Aside from the few short videos I've created in iMovie and Final Cut Pro, I have barely any experience with, and knowledge of, video editing software. Since I haven't done much work with video, my practice is very limited and the few projects I have done, I wasn't sure exactly why I was doing what I was doing, all I knew was that I had to do it. One of the most confusing parts of these video editing softwares is, to me, the interface. The first question I always ask myself when I use a new program is "Oh my goodness what am I looking at??!" As dull as tutorials can be, no offense to any of you tutorial lovers, but let's face it–it's not everyone's first choice to sit down and watch video after video displaying how to use these programs. But, they are a necessary evil when it comes to learning these programs, or really any new program for that matter. After watching the first set of tutorials, the first thing I did after skimming my notes was draw a diagram of the interface...which is something I've never done. Then again, maybe that's why I never know what I'm doing! Here is my ever so detailed diagram (that I will most certainly be holding onto):
These tutorials have showed me how to create and edit documents in these programs, as well as understanding why and how they work. Tutorials can give you the knowledge and the programs can give you the tools, but it's all up to me to practice and learn how to use these programs efficiently!