Video has become the newest trend in the world of travel; photos are still popular of course, but nothing beats a moving visual; something that can truly tell the story of a trip, beyond the 2 dimensional.
Video is a much more creative and engaging way of sharing stories and experiences from your travels, and watching them back is a more effective way of remembering a trip. We’ve all heard the phrase “a picture is worth a 1000 words”, but if you’re shooting at 30 frames per second, every second of video is worth 30,000 words!
Shooting video is fairly straight forward, however when it comes to editing, that part isn’t always so easy. The final product needs to be compatible across various devices, you need to export for the best video quality, but aim for a small file size, and make sure that it tells a vivid story.
To that end, we have summarized the 5 most important video editing tips that every traveler needs to know.
5 Video Editing Tips That Every Traveler Needs to Know
Choose the Right Software
Frankly, picking an editing software is not unlike picking a car. There is no right answer, and you’ll swing through a variety of options: iMovie, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve and so on.
You’ll choose an editing software depending on your taste and preferences, but if you’re just starting out there are plenty of free options that are easy to use, like macXvideo.
MacXvideo may be lesser-known, but it’s free, and gets everything done for you. It offers all the basic video editing features, such as cut, crop, subtitle, effect, rotate, merge, and accepts all footage types (which is important), including 4K UHD recorded by mobiles, DLSR, camcorders, GoPro, drones etc.
Something to consider when choosing an editing software is the highest quality you can export / save your videos to. For instance, macXvideo quickly encode videos to MP4, H.264, AVI, MKV, MOV, MP3, etc. and delivers your final file to social media, mobile flawlessly.
Pick the Right Computer
Not something people usually think about when it comes to video editing, but your computer configuration can really affect how smooth the process of video editing is.
Since 4K UHD videos can be recorded with mobiles and common cameras these days, many travelers have complained that they cannot edit 4K videos as smoothly as they have with 1080p HD videos. This is usually the fault of your computer.
To edit your travel videos in 4K UHD, your computer needs the necessary build to handle it. For instance, a great processor like Intel i7, 8GB RAM and hardware accelerated graphic card such as GeForce® GTX™, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series or better.
That said we have found that the built-in hardware acceleration technology of macXvideo manages to take full advantage of your computer hardware, delivering a speed up to 5 times faster than others editing software when you’re dealing with footage in 4K UHD.
Focus on The Storyline
Yes, a video editor is actually a storyteller. No one wants to watch hours of your unedited footage; an unnecessarily long video is the equivalent to a meaningless conversation that can’t get into the point.
The best performing travel videos on social media are usually around 3-5 minutes, with the most essential parts reserved. Your every cut, every transition, sound effect and graphic needs to tell a greater story, and you need to make sure that the story is engaging enough not to offend people’s attention span.
You can get ridiculously fancy video editing software’s, and go crazy with transitions and effects, but remember that less is more, and that you’re not in the running for an Oscar for special effects.
Going overboard with excessive effects can distract from the purpose of your story, and often come off as really cheesy. All you really need is something like macXvideo to trim the length of your travel video, cut videos into clips, add subtitles or effects, rotate videos and merge essential parts together.
Once you loaded your travel videos, those options are all conspicuously shown on the main interface so that you’ll know how to crop, cut, merge, rotate, add subtitles and effect by instinct.
If you need more detailed video editing tutorials there are a huge range of great instructional posts and videos on Make a video hub. This is one of our favorite blogs for learning about everything video.
Good Music Changes Everything
David Lynch, one of the best directors in the world, once said that films are 50 percent visual and 50 percent sound, and sometimes sound even overplays the visual. So it makes sense that adding music can really give new meaning to your video.
But be aware that the rights to music usage can be expensive, and you do have to make sure that you’re allowed to use someone elses music in your video. The same notion copyright that applies to photos applies to music.
To ensure your travel videos will not be revoked by the social media owing to the music copyrights issue, you can go to YouTube Audio Library to get free music adding to your videos. Other sites that offer royalty free music include Epidemic Sound, Free Stock Music, and CCMixter.
Export For The Web
Though it’s easy to get caught up on the big screen, in reality most of your videos will be viewed on mobiles, computers, or TVs. So it’s important to export your edited travel videos for the web with in highest quality without ending up with a huge file size.
As you know, sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook have different requirements when it comes to things like video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate etc. for uploading. So you’ll need to adjust your video parameters to make it available to the specific site.
Sound overwhelming? MacXvideo allows you to do so easily, namely transcoding video to YouTube supported formats and codecs, as well as things like lowering the bitrate, frame rate, changing the resolution to best fit the video aspect ratio, and even changing your audio settings.
Hopefully you now feel inspired to create your own video editing projects. Go ahead and start editing your travel footage into inspiring videos!
Example: 12 Hours in Istanbul
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