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Video Editing Pointers for Beginners

posted Sep 1, 2020, 12:12 AM by deped ozamiz   [ updated Sep 1, 2020, 12:23 AM ]


These pointers helps you cut the editing time in half and doesn’t exactly teach you how to edit your video. It improves the editing time and construct a better output on the video that you are working on.

Edit on a fast computer

Upon using the editing softwares, you will be needing a fast computer to be able to edit your videos smoothly. Just about any computer these days can edit a simple video, even your smartphone. For serious video editing, you’re going to need to step it up. The most important things to consider when buying a computer for video editing are the processor, storage, RAM, GPU, and screen size. You can choose whatever computer brand or model you want, as long as it’s fast enough for you to store huge and tons of files and allows you to focus more on your editing work without having to worry about slow rendering. A powerful video editing PC is built around a powerful CPU, RAM’s at least 8 GB should be alright. An SSD helps everything else faster and is a valuable addition and get the recommended GPU and CPU for the editing software you’re using.

Selecting the exact software

There are numerous softwares that are available to edit on. The most common softwares are: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve, these softwares are really good and each have functions that are almost alike, and also there are functions that are distinct to each other. Selecting the exact software for you and your work is the first step in improving your video editing process. These softwares vary on their purpose and are also dependent on what outcome you want to have, for example: there are things that adobe premiere pro can’t do but adobe after effects can. These softwares normally offer everything, but you may prefer one over the other depending on their usability, user’s interface, and features. The point on selecting the exact software to use is what really works for you and the outcome or output you want.


Efficient workflow


You’ll need to be organized in order to become an efficient editor. To improve your workflow, sort all the projects and files in folders in a way that you will be able to locate them easily. Allocate folders intended for music alone, project files alone, images and graphics, clips, etc., inside these folders you can also create subfolders for you to determine a specific project or files effortlessly. You can also work faster by using external hard drives, preferably SSD’s which can be connected via USB 3.0 and thunderbolt to have your file transfer faster. Also, for editing software programs: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve are efficient to use by creating and memorizing your own custom keyboard function shortcuts, it allows you to perform better in editing.

Storytelling and cutting

Telling an exceptional story, make your video pleasing and deliver the message you want to convey. Use your technical knowledge in achieving this instead of just applying and overdoing a bunch of effects and cool transition to impress your viewers, which clearly doesn’t tell a story. Expect that there will be an impromptu changes to the planned run, elements will be added out of the blue in view of improving the story of the video.

Basic cutting:

·    Match Cut

    • Matching previous and following cut that has the same element.

·    Jump Cuts  

    • Cutting a single shot making the subject appear to jump forward in time.

·    J Cut  

    • Audio from a following scene overlaps the footage from the preceding scene.

·    L Cut  

    • Audio from a preceding scene overlaps the footage from the following scene.

Choosing music, adding texts and graphics, color correcting/grading clips,.

Music should also be as good as the visuals. Before using just any music, you may be able to get free music from a royalty free music provider. But the best audio usually comes at a price. Choosing a music can be quite tricky, you’ll want the right music for a specific scene, for instance cheerful comedies can be a little forgiving, but it can also overdone with upbeat songs. Selecting music can be difficult if you’re doing it on your own, have a musical scorer that can help you out of it.

Text and graphics is also dependent on which project you’re working on. If you’re into educational videos, you can add flashy and creative texts and graphics, you can create them using Adobe After effects, it is the best choice for creating motion graphics. If you want a ready-made texts and  graphics you can always find templates online.

Some Editors do color correction; correcting colors that is seen in a normal eye, and Color grading; to give the video a different look, some might apply LUTS or some will manually grade them. Both color grading and color correcting are essential depending on the output you want to convey, either you want a realistic approach or you want to exaggerate the footage and relate it to the story or the happening in a certain clip. Coloring grading a video is a major element that can be manipulated to highlight certain subjects, emotions, and can also set the mood of the scene.

Exporting for Youtube and Facebook

Most editors export it at the largest video resolution possible which is only applicable if the video will be played in cinemas or in an ultra HD screens. When exporting for web, we need to create a file that maintains its high quality without making it too large to upload. The recommended export settings for sites like Youtube and Facebook are:

o   Maximum Resolution for Youtube is 2160p(4k).

o   Facebook is 720p or 1080p.

o   both have the same recommended Codec (H.264).

o   Youtube’s bit rate for standard frame rate(24fps, 25fps, 30fps) is 35-45mbps, for 4K and for high frame rate(48,50,60) is 53-68mbps.

o   Facebook’s target bitrate is 6mbps-12mbps at, or below 30fps. 



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Feature Article

posted Jan 27, 2015, 12:43 AM by Federico Araniego



Trischa Sheen A. Dumanjug

 Feature Writer/Broadcast Journalist

Fourth Year Student, Special Science Curriculum

Ozamiz City National High School


   Being enclaved in the bonds of self-expectations did not make it any easier for me as a writer, especially when the adage of ‘writing to express and not to impress’ is left to be a history.

