How to Make video editing quick and easy 2020

Just how many photos and video clips have you accumulated over the years? Whether you’ve got dedicated equipment or just love snapping and filming on your phone, now is the time to do something creative with it. OpenShot is a brilliant video editing tool that’s relatively simple to learn, yet packed with features that allow you to turn last holiday’s rough video footage into a polished movie you’ll be happy to share with others. In this tutorial, we’ll introduce you to all the key elements you need.

Step one is simply to drag and drop your video, picture and audio files to the Project Files pane. OpenShot supports a wide range of formats – if it’s supported by FFmpeg, it’ll work in OpenShot, which covers most bases. After dragging into the pane, use the Video, Audio and Image tabs to filter the view to show only those types of files, or use the Filter box to filter by keyword. Now is the perfect time to save your project for the first time – when you reload it in future, all files you’ve added to the Project Files pane will be restored. You’re now ready to start putting your movie together. The Timeline pane at the bottom of the screen is where you drag your elements. Five tracks are set up by default, in descending order, with Track 5 at the top, and Track 1 at the bottom. Think of these as layers. Anything placed on Track 1 is your ‘background’, with all other elements appearing on top of it; OpenShot’s support for track transparency means you can overlay all kinds of effects without hiding the original track. More on that later.

Image slideshows can appear rather static, even with the transition effects in place. One way to inject some more pizazz into them is to make use of OpenShot’s various Animate effects. To access these for a particular image, simply right-click it to reveal a pop-up menu of options. Use the Rotate menu to correct the orientation of portrait photos, then have a good look at the options listed under Animate. You can apply animated effects to the start or end of the clip or have them run for the entire duration it’s on-screen. Whichever option you choose, you have five selections: Zoom enables you to zoom into or out of the clip, while Center to Edge, Edge to Center and Edge to Edge enable you to move the clip to and from top, bottom, right or left edge of the screen and the centre. Random basically lets OpenShot choose; you’d select this in a slideshow where you want to animate each clip, but don’t want to choose which effect to select.