Effects To A Wedding Video

Add Effects to a Wedding Video

Thanks to digital video and simple editing software, what used to cost thousands can now be yours with a few hours work. If you’re willing to go through a certain amount of training, and you possess a certain amount of patience, you can skip the videographer and add effects to your wedding video yourself. The editing software that comes standard on many computers can help you add a fancy title, edit out awkward or unnecessary video clips, and include interesting transitions between scenes. And once you learn one basic video editing program, it is not difficult to learn another.


1. Review the wedding video. If your camera has an LCD screen, you can review your video right there. It is easier though to connect your camera to your television screen. The owner’s manual for your camera will show you do this. Be sure to display the time and date stamp while you are reviewing the video, so you can mark down times in the video that you want to cut out.

2. Connect your camera to your computer with the firewire cable. Open your editing software. For Windows, the basic video editing software is Windows Movie Maker. For Mac, it’s iMovie HD. Go through any tutorials the software offers to familiarize yourself with its functions.

3. Import the parts of the video, called “clips,” you want to use. Your tutorial should have brought you up to speed on do this. Keep in mind that you don’t have to import your clips exactly as you need them in the video-if you add a few seconds to the beginning and end of each clip, you can trim it out when you go to put together your clips. Import all of your clips so you know what you have to work with. If you had your video camera set up on a tripod during the ceremony, you might have just one big long clip to import. Monitor the importing closely to make sure it came into the computer without glitches. You can also import still pictures in this way, to be used in the same way as moving video. They usually need to be in a digital format that the computer recognizes, such as .jpg files.

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4. Decide which order you want your clips to go in. Your software will likely have a queue to store all the clips you imported, and a “timeline” where you can click and drag the clips to put them in order. Begin at the beginning (wherever you’ve decided that is), placing the clips on the timeline in the order you wish them to be seen. Place all the clips in your desired order and trim them to their exact desired length before moving on.

5. Begin adding effects. Again, work in a linear fashion to help keep your thoughts in order. Create titles for the beginning, end and any other desired times. For example, you could create a title called “Tony and Toni’s Wedding” for the beginning and put an inspiring quote from the wedding for the “end credits.” You will find these functions in the “transitions” or “effects” section of your editing software.

6. Add transitions. Once you’ve laid down the music and made the titles, add any fades, wipes or other transitions you wish to use in between the clips. This creates a more polished look between clips.

7. Choose some music to add to the video. If the music already exists somewhere on your computer, you can import it in almost the same way you imported the video. This time, though, you will drag the imported music onto a different line of the movie timeline. Most editing software will allow you to mute or fade the music at places of your choosing, or you can “trim” the song to any length you wish, just as you trimmed the video pieces to the length they were supposed to be. Music at the beginning or at special times during the video is a great way to display emotion. Do this step last, as the transitions you added in the previous step may affect the length of the video clips and make it tougher to synchronize with the music afterward. When this is done, be sure to save your project.

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