Guide to Edit Professional Video Projects

Learn all the basic video techniques to edit videos like a professional.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

This course will tackle different problems and provide solutions for those with the desire to edit projects professionally. If you are hesitant about jumping into the video editing world or feel you lack the necessary skills to delivery a great project, well this course is for you. This course centers around you completing one project that you can finish in two to three hours. You can use any video editor, because the concepts presented are not editor specific. The techniques are used across all editors. I will show you all the steps using one project that will have different parts to hone your skills. I will provide you with the same clips so you can follow along. This course is divided into four sections. The first section is the basic video techniques, the second is editing the rough cut, the third is the fine edit and the last section is putting on the finishing touches. What is really cool about this course is my help and feedback as you navigate the project. If you have a question about the concepts presented please ask. I have found through my many years of teaching that when you can ask questions along the way the learning process deepens and is more effective. Once you have completed your edit you can send it to me so I can review it and provide feedback. Take this course for the following reasons:

  1. Learn industry standards editing techniques
  2. Learn by editing a professional project (all files provided)
  3. Complete the course in as little as two to three hours
  4. Use any video editor
  5. Ask questions through the helpful forum
  6. Learn through videos
  7. Submit your project for review and critique once finished

What are the requirements?

  • Individuals will need some type of video editor for this course. They can use their own video files to edit or download the ones available with this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Edit comfortably using good editing techniques.
  • Arrange the edited clips to effectively tell a story with a beginning, middle and end.
  • Take existing video clips and edit into a professional looking project.
  • Use titles effectively to enhance a project.
  • Use music, ambient sounds and sound effects strategically within projects.
  • Adjust audio sound levels to proper standards.
  • Use the 'J' and 'L' edit to enhance different edits.
  • Work with graphics and image files to increase the appeal, marketing and branding of an edit.
  • Add filters to enhance the video and audio signal.
  • Use keyframes to animate objects and provide changes with clips while the video is playing.
  • Use different video resolutions to export to different platforms including online and broadcasting channels.

Who is the target audience?

  • This Beginners guide to video editing is great for anyone new to editing or want to achieve more professional looking video projects. This course is not for individuals wanting to learn visual effects, work with 3D and seeking a great deal of advance techniques.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Section 1: Video Editing Basic Techniques

Files are provided for this course. Please download the zip files and uncompress them to use. Files are Quicktime files .mov.


All video editors have similar features and approaches to editing footage. Learning the foundational principles of video editors will help to understand the overall editing process. Use the link below to ask questions throughout this course.


The first step to any edit is getting all the content into the video editors. This lecture will discuss the different methods to import content to use.


The Timeline is where are the action takes place. It is where the editor assembles the clips together to create the finished project.


Most clips need trimming. This reduces the dead space at the beginning and end of the clip. It also removes and content not needed.


Deleting content within the video clip to eliminate mistakes, improve the edit or decrease the length of the edit.


Placing content on top of each other to keep the audio from the content that is below while keeping the video from the content that is above.


Changing the position of the content so that the entire edit is more effective.


Marking clips is the software's ability to allow the editor to take notes direction on the clips. Use it to as a reminder to complete tasks, fix errors and as a way to leave notes to pass on to future editors on the project.

5 questions

The quiz is to assess what you have learned about the basic video editing techniques.

Section 2: The Rough Cut

Provides a brief overview of the section and important concepts.


The rough cut is putting on the pieces together, but not trying to put that much effort in the editing details. The main goal is to see if the story has a good beginning, middle and end.

Create a Beginning, Middle and End Part Two

B-Roll has different uses, but the primary use is to add visuals to the edit. These visuals could coincide with an interview. Instead of seeing the interviewer the B-Roll is shown, but the interviewer is still heard. The B-Roll is also very useful for hiding mistakes and jump cuts.


Audio is very important. The goal is to get it towards perfection as possible. The ear is less forgiving with sound than the eye is with visuals.

5 questions

Provides questions that gives an review of the rough cut section.

Section 3: The Fine Edit

Gives a brief overview of section and important points.


Once the rough cut is completed fine tuning of the edits begins. This is where close attention to each edit needs to take place. Making adjustments even if it is just by one frame.


Split edits is when the audio and video do not end at the same edit point. Either the audio will extend past the edit or the video. This allows for a smoother transition.


Lower thirds are labels. Usually they are one or two lines of text that is situated in the lower third of the screen towards the bottom. The first line is usually the name of the person speaking and the second line is usually the title and/or job function.


A dissolves is a transition that takes place at an edit point. A dissolves blends two clips together as each meet. A dissolve usually represents a passing of time and it should be overused.


Cropping, Scaling and Rotating are all parameters of every clip. This gives much control over the display of each clip. Cropping cuts information from the clip. Scaling magnifies the clip. Rotating shifts the clips at its center point by a certain angle. Filters are added to clips and they change the look and/or video signal.

6 questions

This quiz will asses your acquire knowledge of the material presented in section three.

Section 4: Putting on the Finishing Touches

Gives a brief overview of section and important points to remember.


Give give a project more volume and tone it is best to include other audio elements. These are typically room tone, sound effects, foley (if needed) and music.


An opening can set the look and feel for the entire project. It can also serve as the hook to acquire the interest of the viewer.


Keyframing is the changing of parameters over some amount of time. At least two keyframes are needed plus a change in a parameter for the keyframing to take place.


Exporting is packaging the entire project up in a playable format that can be viewed outside the software. Exporting can be in various formats and resolutions for different platforms.

5 questions

This quiz will review the final techniques presented in section four.

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Instructor Biography

Brian Southers, Filmmaker, Photographer and Video Strategist

I am a filmmaker, photographer and video strategist with over twenty years of production experience and seven years as a certified teacher. My first business was a school photography company. I just so happened to get a gig for an elementary school. I made $7,500 within two hours and I was hooked on school photography. Over the next few years I added 100 additional schools to my business and I kept the business for eight years. After this I became a film and digital media instructor. I have developed curriculum for filmmaking programs and have written a "how to" book that helps youth learn film techniques from "A" to "Z". I understand and can implement all learning styles including kinesthetic, auditory, visual and read/write. I have a degree in filmmaking and finishing my masters in visual effects and animation. I have produce films, documentaries, promotional videos and commercials. I have a thorough understanding of all the popular editing software and I have used most standard production equipment to some capacity. I am great at helping other and getting them to complete their production goals more effectively and efficiently.

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