Video Edits on the Cheap 2

Figure 1: Step #6 is to set the output directory for edited videos

In figure 1, I’ve set the output directory for edited videos. It’s best to use the icon at the right of the entry field for this.  Step #7 is to select the output type (MJPEG):

Figure 2: The output type has been set (MJPEG), and the quality level has been adjusted to 100 percent

With MJPEG, I don’t really see a reason to select anything other than 100 percent for the quality level.   In figure 3, I’ve set some of the color management properties.  Note that the third icon from the left (just under the topmost/main menu) needs to be clicked in order to show the color management properties.  Since the original video was a little dark, I bumped the exposure up (by about .1).  In figure 4, I’ve selected a camera “look” – but it was not an exact match in my case.  The closest thing in the pick-list was the “Fujifilm 400  look” :

Figure 3: Color management properties like exposure, look, curves

I think it’s called a “look” because it (if I’d have to guess) probably doesn’t use actual camera color profiles.  So, it’s probably not very critical.  There are generic items in the pick-list that could be used  (like the “medium contrast look,”  etc).  After I set the “look” I wanted, I scrolled down a little further to the color management section. To select the use of color curves, click on the appropriate checkbox.  This is really one of the main reasons to use this software (at least for me).

Figure 4: I selected the camera “look” to be Fujifilm 400 (closest match)


Bring in the Movies !

Figure 5: Selecting the movie to edit

In figure 5 I’ve moved the mouse cursor to the Video Sequence Editor panel, where I’ve positioned the start bar (green vertical bar) at zero which is frame #1, and pressed “shift-a” to bring up the “add movie” menu option. The selected video clip is added at the point where the green marker is positioned.

Figure 11:  The use of Color Curves is selected in step #11

The biggest (most important) part is the selection of the color curves option in the color management properties sub section. It’s the main reason I’m using the software.  In figure 11, one can see two tracks (clips) in the Video Sequence Editor.  The first is the audio track, the second is the video track (clip).  Right clicking these tracks selects them (so that things like effects can be applied, or the clip can be deleted if desired by pressing the delete key).

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