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Video Editing with Corel VideoStudio Pro X2

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Topics covered on this page: Introduction, Customizing the software (setting Preferences), How to trim video clips, How to mute videos, How to adjust sound, How to do audio fade-in and audio fade-out, How to download videos from camcorder to computer, How to trim music and/or narration, How to adjust playing time (duaration) of images, color chips, and titles, Easiest way to see if a video has sound in it or it has been muted, How to turn a video clip 90 degrees left or right, Introduction to Color Correction, Playback Speed, Reverse video, Save as Still Image, etc. buttons.


(Introduction to the site.)

Tutorials Page 1
(Topics: Setting Preferences, Trimming videos, Adjusting audios, Audio fade-in fade-out, Downloading videos from camcorder to computer, Buttons in the Option Panel of the Edit Step.)

Tutorials Page 2
(Topics: Doing PIP, Adding Transition Effects, Adding and Animating Titles, Ripple Editing, Title Safe Area.)

Tutorials Page 3
(Topics: Adding Special Effects to your video, Adding Music/Audio to your video, Saving your project as a Video File, Uploading your video to YouTube.)

(See videos using Special Effects, Painting Creator, and Chroma Key.)

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(Discussion includes some Dos and Don'ts, Copyright issues involving music, Using YouTube's AudioSwap feature.)

(Chromakey written tutorial. Includes suggestions for buying the right equipment at affordable prices.)

DVD Burning
(Written tutorial on how to burn DVDs using Corel. Includes instructions on how to add chapters.)

Painting Creator
(Show originality by adding animated drawings and writings on your videos. Everything you need to know is discussed in this chapter.)

(Corel's Movie Wizard can create an impressive slideshow quickly for you. This chapter tells you how to use the Movie Wizard.)

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(Answers to all common and not so common questions relating to YouTube.)

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Okay, since these are video editing tutorials, I have decided to make them video tutorials. You don't have to read a lot and I don't have to type a lot. I'll say and show and you just watch. If you miss a point, just replay the video!

I have divided the tutorials in 9 parts. So there are 9 videos (as of now), 3 in each page. Each video is from about 5 minutes to maximum 10 minutes. On the bottom of each video, I have included a short description basically telling which part of editing the particular video deals with. I have plans to include some screenshots and some written comments in the future wherever I feel a little more clarification or elaboration is needed. Please feel free to e-mail me with your comments and suggestions. If you can really motivate me, I shall try to include more detailed instructions in these tutorials in the future.

I have already included some written discussions/instructions and screenshots on downloading videos from your camcorder to your computer, how to trim (or get rid of unwanted parts of) videos, and how to mute videos more easily on the bottom part of this page. Please don't miss them!

Now let's get started.

Tutorial #1

This video is an introduction to this tutorial series. It starts talking about customizing the software by going into File --> Preferences and making your own selections there to suit your needs.

Tutorial #2

This video continues to tell you how to customize Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 under Preferences to meet your needs.

Tutorial #3

Real editing steps begins from this tutorial. This video talks about how to trim video clips to eliminate unnecessary parts as well as how to mute a video clip and otherwise adjust the sound associated with it.

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Let me elaborate a few points here:

How to download video clips from camcorder to computer

I do not use Corel to download my videos from my camcorder to my computer. Instead, I use the software that came with my camcorder to download the videos. I find that much easier. Every digital camcorder comes with its own software and the manufacturer recommends you install that software in your computer first. Everybody should do that. Usually these software can do a whole lot more than just to download your videos. You can generally organize your videos in a library in your computer and do some editing with it. Often times you can upload your videos to the Internet using that same software. I do not do anything else with that software, except to download the video clips to my computer. I also have other software to download videos to my computer. But I just let the manufacturer supplied software to do the job. I think you should do that too. That is why I did not discuss the Capture part in the above video tutorial. I really think you are better off downloading the videos from your camera to your computer by using the camera manufacturer supplied software, and then bring the video clips from your computer's folder to Corel by following the method I have shown in my video tutorial.

How to trim a video clip

I have a feeling that some of my tutorial viewers did not understand fully how to trim a video clip. So Let me use a screenshot here (so you can see more clearly) and explain one more time. And please remember, following the same procedure you can cut and delete parts of all clips from the timeline, whether it is video, music, or narration. For images, color chips, and titles you can increase or decrease their running time (duration) by using the clock icon under the Edit options panel.

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Screenshot #1
How to trim video clips

Look at the above screenshot. I have cut the video clip on the timeline in 4 pieces. I am deleting piece #2. I rightclicked on it and I am choosing Delete from the menu that came up. Alternatively, you can just left click on it to HIGHLIGHT it and hit the Delete button on your keyboard. You knew that, didn't you? The key is to highlight the appropriate part that you wish to delete. If you highlight the whole video clip, play it, stop it where you want to delete certain part, REMEMBER TO USE THE SCISSORS ICON TO MAKE THE CUT FIRST BEFORE HITTING THE DELETE BUTTON. Otherwise the whole clip will be deleted! (It happened to me once - I forgot to use the scissors.) But you can use the Undo button to get back your clip. Or use the Edit menu and choose Undo there.

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Audio fade-in, fade-out, and volume control

A few additional points that I didn't have a chance to mention in the above Tutorial #3:
Take a look at the screenshots below.

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Screenshot #2
Options Panel of the Edit Step
Sound level reduced and fade-out selected

In the above Screenshot #2, the clock icon shows the current duration of the video clip which can be changed. A future tutorial will tell how to change it. On the right side of the clock, the loudspeaker icon indicates the current audio level. Unless changed, this will say 100. I have lowered the audio level slightly, making it 90. You can either increase or decrease the audio level by clicking on the upward or downward pointing arrow. Further right, the blue loudspeaker icon indicates the video has audio in it. If you mute the video, the blue loudspeaker will change into orange loudspeaker (see Screenshot #3 below). You can also just click on the blue loudspeaker to mute a video. Whether the video has been muted or not is much easier to see here. In Tutorial #3, I said you can see it on the thumbnail in the storyboard view. That is true, but it is easier to see here. The thumbnail indicator is very tiny - not easy to see. The next two buttons are for audio fade-in and fade-out. I have done audio fade-out on this clip. So the fade-out button has been highlighted.

Other buttons in the Options Panel of the Edit Step

Below the clock, there are two buttons to turn the video 90 degrees left or right to create special effect. The rest of the buttons are self-explanatory and you can easily figure out what they do and how to use them.

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Screenshot #3
Options Panel of the Edit Step
Sound muted

Screenshot #3 shows the audio in the video has been muted. Therefore, the audio level, fade-in and fade-out buttons, and the Split Audio button are all dimmed. Easy to understand, right?

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