7 Video Editing Tips for Beginners 

Although we are now equipped with technology that gives superb results on our videos, it is a fact that we will still need to polish them into something better. Video editing might not be hard, but it still requires technical knowledge. In this article, we aim to provide the 7 video editing tips that can be easily  digested by everybody, whether they are beginners or professionals. We hope that these tips can help you to get the best video editing routine for you.

1. Get the right software

The first important step you should never miss is picking the right software. There are plenty of video editing software out there, and many of them offer mouth-watery features at a certain price. But hold up, don’t succumb to the offers! Often there are times where we got swayed by the offers without realizing that we might not use all the features offered at all. If this happens, you’ll end up wasting money on unnecessary investment.  

We can prevent the scenario above if we conduct research on the software available out there, and that is what we should do. Research the features and ask whether you’ll need it or not. If the software you eyed has more than half features you won’t use, get rid of it from your list. Get the software that you actually use. 

2. Is your device suitable?

Now that you’ve picked your software, it’s time to see whether it’s suitable for your computer or not. Believe it or not, there are often times where the computer cannot carry the software properly due to several reasons. It can be due to hardware incompatibility or the memory is too full. When the hardware is incompatible, the software will either stop the installation or the software will suffer from extreme lag when it’s opened. If this happens, you’ll end up wasting money again as you cannot use the software you’ve purchased. 

To get around it, you must check the requirements of the software. If you still prefer to use the software, you will need to tweak the computer so that it has what the software needs.

3. Watch tutorials

If you have the video editing software and the device ready, it’s time to learn the techniques of video editing. There is no need to pay an excessive amount of them, as you can learn them online through free media platforms such as YouTube or DailyMotion. There are also websites that offer paid video editing classes such as Skillshare, Udemy, and many more. Doing so will prepare you during the video editing process.

4. Learn the terms and shortcuts

Learning the terms and shortcuts before editing will save you lots of time, especially if the concept of video editing is still foreign for you. There are tons of terms that are not common, and if you face them without learning them first, you will end up confused.  

The same goes with shortcuts. Learning the shortcuts will take some time, but once you are accustomed to them, it will be a breeze to do so. Trust us, working with shortcuts will save you lots and lots of time. 

5. 321 rule

The 321 rule is a simple yet pivotal rule that can literally save your projects during worst case scenarios. The 321 rule is a video editor rule that tells you to keep three copies of the work at three different locations, and one of the locations should be physically separated from the other locations. For example, you can keep two files on your computer, but they must be in different drives. The third copy should be in a harddisk or USB. Doing so will keep your files safe, and when something happens to the main device, you still have your works with you. 

6. Aim for a story

No matter how great a video edit is, if it cannot convey the main message, which is telling a story, then the purpose is lost. Don’t worry, because creating a story is not as complicated as it sounds. 

First, you must ensure that the elements of the video are in line with the story you’re planning to present. If there are unnecessary elements, cut them out. Make sure the beginning can capture the audience’s attention.The ending should also satisfy the audience’s curiosity. 

Once all the unnecessary parts are cut, it’s time to sprinkle the video with some magic. Add some music to bring out the ambience that matches with the story. If dramatic SF is needed to bring out the audience’s emotion, then add it. Use any means and technique to create the video that can convey the story perfectly.

7. Have a proper workflow

No matter how great the video editing software and your skill is, if you have a terrible workflow, everything will be a mess. Workflow is necessary to maintain a systematic process to ensure that every necessary step is done properly.  

Of course, the process isn’t the only thing that needs a proper workflow. Your files and items also need proper workflow. You can organize your files by creating subsections and categorizing them according to the way you use them the most (is it colors? Or is it the style?). Doing so will help you find the files easily when you want to use them again.  

If the step above is hampered by the limited memory of your computer, you can allocate a specific drive for your videos. If you have extra budgets, you can add more RAM for a faster performance. 


Video editing is not something we should fear. They are not easy to conquer, but it is just a matter of habit and lifestyle. If you make video editing as part of your routine, you’ll be able to create amazing videos that can suit you no matter what the situation is, whether it’s casual or for business. Of course, the habit should also be accompanied with the right tricks and tips as mentioned above. If you get everything right, you’ll master video editing in no time.