Top 10 Video Editing Tips For Students and Non-Professionals

 Top 10 Video Editing Tips For Students and Non-Professionals

A lot of people think that you have to have a high-end video editing program to make your videos look professional. That’s not the case at all! In fact, even if you don’t have any experience with video editing software in general, there are still several things you can do to improve the quality of your video project. In this article, we’ll go over ten simple tips for students and non-professionals who want their video projects to look more professional without investing huge amounts of money into expensive software or gear.

Compress Your Video

Compressing your video is an essential step that can be accomplished through a combination of video editing software and a video compressor.

Video editors include features to compress the size of your video, but they do not always deliver the best results. If you want to save space on your hard drive and stream videos more quickly, there are tools available that specialize in compressing videos. These tools should work with any operating system or browser and any type of file format—making them easier for everyone to use compared to complicated editing software programs like Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 or Final Cut Pro X 10.4 (10).

Crop and Rotate Your Videos

Cropping and rotating your videos is a quick way to make them more visually appealing. It’s also an easy way to ensure that the video is in the correct orientation, which can be important when you want it to appear vertically or horizontally on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Cropping removes unnecessary parts of a video clip while rotating adjusts its orientation. Video editors often use two distinct tools for these tasks—one for cropping and another one for rotating. Nowadays, however, there are several editing programs that have combined these functions into one toolbox called “Crop/Rotate” or “Adjustments & Effects” (or something similar) so that you can do both tasks at once!

Add Text to a Video

Text isn’t limited to just words—it can also be used as visual elements throughout a piece, like colorful graphics or animated emojis. In some cases, however, it’s best not to use too much text altogether; if the message is important enough for people to watch your video (or read this article), then they’ll probably want their attention focused on what’s happening between characters rather than reading through subtitles!

Enhance the Audio in Video

Once you’ve cut the video, it’s time to get the sound right. Use a third-party app that lets you add music and sound effects. These apps can also help with making sure your voiceover is loud enough, or even removing background noise from an interview if it’s too distracting.

You may want to consider using a different language for your voiceover – this will depend on your target audience and what makes the most sense for that particular piece of content.

Make a GIF from a Video

GIFs are short, looping videos. They are a great way to capture and share videos that can’t be easily explained in words. You can use GIFs to add text or other graphics with video effects such as filters and text animations.

GIFs should be less than a minute long, less than 1MB in size, and less than 5MB in size. This makes them easy to share on most social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Instagram stories/chat/direct messages, etc., where they will play automatically without having to click anything else!

Convert Videos

If you have video files on your computer, you can convert them to different formats. You should convert your videos to a format that is the best for each device and resolution. For example, if you have an HD video but want to watch it on your phone or tablet, then it’s better to convert it into a lower resolution using an MP4 converter.

There are many formats available for video editing, including AVI and MOV (Mac), WMV and MP4 (Windows), DIVX (DVD), MKV, and TS (Blu-ray). The most popular ones are MOV and MP4 because they support all modern devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers with no problem at all!

Remove Unwanted Objects From A Video

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or just someone who wants to edit videos for fun, it’s important to know how to remove unwanted objects from your videos. There are numerous forms you can do this.

  • Use the magic wand tool: This tool will make all pixels in a certain area of your video transparent. To use it, select an area with the tool and press delete on your keyboard or click on ‘magic wand’ in the toolbar at the top of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019.
  • Use the lasso tool: The lasso allows you to draw around something in your video and then delete it by pressing “Backspace” or hitting “delete” on your keyboard while using Premiere Pro CC 2019’s lasso tool (it’s located under “Tools”).
  • Use pen tool: You can use this if there is anything specific that needs deleting from an image or video file such as people walking across the screen during a recording session with lots of movement going on around them when the camera is moving around inside the room (causing lots of blurs).

Blur Out Faces, Names, License Plates & Other Private Info in Video

As you begin editing your video, it’s important to note that there are some things that can be blurred out. You might want to blur out faces, names, license plates and other private information.

A blur effect is an easy way to blur these things out of your videos. If you want more control over how much of the image is blurred or not, then use a mask instead of an effect.

Above all else when using a blur or masking tool in your video editing software: make sure that the content that you don’t want people seeing doesn’t have any colors similar enough to what’s around it so that they won’t notice it when they watch your video!

Add Subtitles or DIY Closed Captions to Videos

Subtitles and Closed Captions can help you to reach students with hearing difficulties or engage an audience that may not be understanding what you’re saying. Adding subtitles or closed captions to your videos can make them more accessible, so it’s important to know how to do this.

Use Special Effects & Filters to Polish Your Videos

A great way to polish your videos is by using special effects and filters. Special effects can be anything from a subtle zoom-in on an object, to something more dramatic like a thunderstorm or earthquake. Filters are used to enhance the mood of the video (whether it’s meant to be funny or scary), and they can also be used as transitions between scenes.

Some popular special effects include:

  • Slow motion
  • Fast forward/rewind
  • Time-lapse mode (for making time-lapse videos)

Anyone can make professional-looking videos with enough practice and the right tools.

In a sense, video editing is like learning to play an instrument: if you want to get good at it, you need to practice. And while there are currently no shortcuts around this process (unless you’re willing to shell out $100s of dollars for an expensive course), that doesn’t mean video editing is only for those who have professional training or experience. In fact, anyone can be successful with video editing as long as they put in enough time and effort into learning how to use all of the different tools and techniques involved in making videos—and it’s never too late to start!

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