Learn As You Go – Video Editing Tips For Beginners

Learn As You Go – Video Editing Tips For Beginners

The first time I heard of editing videos was when I was taking a TV and Radio Storytelling class back in college.]

Tip #1 – Be open to learning

I had no idea what I was doing, but I was willing to learn. The first video I remember making was a video about politics and if you know me that is not my style. My job was to go in to the state house in Des Moines and try to get a state representative to talk to me. CRAZY RIGHT?

Anyway, I got all of my footage back and it was time to edit. Again, the only training I had was a few hours the previous week in class.


Tip #2 – Stay organized

The first thing I did was upload all the footage into one folder, which was my first mistake. The one thing I would tell my younger naive self would be to take the time to upload everything into labeled folders.

This is a great way to be organized and know exactly where each particular clip can be found. You don’t have to spend all of your time looking at multiple folders and focus on the important task and that is editing your video.


Tip #3 – Record your audio separately

Another helpful tip is always to record your audio separately, and what I mean by that is to get a recorder and a boom mic. The audio is going to sound much better than recording your audio straight into the camera. Be sure to still record the audio on the camera, too; that way, when you import the interview and the audio, you can sync everything and only keep the good audio.

Now that you know a little bit about how I edit my videos and what I am looking for, please feel free to reach out to me and share your best video editing practices.

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