In this article we will discuss editing and “post-production”. For tips on filming (even with your smartphone!) check out our video here.
This is one of the simplest things to do but perhaps the most difficult (yet the most important!). If you have amazing content it’s tough to cut it down. But keeping engagement from your audience is crucial and there’s usually no need to say the same thing twice. If you have it said, cut/delete needless jargon and make your video succinct. This is particularly true for certain platforms like Instagram where your audience is not there to consume longer pieces of content, as they may on YouTube. Know the difference.
Here is a piece we did for Toyota in it’s full length (great for YouTube or their website perhaps at 2:30 minutes)
And here it is cut WAY DOWN! Great for pre-roll or Instagram, etc. Notice that we put in just enough to get the point across and perhaps entice the viewer to check out more later.
This is a great template at which to start: a clear opening, a descriptive middle, a clear ending or ‘call to action’. You can play around with it of course but this generally is what your viewer expects. And it will help keep you on track. A few questions to ask yourself in the edit:
B-roll (or B-reel) is footage we cut away to as alternative footage interspersed over our ‘main shot’ (in most cases for social videos the main shot being our person talking). It truly adds life, color, variety, and ‘story’ to our videos and cannot be over-emphasized.
It (of course!) is crucial to ‘get’ B-roll in the filming so hopefully you did that but if not there are alternative ideas for this. For instance try super-imposing title screens or slides, photos or screenshots. Get creative. Your audience will love it.
So this by no means is a comprehensive list of how to edit but hopefully gets the ball rolling. Keeping these basic principles in mind will aid you in making better and better videos with practice. So get to it!