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The day is finally here. You open your blinds and peer out of your living room window to see the sight you’ve been longing for – your reliable Royal Mail hero brandishing a box with your name on it. The patterned “DC” tape on the box confirms it – it’s your Mini DV transfer!

You grab the box, scramble inside and race to insert your memory stick into the computer. Finally, you can watch all your old memories again.

Feels good, right?

But we know you aren’t the type to stop there. You want to go bigger – so what’s next?

Turn your memories from hours of Mini DV transfers into a montage of best bits fit for the big screen. It’s time to learn how to edit videos!

You Will Need:

For this guide, we will be using Wondershare Filmora, a highly recommended software at DC and unbeaten compared with other editing software.

Importing your Mini DV Transfer Files

To import your files, open Filmora and click the “Media” button on the Top Menu. Then, select “Project Media” from the Side Menu.

This is where you will put your files for editing.

Check your Filmora screen looks like the image below after completing:

To move the files into Filmora, click on the green clapperboard icon shown in the image above. This will open a window where you can select the files you want to import; when you’ve found your video folder, double-click to open and access your individual files.

Next, select the files you want from the folder. Click and drag the files as shown below, or hold “Ctrl” and select the files you want.

Once all the desired files are selected, click “Open” to import the files to Filmora. 

Below are the sample videos included with Filmora, but it should look similar to this:

Now your files are ready to be edited!

Adding Footage to the Timeline

To create anything in your project, it needs to be added to the Timeline.

Drag and drop one of the videos from the Media Screen onto the Timeline as shown below:

Cutting Footage

If you want a specific clip from a video, then cutting footage is the perfect tool for you. Thankfully, Filmora has made this tool easy to use.

At the bottom of the page, there is an empty timeline with a red line that is used as the cursor. Above the timeline, you will see a scissor icon.

Dragging the red line will move the cursor along, and clicking the scissors will cut the footage at the point where the cursor is.

This will allow you to carry a clip of your video freely – as shown in the clip below:

From here, delete the video’s unwanted parts by clicking and pressing the “Delete” key on your keyboard.

Adding Mini DV Transfer Clips Together

After deleting all the video parts you do not want, you can stitch them together to create your montage.

Drag each of your clips to the left to join on to the clip before it, as shown here:

If you want to join two Mini DV transfer clips from different tapes, repeat the steps above with a second video.

Drag and drop your second video to your timeline, only this time drop the video away from your first video so that it does not replace any of the first clip.

Cut the unwanted parts and drag the clips together.

The clip below summarises everything you have learned:

If you’re still standing after this information overload, congratulations!

You’re now ready to make the best birthday party montage anyone’s ever seen!

 

Want to edit your camcorder tapes and enjoy them with your family for years to come? Convert your tapes with the number one professional digitisation service in the UK!

Did you film 40 minutes of the bottom of your handbag? Want to create a moving montage of your best moments? By using an editing software, you can tailor your digitised videos exactly how you would like them.

In this article, we will cover the requirements needed to edit your footage – as well as our top recommendations for editing software!

You Will Need:

  • A PC or Mac that can handle editing software;
  • Basic knowledge of computer use;
  • Your video tapes transferred to USB or Cloud using a film digitisation service.

Wondershare Filmora

Available on: PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

We thoroughly endorse this software – and for good reason! You’ll be hard-pressed to find an editing software as elegant, intuitive, and feature-packed as Filmora.

Filmora offers all the functionality of any high-end editing software in a simple format. Its user-friendly interface does a good job for any first time editor. If you fancy really pushing the boat out and jazzing up your converted footage: Filmora offers various titles, visual effects, and even a library of royalty-free music to bring your home movies to life!

Unfortunately, there is a cost to Filmora with a lifetime licence priced at $69.99 (£51.14). There is a free trial if you would like to test the waters before buying – or, an annual subscription for those only wanting a short-term answer to editing their videos.

Pros

Cons

  • Advanced features for a professional touch
  • Simple interface for beginners
  • Royalty free music – great for editing cine reels     
  • Expensive for short-term editing

 

Official Page: https://filmora.wondershare.com/

Adobe Premiere Rush

Available on: PC, Mac, iOS and Android

Another editing software available on multiple platforms, Adobe Premiere Rush is a cheaper alternative to Filmora (at least in the short term) despite carrying the Adobe name.

Adobe Premiere Rush may lack some of the features of Filmora, but this also results in it being less complex and easier to learn quickly. One of the perks of Adobe are there interactive tutorials to help you learn the basics of their programmes.

If you’re looking for a fast, effective editing software for a one-off project or short-term use, the £9.98 per month price tag is more than justified. (Just make sure to cancel your subscription when you’re done!)

Pros

 Cons

  • Cheap alternative for short-term editing
  • Simple interface for basic editing
  • Interactive guides teach you the basics quickly        
  • Can only pay a subscription fee
  • Limited editing features

Official Page: https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/premiere-rush.html 

iMovie

Available on: Mac, iOS

If you own an Apple computer, chances are you already have iMovie. It comes bundled for free with new Mac purchases – and is easy to download if not installed.

Apple is renowned for their innovative, stylish and simplistic design; and this philosophy is carried over to their software. iMovie’s user interface is very easy on the eye without much of a “form over function” issue. iMovie also includes all the basic editing features, such as: splicing, colour effects and even a green screen feature.

Once your masterpiece is ready to be enjoyed you can easily share your masterpiece on social media with iMovie’s seamless social media integration feature.

Pros

Cons

  • Stylish and simple to use
  • Already installed on many Macs
  • Easy to share videos on social media
  • Only available for Apple users
  • Basic editing software

Official Page: https://www.apple.com/uk/imovie/

Avidemux

Available on: Windows and Mac

If you’re looking for a free and easy software to do simple edits on your footage, Avidemux could be for you. This software is completely free and offers a few basic features: cutting and connecting different clips, adding subtitles, and cropping/resizing your footage.

Avidemux is a great option if you want to cut together some chosen clips from your footage. It may not be the most flashy (or even the most functional) but it performs the basics well. What’s not to love?

Pros

Cons

  • Easy to use for beginners
  • Free to use
  • Very basic and limited editing software

Official Page: https://sourceforge.net/projects/avidemux/