Kfir Aharon is an experienced video editor with over 7 years of expertise in the field, an investor, and a blogger.
Are You New To Video Editing?
Learning how to edit a video can be intimidating if you don’t know where to start, but you don’t need to invest in expensive software or learn complex editing techniques to produce a professional-looking video. A little bit of practice and basic knowledge will go a long way, and the result will be the perfect video to share with friends, family, and even new clients if you happen to offer video editing services on your website or social media pages. Here are some easy tips for getting started with your first few videos.
Choosing video editing software
When it comes to video editing software, you’ve got a few choices: Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Final Cut Pro. Each has its pros and cons. The good news is that all three are very good for beginners—each will walk you through your first project with ease. All have an interface that is intuitive and simple to learn.
Splitting Up Shots
The video editing software you use doesn’t matter nearly as much as how you use it. But if you’re just getting started with your first video project, there are a few factors to consider: Do you want to split up one long scene into smaller segments? In that case, a nonlinear editor like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro will probably suit your needs better than iMovie or Pinnacle Studio.
Creating Titles, Transitions, and Bumpers
Learn how to create titles, transitions, and bumpers using either Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Premier Pro. If you don’t have access to editing software, try making a flipbook using PowerPoint or Google Slides. Keep in mind that it may take some time for you to get comfortable with video editing, but if you stick with it, your skills will improve quickly!
Importing Footage into Your Video Editor
The first step in using any video editing software is to import your footage. Depending on what program you’re using, you may be able to directly upload footage, or you may have to convert it from one format to another (like a .mp4 file). Most video editing programs offer several presets for different devices and applications. Just select a preset from a drop-down menu and press convert. Your converted video will then be available for importing into your project.
Importing Audio Into Your Video Editor
If you’re using a video editing program such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, or Final Cut Pro X, importing audio into your video editor is easy. With audio files on your computer and your video editor ready to go, open up your video editor and click Import under its File menu. Select Audio Files from a drop-down menu or just choose any WAV file from your computer to import.
Adding a Background Music or No Music at All
Adding background music to your video will not only make it more appealing but can help you to better connect with your viewers. Background music can also be used to add a subtle message or emphasis on what you’re trying to say. Alternatively, no background music is also a good option if you want viewers to focus on what you’re saying or doing rather than get distracted by a catchy tune.
Putting Everything Together in a Finished Video
Once you’ve created a rough cut, you have to put everything together in a finished video. Some people use editing software that automates this process, but most people find it more time-efficient to learn manual editing techniques. That way they can focus on deciding which shots and scenes will produce the best-finished product. From there, it’s just a matter of cutting out unnecessary footage, adding transitions and effects, and moving things around until your video is polished.
To Help You Get Started Here Are Some Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started:
1) Locate the File
The first thing you’ll need to do is locate and open your file. Each editing platform differs in where they save files, but it’s likely to be on a hard drive, or in a cloud storage site like Google Drive or Dropbox. The location of your file will depend on what platform you’re using and what project you were last working on with that particular file.
2) Watch Tutorials
If you’re getting started with video editing, YouTube is a great place to start. Whether you’re looking for basic tutorials on video editing or more advanced tips and tricks, you can find what you need by searching video editing on YouTube. If one of your goals is to learn how to use Premiere Pro, look no further than NLEtv— it has over 9 million views and will help you get acquainted with Premiere in no time.
3) Don’t Overly Edit
The first video editing tip every beginner should know is to resist over-editing your videos. It’s very easy to get caught up in adding every available feature to your video and playing with all of them at once, but it can make it difficult for people to follow what you’re saying or see what you’re trying to show them. One thing that usually makes a video feel amateurish is a lack of focus, so keep things simple.
4) Let the Subject Tell the Story
The length of your video should be determined by what you want to say, not how long it takes to say it. When you’re editing your film, make sure that you let each subject tell their story, and don’t force a shot or cut just because there is dead air.