Movie Editing Basics: Let’s Create a Project!

///Movie Editing Basics: Let’s Create a Project!
Movie Editing Basics: Let’s Create a Project!

Now that you got familiar with the fundamentals of movie editing software and how the core components work; let’s continue our journey of movie editing with making project from scratch. We will start with a new project, setting up, getting footage, editing and then exporting by using movie editing software.

Setting up Project

Most of the editing software includes same functions of setting up, but steps involving the setup may vary. However, before you set up a project you must have knowledge of few things such as:

Format of Footage

You should know about the footage format that you want to edit.

Editing Codec

The codec is a combo of decode and (en) code that determines how the footage gets compressed. Few codecs are superior to others from editing perspective like DVCPROHD is superior to H264 for editing while H264 is much better for online video delivery. Moreover, the editing codec is usually determined by footage codec.

Video Resolution

The resolution is another significant trait of the footage that you must know. There is high definition 1920×1080 or 1280×720 and standard definition 640×460 or 640×480. Also, make sure of footage frame rate for example 29.97 is for NTSC American cameras however camera shooting takes place at variable frame rates.

Importing Footage

Importing footage into movie editing software can be done in 2.5 ways. The camera that uses tapes must adopt Log and Capture technique. In this method, you hook camera to the computer, play tape, and then perform logging of out and in points for every clip that you wish to create. After logging all clips, you must command movie editor to import all clips.

For the card-based video camera, there is a method known as Log and Transfer which is somewhat similar to Log and Capture except for the clips showing on the card. These clips can be renamed, added in the queue and after that imported.

The 0.5th method is simply transferring footage without using the logging function. Now is the time for import so import the footage in File Browser and start editing.

Adding Transitions and movie Editing

After importing footages, the next step is movie editing which is pretty simple. Drag the video or audio you want to edit on the timeline. If you wish to put in effects then you will have to shorten the length of footage to accommodate the transition.

Exporting Project

If you are done with the editing, then it is the time for export. Exporting the project is as easy as pie. Just click File and select Export. You will be given certain options like Quicktime Conversion. Choose this if you wish to export a compressed file. Then there is Quicktime Movie option for exporting source files same as an edited project.

Premiere Pro CS5 gives the option of Media that opens a brilliant window which allows previewing all exporting options. You can pick any format you like the video to export in. It also gives you the freedom of exporting video in more than one format.


We presented you a complete overview of starting and then finishing the project in your movie editing software. There is a lot more to this topic yet we want you to practice these features so that you are ready for deep dive. Till that time, Happy Editing!


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