Video editor is more versatile profession than anyone can imagine at first glance. Main goal (getting video together) is always extended to other tasks, often including:

  • Audio mixing;
  • Synchronizing audio track with video stream;
  • Solving problems caused by different sources (especially with different frame rates);
  • Utilizing correct video effects to make smooth transitions and looking natural.

Every beginner asks how to become a successful video editor as fast as possible. First advice – dedicate your time to learn software which processes video and get at least one DAW with sufficient amount of built-in effects. Other tips are less obvious but must be considered.

Talk to other editors and video creators

Don’t be ashamed to ask a question about simple functions in video and audio editing software. Mistakes are better avoided if you are aware of them and know how to do something properly. If you know something better than your fellow editor, use the knowledge to help him in getting best results possible. The more people in your circle – the better results and faster learning will be.

Always use online tutorials and built-in manuals to get familiar with all functionality. Learn about something new when it’s necessary for your project. In this case you won’t forget anything and lose skills gained during that time.

Develop your own workflow

After getting an order to edit a video you must be ready to get into the process (sometimes immediately). Build a separate PC just for video editing purposes where all raw files will be stored. The computer with sufficient horsepower must be always ready to start editing (including complex scenes in 4K or even 8K). Divide each project into separate stages – it will help you focus on certain things without being scared of really great amount of work to do next.

Become an audio editor

Amateur video recordings (sometimes even pro) suffer from poor audio quality and lack of clarity in words due to wind, traffic, people talking or just low-quality components. Proper EQ technique, noise reduction with as little artifacts as possible in final result is really sought-after skill now. Another point of interest – getting right volume levels in the video. Sudden drops from high volume to low and other way around will alienate the viewer immediately. The video must be not only watchable but also listenable, especially if you want to create explainer videos.

Learn additional software

Sometimes traditional software like Vegas, Premiere of Final Cut is not enough. It can’t handle properly footage from analogue sources (VHS, LD, Betamax) which must be processed separately by DScaler and VirtualDub instead. Knowledge how to use these two pieces of software can be helpful if you need to insert some really old footage without severe quality loss.

Final tips

If you want to make a career in video making, use every piece of hardware and software possible with future upgrades in mind. Look for the most compatible gear and applications. Always have a backup for your projects (including original video files) – it can make re-editing and rendering in another format possible.

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