Beginners Guide to Video Editing (Start to Finish)

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0:00 — Beginners Guide to Video Editing (Start to Finish)
0:45 — The First Thing You Need to do!
3:19 — Setting Things Up For Your Edit
6:31 — Spicing Your Videos Up!
7:52 — Adding Text to Your Video!
8:52 — Double Check EVERYTHING!!
9:04 — Wrap it All Up & Export it!

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In this video, Omar goes over a beginner’s guide on how to edit videos for youtube!

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— If you’re new to editing
video, I can understand

how that could be very frustrating

and just a daunting task
every time you make a video.

But what if I could tell you

that that doesn’t have to be the case?

Because I believe, like
with anything in life,

when you get the foundations right,

that you can actually grow
and succeed in whatever it is.

So that’s why in this
video, I’ll be sharing

my five simple steps to editing any video

so that you can start
crushing your edits today.

Let’s go.

— [Voiceover] You gotta just press record.

(picture shutter clicking)

— Hey, what’s up? Omar
El-Takrori with Think Media

and this channel’s all about helping you

build your influence here on YouTube

and sometimes we actually do
that by sharing the best tools,

whether it’s cameras, lighting, or audio,

as well as some editing tutorials

so that you can level up your edits

and get people to stay
and watch your video.

And so if you’re interested in that,

be sure to hit that subscribe button.

But the first thing I would
encourage you to implement

into your workflow is to get organized,

like this is before you
even open up the program.

And so, here I have my MacBook Pro.

I’m just going to start a new folder

and actually, I like to title it

with the date and then the video title.

And so today is 2022, 03-15

and then I’m gonna title this,
«How to Start a Podcast.»

And so we’re just getting ready to edit

and then we’re gonna open up the folder

and create a folder inside
of it called A-roll.

Now, this is gonna be all the footage

from your talking head, like
what you’re seeing right now,

this is talking head.

I would throw this clip
into my A-roll folder

and then if you have B-roll,

meaning footage that shows
what you’re demonstrating

or anything else other than your A-roll

or talking head video,

that you would throw it
into a B-roll folder.

In this example, I won’t
necessarily have B-roll up front,

but I’ll show you how you can get some

without having to shoot it yourself.

However, now that I got
my folder all situated

and ready to go, I can drag my clips in

from either my smartphone or my SD card.

Now, quick tip is if you
are running outta space

on your computer or laptop,
I really would encourage you

to invest into an external drive

and specifically, I love using SSDs.

This Samsung T7 SSD is two terabytes large

and it’s very small and one of
my favorite things about SSDs

generally speaking is that
they’re just really fast.

And so I’ll post links
to some of our favorites

down in the description below,

but this is if you are running outta space

or you want to keep your files on a drive.

This is probably the best way around it

when it comes to video editing.

But as you can see, I just use my desktop

to create that folder.

Now, I’m gonna throw my
SD card into my computer

and then I’m gonna drag this
A-roll into the A-roll folder.

I’m gonna open up this
folder, go to private.

I don’t know why Sony
does this to their files,

but this is what Sony does,

and here are my two talking head videos.

As you can see right here,

I made a video on how to start a podcast

but just in one sitting.

Went through it, so I’m
just gonna drag this

into my A-roll folder.

Now, once all your
footage is dragged over,

you can now open up your
editing software of choice

and in this video, I’ll be using Camtasia.

Camtasia’s actually the
sponsor of this video,

but what’s so cool about Camtasia

is not only is it a video editor,

it is also a screen
recorder for beginners.

Most people, if you have yet
to edit your first video,

you need a simple and
easy editing experience.

Camtasia works for both PC and Mac

and if you could see
yourself using this software,

then be sure to check out the link

down into the description below.

You could try Camtasia for free

and if you’re ready to
actually invest into it,

then you can actually save 10% off.

We’ll post all that information

down in the description below.

Now, the next thing you’re gonna wanna do

is set up your edit.

Once your software is open,
you’re gonna go to files,

save as, and you’re
gonna save your project

into that folder that you
actually created in step one.

And so we’re gonna go to
How to Create a Podcast

and then I’m gonna title
this How to Create a Podcast.

I like keeping all my files in one folder

because if I off load it eventually

into an external drive
or a backup solution,

then I could just reference this folder

and I’ll have everything I need.

Now, once you’ve done that,
you can import your media.

And in this case, I’ll import my A-roll

that I had dragged over
and I got the two clips.

So I’m gonna select and import.

Once the clips are imported,
we can then drag both of them

into the timeline and now,
you could see in our timeline,

we have our project.

This is the process in editing

that I like to call
trimming down the fluff

and essentially, every
software has what is

called a splice tool or a split tool

and I think it’s really important

that you learn the shortcut
on how to access that.

Here on Camtasia, command T on
a Mac actual splits the clip,

as you can see how I’m doing it right now.

And now I’m just gonna
watch through my video

and take out all mistakes,

like ums and pauses and things like that.

And one little quick tip that I like to do

is I actually like doing this
part of editing backwards

because usually, my best
take was my last take.

And so if I took the last part of a idea

or something I shared on video,

chances are that was the best take.

But if I’m editing chronologically,

I’m just gonna find a lot of my mistakes

and then think that I
actually had a good take,

when in reality, the last
take was the best take.

Now, just to show you an
example of what I mean,

by using this slice slash trim
tool backwards in your edit,

as you can see right here in my edit,

this with everything,
without it trimmed down,

it’s about 37 minutes
long, but if you zoom in

and this is the end of my video,

because if I’m editing
backwards, here is the end.

