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Video Editing Mistakes That You Need To Avoid

It can be daunting to create a video. You will make many mistakes along the way.

You can correct any mistakes with some simple post-production editing tweaks. Do not let mistakes scare you. Some of the most innovative video editing techniques have been developed from mistakes.

Here are seven common mistakes in video editing that you can correct after production.

Poor Audio / Inconsistent audio

There will be between two and three audio components on your timeline. Audio clips, audio, and music. You can turn off audio from the original clip if you don’t need it. Camtasia allows you to turn this off by right-clicking and selecting “separate Audio and Video” and then deleting or hiding the audio track.

Many new editors have their music overpower their other tracks. You should ensure that the music is in harmony with your voice talent or just below it. Focus on your final edit and the sound.

Pro Tip

Just close your eyes and listen to the video. It doesn’t matter how great your footage maybe, if it sounds wrong it should be fixed!

How to Fix:

Audio control is available on most video editors. You can adjust the audio so that the music and voice blend seamlessly without making one sound stronger.

Sometimes you might not notice that there is an audio problem until after the editing stage. The audio from the subject speaking on the camera is one of the most common issues in post-production video editing.

If they make three points in their video but put them in the wrong order, it could be an example:

Our narrator stated, “With our latest software, you can do A, B, and C.”

They were to say “you can do B. A. and C.”

Here are some things you can do.

Your audio clip should be placed in your video editor’s timeline. In the gif below, we use TechSmith Camtasia. Move the clip in question at the beginning and the end. The audio waveform can be used to visualize the words. This will work if the speaker speaks clearly and concisely. If you are interested in learning more, you can also find basic audio mixing techniques.

You can also change their words if you want to speed up the process or remove any “um” and “ah”. In this case, you will want to add b-roll footage (Appzforpc) to your audio to cover any cuts. Our post on broll will help you better understand this important standard in video editing.

The Jump Cut

Each editing technique has its place and time. Jump cuts are a proven method to achieve the editing goal of reducing time. Jump cuts can be used to speed up the story and save time. Because they don’t know which cuts to use, newbies often resort to this style. This is especially true when you just take one shot and then cut out the time. The character appears to have magically moved to a different place in the scene.

Tip:

You may also consider other editing options. You can set up a second camera angle, cut to another angle within the same scene, or provide a transition that makes the viewer feel less confused.

How to fix it:

There are many different styles of cutting and you will need to learn how to use them as you progress in your editing journey. Premiumbeat.com has compiled a blog post containing 8 essential cuts that every editor must know.

You can see that frame 1 has the subject in the background on the left and frame 2 is immediate to the right. This cutting technique can sometimes cause viewers to lose track of time.

If your transition is too long, this is a common video editing error. Sometimes, an editor will place the video transition between two clips if one clip is not long enough. The transition is shown briefly in the previous clip. Similar to the image below.

Pro Tip

Check that your clips are not too long or adjust the time of your transition.

How to fix it:

Camtasia makes it easy to trim video clips. Once you’ve set the length, drag and drop the transition. Sometimes you’ll see transitions that are not complete using “wipe Transitions”. This can be corrected by simply extending your previous clip.

You can see that the black space to the left of the video is the place where the previous clip dropped before the transition was complete.

Music doesn’t fit

You may have seen slow music mixed with fast-paced footage. Fast cutting techniques and camera movements require high-tempo, high-energy music. Nothing is worse than seeing a sad scene with Pharrell’s Happy playing in the background. When you edit your video, make sure you have all your scenes planned out. This will allow you to choose the right music for your scenes.

Pro Tip

First, focus on your edit. Then, find music that matches your edit.

How to fix it:

You can find a lot of royalty-free and stock music sites. Many of these sites allow you to filter by genre and mood so that the best track is available for your needs. Below is a list of websites that we recommend. Remember that commercial production may require you to license the tracks for a longer period of time.

Premiumbeat – This website is great for novice video editors. It is easy to navigate. There are many musical tracks available, and artists keep adding new ones all the time.

Musicbed – A professional website that is used often by commercial brands and filmmakers. This site has higher-quality tracks and often features exceptional vocal talent.

Audio Jungle is similar to Premiumbeat because it offers many options. It is great for marketing and social media videos.

Graphics that are inconsistent

Although no one expects you to be an expert in graphic design, you need to ensure that your fonts, font colors, and sizing are consistent across your entire video. Newbies often make the biggest mistake when styling text or adding color to productions.

Pro Tip

Choose a font that you like and stick to it. It can be used throughout your video to create lower thirds and title cards, as well as other elements such as subtitles. Stick to a color scheme. You can adjust your creativity to fit the situation. It is possible to say, “But it looks cute!” This means that your creativity needs to change.

How to Fix:

You can find tutorials on how to add animation and effects to your graphics or text in Camtasia.

The text in this image is distracting and difficult to read. A nice sans serif font is a good choice. It is easy to read and easily legible.

Let’s suppose you use screen recordings to instruct or train employees. Screen recordings can easily be snatched by mistake. Software like Camtasia allows you to blur specific areas in your video. This allows you to conceal the information more effectively.

Tip:

Use the blur tool to highlight or hide information. The blur tool can be used to not only protect your personal data but also draw your attention to certain areas in your video.

How to fix it:

This tutorial will show you how to “blur it out” in many different ways.

Adjusting your Frame

Now that you have put away the camera, you are sitting down and seeing your video for the first time. This is when you realize that you have left too much space above the subject’s heads in the frame.

Tip:

Before you record, be aware of the background of your subject. Pay attention to how much space they have around them.

How to fix it:

You can edit this video in 1280×720 format if you recorded it in full HD (1920×1080). This will preserve your aspect ratio, and allow you to move your shot.

Last Thoughts

These tips can help you avoid common mistakes when editing videos. They will also show you how to make your final piece more polished. Your edit should tell your story. Sometimes, this means breaking industry standards to make your piece stand out. These tips will help your video look professional.

It can be difficult to get started, as you might know. We have put together this guide to assist you in getting started before you start editing. Before you start your first video, check out this How to Make Video.