Editing video resources

Trimming videos on your smart devices

The easiest form of video editing is to simply trim the start and end from a video that you have recorded yourself.

This can be done on most smart phone devices and computers. Watch these videos for a detailed demonstration of how to trim videos on your Apple and Android smart phones.

Trimming videos on your computer

Watch this video demonstrating how to trim videos on a computer, using QuickTime Player.

Trimming is the simplest way to edit on your computer.

  • Open the file you wish to trim in QuickTime Player.
  • Open the "Edit" menu and select "Trim".
  • This will open the editor and you can then select where you would like your video to start and finish and click "Done".
  • You will need to save the video as a new file.

Editing using Adobe Clip on smart devices

If you would like to create more complex videos, including editing together multiple clips and adding music then Adobe Premiere Clip is a great application.

It is available on iOS and Android devices. Visit the Adobe Premiere Clip website to download the applications.

We have developed a series of resources for learning how to use the program.

The following tutorials were developed on an iPad and describe:

  • Video 1: How to trim and edit multiple clips together
  • Video 2: How to add music into your project
  • Video 3: How to change the audio levels, colour and speed
  • Video 4: How to export your video using iMovie

Editing using iMovie on a Mac

If you have multiple clips that you would like to edit together, then editing software is required.

iMovie is a basic movie editor and is available on most Apple devices, including Apple laptops, computers, iPads and iPhones.

The following tutorials describe:

  • Video 1: How to trim and edit multiple clips together
  • Video 2: How to source images, music and videos
  • Video 3: How to add images into your project
  • Video 4: How to add music into your project
  • Video 5: How to add videos into your project
  • Video 6: How to export your video using iMovie

Editing using Kdenlive on a PC

If you have a PC computer, there is a great editing program called Kdenlive.

This program is available for a PC, Mac and Linux computers and and is available to download for free.

This editing program is quite complex, and may take some time to learn, however the below tutorials provide an overview of how to use the basic functions you will need to complete your videos.

The following tutorials describe:

  • Video 1: How to trim and edit multiple clips together
  • Video 2: How to add images and videos into your project
  • Video 3: How to add music into your project
  • Video 4: How to export your video using Kdenlive

Sourcing images, music and videos

Including images, music and/or videos within your course content is possible, however here are some simple steps to take to ensure copyright compliance.

In order to understand more about copyright and creative commons visit the Image, music and video resources page.

This page contains several creative commons websites where you can easily find and source images, music and videos.

Check the license restrictions for each item that you wish to use, and ensure that you know how to legally source and attribute artist's work.