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Introduction to the Video Sequence Editor

Blender edits video too?!

Blender does a very good job being the all-in-one creation suite. It’s got 3D of course, painting, compositing, tracking, AND video editing! And while a lot of software that tries to do too much end up failing, Blender’s video editing suite is a solid alternative to commercial editors. This tutorial is an introduction to the “VSE”: Video Sequence Editor.

What you will learn:

  • UI Overview
  • Importing Media
  • Strip Editing
  • Exporting

CC Music: “Fading Things (Robbero Remix)” by Robbero

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55 Responses to “Introduction to the Video Sequence Editor”
  1. Posts: 2
    steve temple says:

    I hoped this tutorial would solve a problem i always have had that is when i add audio to an animation it never plays the audio after rendering no matter what i try i have to put the audio in using VLC.
    Am i missing something very simple, I no in times gone by blender did not render audio I have watched a few tutorials and they press animate and hey presto.
    Any ideas what I am doing wrong.

      • Posts: 2
        steve temple says:

        thanks Kent finally got sound I new it must be something really simple

        Love the tutorials

        Once again Thanks

  2. Posts: 46
    Shane says:

    Hi there Kent,
    Add->Clip will list movie clips loaded into movie clip editor, for motion tracking.

    I once had thoughts on expanding blenders transitional wipes in the vse and then the mask modifier was added (2.67 I think) which brings almost unlimited possibilities of editing transitions to blenders vse. Might be a good addition to your vse todo list. The only example of using it I have seen is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK-k2N2Vxig

    • Posts: 2028

      Thanks for the info about adding movie clips, Shane! It’s still a little odd to me that they’re distinct from movie files…anyhoo, it’s good to know they purpose now :)

      I really like your idea about custom transitions. Will begin exploring.

  3. Posts: 5

    Loving the tutorials!! Exploring the advanced (or under explored and explained) features of blender really opens up the possibilities :)
    Thanks for all your hard work, it is greatly appreciated!!

    • Posts: 2028

      Thanks for watching, Erroll :) Another VSE video will be out tomorrow!

  4. Posts: 20

    I’m not quite sure where I should post this, but on the “VSE: Custom Mask Transitions” it says that the link is broken.. I tried it several times..

      • Posts: 2028

        Ok, so our devs are running tests on the backend which unintentionally notified users of the tutorial that will be released tomorrow. So…SURPRISE! That’s what will be on the site tomorrow 😉

  5. Posts: 5

    Was all excited that cgcookie gave me a 3 day trial account cause they missed me, then found out that the citizen files are not for download :( oh well, guess I’ll get it next time I get a citizen account.

  6. Posts: 2

    Thanks for another great tutorial Kent! Before watching this I had held off using Blender’s Video Sequence Editor and concentrated on learning how to use the rest of Blender. I have made a few short videos where I have made the animation in Blender and rendered out the different scenes to the video at 1280 x 720 and 25 frames/second to a folder on my hard drive and then imported these video clips to another video editor to compile the final video (Corel VideoStudio pro x4). From there I rendered the final videos out as mp4 files but have only now realised that this was done at 1920 x 1080 and 30 frames/second. Does this matter or affect the final quality and would it have been better to render the final videos at 1280 x 720 and 25 frames/second to match the original clips, or is it the case that because both of these resolutions are a 16 : 9 ratio that it doesn’t affect the final quality? I would appreciate any thoughts that you may have about this. Thank you for your help.

    • Posts: 2028

      Since the aspect ratio is the same and you’re outlier clip is larger than the intended final result, there shouldn’t be any loss of quality. If you had a 1280×720 outlier that needed to be 1920×1080 then you’d have some quality issues.

  7. Posts: 1
    rebel_x says:

    i have a ? Kent what do u do when u import different videos with different fps say one is 25fps and other is 30fps coz the audio is no in sync in the render output

    thanks in advance

  8. Posts: 56

    Great tutorial! Just bookmarked it. Thanks for explaining VSE and simplifying everything.

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