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Before You Begin Video Editing

Video editing could be a very easy process if you prepare the right equipment before you start. We decided to put together a guide for choosing the right equipment and software for you. You are sure to create amazing videos by following our tips.

The Right Computer for Video Editing

Check out some secrets for a successful video editing process: the right computer

If you are a beginner, you don’t need an expensive computer for video editing. Check your computer to make sure it has a good video card, which may already be installed. Then you need to be sure that your video editing software will work properly on your computer. Unfortunately, some old computers aren't fast enough for video editing.

If you decide to get a new computer for video editing, it is better to look at some models with a large hard drive and large memory capacity. Also, check your new computer for having the necessary connectors for your video camcorder and external hard drive.

A good idea is to get a computer that can be upgraded later if you decide to add more memory. An easier choice for beginners is a Mac, while a PC is better for intermediate or professional video editing.

The Right Video Editing Software

Check out some secrets for a successful video editing process: the right video editing software

Choosing the best video editing software can be very difficult and confusing. There are so many options out there! If this is your first experience with video editing, start with a free program. 

Interfaces of some programs may look too complicated at first sight, but with a little practice, you will soon be editing your own footage.

Want to buy good professional video editing software? Check out our detailed guides:

Video Editing Software Worth Buying. Part I

Video Editing Software Worth Buying. Part II

The Right Video Editing Accessories

Check out some secrets for a successful video editing process: the right video editing accessories

To save all the necessary video footage, you will need to have enough space on your computer. Quality video makes for a very large file. If you don’t have enough space on your computer, the solution is to buy an external drive. The bigger the drive, the more videos you can save and store on it. If later you need to send large files online, try FileWhopper. With FileWhopper you can send large files of of any size!

Among other video editing accessories that you might need are cables, usually Firewire or USB. Check your manuals before buying any cables, because different computers and cameras accept different connectors.

Prepare Your Footage for Video Editing

Check out some secrets for a successful video editing process: prepare your footage for video editing

The editing process starts with preparing video footage. Most video editing software accepts different video formats for editing. It is very easy to import the footage to your software if you shoot your video on a digital device.

For editing analog video, you'll need to convert it to digital format before importing.

Tips and Tricks for Smooth Video Editing

Check out some secrets for a successful video editing process: quick tips for smooth video editing

Here are some interesting tips and tricks that will make your video editing process go smoother. Remember that successful video editing comes with a lot of practice and a lot of patience.

  • Try to shoot more footage than you need. You may need some additional material for smooth transitions.
  • Don’t forget to use a tripod. Handheld effect could be dizzying and not very comfortable to watch.
  • Try to add music without any lyrics, because it can distract from the video itself.
  • Don't add a lot of video effects in one movie. Less is much better.
  • It is better to use medium range and close-up shots than wide shots.
  • Fresh eyes may reveal some errors, so take a break after your first round of edits.

Do you have your own tips or tricks for successful video editing? Share them in comments!

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