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View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

View of Georgetown campus from the Virginia side of the Potomac

Documentary Video Production: Editing Video

Editing Programs

iMovie 11, Final Cut Pro 7, and Final Cut Pro X are all available throughout the Gelardin New Media Center in shared computer labs and individual editing rooms. To use one of Gelardin's individual editing rooms, submit a request for a consultation.

   iMovie 10.0.2

                     The most popular tool for working on basic video projects. Get training at for iMovie


Final Cut X

Recommended for beginning to intermediate users who like the ease of iMovie but want a few extra features. Get training at for Final Cut X.


  Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Recommended for advanced users or for users who want more creative control. Requires significant training to use. Get training at for Premiere Pro CC.

Editing Tips

START EARLY: Don't wait to edit your footage until you've shot everything. Start importing and editing your footage on a computer as soon as you have some. Continue to edit throughout the process. Never leave all of your editing until the last day.

SAVE: Save often! If you have your own external harddrive, save all of your media and your edited work-in-progress on that. This will allow you to work on any computer and not be tied down. If possible, also back up your project on another drive.

CUT, CUT, CUT: Editing movies can be a heartbreaking process. You are attached to your footage and want to include as much of it as you can. Unfortunately, your audience has a short attention span. Cut everything that is not relevant and does not propel your story forward.

KEEP IT SIMPLE: Use effects, animations, and titles sparingly. Remember, substance always trumps style! Focus on telling your story in a clear and compelling way.

FEEDBACK: Before you turn your final project in, show it to someone that you trust for feedback. A fresh set of eyes can provide valuable information.

CREDITS: Don't forget to include a title and end credits. Credit everyone who helped you make the film and credit the source of any media (audio/video/stills) contained in your movie that you did not create.

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