Video Editing – Our History & How to Get Started
If you’ve been following the site, then you probably seen some of the our newer video content. We’ve started a “Lets Play Bastion” series” and a Starcraft 2 series called “Epic Tales of the Week”. Check them out on our Youtube Channel:
Video Editing has been an interesting journey for wrixel.com. I first got into video editing around 2007 and used it to make my own music videos and such. I used to have an hour commute to work and I would spend most of this time listening to music. As I drifted to sleep on the train my mind, melded many of the songs with movies/anime. I wanted to put the 2 together and this is how I got started in video editing.
Here are some of my better works:
Back in 2007, I used “Adobe Premiere” and it was simply a matter of cutting up video. I didn’t really know how to do any transition effects or anything fancy. I’ve learned quite a bit from the numerous tutorials out there. You can literally google any type of video term and something will come up. Google and YouTube is where I learned all my video editing skills. Our current setup for the website is a bit more technical. We are using a program called “FRAPs” to record all of our video game footage. We record @ 30 FPS at FULL-Size. The raw video ends up being about 1 GB per minute (possibly even more). Although a lot of websites will tell you to use the “Half-size” option, I don’t recommend it. If your PC has the space I would go with the FULL-Size.
This leads into another issue…Back in 2008 I did not have a great PC. I had a low tier computer and processing videos took FOREVER. I think the music videos listed above took closer to 1 hour to 2 hours to render. Obviously the better your computer is the faster the processing will go. Bottom line, you need to have a nice computer to be able to make decent videos. Here are the specs for my computer:
|* Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz (Quad Core) 8000K|
|* Coolermaster Hyper TX3 Vertical, 3 Copper Heat Pipes, Extra Quiet CPU fan|
|* ASUS P7P55-M DDR3, GB LAN, iEEE
* MSI N250GTS TwinFrozr 1G OC GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
|* 8GB (4x2GB) PC10600 DDR3 1333 Dual Channel|
|* 500.0GB Hitachi 7200RPM SATA2, UDMA 300 8m cache|
|* Realtek HD digital audio (onboard)|
|* Ethernet network adapter (onboard)|
|* Cooler Master Elite 310 black, Side Window, front USB|
|* Logisys 550W ATX Power Supply w/ 6pin PCI-E|
It takes me about 20-30 mins to process a 15 minute clip @ 720P. Not really lightning FAST but definitely NOT bad.
After we get the raw footage we import it into Adobe Premiere (we still use the same program), where the editing takes place. At first I tried to do commentary while playing the game, but it proved to be quite hard. Games don’t always play out the way you want them to, so I ended up doing too many takes for 1 video. The end result was that I had to get record separate commentary after getting a good video. To do Audio recording I use Adobe Audition and just a standard mic. I really should get a better one but I feel like the audio quality is still pretty good for these videos. I basically watch the video I just made and do commentary while I’m watching. I try to remember exactly what was going on in my mind at the time. This process seems to be working quite well.
Here is a “Let’s Play Bastion” video I made using this method:
To summarize, if you want to get started you will need a few things:
1) Decent Computer
2) FRAPs or some sort of video capture software
3) Adobe Premiere or some video editing software
4) Adobe Audition
5) Decent Mic
I hope this has been somewhat helpful to anyone reading. Feel free to ask any questions below or email me and I’ll get back to you asap.