Video editing is a creative skill and practice takes you closer to perfection. However, there are certain aspects to this skill that can be learned from others. Knowing such basics give you a headstart in video creation. As you create more videos, you can put the basics to use and create better videos.
To assist you in your video-making journey, here are the top 10 editing tips that you learn before you hit the third decade of life.
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Stick to a tool
These days, there are hundreds of video editing tools. Considering that most of these offer a host of features, you may feel tempted to experiment. Understand that the more time you spend on a tool, the better you will get at its usage. If you experiment with multiple tools, you will not be an expert in any of them.
Ideally, you should look up the features of the different editing tools and compare them with your priority list. Once you identify a tool that meets your editing needs, budget, and editing expertise, we recommend that you stick to it for all your videos.
Arrange the Necessary Hardware
To do justice to your video editing, you need a fast computer that supports you. Start by investing in a faster SSD storage device. That way, you will speed up the loading, rendering, and export times. For those who are into regular video-making, this will give a boost to your editing productivity. Ensure that your editing device has at least 8GB RAM. Depending on the editing tool that you are using, you may need a video card. If you are working on a device with low hardware specifications, we suggest that you use a cloud-based online video editor for your editing needs.
Learn from Others
Like every other skill, you can also learn video editing by observing professionals at their work. When you enjoy video content, pay attention to the transitions, background scores, story flow, and other editing details. This will help you understand what sets these high-quality videos apart from most others.
Platforms like YouTube, Red Giant Tutorials, Video Copilot, and others have several tutorial videos. Based on the editing tool, choose appropriate tutorials and set out on your video-making journey. Understand that the menu functionalities differ in the different software versions, and you should always choose a tutorial that explains your version. This will help you avoid unnecessary confusion and simplify the process of video-making.
Color Correct the Clips
Color correction of clips helps to ensure continuity of content and set the theme for the scene. You can manipulate this to evoke certain reactions in the viewer. For situations where you wish to take the viewer through something in the past, color grading will be useful.
You can use color grading to give a sepia or monochrome look to your videos. Knowing when to use color grading and when to go for color correction will put you at an advantage.
Plan the Project Files
The best part about video editing is that you will find ample tutorial videos that you can use to learn new skills. At such times, try to use the same project files as demonstrated in the video. That way, you can work on the exact steps and learn the skill. You can then replicate this on other video files. Several video editing tutorials let you download the project files. Choosing such a file will simplify the learning curve and enable better recall value.
Take the 321 Approach to File Organization
As a content creator, you should be ready to deal with a large volume of data. There will be tonnes of videos, images, stickers audio clips, and other media files that you need to work on. Be systematic in your approach and follow a well-defined nomenclature.
Ideally, there should be three copies of the video file. You need to be proactive and ensure that your edits are saved in all three copies. You must store the three copies in at least two different locations. Try to have some physical distance between the two locations.
Edit For a Story
Irrespective of the type of video that you are creating, you must have a storyboard in place. Start your editing by trimming the clips to remove the extraneous footage. Then, color correct the clips and arrange them in order on the storyboard.
Post that, you can focus on the aesthetic appeal of the video. Instead of randomly using a bunch of special effects, make sure that your choice of effects contributes to the story. While planning the storyboard account for the lighting, placement of props, background music, and other factors. That way, you can plan your content to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.
Utilize Keyboard Shortcuts
The sooner you learn to use the keyboard shortcuts, the better will be the quality of edits. Most editing tools offer keyboard shortcuts, and you must review them before memorizing. Many editing tools let you customize the shortcuts, and we recommend that you explore the opportunities.
If your editing budget permits, try to get an editing keyboard with shortcut icons. Alternatively, you can purchase a replaceable editing cover for your existing keyboard. A gaming mouse is another useful addition, and you can use its buttons for dedicated editing features.
Select Relevant Music
Music helps to set the mood of the video and please the viewer. For example, a viewer is more likely to enjoy a comedy film with upbeat music than without it. Similarly, dramatic music improves the overall appeal of a thriller and attracts viewers into watching it.
While choosing the background music, make sure that you have the copyright to use it. The safest approach is to use the music options from a royalty-free service provider. Alternatively, you can also compose your music or use self-recorded voiceovers.
A significant fraction of video viewers have their devices on silent mode while watching videos. This makes it important to use texts in your videos. Use a readable font in contact colors. The classic black and white combination never fails to impress. As far as possible, try to use simple transitions and do not let them grab too much attention. That way, the viewer will stay focused on your core content. If your video content requires you to use flashy graphics, try to personalize them instead of using stock images.
The process of creating videos is a never-ending journey. The more distance you walk, the better you will get. While age is just a number and 30 does not imply much, knowing the above lessons early will put you at an advantage.