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Creating a video can feel daunting. There are many mistakes that will be

made along the way. However, many of those mistakes can be corrected with a few

simple tweaks in post-production editing. Don't let mistakes intimidate you. Some

of the best new editing "techniques" have actually come from "mistakes." Hang on till

the end of this video because I'm going to review seven common video editing

mistakes often made that can be corrected in the post-production (or

editing) process. Hi, I'm Jim Costa.

I'm a videography, photography and technology guru, but you can call me a

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my F-R-E-E DSLR, mirrorless or interchangeable lens video camera cheat

sheet that will have you shooting photos and videos like a pro in no time.

Best of all my cheat sheet specializes in shooting video with any type of

camera, including mirrorless and DSLR cameras. In it you'll find all the

information you need on important video techniques such as white balance, color

temperature, frame rates and more. I'm a full time working photographer, video

producer, editor and technology pro. That is the small business that I own and

it's how I make a living. You'll find my contact info in the

description below. Contact me if you need photography or video production for you

personally or for your business. Tip number one is poor or inconsistent audio.

On your timeline there will usually be two or three audio components. Something

like music ,voice tracks and other audio such as sound effects. If you do not need

audio from the original clip, for example, the first thing you can do is to turn

that audio off. In many editing programs such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere,

you can turn that audio channel off by separating it from the video channel and

then just deleting it or silencing the audio track. You turn the volume all the

way down. Newbie editors often have their

music track overpowering their other tracks. It's too loud and you can't easily

hear the voice tracks like in this example. Okay. I did that on purpose to

exemplify my point. Now what I was saying is the music track is too loud and you

can't even easily hear the voice tracks. Make sure the music track blends in with

your voice talent or just sits, you know, just below the actual voice. Pay

attention to your final edit by focusing on the sound. The secret to good video is

actually good audio, so close your eyes and just listen. If it sounds off, it

needs to be adjusted, regardless of how amazing your footage is. Remember, eyes

closed and just listen. If it doesn't sound right, trust your gut. It probably isn't

right. How do you fix that? Most video editors have audio control

right on the track. Adjust the audio until the voice and music harmoniously

blend together, without one sounding more powerful than the other. Another way to

improve speaking audio tracks is to cut out the "ums" and "ahhs " and the long

pauses that inevitably make their way into the speech of non-professional

on-screen talent. In that case you're going to want to use the old standard of

adding b-roll, which is extra footage over your audio to hide any cuts. Number

two is the jump cut. Every editing technique has its time and place. The

jump cut is a tried-and-true way to accomplish the goal of editing, which is

to collapse time. You don't want to overuse the jump cut, but you can use

it. Jump cuts are used to save time and push this story forward. This style is

often overused by newbies because they don't know what other cuts to use. Its

especially evident when you take a single shot and just cut time out of the

same frame, thus making the character appear as if they magically move into a

different position in the scene. Explore other editing options, such as setting up

another camera angle and cutting to a different angle in the same scene or

providing a transition so that the viewer is less jarred. So how do you fix

that? The

easiest way to fix this type of editing mistake is with other footage. Shoot two

angles of the same scene; maybe a close-up and the wide shot, then you

always have something to edit too. Number three are incomplete video

transitions. This video editing mistake happens when the length of your

transition is longer than the previous clip. Oftentimes an editor will place the

transition, such as a dissolve, between two clips and one of the clips does not

extend long enough. The previous clip drops and briefly shows the viewer a

black screen or a jump cut between the transitions. How do you fix that?

Well, when shooting a scene for your videos or films, always shoot long.

