I am often asked how you can get faster at video editing. These tips will apply to any editing software but at Video Skills we teach students how to use Adobe Premiere and Filmora by Wondershare.

Both are great options but I would say Premiere has more advanced features and it is considered a pro-tool by the media industry. However, it is more expensive than Filmora, which will give you all the tools you need to create great video content.

Whenever you edit a video all you need to do is follow these simple steps –

  • Cut the footage down and select the best bits
  • Add these in an order to tell your story
  • Include extra footage, often called overlay, to hide any video cuts and make your video more engaging
  • Add music and graphics including name titles
  • Export the video

Sounds easy right? Well to make this video editing process faster you need to jump back to the start of the video project. When you want to make a video ask these questions –

  1. How long do we want the video to be?
  2. Who needs to be filmed?
  3. What extra shots need to be included?

When you have this information you can estimate the video length and determine whether it’s either going to be longer than you hoped for. If this is the case I would suggest interviewing fewer people or make a series of 90-second videos instead.

Map out on a side of A4 what footage you will be seeing, what you will be hearing (so you can write the question and what you want the answer to be), and how each interview or topic will segue to the next interview or topic.

During the Video Skills workshops, we run through this process as well as how to shoot the overlay footage that will help tell your story. Of course, video content is very popular but story-telling is paramount and should not be forgotten when making your next video.

So to get faster at video editing with Adobe Premiere or Filmora try to plan and shoot for the edit. When you do this you will find that it’s more a case of ‘cutting and pasting’ the footage as you will already have the plan on paper.

Of course, there are many shortcuts and editing tips that come with time but believe me the number one tip I could give would be to work out what you want to achieve before you even start shooting.