Twenty-five years ago or so, a single editing station could cost more than $250,000. Today you can get real editing power for free with programs like Windows Movie Maker and Apple's iMovie. The award-winning documentary "Tarnation," for example, which is kind of like a 90-minute videoblog, was edited entirely in iMovie and was the first such movie to gain theatrical distribution.
Whether you're editing a feature film or a vlog, the basic principle of editing holds true: You want to choose the best shots to tell your story or convey your concept, then arrange them in an order that holds meaning for you. In this chapter, we cover the editing process as it relates particularly to vlogging, no matter what your story is or what application you use. You can find step-by-step instructions for using iMovie or Movie Maker in their built-in Help tools, various online resources, and books like Peachpit's Visual QuickStart and Visual QuickProject Guides. This chapter guides you through the overall process of telling a story with video.