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    My question is: "What tool, or tools, would I need to learn?"

    My profile:
    - I've never edited video.
    - I'm competent in a number of programming languages.
    - I know how to do most of what I imagine in Photoshop.
    - I've built some basic compositions in 3D Studio.

    My objective: (I don't know the correct terms for this world, so I'll try in plain English).
    I'd like to be be able to film a number of videos and process them to make a music video. For that I'd need a tool that would allow me to:
    - Cut portions of the videos.
    - Alter some of those fragments' usual visual characteristics (as for a picture)
    - Alter some of those fragments' video specific parameters: for example manipulate the fps (to accelerate or slow down the fragment),
    - Assemble them in a timeline with enough precision to be able to match the video with an audio track.

    Is what I'm asking very basic? Or one of the hardest tasks in video editing. What are the correct tools for this? Is this the correct sub-forum for this question?

    Thank you for your answers.

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    These are the basic fundamentals of non linear editing. Certainly nothing complex or that a video editing application of less than £100 could achieve (for example premier elements). You may need to start to look for specialist plugins to achieve advanced color grading or slow motion, but as with anything, the more you pay the greater the sophistication.

    One caveat about slow motion. Best results are achieved by recording at a very high frame rate. Reducing the frame rate below about 75% of 25fps doesn't produce great results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    These are the basic fundamentals of non linear editing. Certainly nothing complex or that a video editing application of less than £100 could achieve (for example premier elements).
    If I'm not wrong:
    - Premier Elements is a reduced version of Premier Pro.
    - Both of them are tools to compose a video from video fragments and sound.
    - They both allow the manipulation of video image parameters.

    If that is correct, what's "after effects" for? Is it a tool to add special effects to a video fragment but not one that allows the composition of those fragments into a final work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    You may need to start to look for specialist plugins to achieve advanced color grading or slow motion, but as with anything, the more you pay the greater the sophistication.
    This new interest started with the gift of a gopro hero3 black. The cutting of a fragment in slow motion I think I can do with the mini tool that comes with the product. However, one thing it doesn't allow me to do is distributing fps on a time function. i.e.: I can film in 120 fps and extract a fragment in 12,24, 60 and other fps but I can't, for example, start from a video filmed in 120fps and create another one that starts in 120 and then between two points separated a couple of seconds, smoothly changes to 60fps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    One caveat about slow motion. Best results are achieved by recording at a very high frame rate. Reducing the frame rate below about 75% of 25fps doesn't produce great results.
    I'll film in 60fps or 120fps. I don't know if that's very high frame rate.

    One result I'd like to achieve is to smothly slow the fps to a total pause.

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    I think I'd be more comfortable with a tool that allows me to manipulate the "painting" of the frames into the final video.

    e.g.: Imagine I have a two seconds fragment filmed at 120fps and I want those 240 frames to be "pasted" into the final timeline following the formula: Frame_number = ln((Time+1)^2)*60, so the original 240 frames stretched for about six seconds and a half, moving slower every second that passed.

    What tool gives me the possibility of doing this?

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    This is often referred to as speed ramping, which is available in premiere cs6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    This is often referred to as speed ramping, which is available in premiere cs6.
    Knowing the name and the app was enough to find a simple video tutorial on how to do it. Thank you.

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