Trims and Splits

Once you’ve done all of this, okay, you’ve added in your extra layers, you’ve added an extra clips, you’ve done resizes, you’ve done a pacity tricks, you’ve decided what you want going on with your mouse cursor once and we’ve checked the audio and we might have actually, in fact, that’s why I didn’t show you the audio, we would if the audio was under par. We come into the audio setting here, we’d select the entire clip. And I just want to get rid of these two effects here. I’ll click out whoops, come back. It’s not allowing me to select because I wasn’t doing video. No, come on. Don’t want the whole track to be selected. I just want to select these little, these little actions here right there we go. I’ll just delete them one by one. Select them solitary click into them. You see how it went from purple to yellow. Now I can delete it right? Okay, so shift set to get back to where we were Not on is clear all the effects of it. So with audio, if you found, for example, that your audio was subpar, it was too low, this would be another great time to correct it before we start splitting the recording up. So we would click into the audio icon here, and we could just increase or decrease the volume. Okay? And and that will be the simple way to simple way to correct that. What you’ll see in ScreenFlow, is you’ll see this little green dial going around where it’s actually rendering the audio file. Usually when it does that, it’s best to leave that alone. So you know, stop working, allow it to render, and then carry on editing, which is why we need to fast external drive. But anyhow, I don’t need to increase the video because again, I’ve set everything before recording. So I’ve minimized the amount of post production I need to do. So there we go. I don’t need to worry about the render here. So once we’ve done all of that, so let’s just recap. We’ve we’ve adjusted our main layers. we’ve we’ve imported anything and we needed to import. We’ve decided our master framing for ourselves. We’ve done whatever we want to do with the the basic cursor effect, do we want it larger or to be taken away, we’ve adjusted brightness, we’ve had a consistency of styling. We’ve also adjusted audio levels, we’ve checked the audio to check that the audio is nice and clean. It’s nice and present. You know, and we’ve adjusted any brightness ourselves, you know, and, and then we’ve actually started to add in any, any moments in the recording where we want to fade away through the opacity trick. We want to resize due to just wanting to move ourselves around or resize ourselves on the screen, or indeed resize anything else, any other track that we wanted to, to adjust. So we’ve done basically all of the basic adjustments we need to do to the editing. What I would now do is I would start to split up the individual lectures and so the reason why we Done, as I say all these adjustments first is because it’s much easier to do them across the entire recording and just have it done consistently, rather than have to make the adjustments to each individual lecture once we’ve done the splitting up. So the way the splitting up works is, let’s just assume that the, say three or four lectures inside this recording, what I would do first is I actually tend to like to adjust the start and stop of the entire recording first, so I kept the top. Now, this is what I’ve done earlier, as they say, in Blue Peter. But what I would do is, and you have to imagine you have a long preamble here, maybe I was adjusting the camera, maybe I was getting ready, maybe I was switching screens to go to another application. Typically speaking, you’re going to have a period of faffing around here at the start before you start speaking. And you can see that when I start speaking is where these green screen wavy bit starts. Right. That’s the soundtrack. But what you would be doing is basically dragging this playhead to where When I’m just about to get ready, you know, eyes are open, mouth is closed. And if I just play it, yeah, Hi, folks. And I thought I would just sing. So I know that that’s the right endpoint. Now, what I want you to imagine is that, gosh, can demonstrate this because this is an edited clip. I want you to imagine basically, that, let’s just say this point here where I’ve got because is where I want to come in. Yeah, so I’ve decided that’s the point, eyes open mouth closed, ready to speak. That’s what I want to start the video, what what I would do is I would select each tank like this, so shift click or Command, click, and then just drag them across like that, to come to that point. Okay. And then what I would then do is drag both clips back to the start. Okay, so what that means is that my clip will then start there. Yeah, of course. So for example, I’m just illustrating it, right? So, so that’s all cool. We’ve done that one. And then what I would do is I would scoot to the very end. And I would actually adjust the layout as well in exactly the