The first step in editing a movie is deciding what footage to use. You can go shoot original footage using equipment available for checkout from the MRC. You could also use found footage from a DVD/VHS or an Internet source. Note: If using found footage, make sure that you understand fair use and the implications of using copyrighted materials. Just because media footage is available freely online does not necessarily mean you have the legal rights to use it however you wish.
Once you have your footage, you can watch one of our tutorials that show how to import your footage into editing software. If this is your first experience with video editing, we recommend using Adobe Premiere Pro. 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 in the MRC.
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