Wondering how to edit video in Magix Movie Edit Pro? In this post you'll learn everything you need to know to create a great video.
I'll show you how to import video, make cuts, fade, add music, edit color, add a title, play a clip in reverse, and export your edits as a video file.
Before I get started, let's watch the video I'll be working on in this tutorial. This video was shot with the GoPro Hero3 and Hero4 Black cameras. It combines a number of different clips and a few timelapse videos.
Read my tutorial about how to create a timelapse in Magix Movie Edit Pro.
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I created this video with Magix Movie Edit Pro. Need a copy? Get yours here.
Now it's time to learn how to create your own video.
11 Steps to Create an Awesome GoPro Video
Here's a summary of the steps I cover in this post. Click the header to jump to that section.
- Importing and Loading Your Video
- Making Video Cuts
- Rearrange the Order of Your Video Clips
- Change the Speed of Video Clips
- Play a Video Clip in Reverse
- How to Make Video Fade In and Out
- How to Fade Between Clips
- How to Edit Video Color in Magix Movie Edit Pro
- How to Add Music to a Video in Magix Movie Edit Pro
- How to Add a Watermark to a Video
- Exporting Video In Magix Movie Edit Pro
How to Edit Video in Magix Movie Edit Pro
Before you start editing, it's best to create a folder where you can save your edits. Once you've created that, it's time to open Magix Movie Edit Pro.
Choose: File > New project.
When the project box comes up you can name your project, and then in the last field click on the little folder image (to the right of the field) and locate the folder you just created to save your edits in. Then click OK. (I don't change the other two fields.)
Now you're ready to edit video in Magix Movie Edit Pro.
1) Importing and Loading Your Video
Now you can import your video file (files) and get started with your edits.
Under the Import tab choose Computer and locate the folder where your videos are. Click the folder you want and it will be loaded into Magix.
To get your video onto the storyboard (timeline) you'll need to mouse over it and click on the little arrow in the bottom right corner of that file.
Once you do that a box will come up, choose to copy the file.
Now your video will be copied to the storyboard (timeline). Another box may come up asking you if you want to adjust the movie and video monitor settings, I choose not to adjust.
It's easier to edit video in Timeline mode so choose that mode now. You'll do that by clicking the icon above the storyboard to the right.
To watch your video click the play icon under the viewing window.
Now let's make some video cuts.
2) Making Video Cuts
When you see a section you would like to cut, drag the red line-marker to that section, then click on the scissors icon located under the viewing window.
Now that you've made that cut, you can continue making as many cuts as you wold like to that video clip. To get rid of the parts you don't want, click on the unwanted section and when it turns color, hit delete (if you delete the wrong clip, just hold down Ctrl+z and your cut will come back).
The section will disappear after you delete it. Once it's gone, drag the clips you want to the far left. Now you can copy more videos to your timeline and continue making cuts until you've compiled the best bits of your video clips.
Tip: Keep your clips short and action packed. Videos can get boring pretty fast if you don't.
Importing More Videos
(If you don't have other videos to import, skip this bit.)
To import another video, repeat what you did to import the first one. And then copy it to the timeline. The new video will load to the right of the existing one.
If you don't see it after its finished copying, drag the box at the bottom of the timeline to the right. Chances are it's hiding over there. Once you find it, click on it and drag it to the left until it meets up with the video you've been working on.
Use the other navigation tools to help find your way through video clips in the viewing window and in the timeline. They are connected, as you move one the other will move. The more you get used to using them, the easier editing will get.
3) Rearrange the Order of Your Video Clips
To rearrange the order of your clips, you can just click and drag them. I usually drag a clip to the track below to make room for the clip I want to replace it with. Than I move it back up in the same track somewhere else in the video.
4) Change the Speed of Video Clips
Make sure the clip you want to edit is highlighted (click on it).
To adjust the speed of a clip go to the Effects tab, click –> Video Effects –> Speed. Now you can move the slider until the speed looks right to you.
5) Play a Video Clip in Reverse
Playing a clip in reverse can be fun. In the video I shared at the beginning of this post you saw the little flounder's cool getaway played in reverse. To do that I copied the video clip twice, so in the end I had three clips of the same scene. Then I chose the middle clip to play in reverse.
