Starting to edit videos is difficult for beginners and most will struggle to figure out what all features in the editor that they’re using actually do. Although there is no substitute for experience, knowing where to start can help a great deal – and let you gradually acquire the experience that you need.
With that in mind there are four easy ways in particular that you should start editing videos as a beginner, each using features present in pretty much all editors nowadays:
- Trim unwanted footage from videos
Giving the video footage that you recorded is always a good place to start, as it will allow you to remove any parts that you don’t want to include. In most editors it is as easy as positioning a marker, splitting the video at that point, and deleting the segment you don’t want.
From there you can move on to join videos together – which is the basis of video production. In particular you can take note of the point which you trim and join videos, and try to experiment with different types of cuts to transition from one clip to the next.
- Crop the video to reframe it
The crop feature is more powerful than it appears, and is a vital tool to reframe videos. By cropping your video you will directly alter its frame, which in turn can help improve the composition.
In most cases all you need to do is resize and position the new frame that you want for your video and everything outside will be cropped.
By learning to crop your video, you’ll be able to change its aspect ratio. On top of that if you use composition techniques such as the rule of thirds – you could improve its overall impact.
- Color correct and white balance the video
In many videos the colors may be a little bit off, either due to the white balance or other factors. To fix that you will need to adjust the video settings, but most video editors have automated color or white balance tools to help with that.
To be perfectly honest it would be a good idea to experiment with the manual color settings in your editor such as the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and so on. Each will affect your video’s colors and tones in different ways – and it helps to know how they work.
- Start to mix in some audio
Being able to mix in audio into your video is important, but it can be a bit complicated. As a start you should try adding background music or some other audio track, and trimming and positioning it to fit your video.
At the same time you should learn how to adjust the volume levels for the audio in your video so the music doesn’t overpower the voiceover. From there you can experiment with any other audio controls that are present, some of which may help you to improve its quality.
Make no mistake there are countless other ways that you can edit your videos and improve them, but the four options listed above are a good place to start. If you master them you can move on to some of the other features in your editor, and for example if you’re using Movavi Video Editor you may want to start to add caption to video.
All said and done the more that you actually edit videos, the faster you’ll improve your skills. The options listed above will ensure that you’re on the right track however, and before you know it you’ll be producing content of your own.