Getting started with vlogging can be a little daunting, and while there are many people who may think that they can simply turn on a camera and start talking, there is a lot more to vlogging if you want to produce an interesting, inviting vlog that will encourage your viewers to reach out to you.
Understanding vlogging and how to make your videos interesting and engaging is important if you want to be able to connect with viewers and gain a following. That is why I have compiled a list of 9 vlog editing tips that you can use for your next video.
The Importance of Editing for a Vlog
Vlogs are a great way to show your personality and connect with your audience, but if you don’t know how to edit your vlogs, you won’t get a lot of viewers. The worst thing that you can do is simply record something such as yourself and upload it, thinking that other people will find it interesting enough to watch. Unfortunately, no matter how interesting your video is, if you haven’t taken the time to edit it, it may not be enjoyable to watch.
Editing a video is like creating art. You have a blank canvas and a palette (videos) to start with. With editing, you are creating the painting that people will then enjoy watching. As with paintings, a video can always get better and if you are new to vlogging or editing videos, these tips should help you go further.
Tip #1: Use Text in Your Video
It’s important that you aren’t afraid of using text in your video, as this is something that can really set your vlogs apart from the competition. Many people shy away from using text in a vlog because they aren’t sure how to do it correctly, but the text can have a huge impact on the viewer and make them feel much more interested and invested in your vlog.
Try showing a list of facts that you are making or that you’re going to cover or put a list in your vlog. When people see things written down, they are likely to take them much more seriously and will also see you as an expert. This will help people interact more with your vlog and feel like they can trust you. Additionally, it’s much more attention-grabbing.
The text is also easier to remember for viewers so if you have something very important to say, write it down on the screen, in a banner at the bottom, for example.
Tip #2: Use Images to Explain Something
Too often, vloggers show entire vlogs of themselves talking and don’t ever show an example of what they are talking about. Using an image is a great way to really drive a point home and help the viewer connect with what you are telling them so that it makes the most sense.
Remember that “a picture is worth a 1000 words,” and by using an image in your vlog, you can easily explain what you are talking about without extending your vlog and making it any longer than you have to. When you show an image in your vlog, your viewers will not only instantly understand what you are talking about so that you’re both on the same page, but they will also be more engaged in what you are discussing.
Tip #3: Don’t Be Afraid to Cut
A huge newbie mistake that most vloggers make when they are just getting started making vlogs is allowing their videos to run for too long. While there are some vlogs that need to be much longer than others so that a point can be explained correctly, remember that viewers have short attention spans and don’t want to sit all day waiting for you to make your point. If you want to have a shorter video, don’t be afraid to cut it.
Make sure that you think about what in your video is really relevant and don’t be afraid to cut out anything else. This is the best way to ensure that you are able to make the point that you want with your video without it becoming so long that you are no longer interesting to your viewers.
Tip #4: Use Audio (A Lot)
If you have ever watched a video that had a lot of silence in it, you know how unnerving that silence can be and how quickly you can lose interest in what the vlogger is saying. You don’t want your viewers to feel the same way about what you are saying when you release a vlog, so it’s important to take the time to get rid of any silence in your videos.
Using audio in the background will make your vlog more interesting and will help people connect to it. It’s important that you are careful not to use any sound or music that has a license that prevents its use. Check YouTube, SoundCloud, or Incompetch for music that you can include in your video that will tie it together and keep it more interesting.
Tip #5: Don’t Forget Your Voice
This tip is in the same vein as tip #4. While you want to make sure that there is background music or noise in your videos so your viewers don’t have to deal with dead air, you still need to make sure that they can hear you when you’re talking. This means that when you do start to talk on a vlog, you need to make sure that you turn down the music behind you so that it is background noise and doesn’t drown you out.
Too many times vloggers, even more, experienced ones, forget this and end up making videos that would be great if they could be heard. Rather than risking your viewers not having any idea what you are saying in your vlog, make sure to simply turn down the background music when you talk.
Tip #6: Play with Time
If you are making a video over a period of time but don’t want to upload an incredibly long video that shows exactly how long it took for something to happen, you need to learn how to play with time to speed up your videos or even slow them down if your viewers will struggle to see something that occurs quickly. This will allow you to show the viewer how long you had to wait for something without them actually having to watch for that entire time.
If you do play with time in your videos, you need to make sure that you tell the viewers how it felt to wait as well as how long they actually have to wait. This will prevent them from misunderstanding what you are showing them.
Tip #7: Using the Jump Cut
The jump cuts have become very popular on YouTube lately, and there is a reason for it: they are effective. I’m sure you have seen the videos where someone is saying a word or two, then a jump, two words more, a jump and then the final word, making it to a full sentence. This is the jump cut.
In this video, James Wedmore explains how the jump cut can be very effective when recording videos. Instead of having to remember the whole video script, or using a teleprompter, jump cuts can be used to learn a sentence at the time.
Be sure to use the jump cut in your videos as well. It’s an interesting technique that makes it easier for you as well as more engaging for the viewer. Apparently, we like to watch these types of videos. Who would have known?
Tip #8: Play with Contrast & Saturation
You are likely going to be using multiple clips when putting together a video, but it’s important that the finished product looks as consistent as possible. The last thing that you want is for different clips to appear like they were shot at different times of the day or even on different days. Since you can’t control the weather or keep your recording conditions perfect all of the time, you need to be willing to learn about contrast and saturation.
Understanding how to adjust the contrast and the saturation of your video and the various clips will help you create a video that looks cohesive and consistent. This will make it easier for the viewer to watch the video, as the color tone will look the same for the whole video.
Tip #9: Export in the Same FPS as You Recorded
Finally, make sure that you pay attention to the framerate that you used to record and use that same framerate when you export. If you don’t do this, you will have major problems with the quality of your video and will probably not be able to fix them completely. Rather than facing these issues, simply check and verify your framerate.
This means that if you record in 24 fps, you need to export in 24 fps and not change it to 30 fps. At the same time, make sure that you record in 30 fps and don’t adjust to 24 fps when exporting, as this can really negatively affect your video.
There is a ton to think about when you first learn video editing. Focus on the basic parts first, like how to cut a video and create a transition. Just as your channel, your editing skills will improve over time. If you get Filmora Wondershare Editor, they have a great library of videos on how the software works and how to do things. Check it out.