Magix's video editing products have been around for quite a while and over the course of its long history, the brand has gained a reputation as both reliable and trustworthy. The Magix Movie Edit Pro was first introduced to the American and European markets in 1997, and it has since been recognized as one of the best video editing software for both professional and consumer level video editors.
If you are a newcomer to the world of video editing and you would like to learn the ropes of the trade in the Magix Movie Edit Pro, we have several tips for you that will help you make more visually attractive videos. Let's have a look at tips that will improve your editing skills and serve as a starting point for your learning curve.
Magix Movie Edit Pro Video Editing Tips for Beginners
If you already have a version of Magix Movie Edit Pro installed on your computer, then you already know that the software has a simple, user-friendly interface. Importing a video into the editor is as easy as it gets since you only have to click on the 'Import' tab in the main window and drag the file you want to edit onto the timeline.
1. Make cuts on your video clips
The footage we want to use in our videos is often just a small portion of the actual clip that contains the footage which is why it is important to know how to split videos in Magix Movie Edit Pro. If the video clip you'd like to edit is already placed on the timeline, drag the playhead to the position in the clip where you want to make the split and click on the 'Split Objects' icon located on the editor's toolbar that is located directly above the timeline. Once you've made the first cut and selected the starting position of the video clip, drag the playhead to the position where you'd like the clip to end and click on the 'Split Objects' icon once more.
2. Use transitions
Splitting videos is an effective way to curate the content you will feature in the final video, but the jumps from one clip to another can often be too sudden and even unnatural. In order to make shot alternations smoother and even unnoticeable, consider using transitions. Click on the 'Templates' tab and under 'Transitions' section, select the 'Transitions Basic' option. After you found the transition you want to use, drag and drop it onto the section of the video where you would like to apply it. You will be able to see the transition you applied in the track below the one in which your video is located, so you can simply adjust the duration or the position of the transition by dragging it.
3. Separate the video file from the audio file
Although often underestimated, the audio is an essential part of a video, which is why using audio files recorded with the video is usually not a good idea. In order to remove the audio from your video clip, you need to select the clip and click on the 'Ungroup' icon on the editor's toolbar. The audio clip will become visible on a separate track directly below the video clip. You can delete the audio file by selecting it and right-clicking on it and then choosing the 'Delete' option from the menu. Separating the video and audio files will also enable you to split and trim the audio file, add sound effects or adjust the volume.
4. Add background music
Music is an important part of our lives, but it is also an important part of videos because it sets the mood of your videos and at times it also conveys messages you want to communicate to your audience. Once you've removed a part or an entire original audio file from the timeline, you can add music that will replace it. You can either import the audio file into the editor by clicking on the 'Import' tab and selecting the file from your hard-disc or you can click on the 'Audio' tab and download free music and sound effects from the editor's store. However, most songs and audio effects must be paid for, so be prepared to invest a certain amount of money if you want to use the Magix Movie Edit Pro's store.
5. Use visual effects to enhance your videos
The first thing that comes to mind when visual effects are mentioned are impressive explosions and actors flying across the screen. As a matter of fact, there are hundreds of effects you can use that a common viewer of your video won't even notice. Applying visual effects in Magix Movie Edit Pro is exceptionally easy because all you have to do is click on the 'Effects' tab in the editor's main window. You can add titles to your videos or adjust contrast and brightness by fine-tuning the settings in the effects window. However, if you would like to have access to more advanced visual effects you can purchase them at the effects store, although some of them might be pricey.
An alternative way to make awesome videos
Magix Movie Edit Pro may be among the best video editing suites on the market, but it is far from flawless. If you are considering an alternative software, Wondershare Filmora is a great choice, because it makes the video editing process as fast and as easy as it can be.
The Filmora provides support for a wide range of different video, audio and photo file formats which widens the possibilities you have during the editing process. The easy-to-use interface will enable you to perform all of the essential video editing actions in no time while applying effects demands almost no effort. Once your videos are completed, you can export them to Vimeo, YouTube, and many other video sharing platforms directly from the software, which saves you a lot of time. If you are a Mac or PC user you will enjoy editing your videos with Filmora equally, because this software can meet any video editing demand you might have.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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