Editing your video might be the last, but not the easiest step on your way to your own home video. There are several typical mistakes you should avoid. Learn more about the seven sins of video editing!
Sin n° 1: Inconsistent Audio
Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of your video. What do you hear? A crisp clear voice and some background sounds? Or is the voice swallowed by video sounds? Imbalanced audio layers are a typical problem of home-made videos. The most important elements are the voices of the narrator, then recorded sounds. Music should be calm and blend in with the rest of the sounds – like a carpet. Tone it down if need be!
Sin n° 2: Jump Cuts
Almost every video is the essence of a much longer real-life process. Many little steps have been taken out in the process of cutting. But cutting is an art – and requires more than simple jumps within the same perspective. Indeed, certain social media videos use these jump cuts as a stylistic element within a very constraint setting. However, in order to tell a story, do not use these jump cuts: Cut between finished actions and continue from another angle.
Sin n° 3: Inconsistent Graphics
While graphics can help the viewer to better understand the context of your video, be careful when using them. First, they may distract the viewer from the main action if they are too bold. Second, as the video goes on, the graphic component may lose its contrast against the changing background. Third, most text elements will be difficult to read in any case. So better ask yourself: Do I really need graphics in my video?
Sin n° 4: Sensitive Information
You may have recorded sensitive information: a license plate, passwords from a screencast, faces of people who did not grant their permission. Don’t leave it like that – blur the concerned parts of your video. Most modern video editing software solutions provide easy and efficient functions in order to hide delicate parts of your recording.
Sin n° 5: Match Frames
Look at your theme, at your protagonists or your main objects: Where are they within the frame of your video? Given you used a high definition or even 4k resolution camera, you may consider cropping your video. In order to focus on what is important: Otherwise, your protagonist may seem too small, get lost in the scene or may not make the impression you intended in this particular shot. At the same time, be careful not to zoom too much into your material and make it blurry.
Sin n° 6: Bad Transitions
Transitions are en vogue, especially with home video artists. There is a “yes”, and there is also a “but”: Do not use transitions excessively. Use them only between different scenes, not as a separator between cuts of the same scene. Golden rule: the transition should always be shorter than the clip – otherwise your transition will drop somewhere in the process.
Sin n° 7: Inconsistent Color Matching
You may have recorded the same scene over and over again with a setting of changing light. You might have used two cameras in order to have the same scene from different perspectives. Now all you need is to cut and paste the material together … or is it really that simple? Careful: adjust color, contrast, and light. Luckily, a good video editing suite will provide a white balance adjustment.