How to use a video editor with effects.

Learn tips and techniques for turning raw footage into engaging content as you edit your videos in post-production.

As soon as you wrap the final shot of your video, it’s tempting to dive right into the editing process and start adding visual effects. Whatever video editing software you use, creating a post-production plan is key to success. Whether you’re into social media sharing or creating your first film, use the following tips and techniques to guide you during the editing process.

Tips for successful video editing.

Keep these tips in mind when you begin to edit your raw video:

  1. Choose the right video editor. Some video editors only perform basic tasks like cutting and stitching clips together. If you plan to add creative elements, choose a video editor with effects, such as Adobe Premiere Pro.
  2. Upload and organize your files to the video editor. This includes your video files as well as any supporting files such as audio files or still images. Label each element clearly to save time.
  3. Watch your movie clips from beginning to end. Before you even consider adding effects, watch your video. Take notes for areas you may want to edit, delete, or add in those special effects.
  4. Make a plan to enhance your video. From your notes, consider what elements or transitions you may need to create engaging content.
  5. Begin to layer your effects. Take your time experimenting with various effects — such as filters, transitions, text overlays, and creative elements — layering them one by one.
  6. Watch your video again and ask yourself questions. Does the video flow? Is it too long? Does it tell the story you want? If not, continue to revise your clips and effects.

Discover even more video tips. Explore what more you can do with Premiere Pro as you begin experimenting with edits and special effects in video-making.