Posted by: wegamind | April 22, 2011

Using YouTube Video Editor

Want to participate in our Short Film Competition, but aren’t too sure how to edit your video content into a half-decent finished product? Use this guide to help you use YouTube’s Video Editor, and create a short film to share with this year’s Place and Placelessness Online Workshop.

Editing your videos into a short film is fairly easy using YouTube’s Video Editor. The first thing you need to do is create an account. On the YouTube homepage, click ‘Create Account’ in the top right corner.

Once you have an account, you will need to upload your video clips by clicking ‘Upload’ at the top of the page. Choose the video clips you want to use from your home library. This will take a few minutes for each clip you upload. Add a title and description so you can differentiate you clips.

Once you have uploaded all your clips, begin editing it by choosing ‘My Videos’ in the drop down menu by clicking on your username at the top right of the page. A list of the videos you have uploaded should be listed under ‘My Uploaded Videos’. To edit your video clips into a short film, click on ‘Video Editor’ near the top of the page.

Here you will see three tabs: My Videos  Audio  Transitions 

The My Videos tab should have all you video clips available as thumbnails. These clips can be added to and rearranged in the story board at the bottom by clicking and dragging the thumbnails under My Videos. If you need to remove a clip, just click on the ‘x’ at the upper right of the clip in the story board.

You can also shorten the length of a clip by allowing the mouse cursor to hover over the clip in the story board, and choosing the ‘trim’ feature.

You can also ‘rotate’ or adjust the ‘effects’ of the clip this way as well. If you shorten clips, make sure to save the changes you’ve made.

Once you have the clips in place and at the length you’d like, you can add ‘Transitions’ to seam the clips together by clicking on the ‘Transitions’ tab. To apply a transition, click and drag the transition down into the story board and drop it between the two clips you want to seam together. Repeat this process for each transition between clips as needed.

To add music instead of the sound file attached to the video clip, click on the ‘Audio’ tab.  Here, you can search by genre and artist. Once you’ve identified a song you’d like to use, simply click and drag it down into the audio portion of the story board.

Unfortunately, there is no way to use music not available through this YouTube library, or to shorten the clips using YouTube’s Video Editor.

At any time in the process, you can press the play button on the media player window to see how everything looks and sounds.

When you’re done, give you Project a name, and then click ‘Publish’ in the upper right of the window in order to upload the finished short film onto YouTube. This process will take several minutes.

Once the short film has been edited, you can include information specific to the video and add annotations or text content to the film. Return to the ‘My Uploaded Videos’ page by choosing ‘My Videos’ under the drop down menu by clicking on your username at the top right of the page. Your edited short film should appear under the name you chose.

Click on ‘Edit’ to the right of the thumbnail of your short film.

Ignore the ‘AudioSwap’ and ‘Captions and Subtitles’ tabs for the time being as they are really not necessary for your purposes. Instead, click in the ‘Info and Settings’ tab, and add a description of your film, list tags that may help locate your film in a search, as well as the date and time of your film. Under ‘Broadcasting and Sharing Options’ choose ‘Public’ so your video can be accessed online. Please also use the Google Map provided to geolocate your short film’s location. Make sure to save any changes you make before moving on.

To imbed annotations or text in your video, click on the ‘Annotations’ tab. Here you can move the timelapse cursor back and forth, or stop it, by clicking and dragging it to an exact spot in the film. Once you have the timelapse cursor where you want to imbed an annotation or text into your film, click on ‘Add annotation’ to the right of the film. Choose the feature you want to add, and it will appear where you’ve left the timelapse cursor. Click on the box that appears in the film to add text, and change the duration and position of the annotation by adjusting the left or right margin of the annotation in the timelapse bar below the film. You can preview your changes by playing and pausing the video.

Once you are satisfied with the annotations you’ve made, click ‘Publish’ in the top right of the page.

As long as your short film was saved as ‘Public’ under ‘Broadcasting and Sharing Options’ you will now be able to find it by searching YouTube.

Check out my Cottage Montage in Winter. It’s not very good, but you can see how all the elements come together.


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