Video Editing & Special Effects

Regular price $199.00

This is an introductory-level course where students will learn to use video editing software to edit digital video; add background sound, music, special effects, and text; cut and merge video clips, and add pictures. The students will also learn to use Pixlr to edit pictures, Audacity (developed at Carnegie Mellon University) to edit sound, and Youtube to share their videos with friends and family.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Edit a video clip
  • Add animation and special effects to a video clip
  • Add voice-overs and background music to a video clip
  • Share the video clip with friends and family
  • Upload the video online including Youtube and Vimeo

Course Outline

  • 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 a video clip
  • Adding and modifying the 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 video sound
  • Splitting the video clip
  • Removing the unwanted video clip
  • Creating slow-motion video
  • Adjusting photo duration and adding photo effects
  • Creating a snapshot from existing video
  • Adding a transition between clips
  • Adding visual effects to photo and video
  • Adding multiple effects to a single clip
  • Removing effects
  • Saving video in high definition (HD), on DVD, for Internet, and YouTube


The student is familiar with basic computer usage and is committed to working independently in their own time on a project assigned to them.

Modes of Learning
Live Online Interactive Training Sessions: Students will attend online classes conducted by a panel of our expert teachers and will have the opportunity to interact live with the instructor. Students will meet the instructor live online at a scheduled time once a week for 8 weeks. They have the option to signup for a group or private lesson.
Group Lesson: We maintain a 1:8 teacher to student ratio ensuring every student gets individual attention.
Private Lesson: For an additional fee, the student can signup for a one-on-one private online lesson.

We pride ourselves in paying attention to every detail and intellectual needs of the students and ensure that the student’s training needs are met and the knowledge about the subject is delivered efficiently. Students will be assigned an account to access the courseware and instructor (via email) for a period of 12 months so they can also continue to study on their own, work on assigned projects and prepare for the final assessment even after the live online course is over.

After successful submission of the project work and passing assessments, a “Certificate of Completion” will be awarded by NRCLC validating their skill set acquired during the course. It is mandatory to pass all the assessments with at least 70% to obtain a “Certification of Completion”.

Modules: The course consists of 8 modules. The workload of each module varies and consists of a combination of the following:

Lecture: The Lecture consists of notes that can be used by students as reference material. Each module consists of at least one online lecture note with examples applicable to real-life scenarios. To keep the students up-to-date with the latest information,  the lecture notes may consist of hyperlinks to current resources, such as an article, a book, or a website.

Hands-on Activity: The hands-on activities help students apply the concepts learned during the lecture. Each module consists of programming activities and exercises.

Quiz: The quiz allows the student to further validate their learning. Students get unlimited attempts to pass the quiz with a minimum score of 70%.
Mini-Project: Projects help students apply the concepts learned through the lecture and apply them to build an application. All the mini projects are to be submitted via email before the end of the course.
Module Completion: To complete each module, the student must follow the instructions listed in the lecture notes.
Final Exam: At the end of the course, the student can take the final exam. The student must score 70% or more to receive a certificate of completion.

Technical Requirements

A computer with Internet access.

For the training purpose, the students will need to download Free MovieMaker software ( for editing a movie and Audacity ( for editing sound/voice file.

Career Pathways

This is an excellent introductory course for students who are interested in creating and editing their own videos, share their videos with their friends and family,  or add special effects to their videos.