As a beginner video editing can appear very daunting. When you’re confronted with an editor full of numerous tools and features, it is only natural if you feel lost and unsure where to start.
If you’re looking for simple ways to start improving your video and get into video editing, there are a few that you could try:
Trim out unwanted parts of the video
In most timeline-based editors trimming out unwanted parts from a video is easy. Normally all you need to do is position a marker and split the video to divide it into segments, then select and delete the part that you want to remove.
Not only is this an easy way to start editing a video, but it is very useful and will let you remove any footage you don’t need, extract highlights, and more. If you want to take it a step further, you can then try splicing together various video clips – and using different types of cuts.
Crop the video frame
The crop tool that is present in practically every video editor will delete a section of the video frame directly. In that way, it can adjust the dimensions of the video, remove any unwanted area of the image, or re-frame the video and adjust its focus.
It may help to use the crop tool in tandem with the rule of thirds to position the subject and other elements and make the composition more interesting. For example in Movavi Video Editor you just need to follow the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-crop-video.html.
Correct the colors
Do the colors in your video look muted, or do they have a slight blue, green, or red tint? To fix that you can use color correction tools that will adjust the color parameters so that your video looks more vivid and true to life.
While color correction can be tricky, most video editors have automated tools that you can use to correct the white balance and optimize the color parameters. That being said it would help to try manually adjusting them as well – to see how they affect your video.
By using the methods described above as a starting point, you should be able to begin editing your video almost immediately. That is important, as it will allow you to gain invaluable experience and familiarize yourself with the various options and features that are available.
As you get more confident, you can then start to experiment and try some of the other features that are in the editor you’re using. Before long you will find that editing a video really isn’t as daunting as it first appeared to be and you may even be able to start creating impressive videos of your own.