Video editing is a very important step because it is when the blending of images and sounds takes place. Editing transforms a video production into a cohesive narrative, defining its meaning and purpose.
You already know where to begin and how to create a framework for your video training. You’ve understood the importance of having a storyboard as well as of adding interactive elements, and you’ve rigorously followed your production schedule during the recording phase.
Step 7: Video Editing
Now, it is time to learn more about the second to last step in our video creation journey: video editing. Using a video editing software, you will merge the recording while assembling visual elements and audio.
Your main editing approach will depend on your desired outcomes, which may include removing unwanted footage, choosing the best material, ensuring there is a consistent flow, adding effects (music, graphics, closed captions), altering the style or giving the video a particular angle that serves your agenda.
To start editing your training video you first need to choose a video editing software and a device. When it comes to software choices, there is a certain number of aspects that will help you decide, such as: budget, user interface, input format compatibility.
We recommend using a free open-source editing software if you are a beginner: OpenShot, for instance, is an award-winning free video software that supports many different formats. OpenShot even integrates drag-and-drop, which makes it very intuitive to use, and it includes different digital video effects, including brightness, hue and grayscale, meaning you can try a few options to see which one looks best.
Once you’ve picked your software, it is time to import your files — these include videos, images, animations and any other content.
You will then be arranging your content in a timeline. This timeline represents your final video, so it is important to create the sequence you want in your video. This is the real editing part: you will be cutting out useless bits and selecting the best. Remember to follow your storyboard to develop your work. You should use a different track of the timeline for each media file format.
It’s important to follow a quality control checklist as you move along. We encourage you to pay a fair amount of attention to transitions. The only transitions you need are straight cuts from one shot to the next, simple cross-fades or fade in/out to black. All other transitions and excessive visual effects should be approached with caution. You don’t want to overuse effects in a way that they become a distraction from your actual content. You should strive for smoothness and a sense of continuity throughout your entire video. Often times, in video production, the maxim “less is more” holds true. In addition, audio equalisation should not be neglected. Sound quality is one aspect that will make or break the final quality of your training video.
It is also very important that you review your project before you can confidently conclude your video. You shouldn’t stick to the first version, which is quite unlikely to be perfect. Adjustments are part and parcel of the video editing stage and they will allow you to fine-tune your draft until you are ready to export the final version of your training video.
And so, we conclude the video assembly stage and our second to last step in our video creation journey. Do remember that bugle’s Digital Learning Solutions team is always glad to talk about any of the stages and they’re only one click away! Get in touch!