In this video, learn how to get files from a camera onto a computer for editing.
- By now you've hopefully felt confident enough to go out and actually shoot some video. This means you've probably got loads of video clips sitting around waiting to be turned into an actual project, so let's talk about how you get that stuff from your camera onto your computer. So if you've been shooting on a DSLR like this, it will have been recording onto one of these, an SD card. Now, although you can plug most cameras directly into the computer with a USB cable, it's actually a lot easier and quicker to take the SD card and plug that in directly. If you've got a laptop, you can probably plug it straight into the SD card slot.
Otherwise, you can buy SD readers which you can plug into any computer. And the benefit here is that you can be copying off an old card while putting a new card into the camera so you can keep filming. If you're shooting a smartphone, exactly how you take the files off will depend on the type of phone. Sometimes you'll plug it in with a USB cable and copy them off directly. Other times you might be using a cloud service, such as iCloud or Google Photos, in which case the videos will have already been uploaded to the cloud and you can just download them to whatever computer you're going to be editing on. Ultimately, you'll probably have to check the manual for your particular camera to see how to get the files off it.
But the good news is that everything these days shoots to video files. Long gone are the days when you have to wrangle actual tape and rewind and fast forward and convert from analog to digital. We don't have to do any of that anymore. You just get the file off the camera, and you can edit it straightaway. This is one of the things that actually makes low budget filmmaking possible.
- Getting started with HitFilm Express
- Setting up a camera and lighting
- Making a shooting checklist
- Shooting on a green screen
- Transferring from camera to computer
- Converting video formats
- Importing videos into HitFilm
- Using essential editing techniques
- Using multiple tracks
- Making color corrections
- Working with keyframes and composite shots
- Creating titles and lower-third captions
- Exporting and sharing video