4 video editing mistakes to avoid for beginners

DorVal Films: 4 video editing mistakes to avoid for beginners

Like any creative job out there, video editing can feel intimidating if you have little to no skills. No matter how careful you are, you’re bound to make mistakes and encounter errors outside of your control. You’d only spot tiny errors once the post-production editing is complete, making you feel incredibly disappointed with your work.

However, you are not alone in this journey. Beginners like you tend to make mistakes in the process, but it should not discourage you from pursuing what you love. So, to help you get better at editing, here are the most common video editing mistakes you must avoid:

Poor audio

It doesn’t matter how detailed and visually pleasing your footage is; if it has poor audio, no one will bother to finish watching your video. Remember that there are three audio components in your timeline, namely music, voice and clip audios. All of them must blend together to create a decent sound.

It all goes down to how you mix these components. Make sure that you do not set the music too high that it overpowers the vocals, or making the voice too low that it’s almost inaudible. For better audio quality, try practising equalization in sound reproduction during your free time.

Incomplete transitions

Incomplete or out of place transitions are one of the most common mistakes in video editing. This typically happens when the length of your transition is longer than the preceding clip. Your viewers might feel a jarring sensation, making your video a little too abrupt or delayed. 

When it comes to making transitions, everything must be well-balanced. Keep in mind that great transitions are not usually noticeable. They should create a natural shift to the next clip so the entire video has better pacing.

Inconsistency in graphics

As a video editor, you must have basic knowledge of graphic design. This is to help you maintain consistency with the size of fonts, texts and colours, helping your audience focus throughout the video. 

For instance, you should stick to a single and easy-to-read font that you’ll use in every frame. In some cases, you should also use effects such as bold and italics in the appropriate place. Remember that when you’re adding text to your video, it should make the video more appealing and not turn it into an eyesore.

Starting without a plan

Think of your video as an essay or an article. Before you start writing, you need to make a rough draft or an outline to keep you guided throughout the process. This will prevent you from wasting your time or making your output all over the place.

The same goes with video editing. You have to make a plan or map out what your goals are before you start tweaking your footage. Consider what needs to be edited, what should be inserted and how much time you’re willing to invest. 

If you start without a strategy, your video might come out half-baked or over-edited.