In this tutorial we will look at the basics of getting Blender up and running for video editing and how you can go about importing video into Blender 2.8 for editing.
We thought it would be a good time to revisit or reboot our Blender tutorial series. They recently released a new version of Blender – Blender 2.8. We want to look at the video editing portion of it because that’s what we had done in the past.
Make sure you download the latest release of Blender.
Just like the old version, you just click anywhere to get out of the splash screen. I have had trouble finding where to get into the new video editing in the new version, but I did some research and found out that if you go into File>New and go to Video Editing it’ll take you right into it.
So the layout is a little different than then the old one. In this tutorial I’m just going to show you where to find everything for now and then we’ll get in later videos to other things.
Here we have our view port (centered at the top). It’s just like the old one it’s just in a slightly different place. You can scroll in and out with the mouse wheel to get your frame in position. To the left is your file browser and then at the bottom is your work space.
So let’s import a video clip real quick. In the left panel/window just hit this plus sign to the left to open that up and you can go to your wherever you have your video files stored. For this we will just be on our desktop. Then that will open it up in the same window of your file browser or whatever you want to call it. You can hit T (on your keyboard) to get out of that. Now let’s look at importing video.
Drag & Drop
Importing video is simple, you just drag it in. I would say let’s do just a drag in we’ll just drag that in right there and it loads in. Then you have your audio clip and your video clip. Again, you can scroll in and out to zoom, you can push down the mouse wheel and drag it back and forth or you can grab the scroll bar and move back and forth, but it’s easier just to use the scroll wheel in my opinion.
I did notice right away that in the new version you used to be able to click at the end of the clip and use the shortcut key on the keyboard (E) to set your end frame. That no longer works or maybe there’s somewhere I need to turn that on. The easiest way to do that is just grab your end frame number on the bottom right, left click and just drag to the right until your time frame is where you need it to be.
Different than the old version, clicking left click now selects things. I’m sure it can be changed in the settings somewhere, but left click selects and scrubbing is now the right right mouse button.
You can also add things by clicking Add>Movie, in the timeline file menu. Then it’ll just bring you into this file browser and then you can just add the movie strip. It does the same thing essentially.
I hope this video was helpful in your endeavor to learn Blender 2.8 and to use it for video editing. Please consider visiting our YouTube channel for more content like this or check out some of our DIY content on this website.