How to Edit Home Videos

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There are a number of computer programs that can be used to edit home videos, including Sony Vegas 8, Adobe Premier, Avid and Final Cut Pro. Find out how to do overlaps and cross transitions when editing home videos with help from a TV producer in this free video on editing videos.

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Hey, thanks for watching How to Edit Home Movies. Today I'm going to show you how to edit your own home movies on a PC. I prefer to use Sony Vegas 8, which is a Sony product, a great product. Been using it for years. There are many different types of products out there to edit your own home movies, including Adobe Premier, Avid, Final Cut Pro. I prefer Sony Vegas. It has an easy learning curve, and there's a lot you can do with the product. So, of course Sony is a registered trademark, and I am in no way affiliated with Sony, but, let me show you how to enjoy using Sony Vegas. So as you can see, I've already dropped my clips into the time line, and each individual clip, I will bring them together and make them overlap. The more overlap that you have, the longer the transition will be. And just a standard cross transition, and as you can see, a nice fade. And, for my second clip, I'll drop it for a fast transition, and as you can see as I play my clip, transition. Of course, if you want a longer transition, you can play it out, and there's a transition, nice and slow, just like that. You can expand your clips, or you can shorten your clips, depending on how long each clip you would like to be. So, what you want to do is shorten your clips. Place your clips on the time line, add your transitions, and voila! You have your own home movie, edited, right in your own PC. So, if you want to edit movies on your PC, pick up Sony Vegas, and learn how to use it. Before you know it, you'll be making your own home movies right on your own PC.

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