Video editing is the process of manipulation and rearrange video shots to create a new job. Editing is generally considered to be a part of the post-production process – other post-production tasks include titling, color correction, sound mixing etc.
Many people use the word editing to describe all their post-production tasks, especially in non-professional situations. Whether you choose to be picky about vocabulary or not, it is up to you. In this tutorial we are reasonably generous with our vocabulary, and we use the word editing for any of the following meanings:
Adding, adding and deleting sections of video clips and / or audio clips.
Apply color correction, filters and other enhancements.
Creating transition between clips.
Goals for editing
There are several reasons for editing the video and your editing approach will depend on the desired result. Before you begin, you should clearly define your editing goals, which can include any of the following:
Remove unwanted footage
This is simplest and common task in editing. Many videos can only be improved dramatically by getting rid of flawed or unwanted bits.
Choose the best footage.
It is really common to shoot more footage than needed and only select the best content for the final edit. Often you take many editions (tech) of a shot and choose the best when editing.
Most videos cater to a purpose such as telling a story or providing information. Editing is an important step to ensure that the video achieves this goal.
Add effects, graphics, music, etc.
This is the “wow” part of the editing. You can improve most of the video by adding additional elements (and can be a lot of fun).
Change the style, mood of the video and speed.
A good editor would be able to create a subtle mood in a video. Techniques like mood music and visual effects can influence how viewers will react.
Give the video a special “angle”
The video can be tailored to support a particular approach, provide a message or serve an agenda.