Editing your video

Your recorded content may require some degree of editing like snipping the start or end of a clip or more complex editing tasks such as removing or inserting segments, creating transitions or boosting audio volume.

Video Editing Applications

The Adobe Creative Suite is available to all La Trobe University staff and contains the video editing applications Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements. You are free to use any editing application you are familiar with to edit your audio and video of course and in principle all the basic techniques and functions are the same across different editing programs.

Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Elements 12 are available from the Microsoft System Center depending on the type of operating system you have on your staff desktop or laptop. If you have a 64bit Windows Operating System or an up to date Mac computer you can install Adobe Premiere Pro and it is recommended that you do so. If your operating system is Windows 32 bit you will be limited to installing Adobe Elements 12. If in doubt, lodge a ticket with ICT at Service Now.

Installing Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe Premiere Elements

A range of software applications are available form the Microsoft Software (or System) Center and you can install them without requiring Administration Permission. The Software Center is only available to university owned computers.

To install either Premiere Pro or Elements on a University PC:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Microsoft System Center 2012.
  4. Click Configuration Manager.
  5. Click Software Center.

Any applications available to your computer will be displayed.


  1. Tick the check-box for the desired application(s).
  2. Click Install Selected.
  3. You can view the installation progress by clicking on the Installation Status tab.
  4. The status will change to Installed once complete and the software will be available in your Start Menu.
    Once an application has been installed it will no longer be displayed under Available Applications.

To un-install a program, click on the Installed Software tab, highlight the application and click Uninstall.

To install either Premiere Pro or Elements on a University Mac:

  1. Click Go.
  2. Click Applications.
  3. Double-click Self Service.
  4. Click the Install button for the desired application.
  5. Click Install.

User Guides

Adobe Premiere Pro - Editing Guide

Adobe Premiere Elements 12 - Install and Editing Guide

Compressing Files with Miro

Using Miro for compressing video files.

Miro is available for installation from the software centres on both PC and Mac computers.

Use these videos as a guide to installing and using Miro.

Miro Video Converter User Guide

Miro Video Converter User Guide

Microsoft System Center

How to use the Microsoft System Center on a Windows PC

Mac Self-Service

Apple Mac Self-Service Application

Compressing Files with Handbrake

File compression

Some files exported from video editing applications or the 1BS are too large for direct embedding into the LMS, we advise staff that they should upload directly into Echo360 as this will automatically compress the video and make a link to the video available in the LMS. Consult the user guide Publishing your Video for further information.

Handbrake File Compressor

Handbrake is a useful program that creates small compressed mp4 files from larger files. It needs to be installed after downloading from the website Handbrake.fr

Installing Handbrake

You may need to create a Local Admin (-LA) account so that you can install the program on your desktop or laptop computer. Use the following guide to do so but note it is for Windows machines only. For Mac instillation call ICT on x1500

Local Admin Service Guide.

Handbrake userguides

To compress a file use the following guides.

Handbrake for Windows - best settings

Handbrake for Mac - best settings

To change the settings in Moodle so it can accept a file size of up to 200mb refer to the following guide

Change Maximum upload size in the LMS

Exporting Files from Premiere Elements 12

Exporting in Premiere Elements 12 - export workflow guide pdf

  1. mp4 is a ubiquitous and stable file format for video so it is recommended that you export your edited file to this format. The following workflow will reduce the size of the source file by approximately 70%.
  2. Go to Publish + Share > Mobile Phones and Players > Apple iPod, iPad and iPhones > (Presets dropdown menu) Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4 - 720p 25

Exporting Files from Premiere Pro

Exporting in Premiere Pro - export workflow guide pdf

With Premiere Pro the normal workflow is to export high resolution files (which are large in size - about 200-400 mbs per 10 minutes) in order to archive them as "master files" from which you can then create smaller files for the LMS by compressing them further by using another compression program like Miro Video Converter or Handbrake.

1. When you are ready to export your file go to file > export > media - this will bring up the Export Settings window.

2. At the top under Export Settings ensure Format: is H.264. Under Preset: Scroll to the very bottom and select YouTube 720p HD

3. Under Output Name: click on 00000.mp4 name your file. Also at this stage allocated your exported file to the place on your computer you would like it exported to.

4. Go to the Video tab (between Effects and Audio) change Bitrate Settings > Bitrate Encoding: to CBR

5. Underneath the Bitrate Encoding change the Target Bitrate [Mbps]: to 6

Note: Target bitrate can be safely reduced to 2.5 if a smaller file is needed and the file won't be compressed a second time. Additional compression may adversely affect audio quality. Also note, once the export settings are set to CBR bitrate encoding Preset: will now read Custom.

6. Click on Export at the bottom of the Window and the file will begin exporting.

To save these export settings as a preset click on the save preset icon next to Preset: Custom first on the left.

Using Handbrake to compress a 1BS file for editing in a video editing application

Handbrake userguides - Editing

Handbrake settings are a little different for editing work. The One Button Studio produces an mp4 file that has variable frame rate and this causes out of sync issues in various media players and editors like Windows Media Player and Premiere Pro and Elements. Handbrake can create a version of the original video file from the 1BS that will work within these programs by changing the format of the file to constant frame. It's preferable to not affect the quality of the file with too much compression prior to editing as further compression will follow at the end of the editing process.

Follow the guides below to set Handbrake to transcode a 1BS file for editing.

Handbrake for Windows - edit settings

Handbrake for Mac - edit settings

Note. It is not necessary to compress a One Button Studio File if you are

1. Uploading to an Echo360 EMI shell - see the user guide Publishing your Video

2. Uploading to YouTube

3. Editing with Camtasia

4. Putting a file directly into DORIS

All of these programs can manage the 1BS file's variable frame rate without issue and will compress the file natively.

Editing Guide.

After you have compressed your video with Handbrake you can edit it with any number of video editing programs.

For a guide on how to edit your video with Adobe software please refer to our user guide Editing your Video.

Miro Video Encoder - compress a file to drag and drop into Moodle

For files not created in the One Button Studio you can use Miro Video Encoder which is a useful program that creates small compressed mp4 files from larger files. The default maximum upload file size is 100mb's in moodle but that can be adjusted to 200mbs (refer to this guide on how to change the maximum upload in Moodle). Miro is available for installation from the System Center (Windows) or Self-Service Centre (Mac). Use the instructional videos in the next accordion to learn how to use the System/Self-Service centers on your University computer and how to use Miro.

Alternately you can publish your video directly to Echo System. Refer to the publishing guide on how to do this.