Getting Started with EditMentor

A quick overview to get started with EditMentor's interface, challenges types, and more.

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Written by Misha Tenenbaum
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Welcome to EditMentor, the online system that teaches the art of visual storytelling.

While EditMentor is really easy to learn and use, this quick guide provides all the basic information needed to get started quickly, along with links for more details.

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The Dashboard view is unique to each user and provides a snapshot of the progress. It includes available courses and the status of completion for each lesson. It also indicates the score for each lesson completed.



Each EditMentor course is broken into individual lessons on specific topics. Within each lesson are a series of challenges that teach and reinforce the lesson.

Lesson Challeneges

Lessons also include links to help articles with expanded details on each topic.

Link to help articles

Timeline Panel

The Timeline combines video, audio, and graphics to construct a film. A series of videos and audio laid out on the timeline is called a sequence.

Timeline panel

Video clips on the track are brown, while audio clips on the track are blue.

In the upper left corner of the timeline is the Timecode for the sequence. Timecode is based on the playhead's position and indicates the exact moment of the film.


The Playhead is the orange bar that moves as the sequence is played. The left and right arrow keys ⬅️➡️ on the keyboard move the playhead one frame, either back and forth, on the timeline to find an exact frame.

Learn more about the Timeline Panel here.

Media Library

Media Library

The Media Library is located in the top left corner of the EditMentor interface. This is where the media (aka "footage") is stored and organized for a project. Many times, the media files are organized in folders. Filmmakers use this panel constantly to find the shots needed to build their story.

Using the Media Library

Using the Media Library

  • The folder icons can be double clicked to see the media inside.

  • The individual shots can be viewed or “scrubbed” by moving the mouse🖱️ back and forth over a shot to review the footage.

  • Clicking the left arrow ⬅️ at the top left corner of the Media Library panel returns the view to the main folder.

Learn more about the Media Library here.

Display Monitor

The Display Monitor is where footage can be reviewed to determine the best takes to use in a sequence.

The Display Monitor changes based on what panel you have selected, the Timeline or the Media Library, and the location of your playhead in the selected panel.

Learn more about the Display Monitor here.

Challenge Types

There are several types of challenges within an EditMentor lesson. After reading the lesson text, begin a challenge by pressing the orange Start Challenge. The majority of challenges will take place in the EditMentor Interface. Make sure to read the challenge text carefully to see what the question is asking and what tools are required to be used.

Start Challenge
Submit Answers

Once you have completed the challenge, press the Submit Answer button. Your score and answers will be revealed. The View All Possible Answers button provides detail into the correct, partially correct and incorrect answers. Students can Try Again if they would like to repeat the challenge to get a higher score.

Below is a breakdown of the different challenges types within EditMentor:

View Possible Answers button


Marker Challenges

Add, Remove and Move

In a Marker Challenge, you need to identify a moment in the timeline, based on the question being asked in the challenge text.

  • To add a marker: Hover your mouse over the playhead and press the + button to add a marker.

  • To remove a marker: Hover your mouse over the blue marker and press Remove Mark.

  • To move markers: You can move markers by clicking and dragging it left or right.

Learn more about Markers here and how to Answer Marker Challenges here.


Interactive Marker Challenges

Blue Checkmark

In an Interactive Marker Challenge, multiple-choice questions are found inside the glowing orange triangle markers located on the timeline. When you click on a triangle, you'll be presented with a multiple-choice question to answer on the timeline. You will need to consider details like timecode, the position of an edit point, or why the marker is placed where it is.

A blue checkmark will appear once the question is answered. When all the questions in that challenge are answered, the answers can be submitted and reviewed.


Delete Challenges

Delete Tool

In a Delete Challenge, shots are selected on the timeline and either Deleted or Rippled Deleted to improve the story. Both Delete tools can be found on the Tools Palette.

Shots can be selected by clicking on the clip or by drawing a box around the clip with the mouse.

The Delete tool removes a clip in the timeline and leaves a gap. The icon looks like two dotted brackets.

Ripple Delete Tool.

The Ripple Delete tool removes a clip and the gap it leaves behind from the timeline. The icon looks like a bracket with a dotted line.

Learn more about the difference between Delete vs Ripple Delete here and how to Answer Delete Challenges here.


Trim Challenges

In a Trim Challenge, clips are shortened or extended on the timeline by using the correct trim tool.

The trimming tools are located in the Tools Palette to the left of the timeline.

Trim Tool Icons from Left to Right:

Trim tools
  • Basic Trim: This tool extends or shortens a clip, while leaving a gap behind on the timeline.

  • Ripple Trim: This tool extends or shorten a clip on the timeline, while automatically closing the gap on the sequence after you make the trim.

  • Rolling Trim: This tool removes an equal number of frames from one clip while adding frames to the other clip, without affecting the overall length of a sequence. The display monitor will show you the frame from both shots that are being rolled, so it is important to watch it as you make your edit.

Learn more about the Trimming Tools here and how to Answer Trim Challenges here.


Multiple Choice Challenges

Challenge InformationBox
Lesson Panel

In a Multiple Choice Challenge, questions are answered in the lesson panel or challenge information box.

The “Start Challenge” button allows access to the Editing Interface, if the question is based on something in the Media Library or on the Timeline.

Many of the Multiple Choice Challenges have more than one correct answer. Typically, these questions include the line, “select all answers that apply.”

Completing Lessons and Reviewing Scores

Lesson Complete

After completing the lesson, the Lesson Complete box will appear and provide the overall score. It also includes:

  • The Replay Lesson button allows a full replay of the lesson.

  • The Back to Lessons button returns to the lessons menu.

For more details on all the Getting Started items, refer to EditMentor Help Articles.

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