            I had always believed that I could never achieve more unless it is going to be the end of something. Like having to compete in the National School’s Press Conference 2011 when I was at the end of my elementary education and having to experience that again, now that I’m at the verge of graduating from high school. I believed well. History repeats itself, indeed.

            In the days when I was a sprouting writer, I saw no evil, spoke no evil, and thought no evil about the happenstances around me. Everything was picture perfect, in the best of form—in the happiest of view. I got to express my heart’s content without actually caring about the errors in grammar and incoherent ideas—whether the conclusion connects to the introduction or whether the adverbs really weakens the sentences. It was a passionate and carefree writing made in the brightest sheet of paper and finest ink. That remained constant not until I learned how to react cruelly to the social issues in the community and in the nation. I learned how to hold ground to my principles and how to be blunt about my opinions. The world then gradually melted into this ugly reality—no more rainbows and sunshines; no more green grasses and flowers in bloom. I learned how to care about strict subject verb agreements and parallelism; uncommon adjectives and powerful kicks in phrases. That evolution came hand in hand with the mounting self-competition building in my guts.

            In the intense clash of brains during the journalism contests, everyone forgets the axiom they grew in. It was all about the impression. I have no hold against my inner A-game but instead of trying to pull back I allowed it carry me away. Like them, I threw that adage away.

            Disappointment flooded me when I felt like I was being rejected by fate every time the opportunity for Nationals nears me. I did not give anything but my best. I used to wonder how it happened; wonder why it happened.

            Upon another combat in the battlefield, recently at the Island of Camiguin, right about when I expected another rejection, I was hailed silver at the field of my expertise. It was glorious! It was a victory I yearned to achieve.

            As I search for the answers of why I came out the island a triumph, I realized that at that time, at that very seat, I spaced out from the ‘impression’ for my soul led me to the true ‘expression’ my heart has stored for years, in every stroke of the pen I held.

            Not only did my realization hit me hard in the head but also kicked me rigidly, just enough for the blossoming confidence to pour over me and get me ready for this summer’s competition.

            This very adage: “Write to express and not to impress” was not a history after all. 

DepEd Ozamiz Orients Teacher 1 Applicants

posted Jan 25, 2015, 10:08 PM by Federico Araniego

By: Rowell C. Villarubia

The Division of Ozamiz City conducted an orientation about the hiring guidelines stipulated in DepEd Order No. 14, series 2014, to elementary and secondary teacher 1 applicants, school heads and division personnel on January 22, 2015 at Ozamiz City Central School.

Schools Division Superintendent Rebonfamil R. Baguio discussed the details of the hiring guidelines. In his talk, he emphasized that DepEd is in need of teachers who are able to substantially contribute to the development of lifelong learners. He also stressed about the applicant’s honesty as to the documents to be submitted.

An open forum facilitated by SDS Baguio was held to answer queries about the ranking procedures and other related concerns.  Applicants were advised to have a copy of the hiring guidelines for reference.

SDS Baguio directed the new teacher 1 applicants to submit their application letter with corresponding documents on January 26-30, 2015 to the school they are applying. The old ones were instructed to update their records and to write a letter of intent stating that they want to renew their application.

After the submission of documents, the school heads and division personnel who will be serving as the ranking committee shall evaluate each applicant using the following criteria: Education, 20 %; Teaching Experience, 15%; LET Rating, 10%; Experiential Learning Course, 5%; Specialized Training and Skills, 5%; Interview, 10%; Demonstration Teaching, 20 %; and Communication Skills, 15%.

The hiring guidelines were mandated by DepEd to integrate and institutionalize the primary objective of the K to 12 Basic Education Program which is to enhance the overall quality of basic education in the country by hiring highly-competent teachers.


Candid Netizens

posted Jan 20, 2015, 11:06 PM by Federico Araniego

By: Federico B. Araniego, Jr.

The onset of Online Publishing as part of the campus journalism program in our country never flabbergasts everyone in schools considering the trending exposure of learners to interconnectivity. Nowadays, learners are up-to-date social networking sites users.

10859888_10152710423194685_1394033116_n        According to Director Armand Patrick Salamat, Head of the DepEd Communication Unit in an interview conducted by the NToT on Campus Journalism participants that one of the objectives of the K to 12 Curriculum in developing the 21st Century Skills can be applied to Campus Journalism and aimed for a certain mastery or literacy on the internet. What we have started is a shift on what we had in NSPC on Collaborative Publishing. Moreover, we still have a team of students who are not just to produce a 4-page publication in print but to make an online publication too. He further stated that we are on our way to Online Journalism.

    This intervention becomes a timely propelling which supports to a paperless venture in promoting campus journalism. Positively, this develops our learners to mark on expressing opinions and feelings in an honest and sincere way for global competitiveness promoting a more responsible campus journalism community.

    Thus making them as candid netizens.

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