Video editing is the most powerful, daunting, and time-consuming part of the video creation process, IMHO.

And that’s on a good day!

To edit efficiently and effectively you need a system, a solid workflow. So you can spend more time developing great content for your YouTube channel, video marketing, or online courses.

In this video, I outline a 10-step video editing process that will help you edit your videos like a pro, no matter what video-editing software you’re using.

10 Steps for Editing Your Videos Like a Pro

  1. Mark the good takes while recording to save time in editing
  2. Organize your media before you start editing
  3. Make a “radio cut”. Edit an audio-only version of your video, first, to help you figure out your visuals
  4. Add transitions and effects AFTER creating a cuts-only version of your video
  5. Add on-screen text, but make sure it’s readable, particularly on small screens
  6. Level and clean your audio tracks
  7. Add appropriate music
  8. Mix together your music, sound effects, voice-over, and camera sound
  9. Export your video in the appropriate format for your destination platform
  10. Backup and archive your work

The above video editing process isn’t carved in stone. But, it’s what I’ve used for the better part of my 30 years as a professional video creator. Use it as a starting point, then adapt it to your unique situation.

Tools used to make this video (Affiliate links):

Camera: Sony a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Lens: Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Art (Silver) for Sony SE

Camera Microphone: RODE NTG-2 Shotgun Microphone

Microphone Stand: K & M Microphone Stand with Telescopic Boom Arm

Audio Mixer: Yamaha AG03 3-Channel Mixer

Camera HDMI to USB 3.0 Capture: AJA U-TAP HDMI Simple USB 3.0 Powered HDMI Capture

Lights: VILTROX L116T CRI95+ Super Slim Dimmable LED Light Panel

Recording & Editing: Screenflow 8


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Michael Kinney

Michael is an award-winning media creator with 30 years of professional video production experience. He's written, produced, directed, hosted, recorded, and edited a variety of media projects - from TV documentaries to interactive learning.

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