The key to editing a video is getting the audio right. That doesn’t mean you have to have perfect pitch or have a perfect vocal range… it just means that your audience will appreciate you doing the work you do.
If you take your time, don’t use any distracting effects and use your time wisely, then audio editing is a simple process you can do pretty much with any other job.
The only thing you have to remember when editing is to use the same tools you’re using for your actual work. You can take a video and turn it into an audio clip – and then you can add audio over the top! If you want to really make a difference, you should also do some “pacing” before and after the clips; making sure to change your tempo and timing as appropriate for each individual clip.
For example, if you are editing a video that includes music, you would usually keep your track as slow as possible. If you’re editing a video that includes text, you would probably make the most of the pauses to make sure your audience gets an adequate amount of insight into the subject matter – so you wouldn’t want to change anything so much as trim down your track size.
How much editing should I do?
The amount of editing you do will determine how much footage you will need to record for your video.
But don’t be afraid to skip a chunk of footage in an edit if it isn’t too distracting or if you don’t want to spend all that time.
The biggest thing when it comes to editing is time efficiency. I like to record all of the same elements (sounds, voices, editing, etc) in several different ways. For example, I often use the same camera placement for everything; meaning I usually start with a camera that I place on the ground, then I move my legs to where the camera line of sight is, then I move my hands up and down to put my weight on the camera, etc.
If you feel you’ll be working less time in the editing process, that’s OK. You are not cutting the same clip over and over, you are cutting the same clip to the same point, and you don’t have to have each of those shots exactly the same. Once it’s done – no editing was needed!
When I’m working on other projects, I keep a bunch of different versions of one video. I’ll get them all, and go over them as well – especially