to the Taimi team, the app has been created to become a safe space for those who want to connect with likeminded people. That is regardless of the fact if they want that likeminded approach to translate to a short yet enjoyable connection, or something that is turned into a friendly relationship that stems into a deeper bond.

The Taimi app uses state of the art security mechanisms to make sure that operating on the platform is not only a pleasant experience for users, but also a safe one.

That is why, while apps such as Grindr have come under fire for sharing its users’ HIV status and other information with third parties, Taimi ensures that its users’ data remains safe and private at all costs. For that, the app uses state of the art security mechanisms as well as internal policies.

Taimi doesn’t only stop at the safety precautions there. It also makes sure that the platform is only being used by verified profiles with no intention to harm people. For this, the app uses artificial intelligence (AI) in combination with hand-picked moderation to verify accounts. This particular verification ensures that users who are connecting with others could feel safe about doing so without the fear of being duped or catfished by others.

It Allows Video Calling

Taimi also allows its users to connect via live video calls. This makes sure that users could connect with each other that way without having to share their phone number or Snapchat handle.

This adds another layer of privacy and convenience for its users, who do not have to use Taimi as a temporary solution until exchanging phone numbers with their connections. If they have Taimi, then they most likely don’t need another app to connect to the same people via advanced features.

It Makes for a Stellar Social Network

The social posting and connectivity features that were mentioned earlier only add to all of this, and make Taimi a must have app for gay men who want to feel safe in their online pursuit of meaningful connections.

This makes Taimi a great choice for a social network that is dedicated to a community which has long been in need of such a space for itself.

It is Expanding Its Outreach

While Taimi is only catering to gay and bisexual men for now, it plans to expand its operations to offer the same features to the larger LGBTQ+ community.

Taimi is free to use with some of its most advanced features included in the free version of the app. But if you need more, then you could subscribe to the app’s paid service and enjoy additional features and filters.

Taimi is available for iOS and Android, and already has a whopping amount of online users. Click here to give the app a try and see how it fits into your pursuit of joy.

Continue Reading

Meet Cole and Adela

Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

New on Four Jandals

What Are You Looking For?

Subscribe

Trending