Editing a good video can be intimidating for most of us. It is something that is hard to handle, even for a professional or a well read motion picture enthusiast. The success of the entire process of video making rests upon the shoulders of the editor. This alone is enough to scare any video editor worth their salt. It all comes down to the technical details that sound like Greek and Latin for the most part.
While editing in itself requires skills and a sharp pair of eyes to notice details that a lot of people don’t, the technical difficulties that come with it makes it that much harder.
Not anymore. Here are 6 simple steps that will help you hone your video editing skills and help you come up with great content that will surprise you and your audience.
1. Choosing Your Editing Apps & Tools
The first and most important step in video editing is choosing the app that you are working with. Most pro video editors suggest using apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and FilmoraGo but it goes without saying that these apps provides a more professional cut. For various reasons, I prefer Adobe Premiere Pro over Apple Final Cut Pro. If you are an amateur that is new to the video editing game, finding apps that provide a bigger learning curve will be a smart move. PowerDirector and Kinemaster are some of the crowd favorites in this category.
Whatever app you choose to use, it is important that it goes well with your skill set as an editor and is something that you can work with without having to get frustrated.
Choosing a proper device to work on also helps make your work easier and much more interesting. The right device also ensures the safety of your videos by avoiding software crashes while working with larger files that require a lot of space and has more detailed editing needs.
2. Cut With Care
A good way to improve your video editing skills is to understand what and where to cut and where not to. It is crucial to trim your video to get rid of all the excess, unnecessary content that would make your audience dose off. At the same time, trimming too much of the video will only leave you with content that would make no sense whatsoever.
Cutting your videos at the right places to make the transition from one frame to another smoother is very important since otherwise, you are left with a jigsaw puzzle that misses way too many pieces for it to ever be full set. The right amount of cuts ensures that this transition is easier for you, the editor, and the consumer likewise.
It is important to know that you should aim to cut the video with the sole purpose of telling your story better. The main aim of video editor is taking a story to the audience with as little hassle as possible.
3. Use editing techniques
While editing your video, using a variety of editing technique goes a long way. It helps your video look professional and makes the overall effect of the final outcome well planned and organized. It helps the entire video pan out better. Using editing techniques like jump cuts, montages and action replay helps the video look more interesting and engaging to the audience.
There are a number of such techniques that one could work with and it all come down to picking out the ones that goes well with your own idea of a perfect video. They not only come in helpful for the final viewing of your video but it also makes working on it a fun process that you might look forward to. These techniques give your video that extra push and helps the audience understand the message you intend to communicate, better.
4. Play with graphics and special effects
Any video can be jazzed up by throwing in the right amount of special effects to make it more of a visual experience than just a plain old motion picture. Stop motion is one of the most famous tools in the video editing field today. It can be found in anything from a major movie to a tiny clip for a university project. It works well with any theme and story line. Another tool that a video editor can incorporate is animation. Animation and graphics adds detail to your story and makes it all the more colorful.
A lot of these tools can be used in any part of the video to provide emphasis to something you wish to communicate or could even be added just for the amplifying effect such tools provide. Whatever the reason for using graphics to your video is, the bottom line is that these tools are a well sought after addition to any video.
5. Pay attention to sound
This is one of the most crucial steps in video editing. It is also one of those steps that are often ignored till the last moments, causing havoc in the work environment when the final content is so close to completion. A video with tacky sound effects is bound to fail at delivering the required outcome. Sound is what brings the message home. It should be given special attention to and should be part of the utmost tier of importance while editing your video.
Most video editors suggest editing the sounds separately and incorporating it into the video at the latter stages. This will help you pay more detail to the sounds and will also help you edit the video to your own preferences.
Adding special effects during mixing your sounds and background music goes a long way in making your video enjoyable and realistic to the audience consuming it.
Professionals also suggest cutting down your video into smaller clips and working with each of their audios separately to ensure that all of them are in sync.
6. Bringing it all together
While editing the video, it is important to remember that the final outcome is what you, and every other video editor is working towards. If the final outcome of the video fails to deliver, the work you put into the editing process is of little to no use. Hence, it is important to check if the settings you are working with on your editing process are the same settings on the original video. This ensures better quality of the outcome. As mentioned above, double checking and comparing the sounds to the different frames to ensure sync comes in handy and provides a foolproof way to make your video glitch free. It is also important to work only with a copy of the original video and have backups for the same. This way, your video is always safe in case the software crashes midway or your edited videos get lost or corrupted.
Once the video is edited to perfection, the next step is to export the finished product all while not messing with the content.
Ensure that you do it with utmost care and precision so as to not change the quality of your video, no matter where you intend to put it up.