People love to watch very well presented videos. What most of them don’t know is, the process of video production. Depending on the size of a media production house as well as the type of video being worked on; its important to note that many video professionals are involved in the production process.
On this blogpost, I will take you through the process of editing a video professionally once it has been recorded or filmed.
Here is what you will need in order to start video editing;
- Source video recordings.
- A computer.
- Enough hard drive storage space.
- A Video Editing software.
- Video editing skills or knowledge.
- Time allocated to edit the video project.
I will cover each one of these items one by one.
Source Video Recordings
This are the original videos you recorded on your phone or camera. You need to select, copy and save them in one folder.
Note: There are several mobile apps that are available on play store that one can use for editing the videos on phone. While most of them does the job, it has limited customization options to give your video a professional touch. That’s why I recommend learning how to edit your videos on computer.
You can transfer your video files directly to your computer via USB connection or using the memory card slot. Select the files you want to edit and copy.
Paste the files to the designated folder created on your computer hard drive.
When done copying, rename the video files one by one accordingly as it will help you to easily identify them during the editing process.
Besides using the computer for storing video footage, there are more requirements that your computer must meet in order for you to use it in editing videos. The most important specs to look at are your computer RAM and processor speed.
The higher the RAM and processor speed, the faster the editing. The lower the RAM and processor speed, the slower the editing software in processing your videos while editing hence more time.
A computer with a Coi5 processor and a RAM of at least 6GB works fine with most of the video editing software’s.
Enough Hard Drive Storage Space
This is very important. Raw video recordings tend to be very large and occupy a lot of space. If your computer hard drive storage is small, consider purchasing external hard drive to store your files.
Copying and storing video files to internal hard drive despite its small size may affect the performance of your computer during editing. You must at least have 100 GB of free space on your internal hard drive for fast editing.
Video Editing Software
This is key. Windows and Mac operating system comes with a free video editor that has limited customization options. I recommend getting a free professional video editing software like Avid media composer to edit your videos.
If you have money, you can get Camtasia studio. I recommend Camtasia because it’s is an easy learn and use.
There are other popular professional video editing software’s like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro that are used by video production professionals across the world.
Video Editing Skills
Many of the video editing software’s I have mentioned above have free training videos available on YouTube that are shared by it’s community of experienced users.
I recommend you learn the basics of video editing first offered by your chosen video editing software provider. With basic knowledge, you will be able do basic video editing like adding cool titles, cutting out unwanted sections of a video and exporting the video with custom settings.
Continued use of a chosen video editing software results in more knowledge and experience to offer advanced video editing services.
Video editing is all about knowing what you want to do to your video. Do you want to cut out unwanted sections? Do you want to reduce the volume of the background music?
All this boils down to searching for answers online on how to do it. And when you finally find videos that answers your questions, you will have advanced your knowledge in the video production arena.
Time Allocated To Learn/Edit Videos
This cannot go without mentioning as it is crucial to accomplishing a video editing job. Time taken to edit a video relies on many factors among them being;
- Duration of the video.
- Processing speed and RAM of your computer.
- Video Editing Pixels you choose.
- The review process e.t.c.
It’s therefore a good idea to plan and allocate enough time for editing. Planning will help to ensure you waste no time. If you are offering video editing services professionally, you will be able to bill clients accordingly and make profit at the end.
Video editing is a job like any other. It needs time to learn and perfect. Also, enough time is required to do the actual job. So everyone should treat it as so.
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Until next time, bye bye and take care.