Best Guide for the starter to learn video editing

A video editing skill has a lot of value in the marketplace. By looking at the growth of the demand for videos, we can say that the market is going to get much higher along with the value of this specific skill.

According to Statista, the video advertising amount has now surged to over $34.8 billion, and that amount is expected to grow at 10.6% CAGR(Compounding annual growth rate).

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How can you tap into a huge market of videos? The answer to this question is simple, by sharpening your video editing skills. No matter whether you’re a freelancer or an owner of a corporation, you need a video editor to refine the quality of your video. We can not convince anyone to watch our videos if we upload a crappy video on the internet.

We will reveal every single thing that you need to know to help you get your foot in the world of video editing.

Starting your journey

You need to take some vital decisions and spend some money on tools before jumping into video editing. Here are the things that you must think about before you can start your journey:


1. Know about the types of videos

You’re not going to be an expert in every kind of video editing, and that is for sure. No one is an expert in all types of video creation and editing. It is a 2D video, a straightforward tutorial video, 3D video, video for high-tech ads, or some other kind of videos?

Check out the types of videos that you may need for your project and then make a decision on what kind of videos you want to specialize.

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2. Computing power and software selection

Let’s talk about computing power at first. The computing power means the abilities of your computer to process data. You should check out your processor, graphics card, RAM, storage, monitor, and so on.

For simple projects like a powerpoint presentation video, you do not need a high-end system. You can grab a simple open source video editing software and start working on your project. A computer with 8GB RAM or 4GB RAM, a decent SSD (around 256-512 GB), i3/i5, and an average graphics card and monitor will be enough for a simple project.

However, a complicated project with tons of animation demands a lot of CPU resources. For those projects, you should have over 8GB RAM, 1TB or more HDD or SSD, a powerful graphics card along with powerful processors like i7 or more and a professional monitor that support 4k videos.

After getting your system requirements ready, you should select appropriate software for your project. Here are some of the options for you:

  • Apple iMovie:

    A beginner-friendly software that allows you to add animation texts, titles, and more.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro:

    It is a professional Adobe video editing software that will let you build an industry-par quality video. It supports 4k video, color grading, fine-tunes motion graphics, and more.

  • Blender video editing software:

    It is yet another fantastic software that has fantastic features that can help you create a high-end video. It has features like particle simulation, 3D modeling, rigging, rendering, and more.

You can explore more tools once you get into the world of video editing.

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Steps to edit your first video

In this section of this article, I will show you the steps for organizing your first video in Adobe Premiere Pro. To do that, you need some video footage at first. You do not need to gather perfect video footages in the very beginning. However, following these tips can help you capture decent clips that you can work with:

  • Do not be content with a single shot because you might have to take a snap again if you are not satisfied.
  • Make sure that every footage of yours is good enough for the project.
  • Use some light visual effects.

Here are the steps to edit your first project:

1. Create a project:

For creating a project, you need to obey the following instructions:

  • Go to the “Open Project” section in the file
  • Select new project, choose the location and save it.
  • Use Media Browser to import clips that you want to work in the current project.
  • Save and close the project.

2. Get familiar with Adobe Premiere workspace:

Go through the video below to be familiar with pane and workspaces.


3. Learn more about importing media:

Go through the video below to learn about importing media in Adobe Premiere Pro.


4. Organize the clips:

After you complete the task of importing media, you need to organize the clips. Here is the video that will teach you the steps to hold the clips together.


5. Edit and Export:

The final task is to use various tools in Adobe Premiere Pro and exporting the project. Here is the link to the resource that will guide you through the rest of the steps.

What to do after learning the basics?

After editing your first video, you have started your journey. It is a starting point and you need to keep on moving forward. But, you do not need to worry because there is a plethora of information online that can help you learn more. If you can create a fantastic video, you can bring a lot of value to the marketplace. The study shows that there are four times buyers who prefer video over text.

With that said, you need to know about legit platforms that can help you accelerate your learning. Here are some of the top-notch learning platforms for learning more. However, you should select the appropriate courses. Choose the one with many good reviews and check out their preview before purchasing.

  • Udemy
  • Lynda
  • Larry Jordan
  • Premiere Gal Media
  • Inside the Edit
  • Ripple Training

By opting for a course, you will be able to dig deeper into video editing.

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Join Communities

Finally, you need a network of like-minded people to assist you in your journey. Here are some of the top communities for video editors that will help you learn and grow.

  • Spiceworks
  • Videomaker
  • Creativecow

What can you do if you need a top-notch video soon?

It is not possible to come up with a top-notch video as a beginner within a few months if you do not have prior knowledge. In that case, you can always opt for a corporate video editing company to carry out this task for you.

My Final Thoughts

The path of mastering the video editing skills are going to take a lot of time, and you will have challenges on the way. With that said, the first big step is to get started. After reading this guide, you should follow the steps that I’ve mentioned and start working on editing videos right away.

Some beginners get caught up with the idea of learning a lot before getting started. However, that is not the right way to approach. The best way to approach is by getting your hands dirty and start gaining real-world experience, while you’re still learning. Keep in mind that learning never stops regardless of the field that you enter. Take this guide as a blueprint to video editing mastery.

Have I left out tips that beginners might find helpful? If yes, do not hesitate to leave your thoughts below.

Chehak Wadhwa

Chehak Wadhwa is a leader in the world of animation, with a handful of experience in designing infographics, brochures, featured images, and Explainer Videos. Creative by nature, she helps companies attain leads and enjoy better cash flow through explainer videos that pinpoint prospect's problems and present their services as a one stop solution.

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