Starting a Vlog can me an exciting experience and also a daunting one. So maybe you have already gotten yourself a good camera and have recorded some cool footage. Now what? Editing is the next step you must take before uploading your creation to YouTube.
Editing sometimes gets a bad rap for being a “task” or a “routine” when it comes to bringing all your footage together. However editing should be viewed in a different light. Think about your favourite movie. Odds are it consisted of some fantastic edits.
Editing is just like painting a picture. Its a creative expression which can connect and tell a story of many random events and experiences.
So in this article we will give you some tips and tools to get you started on your way to editing like a YouTube pro.
How To Start Editing Your Vlog Like A Pro
Look to your favourite YouTubers
A good place to start and pick up how the craft is to look at other YouTubers. Its sometimes best to seek out some of your favourite Vloggers and really start to pick apart how they intertwine their content.
For myself personally, i would look to Casey Neistat and Vertasium for editing knowledge and inspiration. Casey Neistat brought editing back into fashion in my opinion and you can see why by any of his videos. His style is usually quick but precise and has an underlying theme through the video.
Compare that to Vertasium who is more slow and methodic but a joy to watch. These two YouTubers have completely different styles but things can be learnt from both of them in regards to background music, story line, music, theme, consistency, creativeness and more.
Make edits depending on your theme
Editing all comes down to the story or theme you are trying to portray. For example if you wanted to make a video of yourself exploring New York City, a quick paced and snappy style would fit. This puts the viewer into the craziness and non stop action of the city.
However if you wanted to create a hard hitting video with heavy commentary, a more slow and deliberate editing style might work well. This allows the message to come across as the most important part rather than distracting the viewer by quick and unnecessary edits.
Start making mistakes
One of the best ways to learn is to take action and make mistakes. This will allow you to learn the software which is a steep learning curve. You can also come up with your own style along the way by experimenting with different styles, transitions, moods, music, colours etc.
We have created this article here on the top 5 best editing software for YouTube Vloggers. This article includes free and paid versions so you can start asap! As with learning in new skill, YouTube is your friend and there will be dozens of in-depth and well played out tutorials to learn from. All the best in your editing ventures!