Video Editing Tips for Beginners

Shooting video is like child’s play these days. With a handy smartphone camera, anyone and everyone can create videos. So you see recording video is not a big deal but the real battle starts when it comes to the editing part. Although with the blessing of technology, tons of mobile and desktop applications can do video editing in a jiffy, you should possess the mix of creativity and technical knowledge to make it look professional.

According to my observations, there are two types of video editors. One is people who record videos just to post on social media stories and the other is professional vloggers, aspiring YouTubers, and filmmakers, for whom video editing is a part of their business. In this article, I am focusing on the latter one, because how people are going to like their videos, can’t say completely but a lot depends on how finely and with how much perfection the video editing is done.

When it comes to video editing you need some really great tools and software to make things professional. For example, you need a video editor software like Camtasia or Filmora to make videos. You can also use certain tools like video background remover from which really make your editing work easier than ever.

Choose the Right Software/Application

You can’t win a battle with outdated and wrong weapons, no matter how good you are at your job. Similarly, outdated or wrong video editing software may lead you on the wrong path. Now what makes the right video editing for you depends on your requirements. Maybe what is right for you is not that appealing to others.

Basically, you need an excellent video editing tool that not only provides all the fundamental video edits but serves you what complements your needs. Your editing software should have all the features that work for you instead of being just the latest and advanced.

Equip with Right Hardware

This is often overlooked concerning video editing but I find it very crucial because the lack of hardware capabilities impacts the overall video editing process. If you have got compatible hardware, it renders graphics with ease and also prevents video lags.

Storage space, RAM, GPU, and CPU. A PC user must consider these 4 components before starting video editing on the PC. Lack of storage space will create trouble in taking backups and copies. GPU lets you edit videos with easy graphic design. And a CPU is needed for fast processing. Investing in these hardware devices gives you good returns in the form of desirable edited videos.

Know Your End Product

You should know in advance what you are exactly expecting and what your edited video should look like. If you fail to do this, you will end up wasting time shooting too much useless footage and then compiling them together. Like a director of a movie, you must analyze and plan everything beforehand and say what should be the right angle to shoot the videos. This will save a lot of time in recording and editing videos later on the editing table.

Document A Project File

Considering every video as a project, you should document each and everything in a file. Here I mean with both digital and paper filing. This will help you to better organize your projects and cut the time cost. Another benefit of organized workflow is that you can refer to them again and again for the right guidance to all the members of the team. You can create multiple copies of it. Also save raw video clips, footage, graphic designs, images, and everything in a separate folder which is labeled properly.

Fill in the Right Colors

When I look back a few years, I feel blessed to have so many coloring features in video editing software and tools available to us today. Well, that’s the magic of technology! When it comes to editing videos, color plays a vital role in getting your audience to understand what you want them to understand.

The two major features probably every video editor offers are color grading and color correction. Color grading gives changes the look of the video while color correction is necessary for bringing consistency to the video. In other words, when you want to look your video as realistic as possible, you should use color correction. And when you wish to emphasize or draw viewers’ attention to a certain scene or situation, color grading is the feature that helps.

I think I should better give an example here. Suppose in your video, you want to show any scene in flashback, you may use sepia and monochrome preset.

Music, Sound Effects Text, and Graphics

Of course, a video is all about visual that looks treat to your eyes but music, sound effects, texts, and graphics are all equally important to come up with an ultimate video eventually. Add necessary sound effects that match the up and down pitch of the video. Add music depending on what type of videos you are making. Say if you are a vlogger, soothing music might be right for you but if you are making some tutorial videos, things may work differently. So again I would say it all depends on the individual project requirement.

Besides music and sound effects, adding text at some places and scenes is a good idea to engage more viewers. Graphics and designing bring more vidual attraction to your videos.


So, whether you are editing videos for a long time or you have just started, I am sure after reading this article, your video editing skills will go to the next level.

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