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How to edit video for teachers

Part of our comprehensive guide to filmmaking for teachers, this section explains how to edit video and the principles behind video editing in a school context. The information is presented in clear, concise texts that explain simply to the teacher or class how editing works. The section looks especially at:

  • realistic ‘continuity’ editing
  • using ‘montage’ to get ideas across
  • getting the pace right
  • using effects and transitions

The section includes specially shot video clips and photographs to illustrate its key ideas about the principles behind video editing for kids.

Here is some text from the Continuity editing page:

This is the most common style of editing. Shots are put in and order which makes the action look seamless. The audience thinks the scene is taking place in a continuous period of time. For this to work you will need to think about how you will edit the scene before you start filming.

Teachers should use the Editing section of Making movies make sense in conjunction with the sections on pre-production, production and post-production in planning their filmmaking activities in school. The post-production section in particular has lots of information and practical advice on how to edit your video in the school context including pages about ‘Basic assembly’, ‘Trimming’ video, video effects and video transitions. The post-production section section also includes links to up to date information on using the most common editing programmes on Mac and PC computers.