2.Understanding the Workspace
3.Getting Started with Editing
Opening Media Files
Preparing for Editing
Understanding Options
Trouble Opening Media Files
4.Media Editing
5.Working with Effects and Transitions
6.Video Edit Magic Tools
7.Using Volume Tracks
8.Working with Projects
9.Making Movies
10.Capturing Media from Devices
11.Capturing Media from Analog Devices (Windows 98 only)
12.Exporting to Digital Video Camera
13.Keyboard Shortcuts

Video Edit Magic 4.47

Getting Started with Editing

The previous section briefly explained the Video Edit Magic workspace.  This section will present the steps necessary to prepare Video Edit Magic for editing and getting started with editing.

A project must be carefully planned by first selecting the media files that will appear in your final product, and then sketching out the finished media file and how the sources will be combined to create it.

After the initial planning, editing usually involves three major steps:

  1. Opening files in the Collections window so that they are available for editing, and adding them to the Timeline.
  2. Editing the media files in the Timeline and decorating them with Effects and Transitions
  3. Creating your finished product using Make Movie.

There are many other things that you can do beyond the usual editing steps.  These steps make editing simpler and provide additional important functionality.

The steps will prepare you to begin editing:

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