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7 Common Video Editing Mistakes Newbies Make & How to Fix Them | Learn to Edit Better

February 6, 2020

Creating a video can feel daunting.
There are many mistakes that will be made along the way. However, many of those
mistakes can be corrected with a few simple tweaks in post-production editing.
Don’t let mistakes intimidate you. Some of the best new editing “techniques” have
actually come from “mistakes.” Hang on till the end of this video because I’m going
to review seven common video editing mistakes often made that can be
corrected in the post-production (or editing) process. Hi, I’m Jim Costa. I’m a videography, photography and
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number one is poor or inconsistent audio. On your timeline there will usually be
two or three audio components. Something like music ,voice tracks and other audio
such as sound effects. If you do not need audio from the original clip, for example,
the first thing you can do is to turn that audio off. In many editing programs
such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, you can turn that audio channel off by
separating it from the video channel and then just deleting it or silencing the
audio track. You turn the volume all the way down.
Newbie editors often have their music track overpowering their other
tracks. It’s too loud and you can’t easily hear the voice tracks like in this
example. Okay. I did that on purpose to exemplify my point. Now what I was saying
is the music track is too loud and you can’t even easily hear the voice tracks.
Make sure the music track blends in with your voice talent or just sits,
you know, just below the actual voice. Pay attention to your final edit by focusing
on the sound. The secret to good video is actually good audio, so close your eyes
and just listen. If it sounds off, it needs to be adjusted, regardless of how
amazing your footage is. Remember, eyes closed and just listen. If it doesn’t sound
right, trust your gut. It probably isn’t right. How do you fix that?
Most video editors have audio control right on the track. Adjust the audio
until the voice and music harmoniously blend together, without one sounding more
powerful than the other. Another way to improve speaking audio tracks is to cut
out the “ums” and “ahhs ” and the long pauses that inevitably make their way
into the speech of non-professional on-screen talent. In that case you’re
going to want to use the old standard of adding b-roll, which is extra footage
over your audio to hide any cuts. Number two is the jump cut. Every editing
technique has its time and place. The jump cut is a tried-and-true way to
accomplish the goal of editing, which is to collapse time. You don’t want to
overuse the jump cut, but you can use it. Jump cuts are used to save time and
push this story forward. This style is often overused by newbies because they
don’t know what other cuts to use. Its especially evident when you take a
single shot and just cut time out of the same frame, thus making the character
appear as if they magically move into a different position in the scene. Explore
other editing options, such as setting up another camera angle and cutting to a
different angle in the same scene or providing a transition so that the
viewer is less jarred. So how do you fix that?
The easiest way to fix this type of editing
mistake is with other footage. Shoot two angles of the same scene; maybe a
close-up and the wide shot, then you always have something to edit too.
Number three are incomplete video transitions. This video editing mistake
happens when the length of your transition is longer than the previous
clip. Oftentimes an editor will place the transition, such as a dissolve, between
two clips and one of the clips does not extend long enough. The previous clip
drops and briefly shows the viewer a black screen or a jump cut between the
transitions. How do you fix that? Well, when shooting a scene for your
videos or films, always shoot long. Meaning, let the camera roll few seconds
before and after the scene, giving you enough extra footage to cover for those
transitions added in post-production editing. Now if all this is making sense
to you put, “I’ve got it!” in the comment section
below. Number four is the background music does not fit with the scene. Have
you ever seen a video that has slow music but fast paced footage or the
opposite. Quick cutting techniques and quick camera moves need to have
corresponding high tempo, high-energy music. There is nothing worse than
watching a sad emotional scene with happy upbeat music in the background
Make sure when you sit down to edit your video you have your scenes mapped out so
that your music choices fit whatever you’re shooting. Focus on your editing
first before you shoot even one second of footage. This would include the
background music tracks. It’s always best to have at least a rough idea of how the
project will come out so that you know what footage to shoot and what music you
need to score the project. So how do you fix this problem? There are plenty of
stock and royalty free music sites out there for you to use. Most of them
provide a way to filter by genre or mood so that you can find the right track for
the scene in your videos and films that you need music for. Keep in mind that if
you’re producing anything commercially, it’s important to know that you may have
to license these tracks for an extended period of time unless the
footage is unlimited use and royalty-free.
If it’s not royalty free, you’re going to have to get rights from the music owner,
usually a record label or artist, to use it. For example, I use the same kind of
music on all of my video blogs. Its royalty-free,
unlimited use so I can use it as much as I need to and for all of my video blogs
so this music is consistent throughout every video that you’ll see. If you
listen carefully to this video, the music, and any others, it’s always gonna be the
same music. Number 5 is inconsistent graphics. Nobody expects you to be a
graphic designer, especially if you’re new to video
