How to Edit a Vlog: The Top Tips, Tricks and Preparation
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How Do I Edit a Vlog? We’ve Got Answers (and Tricks)

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Video editing is a key part of vlogging.

A key part of becoming a successful vlogger is knowing how to edit your videos. Here’s everything you need to know about vlog editing!

Preparation Can Save You a Lot of Time When Editing a Vlog

Remember, video editing will go much more smoothly if you properly prepare for the vlog ahead of time. A little time investment before you begin will help you when publishing!


Script: Yes, You Should Do This

Specifically, we suggest that you jot down a script for your video, even if it’s just a short and simple video. A basic script will help keep you on topic, so you won’t need to do as many takes and when you do an extended explanation, you will tend to be much smoother and easier to understand, which will be a big advantage when the time comes to edit.

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Prepare your video before you edit!

Great Lighting Can Make All the Difference

Also spend some time with video modes and lighting. Find the right video mode for the situation so that your video already looks great when you are shooting it. Remember to adjust for low light conditions, camera angle, color, and other important details.

Speaking of light conditions, it’s also important to set up lighting or find bright natural light for your shots whenever possible. Nothing affects a video clip like good lighting! This will also save you a lot of valuable time looking for video filters to make the shot look better, which isn’t a very effective solution.

A High-Quality Camera

Finally, remember to use a high quality camera and take lots of video. A good camera will take high-resolution shots with excellent clarity so you don’t need to worry as much about how the video looks. Taking lots of video, meanwhile, gives you plenty of B-roll footage to use and look through when putting your final video together. This is especially useful for more complex vlogs, because it takes a lot less time to pick out good footage from several choice than to try and make bad footage work for you.

Find the Right Video Editing Software

Lightworks

Lightworks is a common video editing choice.

The key to great video editing is video editing software that does everything you need. There are video editing apps available on typical operating systems, such as iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, that you may feel especially comfortable with. These are good tools and entirely suitable for basic vlogging: you can accomplish a lot with them when it comes to editing clips together and publish them on web platforms.

However, for more in-depth video work, you’ll probably want to download another video editor to work with. The good news is that you can find plenty of free video editing software that includes everything you need, so you won’t need to spend much here. Hitfilm Express, Lightworks, Shotcut, and other apps are very popular among vloggers.

Tips to Remember When Editing

Keep Transitions Subtle: You can’t escape transitions, but you should avoid making them obvious. There are two mistakes here. The mistake is making your transition a flash, length switch to a new clip, which is irritating and unprofessional. The second mistake is switching instantly, so the video looks like it jumped into a different timestream, which is very amateurish. Make your transitions smooth and very fast, but not alarming.

Don’t Pad Your Video: There’s a lot of talk among vloggers about how long to make videos to get the best SEO and ad revenue results. In the end, make your video as long as it needs to be, and not any longer. Never pad a video with extra lines or unnecessary content to appease invisible internet bots – you’re working for your audience.

Add Some Text: Text is a huge benefit to the average vlog, because many people may have to watch the video on silent. Put in important subtitles, or outline your explanations for each video section. Check out professional vlogs to see how they do this and get some good ideas.

Occasionally Scan Your Comments: Video comments can be rough – but it’s a valuable practice to scan your comments and pick up on the realistic complaints that people make. If people are saying that the audio is bad, or the video is too long, or the lighting is weird, then you know what you have to work on.


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