Did you know that in 2018, 85% of internet users in the U.S. watched online video content monthly on any of their devices?
This format of content has been growing exponentially and if you want to become a video editor, that’s great news for you, as there’s no shortage of opportunities.
However, in order to grab these opportunities, you need to know how to edit videos like a pro. Keep reading to learn five essential tips!
1. Choose the Right Software
We cannot stress enough how picking the right editing software will make the whole process a lot quicker and easier.
When looking at different options, our suggestion is that you check the interface of each software, as well as the tools that each offers. Once you find one that fits your editing style and the type of video you tend to work on, we say go for it!
2. Learn All the Shortcuts
Our second tip comes with time and practice but putting some effort into memorizing all the useful shortcuts can be very helpful in the future because it’ll save you plenty of time and allow you to take on even more projects.
3. Keep It Interesting With Some B-Roll
If you usually work on scripted videos, you might not find this tip to be that useful.
However, if your focus is on interviews, conferences and other types of unscripted occasions, you’ve probably noticed that people rely a lot on fillers like “um”, “uh” or “so” – and none of those are relevant information to keep in the video.
To keep the video interesting, use some b-roll and hide these fillers, as well as any rambling. Remember to do this carefully, in order to avoid any sudden jump cuts.
4. Get the Color Right
One of the main things editors need to improve while working on a video is the color. After all, whether it’s because the camera that was used wasn’t great or because there wasn’t a lot of natural light on that day, the original tones in a video don’t always match its vibe and message.
As such, remember to color correct every clip in the video and make sure it all looks professional and consistent.
5. Add Subtitles
Not every video you find online has subtitles, but adding them to yours can give you a great competitive advantage, as you’ll make it possible for international viewers, as well as those of who are hard-of-hearing to enjoy your videos as well.
The editing software you picked might have a tool to get this done. If it doesn’t, don’t worry, you can easily add subtitle to video for free online.
How to Edit Videos Like a Pro: Practice Makes Perfect
All of this might sound like a lot of keep in mind if you just got into the world of video editing, but we can guarantee that the more time you spend editing, the easier it will become.
So if you want to learn how to edit videos like a true veteran, our tip is that you start now!
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