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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008
Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.
|I want to...||Best Format||Software Picks|
|Post unedited video online||MPEG-4, AVI||Your camera's program|
|Add titles, combine clips||MPEG-4, MPEG-2||Your camera's program, iMovie|
|Edit high-quality movies||HDV, AVCHD*||Final Cut, iMovie (Mac), Pinnacle (PC)|
|Burn a DVD||miniDVD, DVD, MPEG-4||Basic: iDVD, Nero 8, Advanced: Adobe Premiere, Pinnacle|
Video Editing 101
1. Organize and name all clips before importing them to editing software.
2. Use the Trim tool to cut clips to 4 seconds or less to keep viewers' attention. Focus on the key action.
3. Insert clips into your movie.
4. Add transitions to connect clips–but stick with basic black-and-white fades.
Video Editing 201
Add sound Open the audio toolbar to manipulate dialogue and music tracks. You can raise or lower volume at specific spots, remove distortion, and add voice-overs. Create captions Use the Title tool to overlay text on your clips, such as location, names, times/dates, and credits.
*AVCHD High-definition video format used by newer, high-end camcorders from Sony and Canon. Check compatibility: It's not supported by all video editing programs.