Total Beginner’s Guide to Video Editing

Okay, so your first shoot is complete. You have your footagein hand but what’s next? How do you turnwhat you shot into a great video? It’s all at your fingertips with thepower of editing. So pull up a chair, fire up that computer and let me show you some important steps to turn your idea into reality.

Hi everyone, it’s Kia,and my channel is TheNotoriousKIA. I’ve been creatingvideos on YouTube for over six years and I can’t overstatethe importance of editing. Here are twelve stepsthat are the basics you need to know. Remember, you’ll developyour own editing style as you practice more but these are simple tips to help you get started. What’s interesting is thatediting begins long before the first cut. It starts on the shoot.

Step one: Multiple takes. You may want to think aboutdoing multiple takes of shots so you have plenty ofperformance options to choose from. Also, make sure you getall the wide shots you need and any close-upsthat you want your audience to focus on. Step two: Back up your footage. Once you’ve completed a successful shoot,backup and transfer your footage immediately. I’ve heard so many stories of creatorsleaving memory cards in cabs or at airports.

And sometimes you won’t be able to reshoot. So get that footage copiedand somewhere safe quickly. Step three: Your edit space. Where you edit is very important. Make sure you findsomewhere quiet where you can focus you can even throw ona little music to set the vibe. Step four: Organising your files. Import your footageand organise it into folders like you organise computer files in general.

The more preparation you dosorting footage into the right place the better. It will save you hours later when you’re looking forthe one shot you can’t find. Trust me. Step five: Watch your footage. Spend time watching every single shot. This helps youfamiliarise yourself with all your footage. Step six: Beginning to edit.

Finally. Mark the best takes then lay them intoa sequence in order on your timeline. This is called an assembly edit. It means you haveall your top content in one place roughly following the storyline. Step seven: Fine cutting. Next you startcutting the shots down further removing the beginning and the end of them.

And creating your story. Consider removing any ‘um’s and ‘ah’s and any long pauses or boring parts. The goal is to really makeyour video move in a quick and efficient way. Jump cutting is often usedto allow you to truncate time and move forward quickly and efficiently. Here’s an example. The weather is really humid in New York. So I put it in a pineapple,and I wash my hair weekly.

Those are two questions that I get a lot. If you want to dosomething slightly more advanced transitions are how you add variety and are an effective wayto maintain the pace of the video. These are thingslike dissolves between shots or fades which give the feeling of time passing. Another fun transition is the wipe,which can come in a lot of different styles. Some programs have automatic transitions as well as many optionsto customise them exactly the way you want.

Step eight:Watch over and over, pause and do it again. Watch your video sequencedown over and over again. The more times you watch it,the more you’ll feel when it gets too slow or where you need to edit something out or if you need toexplain moments in more detail. At some point,I always get too close to my work and I need to step away so I take my dog for a walk or I grab something to eat.

And I come back later,even the next day, for a fresh perspective. Believe me, this always helps. Step nine: Building up your edit. Consider adding B-rolland title cards or text call-outs. B-roll is supplementalfootage or images that support the story. It usually is inter-cutwith whatever your main shot is and is used to show and tell what’s going on. And a title card goesat the beginning of your video, like this which, like the title of a story, helps youset up what your audience is about to see.

Text call-outs areengaging ways to highlight important facts you want to bring to everyone’s attention. They can be a lot of fun like this and make sure you lay out all your titles on a separate layer to the footage so it’s clear to seeand easy to make changes. As your video edit shapes up remember to add timefor you in-screen elements like imagery forother related videos you want to promote.

Or to encourage people to subscribe. Step ten: Working with sound. This is all about the importance of sound. Sound? Sound? Audiences usually don’t mind bad lighting but they can’t stand watching a videowhere they can’t hear what’s going on. So record your sound well. And music is also very important,it sets the tone for your content.

One of the best places to find great music is the YouTube Audio Library where all the tracksare free to use without issues. Step eleven: Mixing your sound. You should alwaystry to do some mixing of your sound. This can be daunting but the best rule of thumb is to make sureyou can easily hear your voice at all times. So turn the music down so thatit supports but doesn’t overwhelm the voice and turn it up when nobody is talking.

For more drama and excitement. Close your eyesand listen to your entire soundtrack and see if anything istoo hard to hear or too loud and make adjustmentsuntil it sounds good to you. Step twelve: What is colour correction? You can make your videolook just the way you like it with colour correction. You can boost up the saturation and make your colours pop.

And add contrastso your blacks truly look black. Then you’re almost done. Watch everything a few more times to check that the cuts, soundand images look exactly how you want them and then you’re ready to export. Set the export settings and look to see if your editing softwarehas a specific ‘Export for YouTube’ option. Export your video onto your computer and then upload it to YouTube.

I suggest you upload as ‘Unlisted’ first. This gives you time to writeyour title, description and tags. Then when you’re ready flip your videoto public for the world to see. I hope this video has helped you get started. Remember,editing is where a lot of the magic happens. So find a process that works for you. Check out the Creator Academy course for more information.

And be sure to subscribeto the YouTube Creators channel for a new video every week! So till next time, peace!
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