Learning video editing may seem daunting, but it is not that difficult to pick up! You don’t have to be a professional video editor to know how to use the software. Even if you’re not creating Hollywood-quality films, knowing video editing is a great skill to have. It will not only help you in your business growth, but it can also help you in building your brand presence.
Also, note that some of the video editors on the market are available for free, and the tools are easy to use. Check the free and open source video editing software that you could try your hand-on. There are plenty of tutorials available on the internet to learn these tools. So, if you have a video that you want to edit, don’t be afraid to learn it!
In this article, I will answer some of the frequently asked questions on acquiring video editing skills
How long does it take to learn video editing?
Video editing is a skill that might take years to master. It can be confusing at first. When you hear the words “video editing”, you might imagine many hours of tedious work, but if you master the editing skills, it will be a ton of fun!
Now, how long does it take to learn video editing depends on why you want to learn it?
If you want to edit your videos for YouTube, 2 to 4 weeks should be more than enough for you. However, if you want to master video editing skills, we really can’t say how much time would it take.
As with any other profession, even video editing can’t be really learnt, you need to gain experience from your learnings. You can learn the basics or say, you can learn to use the editing software or tool within a couple of weeks or a month.
And once you have learned the basics of editing skills, start working with the clients to gain real-time experience. Your experience will now make you as a master.
Pre-requisites for learning video editing
First, you need to understand the purpose of why you want to learn video editing. Based on your purpose the prerequisite may vary.
Prerequisite for YouTube Video Editors:
- Mobile with good storage
- Or a laptop with a decent configuration
- Free/Paid video editing apps/tools
Prerequisites for Professional Video Editors:
- Computer with good configuration
- Choosing the right paid software for your needs
Where and how to learn video editing?
Start learning from what is readily available for you. Choose the video editor software that you wish to use for editing the videos. Now based on the chosen software, you can get numerous tutorials on YouTube.
First, start off with YouTube videos, check if you can get a playlist of videos of the software that you wish to use. Spend a couple of hours every day to go through the tutorial. Practice what you have learnt by using the software.
While you are watching an ad, movie, tutorial, or any video, start noticing how the video was edited, what kind of effects are being used, what transitions were used. Make sure to note down the videos that you watched.
Now, explore the internet to find out how you can implement those effects in your video. This will be the first stage of learning online on your own.
If you really don’t want to spend too much time exploring and self-learning, I would suggest you join the online course from Udemy or Coursera or LinkedIn Learning, or any individual trainers. By joining the course, your learning journey would be fast and well organized.
You will not only learn video editing in a professional way but you will also have their support.
So, now you have an option of time vs money. If you have enough time, go ahead, explore how to edit your videos which is spread all over the internet. Otherwise, spend some bucks and purchase a video editing course and learn everything at one place and in an organized way.
What are the different video editor tools?
There are wide range of video editor tools starting from open-source, free, paid, online video editing tools to mobile apps to edit your videos.
Based on your editing requirement, you need to choose the tool that you need. I have listed many video editing tools on this website. Below are the different tools that you can check
How long does it take to edit videos?
If you are a professional and editing videos is your full-time job, then you will be able to edit videos faster than a person who isn’t. If you are a newbie and you don’t know what you are doing, then you will spend your time learning the software and other technical stuff. So, it might take more time for you as a newbie when compared to a professional.
Editing the video depends on several factors like the video type, complexity of video editing, duration of the video, number of raw footage, and time duration of each of the raw footage. If you just want to edit a 10-minute video with some basic cuts, splits, and join, you may complete the video editing within an hour or so.
However, if the same 10-minute video needs some complex editing like adding many effects, text transitions, collating different footage, then video editing may take a couple of hours or even a couple of days based on the requirement.
So, again here we cannot mention any pre-defined time that would be needed to edit your videos.
Should you do video editing on your own or outsource?
It depends on how much time you spend in editing your videos and how valuable is your time for your business.
If you are running a business of your own, and using videos to build your personal brand. You should better consider giving the video editing task to a freelance video editor rather than doing it on your own.
However, if you are someone who is just starting the business with a tight budget and have ample of time to learn a new skill. You can consider learning video editing on your own and edit your videos to build your personal brand.
Now, if you are a trainer, subject matter expert or a YouTuber and looking for a freelance video editor to edit your tutorial videos. Feel free to email me at [email protected] to discuss on your requirements.
I hope you found this article useful, please comment below if you have any other questions that you want me to answer in this blog post.
Thank you for reading this blog post till the end. Happy Editing!