This last week, I was working on remixing a customer testimonial
for a client. The videographer they worked with was fantastic,
providing all of the raw video and audio to them in the event they
wanted to assemble videos in the future. They shared the raw MXF
files with me so that I could download them and I instantly
realized I was over my head.
My thought was that I was just going to pop the raw videos in
iMovie, assemble the conversation, throw an intro, outro, and audio
track on them, and be done. However, the professional videographer
caught multiple angles from different cameras… and only one view
had the premium audio. This is normal if you’re a pro, but was
way over my head.
With iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, I only have one video
timeline. So, I would have had to edit each camera angle perfectly,
then try to match up the video to the audio track – an impossible
task. And without the additional camera angles, the video wasn’t
going to be as impactful. Time to call a pro!
My videographer has a studio near my
home office, so I drove down and chatted with him to see what could
be done. He quickly educated me on the limitations of video editing
software and showed me how he could easily add multiple video
tracks or a separate audio track to his editor and synchronize them
with a click of the button.
AJ shared some of AJ’s favorite video editing packages that
offer clip synchronization:
Pro – that’s a screenshot above of AJ’s favorite video
editing software. Premiere Pro is the leading video editing
software for film, T, and the Web.
Composer First –
AVID is the leading industry standard for editing feature films,
Shows, and Commercials. The fact that they made a free version is
HUGE! (AJ is also AVID certified)
Hitfilm Express –
Hitfilm express is the indy’s indy editor. It’s free as well
and it is not only an editor (like premier) but also a compositor
(After Effects) AJ usually recommends this one as a free
Video Editor – I’ve been using Wondershare’s conversion
program and it’s worked flawlessly. I have no doubt their
affordable video editing package is just as good – and it offers
audio synchronization as well.
Within minutes, AJ had the video ready that I had tried to work
hours on. This really made me rethink using iMovie for my video
editing. With my
Adobe Creative Cloud
license, I can download and learn Premiere Pro… so I think it’s
time I upgraded!
So whether it’s multiple video clips with one that has the
perfect audio, or it’s multiple video clips and and an additional
audio clip from your recorder… these packages will perfectly
synchronize both audio and video clips so that you don’t have
And, with multiple video timelines, you can align and select
that views that you want to make the video more professional and
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