The Basics of Video Editing

Editing video can seem daunting and complex, but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s walk through the basic steps of video editing.

We recommend getting started with a free tool like DaVinci Resolve. It works cross-platform, so you don’t have to worry about OS support. It’s one of many powerful tools, but we will be limiting the scope of this editing to give you a gentle introduction that isn’t too overwhelming.

When you open your footage, make sure you organize it effectively so you can refer back to it later. Separate out different “bins” of footage based on your various scenes.

Watch your footage a few times and mark which parts you want to use. Most video editing software includes the ability to mark different clips so you can identify which ones you want to keep, and which ones need to go.

Next, cut and place footage. Go back to the footage you marked and cut accordingly. This is your opportunity to lay different footage together and build the basis for your video and story. Most video editing software has a timeline where you can add different clips together. This is where you will place the foundation of your video, with options to rearrange, cut additional footage, and revert footage.

Finally, it’s time to clean up your timeline. Trim clips to make the transitions seem smoother, add effects and transitions between footage, and more.

Once you’ve completed this, all that’s left is to export and share. Take each video project slowly and make sure you look out for incongruities or poor transitions. High quality video only stays high quality with the right video editing.

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