editing, but you should make sure your fonts, font colors and sizing are
consistent throughout the entire video. The biggest error newbies make when
adding text and styling to their productions is using different fonts,
different font colors or adding colors that distract the viewer from the
content. Select the font and stick with it.
Use it throughout your entire video for your lower thirds or title cards and
more. Pick a color palette and stick with that. The graphics should enhance the
video, not detract from it. So how do you fix that problem? Consistency is the key.
Whatever you choose, if it works, stick with it. I have changed my editing style
for my video blog over time as my experience producing it has grown, but
some things have always been the same. I always use the same color red as my
company logo, for example. If you look through my graphics, you’ll notice that
they are similar throughout. I use the same font all the way through in all of
my video blogs as well. In fact it’s been the same font from the very first video
and it’s also the same font as a lettering for my company logo, so it’s
always consistent. My animated graphics are also the same all the way through.
Even when I vary or improve them from time to time I stick with the same style
for months throughout the entire video, especially a series of videos, so the
graphics enhance the project and it doesn’t detract from it. But if you watch
a whole series of videos on the same subject, for example, the graphics and
everything are always going to be in the same. Number six
is removing sensitive information. Let’s say you’re using screen recordings to
give instructions, like the ones you see in this video, or to train new employees
or something else. It’s easy to accidentally capture private information
in your screen recordings. Use your video editing software to create an area a
specific blur in your video or a black bar to crop out the info on the screen
so you can conceal that information. When you’re blurring, think about whether it’s
to hide or highlight information on the screen.
Blurring or otherwise blocking out portions of your footage not only allows
you to protect personal information, but can draw attention to a particular area
of your video as well. So how do you fix this personal information problem? The simplest
way to fix this is to not include the personal information at all, but if you
do, try to blur the footage or cover it with something such as a black bar like
I mentioned. Number seven is adjusting your frame. When you’re done shooting and
you’ve put the camera away and you’re sitting down to edit and you’re seeing
your video for the first time, you may realize you left too much room above
your subject head in the frame, just like this, or you shot off the background, just
like this, or there is something just not quite right about the footage that you
shot that you didn’t realize it when you were shooting and it and it has to be
fixed. Be aware of your subjects background before hitting record. Take
note of how much empty space is around them. Even if you’re not a pro, you’ve
seen enough movies and films in your life to know when something on screen
just doesn’t look right. Trust your gut. If you think it looks bad,
it probably does. So how do you fix this problem? If you filmed your video in Full
HD 1920 x 1080 resolution or higher, like 4k or something else, then you can
edit your video in a lower resolution timeline say 1280 x 720 that will
maintain your aspect ratio and give you room to maneuver your shot. Some editing
programs allow you to crop the edges of the video or move it
on the screen left, right, up, down or even rotate it. You might also be able to blow
up the scale of the footage to crop out the problem areas. Be careful doing this
as it could make your footage look blurry and or leave black around the
edges of your footage if you were to shrink it rather than make it bigger. My
question of the day is, “What problems did you have editing and how did you resolve
those issues?” Leave a comment below and let us know. Do you want to learn more
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  • Reply Affiliate Marketing with ELK Endeavors February 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I’m getting to the point where I need to start editing! I’ll start looking to your channel for help! Thanks!

  • Reply David Burgess February 5, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Great tips Jim. Video editing is the bane of my life. New sub right here!

  • Reply Fiona Flyte February 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I'm such a beginner editor. Thank you for this!

  • Reply papas1GK February 5, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    I really appreciate all the informative videos that you put out you're clear concise and very easy to understand. thank you
    * I have a suggestion for a video . I noticed that a lot of people use only their phones . Could you break down an app like kinemaster phone editing app ?
    Again thanks.

  • Reply Valentine Lister February 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    I've got it

  • Reply Dr Lara Zib February 5, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    This was super helpful thank you! I'm thinking that there's a few tips I need to take on board too 😉

  • Reply Woz Marketing February 5, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Those "Ums" and "Ah's" are going to be the death of me! LOL. I never realized how much I do this until I started recording videos!

  • Reply Drost Video February 5, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I've made all those mistakes throughout the past few years..I like the idea of shooting from 2 different angles to mix things up. Music is a tough one to get right because everyone has different tastes..for instance I don't like the music you used in this video plus it distracts from the content. I also use blurring to focus the viewer on the content. My biggest problem was not having enough memory on my iMac to stop the dreaded spinning ball while editing

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