Use ViewNX-Movie Editor to com­bine stills, clips, text and tran­si­tions with ease

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01 Sto­ry­board panel The sto­ry­board presents your clips and photos as a se­ries of thumb­nails that play one af­ter another in or­der. Other video edit­ing apps tend to re­fer to the sto­ry­board as the timeline. As with most video edit­ing apps, ViewNX-Movie’s sto­ry­board is non-lin­ear (see Jar­gon Buster, bot­tom left).

02 Add as­sets Click on this icon to jump back to ViewNX-i’s workspace. Here you can click on thumb­nails to se­lect which video clips and pho­to­graphs you want to cut to­gether to make your edited movie se­quence.

03 Thumb­nails These thumb­nails in­di­cate the or­der in which the clips and stills will play in your edited movie. You’ll also see thumb­nails for ti­tles and still im­ages. If you scrub the cur­sor along a thumb­nail you can preview the frames of that par­tic­u­lar video clip.

04 Styles Each style in this drop­down menu adds a dif­fer­ent type of tran­si­tion be­tween the clips on the sto­ry­board. The Stan­dard style places a mix (or dis­solve) be­tween each shot, which is a tran­si­tion that harks back to the ear­li­est days of movie-mak­ing. If you want to cre­ate a

trailer, then the Fade in/Fade out style will make each clip fade in and out from black. In our ex­am­ple we’ve cho­sen Wipe, so you can see bits of ad­ja­cent clips on screen at the same time dur­ing the tran­si­tion. The Ran­dom style adds a mix of dis­solves, fades and wipes. If you have a se­ries of time-lapse stills to stitch into a movie, then use the Stop mo­tion style. This makes each still shot in the se­quence run con­sec­u­tively in rapid suc­ces­sion, for a flickering movie ef­fect.

05 Dec­o­ra­tions and Du­ra­tions This panel en­ables you to add free sam­ple mu­sic tracks to en­hance your video se­quence. You can add your own au­dio tracks if they are in .wav or .m4a for­mat. You can also tick a box to add tilt up or tilt down ros­trum-cam­era-style move­ments to any static photos in the sto­ry­board, mak­ing things more dy­namic.

06 Give it the chop Some clips will be too long and maybe con­tain un­wanted cam­era shake. By click­ing on the scis­sor icon you can sum­mon the Du­ra­tion Set­tings win­dow and trim them.

07 Du­ra­tion Set­tings The Du­ra­tion Set­tings win­dow en­ables you to trim the clip to shorten it or lose prob­lem­atic cam­era work such as shake when you stop or start film­ing. Sim­ply drag these ver­ti­cal in and out bars to choose which bits of the clip to re­tain. Click on OK to ap­ply the trim.

08 Edit Open­ing Clip By click­ing here you can sum­mon the Text Set­tings win­dow. This en­ables you to add an open­ing ti­tle to your pro­gramme. You can also add cap­tions and end cred­its to your photos and movie frag­ments us­ing the In­sert Mes­sage Clip and Edit End­ing Clip but­tons. You can change the font and back­ground colour in the Text Set­tings win­dow so that your cap­tions suit your video’s sub­ject mat­ter.

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