I could see that I messed up right here

The fifth step.

And I messed up all right here.

The fifth step. The fifth step.

But I can see that I started
to get consistent audio

right about here.

So I’m gonna hit the
command T tool on Camtasia,

which splits the clip,
and then another thing

you actually might wanna
do is hit the magnetic tool

and I’ll show you what it does.

Now, I just need to find the moment

that goes right before the
fifth step in this edit.

So I think right here is where I’m at.

With that being said, the fifth step in.

So now I know that’s a mistake,

so I’m gonna just go right before it.

And I’m just using the space bar

to start and stop, by the way.

I’m gonna hit command T

and then literally, I’m gonna delete this.

And as you can see, because
the magnetic tool is on,

it just bumped it up to the front.

So here we have a clean edit right here.

For great valuable content.

But with that being said,

the fifth step after
you’ve edited your podcast.


And you can also click and drag to trim

any unnecessary edits you want,

but I’m gonna actually
go through this edit,

trim it all the way down.

As far as I know this should
be about a nine minute

A-roll sequence, but let’s,
with the power of editing,

jump to that moment

— [Voiceover] Three days later.

— So I just finished
trimming down my A-roll

and I’m at about nine
minutes and 30 seconds

editing our old mistakes.

That’s like, 20 minutes of mistakes.

See, I’m not perfect,
guys, but nonetheless,

if you get to this point,
you’re actually ready

for the next step and
that is to add B-roll.

Now, B-roll is just the
supplemental footage

that you add on top of your A-roll,

hence why it’s called B-roll.

That just enhances whatever
it is you’re talking about.

And you can actually
shoot your B-roll yourself

and maybe come up with a B-roll shot list.

A lot of the times what we’ll
do with our tech year reviews,

but in this case, I didn’t
because I knew I wanted to use

what is called stock footage.

And honestly, one of the coolest
things about editing video

is that you don’t have to
shoot all of your video.

You can actually use what
is called stock footage,

which TechSmith Assets for
Camtasia is a super cool database

that offers over 20 million video clips,

templates, songs, and more.

And when you use both
Camtasia and TechSmith Assets,

it’s so easy to find the clip you need.

Just search using the
keyword and in my case,

I’m making a video on podcasting,

so I just search the word podcast,

find the clips I wanna
add into my timeline,

and just hit the Camtasia logo

and it literally just loads
it right into my project.

I love this workflow because
it saves a lot of time.

I just need to focus on
delivering good content

and I can just add footage over it.

Let’s say I’m talking about editing

and you wanna get better at editing video.

You can actually use these
clips that I’m using right now

on top of my A-roll,
therefore it being B-roll,

but this is the phase where
you would wanna do that

throughout your video.

Now, if you add B-roll into your project

and you don’t need the audio
coming from that video clip,

you can simply click on
that clip and mute the audio

and therefore, you can
just use the video portion

without having to use the audio.

Now, the next foundation
to editing your video

is to add text and we love
adding texts here at Think Media.

Whenever we’re sharing tips

or talking about a specific product,

because not only does
it break up the video

with a different visual element,

but it actually calls the
audience to now read the screen

rather than just look at the screen.

And what I love about Camtasia
is they make it super easy

to add moving texts.

Usually, you’ll have to add a
special effect or something,

but Camtasia has different templates

where you can just add
it on top of your video,

put in your text, and
then you’re good to go.

Another cool thing that you
can do is if you want to use

the same kind of text consistently,

whether that be the color and
the font and things like that,

is you could actually save presets

in most editing softwares in Camtasia.

It allows you to create a
template for your future text

so you don’t have to
constantly recreate it

and we like using a specific font

and white box with black text

or sometimes black box and white text.

But because I can just save
it, I don’t have to recreate it

in the future, which is
super nice and convenient.

Now, in your edit, when
you get to this point,

after trimming down your
A-roll, adding B-roll,

adding your text, I wanna encourage you

to watch your edit through.

Just watch it with good eyes

and make sure you didn’t make a mistake

or you didn’t leave a
mistake inside of your video

or maybe you did a spelling
error in your text.

Just look for those things
because the next step

is to now render your video

and this is when it puts it all together

and gives you the final file of your video

to then be uploaded to YouTube.

When I render my videos,
I put them in the folder

that I originally
created for this project.

And sometimes, I have different versions

because sometimes, we check
and revise and do other edits,

but I just put them all in this folder

so I can reference it in the future.

A quick tip here is when you
are rendering your video,

just to make sure your
settings are consistent

throughout it.

So if you shot a 4K video,

you can make sure you export a 4K video.

If your frame rate was
24 frames per second

or 29 frames per second, just
make sure your render matches

your project file, as
well as your video files

all the way through and
then you’re gonna have

a super nice, crispy video.

What’s so cool about Camtasia
is they actually allow you

to export your video directly
into your YouTube channel

with their built-in integration,
which saves a ton of time.

You don’t have to export the
video onto your computer,

then drag it onto YouTube.

You can just completely cut
down that process to one click

and just like that, you
just edited a great video.

When you really boil it
down to the foundations,

it really could be a lot more
simple than it actually seems.

And if you actually could
see yourself using Camtasia,

be sure to check out the link
down to the description below.

Works for PC and Mac and
I would just encourage you

to just get 1% better
with every video you edit.

And maybe, I know I didn’t
really touch on music

in this tutorial and that’s
because I don’t think

it’s necessary, but if
you wanna get 1% better

and add music to your videos,

you can click or tap the
screen and learn how to do so.

But thanks so much for hanging out.

I can’t wait to see you in a future video.


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