5 Essential Video Editing Tips

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Editing a video for a blog is a responsible task. It is necessary to cut out all unnecessary, remaining glue so that you get an interesting, logical, and holistic video, in which there are no visible flaws. We will now tell you how to achieve this aim.

 

Editing a video for a blog is a responsible task. It is necessary to cut out all the excess that remains glued to make an interesting, logical, and holistic video, in which there are no visible flaws. We will now show you how to achieve this.

And you need to start by choosing a program for editing, in which you plan to make your masterpiece. Once you have taken this step, follow our tips to get the desired result.

Start of processing

Formation of the “fish” of the video – that is, loading the selected clips onto the timeline and arranging the fragments in the desired sequence. At the same stage, the recordings are “cleaned” from unnecessary fragments and unsuccessful takes.

It often happens that you only need a small piece of video footage. And if the video itself is not long, then you can pull out the excerpt directly in the program of your choice for editing. But what to do if you need a fragment from a full-length picture or you filmed your material without turning off the camera throughout the entire process, and the video came out very long. In this case, it will be inconvenient to search for the frames you need in the video editor itself, and in general, this is an extra load on the program. Then it is worth preparing the excerpts in advance, with which, by the way, it will be more convenient to work.

Gluing fragments

Next, you need to correctly arrange the splices between adjacent video fragments. This can be done using dynamic animation, connect with a smooth transition, or x joint-to-joint.

Let’s understand the principles of joining adjacent frames. In image editing, there are two opposite tasks: to make the joint of frames invisible for the viewer and, conversely, to highlight something with the joint of frames, to focus the viewer’s attention. To understand the principles of frame alignment, consider the concept of a plan. The plan is a designation of the scale of the survey, the choice of the size of the object to be surveyed. The following types of plans are distinguished (for example, shooting a person):

  1. Detail (for example, a human eye with an eyebrow, hand, lips).
  2. Close-up – a person’s face in full screen.
  3. 1st middle shot – a part of the human figure, framed just above the waist.
  4. 2nd middle plan – a knee-deep human figure.
  5. General shot – a full-length person is positioned in the frame so that a small space remains above his head and under his feet.
  6. Distant shot. The human figure in this case is extremely small. It is 1/7, 1/10 of the frame height and less.

In practice, the division into large, medium, and general shots is most often encountered, but to ensure the comfort of the perception of the seam of shots, it is necessary to take into account all six. 

Effects on the atmosphere

The next stage is more “artistic” processing – overlaying new layers, color correction, setting up animation, replacing the background, etc. Here the scheme of actions completely depends on your idea.

You can add text, images, gifs, insert videos into videos, adjust zoom, panorama, apply natural or 3D effects, and more.

Video processing without effects is not interesting. It is they who give the video entertainment, atmosphere and, in general, make the video more attractive. We advise you to evaluate the entire set of functions yourself, download the video editor and try it, it’s free.

Intro and splash screen

The intro slide is the first time you can wow the viewer and grabs their attention. So, you need to create an intro for the video (this is highly desirable) and an outro (optional). The splash screen should be catchy and immediately give an idea of the content of the video. On the last slide, you can call to subscribe to the channel and thank you for watching. In most cases, the text must be primarily readable, not beautiful. So, experiment carefully. The viewer loves with his eyes, do not forget about it.

Sound

And the final stage is working with sound. Without sound design, high-quality video processing is impossible. By setting up the audio stream, you can fully influence your viewer.

Record your voiceover on the microphone and choose some subtle music to play in the background. The audio sequence is usually edited after the video sequence is ready. Choose good takes, replace bad sound fragments with better ones. Sometimes you can say the desired piece of text again. Better to spend a little more time, but get a good sound.

If the sound was recorded along with the video, then it is also present in the frame. Some video editors allow you to remove an audio track from an existing video and work directly with it. What can you do with sound?

  • Remove background noise and extraneous sounds. Echoes, the noise of cars outside the window, the voices of birds – all this distracts from viewing. Therefore, extraneous sound fragments must be removed. Or suppress using other audio fragments.
  • Cut out unnecessary areas. Even with perfect reading, slight speech defects are possible. It is quite possible to remove them.
  • Replace part of the sound. The audio track is cut at the desired location and a new segment is inserted into it.
  • Balance the volume. Add in the right place, make it quieter when the attention should switch to something else. Balance the sound so that the viewer is comfortable listening to it.
  • Insert sound effects. To enhance the memorability of your video, you can use jingles, background applause, and other audio elements.
  • Adjust the sound so that when one section decays, another begins.
  • Using sound filters, you can change the key, speed, and other characteristics of the sound file.
  • Add volume. So that the sound is not just stereo, but surrounded. And it played well on modern audio systems.

It is best to create multiple audio tracks for each task. For example, put your voice on the first track, background music on the second, sound effects on the third. Etc. It is imperative to sync video and audio. There is nothing more annoying than sound lag. Or vice versa, when the sound is ahead of the events.

Little secret: clap your hands. To make it easier to mix audio and video, at the very beginning of the video recording, do three loud claps of your hands. In the video editor, these claps can be found both in the audio track and in the video fragment. All that remains is to trim the claps and sync both tracks.

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