Journalism and Videos: What You Need to Know


Professor Robert Amend teaches students at Metropolitan State University of Denver how to make and edit movies just like the films on the big screen. He demonstrates how to change audio, make smooth transitions, and manipulates video clips to his liking. Teaching movie makers and movie editors of the future: this is his profession.

Amend records raw footage and brings it to the computer lab. After that, the editing process begins. He does this with Adobe Premier Professional Software. First, he adds transitions. This can be cutting, dissolving, cube, fading and more. Only occurring when changing scenes, transitions help the video run smoothly. Adding transitions isn’t something you have to do, but it can make the video more interesting, grabbing the audience’s thoughts during the program.

Then, Amend can bring in visual effects, such as different light settings, as well as colour. He uses contrasting hues, instead of displaying the originally shot colour. This makes the film look more appealing to the viewer and can give it feeling or emotion.

He also can modify the speed of the video to be fast or slow, making the audio speed up or slow down. He does this because it can add humor or suspense to the film, or possibly make a slight change to character development. Doing so can really help keep the viewers’ attention.

Amend can play with audio, too. There are three different types of audio; music, sound effects, and voice. Music can be layered under the voice, adding different emotion or intensity. Sound effects can be sounds like explosions, or simple notes like footsteps. Finally, a voice audio is someone (or something) talking. Whether it’s a person, dog, or tree talking, there is almost always a voice in a film. Another possible audio is a voiceover. This is when there is a scene and someone is talking, but they are not on screen.

Video editing is very important in cinematography. It can add drama, action, and life into a theater. Which effects are shown in a film affect the viewer’s’ understanding of the picture. Professor Bob Amend helps college students with their awareness on the topic of video editing; and helps with their becoming video editors for big-time directors and producers.