How to Video Edit with Professor Robert H. Amend


Robert H. Amend, Professor/ Chair of Journalism and Technical Communication at Metropolitan State University of Denver, in the afternoon of July 20th he showed some of the students in the Youth Journalism Class of 2017 how video editing takes place. Going over everything from the types of cameras used to the smallest details on how to remake small audio. Here you will learn everything that he though the students about film and editing.

Before you can even come close to the editing process, first you need to have footage to work with. Getting footage is not a hard thing to do, but you need to get the right shots in order for it to, portray what you want your watchers to see and feel. You can use anything from a camera built into the back of a phone, to a Sony NX that major film makers use. Rick Foster, an MSU Senior Student was the man with the cameras. Showing off different types of cameras and informing the students of what they were used for. Giving them a hands on lesson with different aspects of the cameras.

Getting the right angle is important for any film project that you are working on, being able to give off emotion with the right shot can be a major part of your film. Putting a clip in slow motion to emphasize a point or slow down a moment. Maybe you switch positions in the middle of one scene, getting a better perspective of the back of a classroom other than a side view of the teacher. The main point always being too makes you viewers feel the emotion. Once this is done, you are ready to edit.

Copying and Pasting your footage is one of the easiest parts of the editing phase. Simply plugging in your camera and letting the files download onto your computer, then moving them into an editing software of your choice. Some of the students of Journalism Day were introduced to Adobe Premiere Pro, the the chosen editing software at MSU.

Cutting is a common technique used to make a quick switch from one scene to the next or simply take out an unneeded part of your film. If there is a part that does not contribute to your story or has nothing to do with the topic that you are on, some people simply “cut” it out. Cutting is not the only type of transition though, other types include Cube, Fade, and Dissolve. Cube being a rotation of the screen that gives off the 3D shape of a box. Dissolve is an overlapping of two different frames that eventually turn into a new scene. One frame is a picture that is taken every 1/60th of a second. Fade is a blackening of the screen that can be set to a pace of your choosing. After your done with all of these steps, you are ready for the audio.

The scratch of chalk on a chalkboard, the sound of a person’s voice as they talk to you, the background music during an action scene. All of these things are audio, and if any of these hold any level of importance in your film be sure that they are amplified. This is not always the easiest thing to do, because sometimes other noises can get in the way of these sounds. This is why you can go in after recording and do what is called a voice over. Taking and repeating the same lines in order to bring it over the background noise and sound clear when listening. This can also be done with quieter sounds like the snap of fingers, re-creating the exact same sound in a quiet room and over lapping it onto the previous. Music is also a type of audio, but this kind is to add emotion or feeling. If during an action scene all you can hear are the people’s heavy breathing and fast footsteps, add some background music to make the moment more intense. With your scene complete and full of emotion, you are ready to finish.

Knowing all of these steps to edit can help to make any film project look good and professional. Figuring out what cameras to use and when and where to place them for the right shot, to moving it into your software and adding the finishing touches. This can be a great start to anyone who wants the steps shortened and simple, for more information you can Email Professor Robert H. Amends at