Webinar recording: Video editing for virtual performances

Many leisure-time music groups have thought about creating a virtual performance for their members to take part in, but are unsure where to start or are unfamiliar with the software. In this webinar, we take a look at the process of editing the video, and demonstrate some of the software available.

Find out about:

  • Best practices for receiving and organising audio files
  • A walk-through of the key features in chosen software
  • A guide to editing and exporting a virtual performance video, including importing audio, syncing each part, mixing levels, splitting screen (so all players can be seen) and exporting the final piece to a desired file type
  • A look into publishing the final performance video, including platform choices and best metadata practices

If you're looking for help with a particular task, jump to the following timecodes:

00:00:00 – Plan your virtual performance layout
00:03:50 – Save and backup individual un-edited performance videos to your computer
00:09:33 – Where to download Shotcut: shotcut.org
00:10:37 – Launch Shotcut for the first time
00:12:17 – Create a ‘New Project’ 
00:19:31 – Import your first unedited piece of video
00:20:30 – Add the first video part to your project’s timeline 
00:23:21 – Shotcut’s key features
00:34:11 – Import all other individual un-edited videos and add to the project’s timeline 
00:35:48 – Synchronise all parts 
00:39:49 – Trim unnecessary footage 
00:43:12 – Re-size and position individual player’s videos around the video frame (allowing us to see all the videos simultaneously) 
00:54:34 – Mix audio levels 
01:01:56 – Add audio effects 
01:06:48 – Add title screen at start of the performance 
01:13:54 – Export final virtual performance 
01:20:04 - Q&A 

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