Making a successful YouTube video entails both shooting and modifying the footage into a finished product. Formatting, often known as post-production, is the process of combining many shots into a coherent, compelling whole. In the past, it used to be an expensive procedure that necessitated the use of expensive camera equipment.
Luckily, today you can edit your videos using free or low-cost software tools on any home computer. Interestingly, the quality is frequently compared to that of costly national ads and television news programs.
Begin by Choosing a Video-editing Software
The tool allows you to combine multiple shots into a single video, which you can then publish to your channel. Furthermore, you can use the editing program to add display text, images, and other visual effects. While video editing applications such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere are available for purchase, they can be expensive and difficult to use.
Luckily, there is some free or affordable software available that can provide satisfactory outcomes. If you have a Windows computer, Microsoft’s free Movie Maker application is available. Alternatively, if you have a Mac, Apple’s free iMovie is available. Interestingly, both tools are adequate for basic formatting and their visual effects and are remarkably user-friendly.
However, if you need something more sophisticated, look into Adobe Premiere Components, Sony Movie Studio Platinum, or Pinnacle Studios. Normally, all these applications cost around $100. As you would expect, these programs include more transitions and special effect options, as well as more advanced outcomes.
Make Edits to Improve Video Quality
Whatever editing application you use, putting together the individual photos you took into a single video might be simple. Of course, the idea is to make a seamless video that delivers your message effectively. Fortunately, most editing tools have a timeline view where you can drag and drop individual shots.
Each of your clips is a different video file, and you’re uploading these files to the primary video’s sequence. You can rearrange the shots, shorten or lengthen any particular shot, and eliminate any that aren’t working. The final film can then have transitions between pictures, such as fades, to give it a more polished look.
Include Text, Images, And Other Digital Effects In Your Video
After you’ve combined your single images into one video, you can add visual effects to it. Most organizations, for example, want to include their website Link or toll-free mobile number in the clip. This can be done by overlaying such information onscreen. Usually, most editing tools allow you to do this by inserting a text layer to the film at specific points, usually at the beginning and finish.
You can also transpose photos and other visuals on top of each other. This can be used to show a product box while other activities are happening onscreen. Split-screen, low light, and grayscale tone are among the other special effects.
Additionally, you can also add music in the background, either your own or from the editing program’s library of basic music styles. You don’t have to be an expert to use these sound effects, since most of these apps will walk you through each step.
However, don’t go crazy with the special effects, as enticing as they are. This is because you don’t want extravagant elements like onscreen graphics to distract viewers from your main message. At all times, they should aid in the telling of your story rather than hinder it.
Select the Appropriate File Format
You can make a final YouTube video to publish on your channel and other video-sharing sites once your video editing is finished. Fortunately, YouTube accepts most major file types, so no matter which one you pick, you’ll be fine. However, I suggest using the MP4, AVI, or WMA file formats, which are all compatible with most video editing software. Moreover, ensure you’re cutting your video in a 16:9 ratio widescreen format, which is what most consumers demand.
Finally, produce your video in either 720p or 1080i high resolution, depending on the file type you choose. Even if your video is seen on computer monitors in a lower-quality format, you should start with the greatest resolution feasible in the initial file.
Furthermore, because some viewers will be seeing your film on large-screen, high-definition televisions, you don’t want to serve them a lower-resolution version. That said, we hope this guide marks the start of successful YouTube videos!