Let's take another look at that edit.
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To copy a clip, just right click on it and select copy, than click in an empty space beside it, right click and select paste. You can also just click Ctrl + C (to copy) and then Ctrl + v (to paste).
To play a clip in reverse, click on the clip and click the Effects tab, then –> Video effects –> Speed. Now you just click the Reversed box.
Once your clips are all in place and playing at the speed you want, the hardest part is over. Now it's time for the fun stuff, adding fading, editing color, adding music and a title.
Editing Video in Magix Movie Edit Pro: Color, Fading and Music
Now it's time to enhance the natural beauty of your video. Let's start with fading.
6) How to Make Video Fade In and Out
The easiest way to make you're video fade in is to click on the beginning of your first video clip. In the lower left corner you'll see a little box with a red A and blue B, click on it. When the list box comes up choose Fade in.
It will set a predetermined fade. To adjust it, click on the little circle and drag it to where you want.
To make your video fade out, you'll do the same thing but this time you'll click on the end of the last clip in your video and choose Fade out.
You may also want to add some fading between clips. This will make your video flow more smoothly and take away distracting black space.
7) How to Fade Between Clips
To add fading between clips, click on the area where one clip meets up with the next. Then click on the AB box that you did to fade in and out. This time choose one of the other fade options. Don't worry if you don't like the fade, you can just keep trying them till you find one you like. My favorite is the crossfade because it makes such a smooth transition.
If you decide that you don't want to fade between clips just choose –> Cut (no fade).
Now let's edit the color.
8) How to Edit Video Color in Magix Movie Edit Pro
Click on the video clip that you would like to adjust, then click on the Effects tab. I like to start with the brightness and then move on to tweaking the color.
Under the Effects tab choose Video effects –> Brightness/Contrast. The auto exposure is usually all it takes. But it's good to play with the sliders to see what you prefer. If you want to reset your edit, click the mirrored arrow box in the top right of the Brightness/Contrast box. You can also click Ctrl+z to back up.
Now it's time to make those colors pop. Under the same tab choose Color (it's right under the Brightness/Contrast option). I find that adjusting the Saturation is enough. So just move that slider until the colors look a bit richer.
Now you can adjust the color in the rest of your clips the same way. This does a decent job of making the clips match, even if you used different cameras while filming.
Now that your clips are looking even more beautiful it's time to add some music.
9) How to Add Music to a Video in Magix Movie Edit Pro
You'll import a music file the same way you imported your video files. Just click the Import tab and navigate to where your music files are, then choose the one you want.
Once it's in the program, mouse over the file and click the little arrow. If asked, choose to copy the file. The music track will load on a track under your video. When it does, click on it and drag it to the track directly under your video.
If your audio track is not long enough you may need to copy it and then fade the copied section into the first track to make it long enough for your video. Or the music track may be too long for your video. Either way, you'll cut (and fade) it the same way you did with your video. The only option for fading is to drag one audio cut over the end of the other, and then adjusting the little circles until it sounds right.
And remember, to copy it you just click on it and hold Ctrl + c and then click beside it and hold Ctrl + v.
Now let's add a title.
10) How to Add a Watermark to a Video
When you add a watermark to your video you'll be heightening your brand awareness and making it harder for people to pass your video off as their own. Yes, some people try to do that. Grrrrr!
Click on the beginning of your video so that it's highlighted and then choose the Title tab and click on Manual. Now you'll type in your title, and then choose the font and size of your text.
Once that looks right you can drag the title to where you want it to display in your video. To do that, click on the title in the video display window and drag it.
Once you have it in the right location you can go down to the timeline and click on the end (on the right side) of the title box and stretch it to the end of your video. Now your title will display through your entire video. You can make your title fade in and out the same way you did with your video (refer to step 6: How to make video fade in and out).
Now you're ready to save your edits as a new video.
11) Exporting Video In Magix Movie Edit Pro
To export your video you'll click the up arrow in the top right corner of the screen. When the box comes up, choose the option you want. I choose Output as video file.
Now another box will come up and you'll chose the quality you want to save the video at on your computer.
And, that's it, you're done! Congratulations, you just made your first video in Magix Movie Edit Pro. 🙂
I created this video with Magix Movie Edit Pro. Need a copy? Get yours here.
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