Top 10 Video Editing Tips for Beginners

You’ve filmed a movie or shot a music video, and now it’s time for the other half of the battle: the post-processing stage. As with filming, this step requires a good mix of both creativity and technical knowledge. And in this article, we aim to help make the video editing process much easier and more productive by providing a few helpful tips, techniques, and “life hacks” for you below.

Filming a movie or shooting a video is a battle in itself until the real battle commences – the post-processing stage. As filming, this stage too requires a blend of both creativity and technical knowledge.

Having said that, do you want to make the video editing process much easier and more productive?

Tune in for a few helpful tips, techniques, and “life hacks” to make the video editing process much easier and more productive.

Note: These tips don’t teach you how to make edits to your video clips, but help cut your editing time in half and help you produce better results in the end.

1. Choose the Right Software:

This is the first step to improve your video editing process. Now the question arises as to which one has an edge over the other. The answer to this is, the one with better usability, digital interface, and features. The key here is to choose what works for you and your editing style instead of just the latest, most advanced video editing program out there.

Top favorites include After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve, which offers a free and comprehensive Lite version. You may also want to try Lightworks, Autodesk Smoke, and Sony Vegas, if you’re looking to try other less-popular yet highly capable alternatives.

2. Use a Fast Computer:

And by this we mean you can choose whatever computer brand or model you want, but it should be fast enough for you to store huge files and allow you to focus more on your editing work without having to worry about slow rendering.

Tip: To significantly shorten your editing times is to increase your computer’s memory (RAM) to at least 8GB if you’re going to be doing professional or commercial work, and get the recommended video card and processor for your editing software.

3. Watch Video Editing Tutorials:

YouTube, educational websites and blogs are loaded with tutorials useful for creating amazing content. And the best part is, most of these tutorials are free making it more accessible. As you look for tutorials to achieve certain looks and complete specific tasks, target the software version of the program you’re using. Many companies adjust functionality and menu settings from version to version.

4. Get the Project Files:

As a fresher in video editing, prefer using the same project files as the instructors in the tutorial. This will let you learn the steps correctly, because your work will match the sample from the demo. Once you’ve mastered a technique, you can repeat the process with your own video files.

5. Obey the 321 Rule:

Irrespective of the program used as a video editor you should practice the 321 rule. Keep three copies of everything you create, in at least two different places, with one of those places physically separated from your other locations.

6. Edit for a Story:

The most important thing to remember while editing is to remember your creative goal: tell a great story. Move past the basics – cut away extraneous footage and correct the order of your clips. Make your content aesthetically-pleasing and dramatically compelling to evoke the right emotions and effectively impart your intended message. Avoid using a bunch of gaudy effects. Instead use your practical and technical knowledge to impress your viewers.

7. Maintain an Efficient Workflow:

One way to improve your workflow is to organize your projects and files in folders that you can use repeatedly. Create homes for your projects, footage, audio files, images, and graphics, in which you can also create more subsections and folders.

Another way that you can work faster is to use external hard drives for storing your footage, so you can free up more computer memory.

8. Utilize Keyboard Shortcuts:

Keep in mind that most editing programs allow you to use keyboard shortcuts to perform a range of in-app editing functions. Feel free to review, memorize, and customize the different set of shortcuts for software programs like Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve.

9. Learn Important Terms:

Video editing requires you to talk to a lot of video editors, which means you’ll have to learn a lot of lingo. Some of the concepts used in video editing are impossible to figure out without any research, which is why you need to learn it early.

Basic concepts include the following:

Jump Cuts – Cutting out portions to skip boring or predictable moments and preserve visual interest.

J Cut – Audio precedes the video.

L Cut – Video precedes the audio.

Montage – Sequence of clips showing the passage of time, usually for a transformation or character development.

Cutting on Action – Cutting when the subject is moving instead of after each movement to create a more interesting and fluid scene.

Match Cut/Match Action – Cutting together two visually similar shots or scenes

Cutaways – Adding transition pieces that don’t include the main subject or action to show the surrounding environment and set the mood, add meaning to the scene, or aid dramatic tension.

There are more terms in addition to the above mentioned. All you need to do is take the time to read and do your own research.

10. Color Correct Your Clips:

Color is a major design element that can be manipulated to highlight certain subjects, evoke specific emotions, and set the mood or atmosphere of your scene.

Most editors do two things: color correction, to make sure that the colors of your footage are consistent in each scene, and color grading, to give your film a different look. Both are essential when you want most of your scenes to look as realistic as possible, or to differentiate certain scenes from others, such as when you use presets like sepia and monochrome on “flashback” scenes.

We realise that a lot of this can be daunting for a beginner and most of us have a business to run and look after. This is where we as a team come into picture to take care of your editing and designing needs and help your content to get recognised digitally. This creates brand awareness which in turn grows your business.

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