Meaning, let the camera roll few seconds before and after the scene, giving you

enough extra footage to cover for those transitions added in post-production

editing. Now if all this is making sense to you

put, "I've got it!" in the comment section below. Number four is the background

music does not fit with the scene. Have you ever seen a video that has slow

music but fast paced footage or the opposite. Quick cutting techniques and

quick camera moves need to have corresponding high tempo, high-energy

music. There is nothing worse than watching a sad emotional scene with

happy upbeat music in the background Make sure when you sit down to edit your

video you have your scenes mapped out so that your music choices fit whatever

you're shooting. Focus on your editing first before you shoot even one second

of footage. This would include the background music tracks. It's always best

to have at least a rough idea of how the project will come out so that you know

what footage to shoot and what music you need to score the project. So how do you

fix this problem? There are plenty of stock and royalty free music sites out

there for you to use. Most of them provide a way to filter by genre or mood

so that you can find the right track for the scene in your videos and films that

you need music for. Keep in mind that if you're producing anything commercially,

it's important to know that you may have to license these tracks for

an extended period of time unless the footage is unlimited use and

royalty-free. If it's not royalty free, you're going to

have to get rights from the music owner, usually a record label or artist, to use

it. For example, I use the same kind of music on all of my video blogs. Its

royalty-free, unlimited use so I can use it as much as

I need to and for all of my video blogs so this music is consistent throughout

every video that you'll see. If you listen carefully to this video, the music,

and any others, it's always gonna be the same music. Number 5 is inconsistent

graphics. Nobody expects you to be a graphic designer,

especially if you're new to video editing, but you should make sure your

fonts, font colors and sizing are consistent throughout the entire video.

The biggest error newbies make when adding text and styling to their

productions is using different fonts, different font colors or adding colors

that distract the viewer from the content. Select the font and stick with

it. Use it throughout your entire video for

your lower thirds or title cards and more. Pick a color palette and stick with

that. The graphics should enhance the video, not detract from it. So how do you

fix that problem? Consistency is the key. Whatever you choose, if it works, stick

with it. I have changed my editing style for my video blog over time as my

experience producing it has grown, but some things have always been the same. I

always use the same color red as my company logo, for example. If you look

through my graphics, you'll notice that they are similar throughout. I use the

same font all the way through in all of my video blogs as well. In fact it's been

the same font from the very first video and it's also the same font as a

lettering for my company logo, so it's always consistent. My animated graphics

are also the same all the way through. Even when I vary or improve them from

time to time I stick with the same style for months throughout the entire video,

especially a series of videos, so the graphics enhance the project and it

doesn't detract from it. But if you watch a whole series of videos on the same

subject, for example, the graphics and everything are

always going to be in the same. Number six is removing sensitive information. Let's

say you're using screen recordings to give instructions, like the ones you see

in this video, or to train new employees or something else. It's easy to

accidentally capture private information in your screen recordings. Use your video

editing software to create an area a specific blur in your video or a black

bar to crop out the info on the screen so you can conceal that information. When

you're blurring, think about whether it's to hide or highlight information on the

screen. Blurring or otherwise blocking out

portions of your footage not only allows you to protect personal information, but

can draw attention to a particular area of your video as well. So how do you fix

this personal information problem? The simplest way to fix this is to not include the

personal information at all, but if you do, try to blur the footage or cover it

with something such as a black bar like I mentioned. Number seven is adjusting

your frame. When you're done shooting and you've put the camera away and you're

sitting down to edit and you're seeing your video for the first time, you may

realize you left too much room above your subject head in the frame, just like

this, or you shot off the background, just like this, or there is something just not

quite right about the footage that you shot that you didn't realize it when

you were shooting and it and it has to be fixed. Be aware of your subjects

background before hitting record. Take note of how much empty space is around

them. Even if you're not a pro, you've seen enough movies and films in your

life to know when something on screen just doesn't look right.

Trust your gut. If you think it looks bad, it probably does. So how do you fix this

problem? If you filmed your video in Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution or higher,

like 4k or something else, then you can edit your video in a lower resolution

timeline say 1280 x 720 that will maintain your aspect ratio and give you

room to maneuver your shot. Some editing programs allow you to crop the edges of

the video or move it on the screen left, right, up, down or even

rotate it. You might also be able to blow up the scale of the footage to crop out

the problem areas. Be careful doing this as it could make your footage look

blurry and or leave black around the edges of your footage if you were to

shrink it rather than make it bigger. My question of the day is, "What problems did

you have editing and how did you resolve those issues?" Leave a comment below and

let us know. Do you want to learn more about your camera settings to get you

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camera that will show you the settings that will allow your photos and videos to

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