Most vlogs on YouTube need editing. If you’re giving a tutorial on baking a cake, you won’t film the entire baking process. If you’re vlogging about smartphone reviews, you’ll want to add in some images of the smartphones you’re talking about. Even if you’re just editing in your channel logo at the beginning or end of your videos, you’re going to need to get somewhat familiar with video editing.
As you start playing with editing software, you’ll find that you have a lot of options for transitions between scenes or takes. Intricate transitions with swirls, slow fades, or random colors can be distracting to viewers at times. S imple transitions like straight cuts are almost always the most popular and best option.
With this in mind, try out a few of the free video editing software available to you, but don’t feel pressured to choose one over another simply because more people like and use it. Play with a few and find one that you feel comfortable using. If your editing software seems natural and intuitive to you, you’re going to have a much easier time learning all of its ins and outs and how to create great YouTube videos with it. Once you’ve got the hang of things, you can upgrade your editing program or go with a premium paid software for more features.
The faster you can get used to and comfortable with your editing software, the faster you’ll be able to edit future vlogs. When you can cut down on production time, you may be able to increase your output. Even if you don’t intend on putting out more than a vlog a week, this will help streamline the process and give you more time for creative work and channel marketing.
If you’re feeling lost as to how to edit your YouTube vlogs, take a look at some similar vlogs and how they’re edited.
Whenever you’re not sure about how to achieve a particular effect, search for a “How to” video on YouTube or Google for that particular video editing trick.
Another thing to consider when editing your vlogs is in-video music or beats. Adding background music to YouTube videos is something that many vloggers do because it can enhance presentation. Choose a beat that goes well with the theme of your vlogging channel and is not distracting. It should not be louder than your voice, though. Go with something that you believe will give a lift to your videos and blends well with your content.