July 29, 2014

ID-100116793 (2)Video editing refers to simply the process of which a video is put together. Nowadays it is easier to capture video footage and this can be done on many devices including camcorders, cameras, iPads, computers and even mobile phones. With it being so easy to capture video it is becoming more and more popular where individuals will have a go at making their own video from start to finish, including the post production editing stage.

Editing is one of the most important components for both professional video production companies and the film industry as a whole. Here are my top five tips to consider when editing your first video.

1) If it has no value then bin it

This is referring to your video clips. When you start editing your video together firstly keep in mind – do I need to see that particular clip or hear that sentence of dialogue? If the answer is no then simply do not use it as it will bring no relevance to your video. Cut your scenes tight, this could include tightening the gaps between dialogue sentences and using a selection of carefully placed cutaways.

2) Watch for continuity

Continuity can be quite tricky to get right when it comes down to video production especially if you have an actor or presenter involved within your video. When editing make sure you check for continuity these can be simple things like if you cut to a close up the persons face is in the same position (i.e if the eyes were open they don’t shut all of a sudden, same with the mouth and unusual head movement). To help with contingency it is easier to film from the off start with two camcorders set up but this can easily be achievable with 1 camera. Check through your work carefully, even better ask somebody to do this for you as obvious mistakes may not be recognisable when you have a particular idea of how you want the scene to look and pan out.

3) Be Organised

Being organised with your editing is just as important as deciding why you need a video in the first place. Make sure you capture your clips to your laptop or PC to an easy place you can find them. Do not save them to your desktop and move them afterwards as most editing software’s will then require a search to find all the clips again. Get rid of any clips that you are certain you will not use e.g practice shots, the 30 second of tape wasting clip (if you are using a mini dv camcorder).

4) Allow yourself time

Video editing can be quite time consuming even for the professionals, remember most software’s will require for you to render your project in real time once you have finished editing so allow yourself plenty of time for this, also I would always advise allowing yourself a couple of contingency days encase you need to re-film any shots as they could be the difference between making your video successful or being a total flop.

5) Don’t Forget About Copyright!

You want to use your favourite music from the charts in your video, great! But this won’t be legal and you could be breaching copyright laws. If you require music take a look at the many royalty free music sites out there. There are a couple good free sites such as www.freesfx.co.uk which have a number of free music and sound effects that you can use for free as long as you credit the author.

Video editing can be quite addictive once you get into it, if you keep these five starter tips in mind it will help you speed up the process to producing a great quality video.



Jenny Verman

Jenny Verman
Digital Marketing Manager
The Internet Marketing Academy


(Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.Net)

One thought on “5 Simple Steps For The Video Editor Amateur

  1. Great tips! The suggestion of being organized is spot on. I recently got into video editing, and loved it so much that I now run a video editing company at http://www.Activid.co. We work with some really talented editors – just upload your raw footage through our website and we’ll edit it into an pro-quality video for $95.

    People love taking video, but they often don’t know how or don’t have time to edit it themselves. Hopefully our service and tips in this article will inspire more people to share their amazing experiences through video!

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