Edit your video clips with Avid Liquid.
Avid produces a wide range of professional based video editing programs, including Avid Liquid. Although the software is not as powerful as Avid Media Composer it is suitable for those wanting to put together a custom video without spending the $3,000 (as of June 2010) for Media Composer. With the software you are able to do anything form import your video information, edit the content and export it as a finished video.
1. Insert the Avid Liquid dongle into one of the USB ports on your computer. Without the dongle connected the program does not launch (this prevents the program from being used on multiple systems at the same time).
2. Connect the video equipment you want to capture your content from. Typically this is done by inserting a firewire cable into the firewire port on the camera (or tape deck), then insert the opposite end of the cable into the firewire port on the computer.
3. Click to create a “New” project, then select the frame rate you want the movie in (24, 30, 60 frames per second). Title the project and click “OK.”
4. Choose the capture feature and power your connected device on. The computer automatically detects your connected device. Click “Record” and the video content uploads into your computer. Choose “Stop” to stop the recording. The video file appears as a thumbnail in the bin folder on the left side of the programming screen.
5. Double-click the captured video clip and it loads into the display window on the right side of the screen. Press the spacebar to begin playing the video. When you find a location you want to start a video clip at press “I” for “In” then press the “O” key for “Out.” This marks the area of the clip you want to add into your movie. Press the “Insert” edit key located directly under the video display window and the clip is sent down to the timeline. Repeat this process for every clip you want to add to your video.
6. Click on the timeline in between two video clips. This highlights the cut between the clips. In the middle of the screen there is a “Transition” button. Click this to bring up the different available transitions. These vary from fades to wipes and star bursts (among the several dozen different transition effects). Set the length of time you the transition to be on each clip (15 frames on the first clip and 15 frames on the second clip to for example) and click “OK.”
7. Select the “Export” option once you have finished editing your video. Select the video format you want (.mov, .avi, .mp4 and .wmv are several examples of the hundreds of different formats available). Title the video, choose a location to save the video to and click “OK” to export the finished product.