How to use photo, audio and video editing software



Last time I blogged I spent some time looking at the different open-source video, photo and audio editing software that you can use to edit your work. So, your next question would probably be how to use it? This post will focus on:


Editing audio using Audacity

Audacity basics: Getting started in audio editing

Source: Mindy McAdams


Editing pictures using Picasa

Source: ginacestaro66


Editing pictures using GIMP

Source: LadySongVideos


Editing video using Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker: Introduction to video editing

Source: Mindy McAdams


Of course, videos and slideshows cannot adequately teach you how to use editing software but it can give you a brief idea on how your work can be edited using such software. The only way to really learn how to edit your work using editing software is to practice, practice and practice. What do you use to edit your work? What tips can you give us on using editing software? What works best for you when editing? Please share your thoughts.


Editing Software for Photos, Audio and Video

Once you have taken captured your photographs or recorded your video and/or audio, you then need to edit it to create your story. Since most editing software can often be rather expensive and since most of us can’t afford such expensive software, your best option is to turn to open source software. Below I’ve included links to lists of open source software available for editing audio, video and photos.



Open source software for video editing:

Open source software for audio editing:

Open source software for photo editing:

Bonus Read:

I am only familiar with a few of the open source software mentioned in these links. What I am familiar with includes Windows Live Movie Maker, GIMP, Picasa and Audacity. I have found Windows Movie Maker quite user-friendly and easy to use, however, I haven’t really used it for editing videos (I have used it to make audio slideshows). GIMP is quite difficult to understand, while Picasa is easier to work with. Audacity is the only audio editing program I’ve used but I found it quite easy to understand.

Are there open source software that you use that wasn’t mentioned in these links? Which open source software do you find difficult to work with? Which open source software do you find easy to work with? Which open source software is your favourite?

Photojournalism: Photography Basics

Before you can start taking photos, it is important to understand a few photography basics. I found a great series of posts about the basics of photography on Lifehacker:



In addition, you can also read:

Getting Started

First post EVER *happy dance*

Before we delve into the world of fun and creativity that lies before us, i.e the world of Multimedia Journalism, I thought it would be fitting to post up a few videos I found online that will give us an idea of what Multimedia Journalism is, it’s relevance today and why we NEED to learn the skills it requires.

How do these videos makes you feel about Multimedia Journalism or even today’s journalism industry as a whole? What are your views on the topic? Please share your comments. All comments are highly appreciated and valued.