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How To3.4 How to Edit Clips in MoviePlus


The Serif MoviePlus interface makes editing easy because it is uncluttered and intuitive. It has two editing modes: Storyboard mode is ideal for simple projects; while switching to Timeline mode gives you access to multi-track video and audio timelines for a layered view of your project.

Both modes let you rearrange and sequence all your video and audio clips, trim your media, add narration or text, insert transition effects and more.

storyboard modeStoryboard mode

Storyboard mode provides a simplified approach to movie making that is ideal for beginners and for projects that do not require complex multi-track editing techniques. Drag and drop assets such as video clips and still images from the Media Pane onto frames on the Storyboard.

Flip between Storyboard and Timeline modes at any time to switch between basic and more advanced editing. The Media, Properties and Galleries panes are accessible in either mode. The Properties pane gives useful details about the current source, such as its duration, play speed etc.

Timeline mode

timeline modeFor more confident users and more advanced or complex projects, the Timeline lets you organise all your video and audio footage on multiple tracks. It allows you to sequence clips, add effects or transitions, and add and edit envelopes to change a clip's properties. The Timeline also allows for post-production alterations. The default view shows a single video and audio track, but further tracks can be added as in the example. Ambient sound or sync' audio is added automatically onto an audio track along with the video footage, but it can be edited separately in this mode. You can also add and edit tracks for a narration and for music or other background sound. A counter shows your current preview position, displaying hours, minutes, seconds and frames of your video.

Open MoviePlus and in Storyboard mode drag any clip onto the first frame. Try switching between modes. Familiarise yourself with the workspace.

Importing your video

import videoTo get your video files into MoviePlus simply click on the Import Video button. This will let you use files from a folder on your computer or from a camera plugged in. You can also capture from a DV tape camera and even rip scenes from a CD if you have the copyright holders permission.

The helpsheet "How to capture video in MoviePlus" will help you if you need to import video from a non-digital video camera.

It's important to plan your post-production time carefully because editing always takes longer than you think. Don't underestimate how many lessons you will need access to a computer. For the best results when editing, you should capture your footage at the highest resolution and quality. You can resize and compress files later depending on where you want to show your video.

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