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How to Edit Your Family Videos Quickly and Easily

Creating memories with your family is one of the best things in life, and can even aid your children’s development. While you cherish these memories during the moment, capturing them on video allows you to relive your joy over and over.

But if you’re an amateur video producer, you may find the idea of editing your footage daunting.

No worries, you don’t need to go to film school to create fantastic family videos!
Here are five editing tips to help you get the basics of editing down.

1. Be Careful Importing Footage

A well-edited video starts with a thorough import process. Thankfully, there’s no need for cumbersome tape decks anymore.

Now you can import footage straight from your phone or via an SD card.

You won’t want to dump all your footage and start editing, however. Instead, be conscientious about how you import.

Start by choosing the right file format. An MP4 file is your best bet, as just about every type of video software accepts it.

If you have multiple videos, be sure to label each one. A brief description, like ‘Vacation Video — Family Beach Trip 1′ is fine. Labeling your footage makes it easier to pick and choose shots from different clips.

2. Choose The Right Software

Professional editing software can cost hundreds of dollars to license. But fortunately, you only need the basics.

You don’t even need to pay a penny to edit great family videos!

Free software, like the Adobe Spark online video editor, is a great place to start.

It isn’t the most extensive software in the world, but since you’re only editing vacation videos and the like, the more basic the software, the better.

3. Master Keyboard Shortcuts

Editing a video, even if it’s only a minute or two long, can take hours.

You can speed up the process by learning keyboard shortcuts for your favorite video software.

Learning these hacks will let you skip to the beginning and end of a clip, splice footage, and more.

4. Find The Right Music

Until you’re tasked with editing a video yourself, chances are you haven’t considered how integral music is.

Imagine JAWS without the iconic theme. It wouldn’t be nearly as scary.

In most instances, music is a tool for setting a mood. So choose something happy, fun, and upbeat.

Some editing software comes with preinstalled music you can use for free. Otherwise, you’ll want to seek out royalty free music online.

5. Always Back Up Your Projects

Technology makes editing far easier, but it still isn’t infallible.

Don’t risk losing your great video to a computer crash. Make sure to save your progress every few minutes.

Certain software, like iMovie, automatically saves your progress every few seconds.

But it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before you get down to business, go into the options menu and tinker with the save settings.

Make Your Family Videos Look Great With These Tips

Now that you know the biggest beginner tips, it’s time to get to work and create some fantastic family videos!

Don’t forget to have fun. Editing is a lot like putting together a puzzle. It takes time, patience, and plenty of experimentation. Take your time and enjoy the process.

Looking to monetize your video? Check out our guide to making money on YouTube and see if it’s right for you.

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