Vlogging for Beginners: 7 Easy Editing Tips

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So, you’ve finally picked up your camera and filmed a video; now you have to edit it. We’ve made a list of 7 simple editing tips to help your content stand out.

Vlogging is a popular way for people to document their life, share information, and discuss interests. The task may seem daunting for anyone starting their first vlog, but you can use some simple steps when getting started. This article will focus on the editing aspect of vlogging. Utilizing these quick tips will help your videos stand out.

1. Have a Vision

You’ll feel more organized if you begin editing with a clear vision on how you want your final video to turn out. Blindly jumping into things can be confusing, so have a basic outline ready when you sit down to edit.

2. Sharpen Audio and Video

You’ll want to pay attention to how your video looks and sounds. Audio is ultimately the most important aspect, as viewers aren’t likely to continue watching a video that sounds bad. If editing audio is something new to you, watch a couple of video tutorials to get a basic understanding.

3. Edit Down

The general rule of thumb is to keep the length of your video around 10 to 12 minutes. Clean, informative content will keep your viewers engaged. Don’t get too attached to any of your footage—if you like a section but recognize that it isn’t relevant, you’ll have to let it go.

4. Keep Transitions Smooth

Sudden transitional cuts are uncomfortable and tend to take away from the moment. While transitions are inevitable, be sure they are done well. Experiment a bit to see what methods work for you— a stylized transition could end up being one of your signatures.

5. Avoid Silence

If possible, have some sort of audio in your video at all times. If you have blocks of time where you aren’t talking, edit some music into the dead spaces. Limited audio will cause you to quickly lose the attention of your viewers.

6. Play with Coloring

Work a bit on the visuals of your vlog— an intentional color scheme makes a huge difference in video quality. Play up certain shots and experiment with contrast and saturation. Again, make sure your videos reflect who you are. Ultimately, your personal style is what will make you recognizable.

7. Take a Break

Don’t do everything at once—overanalyzing your footage will make it seem dull and redundant in your eyes. Before you post anything, step away from editing for a bit and come back to it later. A fresh perspective will help you see things as a whole as opposed to individual pieces.

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