How To Remix Video : Cutting Clips

I’ve started doing video tutorials on how to remix video. I’m going to do one a week till I bosh out the main points. Please email me or comment on the videos if you feel anything should be included or want me to explain anything in more detail. I’ve been doing these tutorials in various places online and at conferences over the years but I thought I’d gather them in one place on my YouTube. The tutorials are almost entirely using Magix Vegas software but some of the information will be relevant to other video editing software. I’ve been using Vegas since it was owned by Sonic Foundry right through it’s years with Sony and now it’s been taken on by Magix. There are really two reasons I use Vegas. Firstly you can edit video in musical beats and bars like a DAW (Ableton, Logic, Fruity Loops) and Vegas will ignore the frames so you can cut more finely and musically than a video editor locked to 25,30 or 60 frames would. Secondly it allows you to play a loop of your timeline without rendering first, so you can be listening to your video cuts musically as you make musical ideas. People also write 3rd Party Scripts for Vegas that allow it to do a variety of neat tricks like importing subtitles and batch processing things that would usual take a thousand clicks to achieve. One script I long for is being able to edit videos by the subtitle files, searching for keywords and having it kick out video for those words.

Wonder Woman Remix

Patty Jenkin's box office crushing Wonder Woman has cemented the chances of more female-led super hero movies. The fight scenes deliver a style of choreography only woman can elegantly pull off. Ignoring all the perfectly decent male actors in the movie I made a remix using the fight sounds and dialogue of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) with just a touch of Ewen Bremner’s piano house.

Baby Driver


Have you seen Baby Driver yet? It's the modern remix musical every audio visual remixer has dreamed of. Gear shifts, engine revs and skids are sync'd to the background music. Incidental sounds and gun fire play along with the rhythm, a bit like a bullet ballet. So here's my remix. For a movie that's led by the music it's weird to have none of the iconic songs from the movie but songs are what get flagged for Content ID infringement online these days. I've opted instead to take lots of partial moments and spoken word bits to create a track in the only musical style that seemed missing from the movie.... House Music.

New Jack City Beat

Like all classics, New Jack City has aged perfectly, and some of it hasn't aged at all "You gotta rob to get rich in the Reagan era.". 90s dancing and Chris Rock on the rocks included. The mix also features the original mash-up of The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" performed in the movie by two sons of The O'Jay's Eddie. Now enjoy this funky ass video beat!

Am I my brother's keeper?

Rock-a-bye baby

Indiana Jones Sound Effects Remix

I made a house music video remix using only sound effects clips from the Indiana Jones movies. The sound design is made by Ben Burtt who also made the iconic sounds for Star Wars. So some of the sounds are the same as the Star Wars SFX Remix I did. You might notice how much a plane engine from Indiana Jones sounds like a laser from Star Wars. Whilst making this I also noticed the same punch sound occurring in 3 of the Indy movies. I'm pretty sure Han Solo and Indiana Jones' fists make the same sound. Obviously, some Nazi's get punched in the face and shot so this might be NSFW if you work at the Whitehouse.

Sound Effects Remix #2

I've been collecting sound effects from movies for years. Looking for all the best moments where a noise occurs without any background music and a great image of the object making a sound. This version is "Sound Effects Remix 2" you can watch Version One here and a very old experiment from 2007 here. Some of the samples overlap between the versions, some are different but the second version is a slower "Hip Hop" feel where as the first was kind of house music.

Movies in Google Earth : Grand Central

I took scenes from movies featuring the south side of Grand Central on 5th Avenue and mapped them to their positions in google earth and then tried to link all the scenes together. This is what I'd love out of an augmented reality version of Google Earth. Walk around a city and walk past windows into movie worlds filmed from the locations around where your device is pointing.

Dr. Strangelove with Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware, founder of The Human League, Heaven 17, legendary producer of Tina Turner and Erasure, Multimedia artist and professor has teamed up with Eclectic Method to remix Dr. Strangelove. With relations between East and West at such an ambiguous point and the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight then it's been since the Cuban Missile Crisis what better time to revisit the Stanley Kubrick Classic. "Gentlemen, You can't fight in here this is war room"