Hi! I’m Elyse from Synoply, your synopsis of everything to do with video. Now, in this video, I’m going to be sharing with you my tips on how to speed up the editing process for your videos no matter what software you’re using. I know firsthand that when I’ve filmed videos, sometimes the editing process is much, much harder than actually making or filming the video itself. Hopefully, with these tips, I’ll be able to help you speed up the process and get your videos onto YouTube much quicker.
My first tip is to not film in long segments. You should be constantly stopping and starting. The reason for this is when it comes back to looking at your footage later, it’s much easier to identify the ones that are good parts or even re-watch certain little clips and find good parts as opposed to say watching a 15 or 20 minute video and trying to identify which of the parts that you actually want to use. Definitely constantly stop-start, I literally will record for a couple of seconds at a time if I just want to capture a little bit of background or a little bit of some sort of scenery. Obviously, when speaking, I will sort of record longer, but even then if I stop, I will stop the video. That way, I have smaller clips later on.
The second thing that you can do is actually clap when you make a mistake. Now, this works better in a studio format because you’ll probably have a mic setup and you’ll be doing a talking-to-camera sort of arrangement like I’ve got as opposed to if you’re vlogging and you’re on the go. But it still sort of works because the reason why you clap is because it puts a spike into your audio line and then you can sort of just have a look through your editing software and find the spikes and you’ll know that’s when a mistake occurred and you can snip your clip right there and then keep editing from that point.
Step three is to have your copyright free music ready to go. I know firsthand that trying to find really good royalty-free music can be very challenging. I make sure that I have a folder saved onto my computer with lots of songs that I’ve already identified that I like and what I will also do is save them in two separate folders based on the type or style of it. It might like folk music or it might be pop or rock. I also separate it based on vocals or non-vocals because sometimes I wanted to have a more commercial sort of sounding feel and so I want vocals or I may just be doing a talking video and I just want to have some sort of ambient and background music. So by separating it, makes it much, much quicker to find the right file to use later on.
Tip four is to create templates. You create a lot of templates in most video editing software so I will create templates for my titles. I’ll have a template for my logo and I’ll have a template for my end card and I’ll also have a template for my thumbnails, which may not necessarily be in the same software that you’re using.
I use Adobe Illustrator to create my thumbnails but a really great free tool is Canva. They have some fantastic YouTube thumbnail templates that you can use. If you make sure that you pick one and you stay consistent with it, it just makes it easier than when you create videos in the future you can go straight to that template, edit it with your new photo, and you’re on your way.
My fifth tip is to actually limit yourself to a certain length of a video. When you’re starting out on YouTube, most people recommend that you try and have a video that is under five minutes. It’s quite difficult if you don’t have a following to get people to commit to watching say a 20 or 30-minute video of yourself, so when you start maybe commit to having all your videos under five minutes and just really try to edit as much as you can so then that way you get to that mark.
The other fantastic thing that you can do is actually edit the length of a song. I find that this works really well for travel videos. I will pick a song that I like and no matter what, all my footage has to fit into the length of that song.
My next step is to actually go back and edit some more. I know that you’ve probably edited at once and think hey that looks really good, but I think that there’s more that you can edit. I found this myself that I can go through and watch two or three times and just edit a little bit more in a little bit more. Sometimes, it’s just taking a second here or a second there that can really help.
The other thing is to have a look and see if there are any double ups in footage like is that the same scenery of a lake that we’ve already you know seen ones, will it change the story if you delete one piece of footage of the lake versus the other and if it does then sure, keep it but if it doesn’t, then definitely delete it because your audience might get a little bit bored seeing the same sort of thing over and over again anyway.
Another thing that I always go back and try and edit out more is eating. Unless you’re doing a food travel diary vlog or something like that, seeing other people eat is not that interesting and so watching you eat your avocado toast or whatever it is is not that entertaining and I think if you’re going to cut anything out, that’s probably one of the easiest things to cut out of your video.
My last tip is to stay on top of your footage. I know this firsthand that sometimes I’ll film something and then weeks later, go back to edit it and I can’t even remember what I filmed really. The thing that I found that works the best for me is to try and transfer my footage the same day from my camera onto my laptop and organize it into folders. Then I will have a folder that’s called Best Clips. At the end of the day even when I’m travelling or on holidays, I will transfer the footage from my camera onto my laptop which by the way is probably a good thing anyway like sometimes, I’ll need a copy of the laptop and a copy of the camera just in case either one gets lost or stolen. Then I will identify the best clips because I can generally remember from throughout the day hey, wasn’t that a funny moment or wasn’t that good, and I will straight away put those into a separate folder so if I come back and edit that video three or four weeks later, I already have some good clips that I can go to as my starting point.
I really hope that these tips help you in speeding up your editing process. If you found it helpful, I’d really appreciate it if you give it a thumbs up so I know to make more videos like this. If you want to hear more videos about videos then consider subscribing because I upload every Monday and Friday and sometimes do some extra vlogs on Wednesdays. I hope I’ll see you in my next video.