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Editing Videos
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2019 01:00PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Students

Echo360 provides a basic video editing function, allowing you to make cuts and trims to video content as needed. In addition, you can make changes and save them to the original video, or you can make changes and Save As.

Save As creates a copy of the video with the changes you made. The user performing the Save As function also becomes the owner of the edited copy of the video. If necessary (and you are an Admin) you can change the owner of the video copy to an instructor.

Any changes you apply to a video will also appear in ALL published (or shared) versions of the video. Publishing (or sharing) simply provides links to the original content. When you edit that content, you change the content being delivered via those links. If desired, you can Save As after making edits. This creates a copy of the video that you now own, but which is not published anywhere.

If you are an Instructor, you can select to edit videos from Content home page or from the Class List page. The instructions below access the editor from the content details page.

If you are an Administrator, you can select Edit video from a capture's chevron menu in the completed captures list, or click on a completed capture and select the Edit video icon from the content details page.

To edit a video

  1. Click on a Video tile in your Echo Content Home page to open the Content Details page
  2. Click the Edit Media option located below the preview panel. 
    Media Details page for a video with Edit Media option identified as described

    The video opens in the editor window. 
    Video editor with buttons and playback controls as described
  3. Editing a video consists of the following basics (editing functionality is described in detail below):
    • Use the playback controls to find specific locations to mark.
    • Use the Make cut button to mark the location of the playhead.
    • Select a segment between cut marks (or between one end of the video and a cut mark), and use the Delete/Revert (they change depending on status) buttons at the bottom of the editor to make that change to the video.
  4. Repeat the above steps as needed to delete segments and/or revert deleted segments to active.
  5. Use the buttons across the top to complete your editing and process the video with your changes. These buttons apply to the video as a whole and work as follows:

    NOTE: After Save, the changes are applied to all published (and shared) versions of this video. Once processed, the edited version replaces the original version in all locations.

    • RESTORE - Reverts all changes ever made to the video and restores the original video file. This option is only active if you open a video that had previous edits applied to it.
    • SAVE - Applies the changes you've made to this video. These changes are reflected in the playback bar on the editing screen; gray segments are deleted and blue segments are retained.
    • SAVE AS - Creates a COPY of the video with your edits. In addition, you are now the owner of the edited copy, regardless of whether you were the owner of the original video or not.
  6. To exit without making or saving any changes, click the back arrow in the top left corner of the video editing screen.

Processing Occurs Immediately: After selecting to Save, Save As, or Restore, the processing of your changes begins immediately, however processing may take some time to finish, depending on the video length and number of edits. This means two things:
 1) Students or other users will not see the edited version until processing is complete.
 2) You should not try to re-edit the video until the initial changes are processed.

Using the video editing tools

The video editor allows you to trim the ends and cut segments from the video. You can review the changes to the video, playing it with the cuts in place, prior to making your changes permanent.

Review/Playback the video

Use the playback controls to play the recording. If you have made cuts in the recording, the playback will skip the cut areas, so you can see how the edits affect the final product.

The figure below shows the playback controls, and has the current location of the playhead identified, both as the timed location, and within the playback bar itself.

bottom of video editor with playback controls and playhead and timer identified as described

  • Click play to show the video in the editing window.
  • Click pause to pause the playback. This lets you place the playhead in a specific location for making a cut. See Cutting segments from the video section below.
  • Use the forward and rewind buttons to move through the video as needed.
  • Use your mouse to click-and-drag the playhead to various locations in the playbar.

Cutting segments from the video

Cutting segments in the video editor involves identifying each end of the cut, then selecting to make the cut. All cuts are temporary until you choose to Apply Edits.

Once the cuts are in place, you can review the edited video in the window. The playback head will skip over any cuts so you can see how the recording will look when it is published.

Moving the playhead marker - There are three ways to place the playhead marker in a specific location:
-- Play the video and pause it where you want to apply a cut
-- Click and drag the playhead marker in the playbar to the location for the cut
-- Hover the mouse over the playbar, then click in the playbar to the location for the cut

To cut a segment from the video

  1. Put the playhead marker at the beginning location of the segment you want to cut.
  2. Click MAKE CUT.
  3. Move the playhead marker to the end location of the segment you want to cut.
  4. Click MAKE CUT.
  5. Click into the area between the cuts to select it (yes this also moves the playhead into that area; ignore it).
    Notice that the selected area in between the two cuts changes to a lighter color than the rest of the playbar, as shown in the below figure.
    video editor showing segment to delete from the video
  6. Click DELETE to temporarily cut that segment from the video.
    The cut segment turns gray, to indicate it is no longer part of the playback.

Repeat these steps for each segment you want to remove from the video. The below figure shows a video with multiple cut segments. Remember, these cuts are temporary until you save your changes via Apply Edits.

edit video playbar showing multiple cuts removed from video as described

To trim the ends of the recording

  1. Put the playhead marker at location where you want the video to start.
  2. Click MAKE CUT.
  3. Click into the area preceding the cut (the current beginning section of the video) to select it.
    Notice that the selected area changes to a lighter color than the rest of the playbar.
  4. Click DELETE.
    The opening segment turns gray to indicate it is no longer part of the playback.
  5. Move the playhead marker to the location where you want the video to end.
  6. Click MAKE CUT.
  7. Click into the area immediately following the cut (the current end section of the video) to select it.
    Notice that the selected area changes to a lighter color than the rest of the playbar.
  8. Click DELETE.
    The end segment turns gray to indicate it is no longer part of the playback. This is shown in the above figure.

To revert cut segments (undo cut deletion)

  1. Click into a gray cut segment on the playbar.
    Notice that the DELETE button changes to REVERT.
    video editor with cut section to restore to the video
  2. Click REVERT.
    The segment returns to the same color as the rest of the playbar to indicate it is again part of the playback.
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