Beginner Guide on How to Edit a Video for Online Sharing

Video editing is an essential step for any video that you want to share with others online. You must edit it in order to make it look like a professional standard video, like the show you see on TV or the movie made by big movie companies. Without editing, your video clips will look messy and aimless which equals zero audiences when you upload them.

Ask Yourself Some Questions about the Video Production

The first step is to ask yourself a few questions to give you a clear direction on how to edit the video. For example, you will want to ask yourself what is the goal of presenting the video? Is it for showcasing a travel experience to friends or presenting facts for kids, or a funny video that is for people to laugh at? Where do you want to upload the video?

If you know where you want to upload, then you know what specs you need to keep to. This is because every video sharing site has different requirements on the specs. What style of special effects would you like your video to have?

Decide What Video Editor Software to Use

You can start choosing video editing software when you have figured out the answers to your questions. Different video editor software offers different features like templates, special effects, animation titles, and supported conversion formats. The video editor can be an offline version that is installed on your computer or an online version that you can access with an internet connection. The most important thing is that the video editor is easy for you to use.

It must be easy enough for you to go to the menu and select the desired feature to perform the editing on the video. Many beginner-friendly video editors organize the features into tabs and you simply need to point and click the edit you like to implement on your video. Ideally, it should also include a timeline for you to organize your video editing work.

Go through Your Video Clips and Pick out the Best

One of the most important video editing tips is to sort out your clips and pick the ones that you want to use. This step is necessary if you have hundreds of clips in your camera folder. You can’t import all the clips into your video editor as the software will hang. If you have several pieces of footage of the same scene, then you should only pick the best version, for example, without the unwanted obstacles or without filming mistakes like jerky footage. When you have selected the clips, you can organize them into separate folders and rename them accordingly.

Remove Unwanted Elements from the Video

Next, you should playback the selected clips and remove any unwanted objects from them. The easiest way to remove unwanted objects in video is to use the trim tool. You select the part you want to delete and then press the delete key to delete it.

You can use the crop tool to crop your video if the unwanted element is on the edge. If the object can’t be deleted by trimming or cropping, you can add a blur filter over it to blur it so that the audience cannot see it clearly. Another way to hide an unwanted element is to overlay it with a callout shape.

Add Text Subtitles to the Video

The video should have subtitles to accommodate audiences who don’t want to turn on the volume. Some video sharing sites like YouTube can auto-generate subtitles but they are inaccurate. Your audience will have to guess what the speaker is talking about when the subtitles are inaccurate. Instead, you should spend time transcribing what the speakers said into text for use in the subtitles. Many video editors allow you to upload your own subtitle file for inclusion in the video.

Adding subtitles to the video will be helpful for people with hearing problems, and those who want to watch the video on their mobile phones in silence mode. When creating subtitles, you can ensure a high level of accuracy by using an automated subtitle generator.

Make the Video Interesting with Background Music

Many people have made their videos interesting by including some music in them. If you film yourself doing something that plays music, then you don’t have to include a music track in the background in the timeline. However, if the entire video is silent, you should definitely add background music. If there are people talking in the video, you can also add background music.

The volume of the music should be adjusted to a level that still allows the audience to hear what the speaker is saying in the video. There is no limitation on how many music tracks you want to blend to make your video more interesting to watch.

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