Aperture Tip: Edit Video Within Aperture

Posted Aug. 27th, 2013 by Daniel J. Cox

I’m often asked about my preferences for digital photography workflow software. There are numerous options out there but the one I currently use is Aperture. I also know Adobe’s Lightroom quite well but I switched from Microsoft PCs to the Apple’s Mac system in 2004, specifically due to Aperture. Unfortunately I found that Aperture wasn’t quite ready for primetime so I moved over to Adobe’s Lightroom. Eventually Apple solved most of the issues with the first version of Aperture and when Aperture 3.0 came along I moved my entire digital workflow back over to Aperture. So with that brief intro I want to move on and share with you one of my favorite features in Apple’s Aperture program.

Following is the first of what I plan to call Aperture’s Tips and Tricks. Aperture has the simple ability to work with video files, without having to put them in to a dedicated video editor such as iMovie or Final Cut Pro X. I use both iMovie and FCPX but if I can get away with doing a minimal edit in Aperture I’m very happy to do so. The ability to explain certain procedures or techniques is often more efficient in video form so to show you how I edit video in Aperture, I’ve created a short video. Let me know if you have any questions and stay tuned for future Aperture Tips and Tricks.


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  1. Mary @ Fit and FedOn Dec. 3rd, 2013

    Thanks, this was just the tip I needed today, successfully trimmed a short video on a computer that just has Aperture and no other video editing tools.

  2. Dave GlatzOn Aug. 27th, 2013

    Hi Dan interesting post. Looking forward to your future Aperture tips – especially those addressing the ability to edit video files in Aperture. LR 5 has a very similar “trimming” functionality, I believe, but I’m interested to see whether Aperture’s video editing capabilities are more extensive than the limited capabilities of LR5. Take care and talk to you soon!

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