Make sure you stick with one video editing software program to make things easier.
Here is a quick overview of applications installed in the Student Multimedia Design Center that can be used to edit videos. Listed from most basic to most advanced:
|PowerPoint||Windows or Mac||Photo slideshows; voiceover narration; more options on Windows|
|iMovie||Mac||Basic video editing; photo slideshows; voiceover narration|
|Final Cut Pro X||Mac||All functionality in iMovie with more customization|
|Adobe Premiere Pro||Windows or Mac||Full-featured video editing|
|Adobe After Effects||Windows or Mac||Motion graphics; special effects; time-lapse; animation|
|DaVinci Resolve||Windows or Mac||Video editing; special effects; color correction and grading|
Consider data storage and file management. Develop an organization system for archiving and logging your original source material. If you don't have your own computer, be prepared for moving large multimedia files and projects between locations.
Since video projects can become very large, it is best to store your footage and projects on an external hard drive. When you check out an external hard drive from the Student Multimedia Design Center, the kit can be re-loaned every 3 days in person for a total of 9 days.
Unfortunately cloud storage and USB flash drives are not equipped to transfer large project files. While it is always safest to work with an external hard drive when using the SMDC computers, it is strongly recommended to use one when working with video and audio software, such as iMovie, Audacity, Garageband, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, or anything similar.