Both high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) videos can use the QuickTime Movie file format, often referred to as MOV. Unlike a one-hour SD video that only requires less than 10 GB of free disk space, a one-hour full HD video ups the requirement to about 1 TB of space. The technical specifications of the computer to be used must also comply with the requirements of the HD footage. Ideally, the computer must have at least a 2 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM.
1. Select the hard drive to use for the storage of the HD MOV files. Instead of using the computer’s internal hard drive, it is highly recommended to use an external hard drive connected to the computer via USB or FireWire cable. FireWire allows faster data transfer than USB.
2. Open your video editing program. Examples of popular editing programs include Final Cut Pro and iMovie for Macs; Windows Movie Maker for PCs; and Avid, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere, all of which have versions for both platforms. In general, editing programs can directly read MOV files.
3. Create an editing project in your program and type in your preferred file name for it. Import the video files to your editing project‘s import folder. Import any other additional media files you want to incorporate in your edited video like music, sound effects, voice recordings, photos and graphics. It is best to organize your media files using various folders from inside the editing program‘s imported files window.
4. Begin editing the HD files according to the specifications of your editing program. For amateur projects, you’ll need to know your editing program’s primary editing tools. These tools allow you to cut, reorder and copy-paste video clips, to arrange them as you want them to appear in your edit.
A program’s editing tools are usually accessible through the “Menu” options at the topmost part of the editing interface. They also have featured icons typically located somewhere near the editing timeline. At the same time, many of these tools have shortcut keys, which are often used by professional or even amateur editors who are already familiar with the editing program.
5. Render the final edit of the movie, then export it to your preferred movie file format. You may export it using its original MOV file format or any other movie file format.