Wednesday, 2 July 2014



I really enjoy making video edits, particularly of my favourite band, Little Mix. One of the girls from Little Mix birthday was not long ago so I decided to create her a video edit! This is not the first one I've done however. I've done a video for Perrie and Jade's birthday, two story of little mix videos, a lyric video and a couple of others. I made a special edit for my arts award called THE LITTLE MIX ALPHABET. It includes text, clips, pictures, transitions and layered audio. Please click on the link above to view the edit.


Why am I sharing my video editing skills?

I decided to share my video editing skills with my Mum. She does not really use an iPad very much and has never made an edit. She thinks that I do a good job making the edits because it involves the following skills:
  • Technical - understanding the software, in this case iMovie and Vont
  • Creativity - how to pick clips and music that work well together and how to tell a story using images and music
  • Timing - it is easy to make a boring video especially if the clips are too long and not varied enough
  • Continuity - it is important to make sure the video flows well and that the clips link together well



I did not realise that video making and editing is considered an art form. One of the winners of the Turner Prize, which is a prestigious art award, is a man called Steve McQueen. He won the prize in 1999 for making some arty films. One of them is called Prey which includes a tape recorder playing the sound of tap dancing and a ballooon. Steve McQueen is also a film director. He directed an Oscar winning film called 12 Years a Slave.

What did I do to share my skills?

I got my Mum to create her own video edit. I think it is easier to learn if you have to do it yourself. I showed her how to do the following things:

  • How to start a new project
  • Why it is important to decide on an objective for your video
  • How to use a combination of video clips that you have created personally or ones available on the Internet
  • How to add titles and text
  • How to shorten the clips
  • How to add transitions
  • How to add music and dialogue
What did my Mum think?

My Mum enjoyed being able to quickly put the clips together, but she found it quite difficult to move things around the screen. She also appreciated how much patience is involved when it comes to tweaking the clips.

Three things that went well:
  1. Realising I knew more than I thought I did
  2. Understanding how creative I have been
  3. Helping my Mum to learn something new
What did you enjoy the most about sharing my video editing skills?

I enjoyed finding out that it does take skill to make videos and that it is a creative thing to do.


  1. This is a great Part D Libby, now it would be great to add a link to the finished film, and also get Mum to add her own comments here about the experience, how she found it.
    Great work Libby, wewll done :o)

  2. I didn't realise how many different aspects you have to consider when putting together a video edit, such as length, speed, audio, text and music. I can see how the experience you have built up has enabled you to judge how long each clip should be in order to hold the viewer's interest. There is definitely precision involved when it comes to linking the clips and ensuring everything flows well. I like the way that you use the edits to tell a story or convey a message. I can now see why you find them so enjoyable and satisfying to create.