A lot of people are starting YouTube channel and for good reason! You can reach thousands of people all across the globe using Youtube! Last week I let you peek inside my office and today I wanted to show you how I record my videos and the basics of how I edit them. I hope you enjoy!!
Just a little background on me: I have been doing YouTube for about 4 years now. I worked on another YouTube channel and was in charge of the set up, the editing, uploading, getting views, and more! I loved it so much I decided to make my own YouTube channel which is where you are now! Over the years I have learned soooo much, so I wanted to share some of my knowledge with you.
My number one rule of thumb is to make sure I have good lighting. I HATE when my lighting is messed up. It makes my videos look dull and grainy. Unfortunately, sometimes I have to record when it’s dark, but I always try to it when there is sun coming through my window. Natural light looks best! You don’t need any fancy lights, just sit by a window!
Also make sure your audio is good. You don’t need to run out and go buy a super nice microphone, but I would consider getting a cheaper one from Amazon. I have the Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone and I love it! It is definitely high quality for an affordable price. Amazon has all kinds of cheaper ones though. This one looks pretty good, judging from the reviews and the fact that it is a best seller!
Do you need a nice camera to record with? Obviously it would be nice, but who has money to fork down on a super nice camera, especially when just starting YouTube? Chances are, you have a smartphone! Want to know a secret? I record all of my videos with my iPhone 8 (and occasionally my husbands iPhone SE)! I don’t want to use my iPhone forever, but that’s what I use and it works just fine! Since I focus so much on my lighting and audio, you can’t even tell it’s recorded with a phone.
Lastly, you need to pay attention to your background. Don’t sit in your living room with kids running around behind you and clothes scattered on the floor. When first starting out, it’s best to record with a blank wall behind you. It’s easy In the future, you can mess around with what you want in your background and how to make it look nice, but keep it simple when first starting out.
There are so many great editing softwares out there! I have tried quite a few, but my favorite is Premier Pro. This program has a learning curve to it, but once you use it for a few months, it gets easier and easier! Feel free to mess around with other editing softwares, but Premier Pro is what I use, so that is what I am going to be talking about!
Premier Pro is $20 a month if you pay annually or $30 a month if you pay month to month. It’s not the cheapest program in the world, but if you want to put out good quality content, and edit easily, this is a good way to go!
I am going to show you the main commands that I use to edit my videos. If I showed you everything Premiere Pro could do, we would literally be here for hours.
Here is what the dashboard looks like! I know it looks super confusing, but stick with me!
The first window to the left is where I put my effect controls, and my audio track mixer (there are a few more things up there, but are unnecessary for this blog). Then to the right you can see the preview of the video I am working on! In the lower left you can see my projects tab. This is where you can see all of the videos that you put in Premier as well as the projects you are working on. Lastly to the right, you can see my timeline. This where I edit my videos!
The first thing I do is import my video and my audio because I record them separately. I then add them to my timeline by dragging them to “new item.” I then line up the video and audio on the timeline so that they match. Ain’t nobody like lagging audio!
Once my video and audio line up, I will edit my video to look brighter if needed! So I go to effects by clicking the arrow in my lower left window.
Under “Video Effects” and then “Color Correction” I find “Brightness & Contrast” and drag it onto my video in the timeline!
I then edit it in my effect controls in the top left window! I up the brightness and then the contrast so that it doesn’t look washed out. I usually mess with this for a little bit to see what looks best!
Here is what is looks like without the brightness and contrast:
And with brightness and contrast:
Since this is a beginners tutorial, I am going to keep it at that. I usually do a little bit more editing when changing the look of my video, but this is all you need to get started!
For the audio, you will most likely need it boosted up some. Right click you audio on the timeline and click “Audio Gain.” Then boost it up about 5 points. If it’s still too quiet, boost it up a little bit more.
If it’s too high, the audio spikes will be hitting the top and you don’t want that! You can also visually watch the audio spikes to the right of the timeline. If this gets to the red, turn it down a notch. If it hit the very top, turn it down way more!
Now let’s get to the fun part! Editing! You will need to know these two basic tools to edit: the Razor tool, and the Select tool. To use them, you can select them right from this panel or you can use the shortcut keys (the easiest) from your keyboard. To use the Razor tool, click C and to use the Select tool, click V.
To cut something out of your video, go to the timeline and get out your Razor tool. Cut the second you want removed. Here you can see I have a part where I am silent, so I want that removed.
Then get your your Select tool and and drag the clip to the right overtop of the clip you want removed OR delete the second you want removed by selecting it and clicking the backspace on your keyboard and then pulling the clip the right to meet the clip on the left. If it does not snap in place, make sure the magnetic tool is selected or else it won’t snap directly into place and thats super annoying.
When you have edited your video to remove all of the spots where you are not talking and where you mess up, it’s time to add a fade at the beginning and end of your video.
Go to “Effects” and choose a dissolve you like. My favorite is Cross Dissolve. Apply it by highlighting two clips so that it is applied in between or clicking the beginning or end clip. To make this easier on you, right click the dissolve you like best, and click “Set Selected as Default Transition.”
Now all you have to do to add a dissolve is select the first clip of your video and go to “Sequence” and then to “Apply Video Transition.” Do the same for the clip at the end!
Your video is done!! Congratulations!!
The last thing you need to do is export your video to your computer! Make sure you give it a name, by clicking the project file under the projects tab. Then go to “File,” “Export,” and then “Media.”
From here click “Medium Bitrate” and then click “Export!” By choosing Medium Bitrate you are lowering the quality of your video very minimally, but it lowers the video size very drastically which means faster upload and more space on your computer.
The next step is to upload it to YouTube and then share it with your friends!
I hope this was helpful for you and you got to successfully edit your first video in Premiere Pro! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.