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24 September 2014
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Editing On Your Computer

If you have a PC with Windows XP, it's almost certain you'll have Windows Movie Maker pre-installed. It's a simple-to-use editing programme (we found Movie Maker 2 even easier). Ditto Apple's iMovie. These programmes are designed to make editing easy and straightforward. You can also buy some useful editing programmes or download trial versions for a limited period only. Try searching the web for them.
Windows Movie Maker 2
The Complete Eejit's Guide to Filmmaking - Editing

What Types Of Cut Are There?

Well, loads. But the main ones are a straight cut between scenes, dissolves, fade-outs, fade-ins - check your editing software to see what kinds of cuts (sometimes called transitions) you have. The software may well have a whole range of fancy cuts. Experiment!
See what different cuts look like

Don't Cut Too Quickly

Fast-cutting is a real skill and not something to be attempted unless you really know your stuff. You'll end up with a messy, almost blurred sequence of images that won't make any sense. And anyway, you've put a lot of effort into shooting great images - why bother showing them for a fraction of a second? Leave them on view for at least five seconds, then cutaway.

Be Organised!

If you've used a storyboard to make your film, give each scene you've shot and downloaded to your computer the same name as it had on the storyboard. This will make putting the film together during editing much easier.


When you're editing your film together, be careful you don't let any continuity errors slip in. If someone's got a blue hat on in the first scene, make sure they haven't swapped it for a red one in the next.

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