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How to make your first supercut?

First we need an idea. So how about looking for inspiration in a couple places. First there is the site which hosts a number of really crafted examples of supercuts. Bear in mind that these are a curated collection of really well made supercuts so don’t be intimidated! You’re looking to identify something on your own and successfully craft a handful of examples together. But if you’re inspired, please go down the internet rabbit hole as we say. Also look at TV Tropes for ideas of repeated storytelling devices. There will literally be lists that you could work from.

Next I need to find the media. Of course Youtube is going to be the first choice right? Netflix, Vimeo, any site that streams video. Download sites. Some that are ‘legal-ish.’ Torrents and other sites that stream content directly in the browser.

Now I need that media on my computer. Download Youtube videos via a variety of means. People have lots of different ways of doing this. Sometimes in the browser. Other times with a favorite application on the desktop. Or you can always lean on the quick and dirty trick of recording video on the screen. The hard part is getting good sound. The screen recorder typically uses the microphone when recording so that means you’re going to record sound using the computer microphone listening to the speaker. There are ways around this but it take some special tools on the computer. It may crazy but you can really easily rip DVDs with tools like Handbrake.

Now you need some tools to edit the videos. It’s probably best to consider a two part process. First you preselect portion of your media since you’re going to use really small pieces. Ultimately for a supercut, each piece will likely be less than 5-8 secs. So why bring a four minute clip into an editor and especially not an entire 30-90 min full show or movie. Simple video tools like MPEG Streamclip and Quicktime have basic trim, cut and paste features to create smaller more usable pieces. Second you’ll have to pick a video editor such as iMovie and/or Window Media Player which are ‘free’ and are relatively easy to use. If not there are many tutorials out there you might find online.

You need a place to host the video. You can’t directly upload videos to the blog and embed them. More likely you’ll need to use a site like Youtube, but there are alternatives including anonymous ones so you don’t have to join another social media space. Then lastly you’ll need to embed in a blog post.

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