Almost all video cameras are now digital. From mobile phone to digital cameras to digital video cameras, no matter where you turn, everyone is using digital technology to make sure the memories of a special day or some special occasion is saved forever. Everyone’s a cameraman these days and there are enough and more software available online to make sure that the digital video editing you need can be done from the comforts of your own home. And why not? After all there are many digital video editing manuals available online and at bookstores or any other place that has computer books for sale, and with a little time and lots of patience anyone can learn how to use digital video editing, and use it at home!

First of all, what is digital video editing? It is the process when you use your computer to edit, or amend, a video footage shot through one of the many gadgets available today. And with just a computer at home, digital video editing can be done such that special effects are added to the video, parts are cut out, and new parts even added, so that the video turns out exactly like you wanted. There are many things you need besides a computer so that your digital video editing works smoothly. For one you need lots of storage space, either external or internal, on your computer. This is because you will need to be able to store all the raw footage you have shot and then use those raw data to edit the video and make it look like what you expect.

The Basics of Digital Video Editing: Which Software to use?

Another important piece of equipment you will need is the editing software. This will help your digital video editing greatly, as along with the basic fact that it helps editing, it will also help you add all those special effects into your footage. Last but not least, you will need a video capture card. This card is what helps you digitize all that raw footage, and also help you give video outputs. These video capture cards compress the raw footage recorded from a VCR or a digital video camera onto the hard drive. Another way they help digital video editing is that they determine how well or bad the quality of the video you are editing will turn out.

Even though digital video editing may seem like a daunting task at the beginning, do not lose hope. After all Rome was not built in a day, and knowing how to use digital video editing equipment is definitely much easier than building Rome now isn’t it?