Millions of words and photographs have been devoted to telling amateur cinematographers how to shoot videos, but in my experience this advice can be broken down into two rules. These rules apply across all editing platforms, not just Pinnacle Studio, and if you abide by them you will save yourself a lot of time and effort.
EDITING RULE 1: BREAK LONG VIDEOS INTO SHORT SCENES.
You already know to keep your video as short as possible. When I’m producing a family video, I also like to break it into individual scenes, each different, which makes the video more interesting for the viewer. Once I determine the scenes, I use titles to inform the viewer that scenes are changing, and editing tools like special effects and background music to differentiate them. Try to distinguish each segment visually; I do this in several ways.
For example, I can change the editing style, using longer clips with smooth transitions in some scenes or shorter clips with flashy transitions in others. I car also base some scenes on still images and turn others into music videos.
Remember: it’s not a 20-minute video, it’s six discrete scenes, each a work ol art to be savoured by your viewers.
EDITING RULE 2: SPEND THE TIME TO FIX YOUR VIDEOS.
After I’ve trimmed away the nonessentials, my next step is to make the video look as good as possible. Most consumer programs, Pinnacle Studio included, provide filters that can automatically colour-correct your video. Even when the colour of my video looks good, I usually try the filter anyway; sometimes applying the filter makes the colour even better.
If your video is too dark a very frequent problem look for a brightness control to lighten it up. If necessary, then use the contrast adjustment to eliminate fading.
Underexposure due to backlighting is another frequent problem; it occurs when you shoot with a bright light like the sun or a window behind your subje Like many other programs, Studio offers a lighting filter that lets you adjust thi Most programs also offer image stabilization filters that can work wonders witl handheld shots, so give this a try as well.