Your Guide To Desktop Video Editing

Are you frustrated or confused by desktop video and all that video editing jargon?

 There's such a huge range of digital video equipment out there - from digital camcorders and Firewire cards to video editing programs and DVD authoring packages. All you want is to make a simple home video! Why must it be so difficult?

Well, I had the same problem when I started out in video editing - I struggled with the basic hardware and software for some time, but managed to improve my videography skills over time. I guess you learn as you go along.

The aim of this website to allow me to share with you what I know about the latest desktop video concepts and equipment - without boring you with too much technical detail.

There are step-by-step guides and product reviews so that you get only the most essential information you need. You'll learn how to select and buy quality video equipment, as well as techniques for shooting and capturing digital video. I also cover the video editing process and how you can share your video with others.

In no time, you'll be creating desktop video productions like the pros!


Edit Digital Videos With Ease

If you've been looking for a good video editing program, you may want to check out Corel VideoStudio Pro. This software allows you to quickly create and share a movie using built-in templates, special effects, titles and transitions. You can apply unique effects such as stop-motion animation, time-lapse and chroma key to create brilliant digital videos.


Creating your own desktop video production involves the following steps:

Within the pages of this website, you will learn stuff like:

Planning your video
Selecting and buying video equipment
Shooting your video
Capturing your video into a computer
Editing your video
Sharing your video

It seems complicated, but its quite simple once you get into it. You'll want to read this article for an overview of the entire desktop video creation process. The articles in this website cover each of the above steps in greater detail.

Before we get started in shooting those digital videos, we'll need some basic equipment. At the minimum, we'll need - a camcorder, a video capture device, a decent computer, a video editing program and a DVD authoring package. This site will show you what to consider when purchasing such equipment.


Here's a list of all articles found in this website:

General Articles

Plan your desktop video production
Learn about the various stages of the desktop video creation process.

A guide to selecting and buying the best digital video equipment
A guide to buying digital video equipment. Learn how to select digital camcorders, video editing hardware and software.

Guidelines for shooting video
Tips to improve the quality of your video shoots. How to get the best sound and lighting in your videos.

How to capture video into your computer
Guide to using a Firewire card or analog-to-digital conversion device to capture video into your computer.

Edit your videos and add special effects
Guide to editing your videos to add special effects and a soundtrack.

Share your videos with others
How to show your videos to everyone you know. Options for converting and outputting video to various formats.

Desktop video resources
Other great informational sites on desktop video.

Desktop-Video-Guide.com Newsletter
Desktop-Video-Guide.com publishes the ultimate weekly Desktop Video E-zine. Subscription is FREE!

A little information about me
Some general information on desktop video and my life.

Desktop-Video-Guide.com Site Map
A site map showing all the articles in Desktop-Video-Guide.com.

Product Reviews

Capture web video
Here are 4 tools you can use to capture web video.

Special effects video editing software
Learn about Wax, a free special effects video editing software.

A list of the best video capture cards
This article spells out a list of the best video capture cards in the market.

A guide to video editing for the Mac
A guide to video editing for the Mac. Learn how to produce videos on your Mac.

7 things you need to know about Hi8 digital camcorders
A list of 7 things you need to know about Hi8 digital camcorders.

Special effects video editing software
Learn about Wax, a free special effects video editing software.

Small digital video camera models
A list of the top 6 small digital video cameras.

Adobe CS5 Premiere Pro and After Effects review
This article provides an Adobe CS5 Premiere Pro and After Effects review, two of the best video editing packages in the market.
 

More product reviews ...

Tips and Tricks

3 reasons to use a shot log
Learn 3 reasons why you should use a shot log when shooting videos with your camcorder.

High definition or standard definition?
A guide to high definition and standard definition and which you should choose.

Anatomy of a camcorder
Learn about the anatomy of a camcorder - components like the viewfinder, zoom rocker, battery, lens ring and LCD screen, among others.

A guide to video editing for the Mac
A guide to video editing for the Mac. Learn how to produce videos on your Mac.

Special effects video editing software
Learn about Wax, a free special effects video editing software

How to shoot more entertaining vacation videos
Learn how to shoot more entertaining vacation videos with these tips.

The 180 degree rule and how you can shoot better videos
Learn about the 180 degree rule and how it can help you shoot better videos.

5 tips for promoting your video online
Learn 5 tips for promoting your video online. Useful for those who wish to spread their video content online.
 

More tips and tricks ...