Hello and Hafa Adai My Friends
I worked on my first-ever YouTube Video Edit using KDenLive Version 20.08.0 ! At first glance, I was intimidated by all the shiny buttons – not understanding their purpose or functionality.
It took me about 5 hours of trial and error to edit an 11-ish minute video of folding origami! These hours involved 8 cups of coffee, 1-1/2 tubs of Magnum, a notebook, pen (for note taking) and a Youtube video tutorial on how to edit a video – Kdenlive Tutorial #2 | Basic Timeline Editing | Selection, Razor (cut), Remove Space
My take aways from my first 5 hours of working in KDenLive:
+ The basic tools to editing a video are these 3 tools:
+ A really good computer mouse
A really good computer mouse is necessary while editing on a timeline to find specific timestamps. I could not find my mouse prior to editing – so I used my laptop touchpad – that was no bueno for work efficiency!!!!!
I also found this KDenlive Useful Shortcuts list to be very helpful .
|Make a cut (make sure track is selected first)||Shift + R|
|Play zone||Ctrl + Space|
|Render||Ctrl + Return|
|Forward 1 frame||Right|
|Rewind 1 frame||Left|
|Forward 1 second||Shift + Right|
|Rewind 1 second||Shift + Left|
|Toggle Full Screen Mode on and off||Ctrl + Shift + F|
|Go to Clip End||End|
|Go to Clip Start||Home|
|Go to Next Snap Point||Alt + Right|
|Go to Previous Snap Point||Alt + Left|
|Go to Project End||Ctrl + End|
|Go to Project Start||Ctrl + Home|
|Go to Zone End||Shift + O|
|Go to Zone Start||Shift + I|
|Group Clips||Ctrl + G|
|Set Zone In||I|
|Ungroup Clips||Ctrl + Shift + G|
|Set Zone Out||O|
|Ripple Delete||Ctrl + X|
Reference: KDenlive Shortcuts
Before editing my first video, the first thing I needed to do was to import video footage on to my laptop, then, created folders in KDenlive and named them accordingly. From there, using a mouse drag, I pulled video content from its folder onto the timeline to edit – then the real work began (or should I say, the tears!)
In a previous post, I quoted the following statement: “I have convinced myself the level of difficulty is way up there, beyond the clouds…beyond the moon”. I was not lying! The level of difficulty was high, it was way beyond this girl’s brain of comprehension! KDenLive Software is not a user-friendly software to the unexperienced!
However, now that I completed my first 5 hours of using video editing software with absolutely no experience and or knowledge – I think I did pretty good, and I NOW know more than I did before getting started.
Since scrubbing video footage and making all necessary edits, I now need to add in my introduction, outroduction, and music. The final product will be approximately 6 minutes?
Just like anything, I need to invest consistent effort and time into my video editting work, soon with time my quality of work will be cleaner, my efficiency will be fluid. I look forward to editing YouTube videos quicker 10-12 minutes, instead of 5 hours!
KDE UserBase Wiki; Keyboard Shortcuts;https://userbase.kde.org/Kdenlive/Manual/Useful_Information/Shortcuts