The first step in editing a movie is deciding on footage to use. You can go shoot original footage using equipment checked out from the MRC. Or you could use found footage from a DVD/VHS. Note: If you use found footage, make sure that you understand fair use and the implications of using copyrighted materials. Just because it is on YouTube does not give you carte blanche to do whatever you want.
Once you have your footage, you can read one of our articles on importing your footage into the editing software. If this is your first experience with video editing, we recommend that you use Premiere. Other video editing software you may use are iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Below are some basic steps for making a movie using the Media Lab.
1. Set up your project to save to the server
2. Create a new project
3. Import your footage
4. Make a rough cut of your footage by arranging clips on the editor’s timeline
5. Fine-tune your cuts; add voiceovers, music, and transitions; change the speed, position, and opacity of clips.
6. Export your final project as a self-contained movie file
7. Upload to the web or burn a DVD