Online Videos 101 By Gregg Paleo of Still Evolving
Step 1: Retrieving Your Video <ul><li>After you’ve recorded your video, it’s time to add it to your computer. </li></ul><ul><li>For a camcorder: You will have a USB connection cable, removable memory card, or DVD. </li></ul><ul><li>For a camera: Same as steps above </li></ul><ul><li>For a cell phone: You will need a micro memory card (MicroSD, M2) or send your video via email. </li></ul><ul><li>Find any of these connections in My Computer, and seek out a new “Removable Disk” or a USB connection. Once opened, your video files can be found in any of the following formats… </li></ul>
Step 2: Converting <ul><li>… AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPEG and the list just goes on. These are the most common. </li></ul><ul><li>If yours isn’t an AVI, converting is a must. A simple google search for “*your file type* to AVI” will bring plenty of results. Any converter downloaded through CNET.com is trustworthy. </li></ul>
Step 2: Converting <ul><li>Install the software and run it. Make sure you know where the video file is located, and “Open” that file in your converter. The software demonstrated today converts MP4 to AVI. It uses the XviD codec, the codec used to make a DIVX AVI file. This is a compressed AVI file, which is perfect for a video on the web. The conversion time varies on the length of the video </li></ul>
Step 3: Editing in Windows Movie Maker <ul><li>Since we are using Windows, our video will be edited in Windows Movie Maker, a video editing software that comes free on Windows PCs. It is found in Start – All Programs – Accessories – Entertainment. Run the program. Under “File” is where the option to import a video to edit is found. Import the video. You will notice clips have been created, creating small clips of the video opened. Clips will allow for editing, cutting, and creating transitions. Here is a screenshot of a 20 minute video imported in Windows Movie Maker, notice all the clips: </li></ul>
Step 3: Editing in Windows Movie Maker <ul><li>Some shorter videos may not have clips. If this is the case, right click the single clip and click “Create Clips”. This will break up the clip into multiple smaller clips. Another way to create clips in a more specific way, is to find the spot in the video where you’d like to break apart. Then pause and click this button: </li></ul><ul><li>To cut parts of a video out, the timeline is used. </li></ul><ul><li>Simply point on the timeline to the area you wish cut. Red handle arrows appear which are used to cut away video. However, first you must break apart into clips so that the video can continue after the part that was cut. </li></ul><ul><li>Now it is time to assemble your clips on the storyboard. Find “Show storyboard” and drag clips into slots in the order preferred. Transitions can be added in from “Video Transitions” (found under Tools) and dragged into the smaller arrow frame. Effects can be dragged into each individual storyboard frame by dragging onto the frame itself from “Video Effects” </li></ul>
Steps 4 & 5: Finishing Touches and Hosting <ul><li>Although adding an introduction and credits can be a nice touch, they are not necessary and in the online video world (YouTube for example), they make the video look done by an amateur, so we will exclude them. </li></ul><ul><li>Under file, we will “Save Movie”. To compress the video we are faced with the step below, where Other Settings will allow a more compressed video </li></ul>which will be more suitable for the WWW, however, quality will be sacrificed. Although it is possible to host your own video, if you want to save $ on bandwidth or get more viewers, you’ll want it on a public video hosting service such as YouTube or Vimeo. Both services are free and will allow you to create an account and upload your video. Congratulations, you’ve hosted your first video!