Video Editing 101

After video shooting, the next thing you need to learn is how to edit the footage. For the non-techies, video editing seems to be a very challenging task. Though it is true at certain extent, video editing can be learned.  With YouTube and other websites that feature video editing lessons for free, learning how to edit your video becomes easier. 

Here are a few things that you need to know on how to edit your videos: 

Label Your Footages Well 

Keep your footages organized. It is a best practice if you will label the disk with the scene number. Then create a note describing what’s in that disc. Example: Disc 3: Tuesday; Florence Italy, dinner scene. Labelling the disc and knowing what footage it contains will save you from a lot of headaches later on.   

Learn these techniques 

The cut: Cutting is the most basic editing technique that you need to understand. It means stopping a shot so that the next one begins. The transition between two shots must be as natural as possible. For example, when the shot is looking at the actor as he turns his head over his shoulder, make sure that the head and the position of the body looks the same before you cut the shot and at the beginning of the next shot. 

Fades:  During fade in, the image appears slowly from the black background. The opposite happens on fade out. This technique is most commonly observed at the beginning and ending of the film. Cross fade or a cross dissolve happens when one shot fades directly into another shot. 

Titles: Sometimes, putting titles or subtitles are important to get the message clearer to the audience. They introduce the viewers to what they are about see. Choosing the right color, size and text style is important when adding titles to the video. As a rule, do not use white color for light-colored background. Use playful text for videos intended for kids, but not for company videos.   

Foley:  This is the process of putting the audio dub during editing stage. You may have missed recording audios needed during the actual shoot because of so many factors. When editing, it’s your chance to incorporate the lost audio back to the footage. 

The music is also being added at the later part of the production. The scene at the bar or during a concert doesn’t really have music. The music is being added after the footage is edited. This is to ensure that that the music will not jump forwards and backwards.