The Editing Process
Conceptual Editing. You want to brainstorm and plan out your story before you begin with technical editing. You want to have the story flow ironed out first. If you’re stuck, think about how you’d tell a friend your story. What did you start with? What else did you tell your friend? How does the story end?
Getting Started Editing.
You will probably need to edit your audio in another program, such as Audacity. It’s a free download, so you can use this program from home as well. Therefore, you can just upload your one final audio track to WLMM and you do not have to worry about audio editing in WLMM (which is extremely limited).
For help on audio editing using Audacity, please see the audio editing instructions in the following file.
Extracting audio from video is a simple process that you can do in WMM (see instructions). However, in WLMM, you cannot do this function anymore (Ugh!). So, I’m currently trying to find a free software to do so.
Once audio editing is done, you can add video in WLMM by going to “open” or “import from device”. You can import multiple video clips that you shot.
To add a title, which is required, you can add it in WLMM. Go to “Home” and select “Title”. You can edit the duration the title is shown, the background, the text size, the text location, and text alignment. Go to “Text Tools” for these options
Now add your audio. Go to “Home” and select “Add Music”. If you have only one audio track, you just have to “Add Music”. However, if you have multiple audio tracks that do not need to be played over one other, then you can go to “Add music at the current point.” You need to select with the black line exactly where in the video segment you want to add your track. Then, go to “Add music at the current point” and choose your track to add.
Mix it up. Seek the best short clips. The best video stories are comprised of many short clips edited together.
If you video needs to be cut someplace, you can go to “Edit” and “Split”. This will create a somewhat hard cut in your video, which is fine for news.
Just like any other program, you can delete and move pieces of video around. Click on the video timeline, you’ll see a black line. Hold and move your mouse to move the video segment. You can also delete segments as well.
To adjust where the video segment starts and stops, you can select the “Trim Tool” under “Edit”. You may enter an exact time for which you want the trimming to occur.
You can adjust the audio volume for the individual audio track(s) by going to “Music Tools” and adjusting the “Music Volume.”
Avoid fancy visual effects under “Visual Effects” and “Animations”. It makes it seem more amateur than professional.
To add source identification information, you can go to “Home” and “Caption”. You can change the location, font, and alignment of the caption. You can cut and move the caption as well in your video segment.
You may add a photo to your project as well. Go to “Home” and “Add videos and photos”. Select where in the timeline you want to add your photo.
Finally, to add credits, go to “Home” and “Credits”. I prefer no visual effects and animations with the credits; by default, the credits scroll. So please change the animation by going to “Text Tools” and choosing the stationary option.
The source:http://uwyojournalism.com/?p=713 Answered Jun, 23 2011