Video Editing & Special Effects

This hands-on course introduces students to developing and editing a digital movie using Window’s MovieMaker, edit music using Audacity, add background sound and music, add special effects and text, cut unwanted movie clips, merge different movie clips, add pictures and upload movies to YouTube for friends and family to view.

Prereq: Computer Basic or equivalent

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Edit movies to give a professional look
  • Add animation and special effects to a movie
  • Add voice-overs and background music
  • Share movie with friends and family
  • Upload movie to Youtube or Vimeo

Target Student:

This course is designed for an students who wants to learn the following:

  • Learn how to edit movies to give it a professional look
  • Learn to add animation and special effects to the movie
  • Learn to add voiceovers and background music
  • Share movie with friends and family
  • Upload movie to Youtube or Vimeo
  • Save move of CD or DVD


  • Installing Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Touring the Movie Maker interface
  • Starting and saving a new project
  • Adjusting the view
  • Gathering Content
    • Understanding what files you can use
    • Adding & organizing video and pictures
    • Importing photos from a camera
    • Importing video from a camcorder
    • Importing content from other devices
  • Adding music to a project
  • Putting It All Together
  • Creating an a Movie
  • Adding and modifying title
    • Change the title
    • Add effects
  • Adding and formatting caption in a clip
  • Adjusting music options.
    • Setting Start time, start point and End point
    • Split a song
    • Fade in & out
  • Trimming & Splitting video clips
    • Insert video clip
    • mute out the movie sound
    • splitting the movie clip
    • removing the unwanted movie clip
    • Creating slow-motion vide
  •  Adjusting photo duration and adding photo effects
  •  Creating a snapshot from existing video
  •  Adding transition between clips
  •  Adding visual effects to photo and video
  •  Adding multiple effects to a single clip
  •  Removing effects
  •  Saving movie in high definition (HD), on DVD, for Internet and YouTube


  • The course assumes that the learner is familiar with basic computer skills.
  • This course depends on the student’s commitment to work in class and, if necessary, to work independently at his/her own time on project assigned to them that will require access to a computer.

Learning Resources

The course consists of the following:

  • Lecture: The Lecture consists of notes that can be used by students as a reference material.
  • Hands-on Exercise: The hands-on exercises for student to apply the concepts learnt during the class.
  • Review/Quiz: The Review/quiz allows the student to further validate their learning.

Technical Requirements

An access to a computer and internet