same way. Yep. So, and the way that normally happens is I normally play the last few words, do feedback to me if you got any questions about any of this, but there you go, that’s a demonstration courses. Bang, okay, we’ll just hit hit the spacebar or hit the stop bar, the stop button. And again, I would just adjust, adjust the trim at the end. Now you know, in practice, you might have a lot more we might have 30 seconds of, you know, of junk at the end or stuff that you want to trim. And the way to trim it just brings us back to where it was. Okay, you have two options. And this applies both the start and the stop. Now this trimming exercise applies both to the whole recording. But also of course, once you start to chop up individual lectures, and we’ll do that in just a second. So that your two options are either to drank in as I’ve shown you and you can either Drag individual tracks or you can select both and drank both at the same time like that. Okay, or on ScreenFlow, you actually would select both tracks, and you hit the T key. And that actually does a split, you see how we’ve split the two, the two tracks now. So we have two bits, literally, I could just select those two and submit the delete key. Got rid of those. And now we’re basically back to where we were. Now, all of these editing software, so Camtasia and ScreenFlow, and maybe screencast o Matic as well. They basically have non non destructive editing. What that means is that the actual clips will stay the same that you recorded, okay, so whenever you edit here, you still have the original material available to you if you need it. So if I decided Oh help I did the wrong thing there. I need to basically take it back to where I was. I can always drag it back. Okay. Or, for example, in Mac, it’s shift Zed, and you can restore it. Okay, restore these two bits here. Just delete them out, right. So now what I want to do is shift centers to the entire thing. And I know that I’ve got three or four lectures here. What I would do now is I’d come down to where lecture number one finishes. So arbitrarily, let’s just say it’s there. Okay? So I would look for lips lips closed, I’ll be looking for a point where I’m looking at the camera with lips closed, let’s just say it’s there. For purposes of argument. What I now do is I want to select both tracks, and I want to split the tracks. Yeah, I wanted this is the end of my lecture. So on ScreenFlow, it’s simply T. Okay, split the tracks like that. And the very first thing I do is select the next two tracks. Select the bit after the end of the lecture. I’m going to drag that away. Okay. So it’s really clear to me Okay, this bit to the left is lecture number one, lectures 234 whatever, come off to the right here. What I would then do is again, explain Found this up. So you see where the play bar is at the end of say lecture one. Okay. I will do the trim at the end of lecture one. And I now know that lecture one is nicely trimmed, and I’ve got the in and out point on lecture one. Okay? super simple. Drag it back. Okay, next up, I would come to the beginning of lecture to drag it open, I do the trim there. I then play through an In fact, okay, I’m going to show you a good technique. What you can do after you finish recording is to actually play through its speed. But listening to the audio, just in case you made a mistake, or you did a sink clap and did a pickup or the some hiatus that you want to do an internal trimmer. So I’ll show you that right now. It’s a good it’s a good stage to demonstrate it. Now in ScreenFlow. You can use the JK and l keys on a Mac to actually spit speed through and not immediately sure what the equivalent is in Camtasia. But I’ll just show you how it looks and you Use the same principle. So here we go, a medium shot, maybe it’s much, much wider angle. So the reason for that is that anytime you cut from one shot to the shot uncomfortable, it was to two different frames, just swinging subtleties over it with friends to stop it from that. But what you can do is basically you can play through a speed, listening to what you’re saying checking, it’s contiguous checking, there’s no problems. And obviously, you’d come down to say, the end of the lecture. Okay. And again, once you come to the end of the lecture, you do the same principle again. So just select both tracks, make a split there, basically, and then drank the next lecture over. So you’ve got a clear separation, make sure the trim is right at the start and stop of lecture two, and then move on to lecture three. And then basically, you just repeat that process. So shifts so you can see so what you’re doing effectively is creating now your lectures on the timeline, where you know that that trims you know, what the in and out is, it’s all nicely under control. And and you’ve actually listened through it speed to actually just check that you are that you are actually you know that there’s no fluff. So now that you intended to edit out.