I remember opening a video editing software for the first time in 2013. I looked at all the different buttons and sections and felt overwhelmed. I had no idea what any of the tools did, or even what I needed to do to actually start editing a video.
What you need to know to start editing
If you feel the same way about video editing, at the beginning you only really need to know 4 things:
1. How to import clips
2. How to draw and drop the clips into the timeline
3. How to cut clips to remove what you don’t want
4. How to export the file
Once you have that down, then you can add more to your skill set with the following:
– Adding transitions
– Audio adjustments
– Colour gradings
– Adding sound effects and music
– Using motion graphics
And so much more!
But at first, all you need to do is learn the basics.
The best video editing programs for beginners
Some editing programs are more beginner friendly than others, so below I’m sharing 3 great options for entrepreneurs who are new to video editing.
I believe that you should start with what you have, and if you have a Mac, you have iMovie.
It comes pre-installed, so you don’t even have to download anything. This is what I used when I first started out and they have made it even better in the last 6+ years since I first used it. It comes with transitions, themes, titles all ready to go.
And since iMovie has been around for awhile, there are plenty of great iMovie editing tutorials available on YouTube. It’s also available on mobile devices too.
I’ve looked at a lot of PC-friendly options, and OpenShot is the closest free option to iMovie. In some ways it’s even better because OpenShot is more versatile than iMovie. It comes with pre-installed transitions and special effects.
And it’s not JUST for PC users, it’s available on Mac too! So, if you already know your way around iMovie but feel a bit limited by it, I suggest watching an OpenShot tutorial to see if it might be a better software for your editing needs.
While I prefer to edit on a desktop, Meitu is a popular editing app that is available for both Android and iOs mobile devices. It has an easy to understand interface, and since it’s been designed specifically for mobile devices, it’s optimized for editing on the go.
The video editing section of the app comes with pre-installed transitions, stickers, frames and many other options. But you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to!
If you’re new to video editing I highly recommend giving one of the options above a try.
At the very least, watch a short YouTube tutorial on how to edit in one of these programs to get you a bit more familiar with video editing, and hopefully you’ll see that it isn’t as difficult as you might think!
Have you tried any of the video editing programs listed above? If you have any other suggestions, let me know in the comments.