Video editing

After you've got all the elements for your video - voiceover, images / footage and music, you can produce the final video.

Start by placing the voiceover and images / footage in the video editing tool. Place the images / video footage in the right places so that the video and audio element corresponds to what was outlined in your storyboard.

Then you can add the audio soundtrack, and determine if it fits the video overall. You may encounter an error when putting in a purchased audio soundtrack into the video editing tool. Most of the time, it's due to the audio file artwork. In this case, you'd then have to download a tag editor like mp3tag (it's free), add the audio file to the program and remove its' album cover. You'll then be able to add that music file in to the video editing tool.

When all the elements are in, and you're happy with the test version, produce the video in the right format and dimension.

A few tips when editing your video:

  • Make sure your images / footage are in the correct dimensions
  • Don't have music and voiceover start at the same time, it's confusing to the viewer. And it is a good idea to have the video start and end with music.
  • When using short music files which you have to loop, manage the transition enough so that the end of one loop and start of another is not noticeable.
  • Use fade in and fade out effects for the audio soundtrack in the beginning and end of the video
  • Make sure the audio soundtrack is a few volume levels lower than the voiceover. Remember that the audio background is meant to support the video.

Then, you can move on to hosting and promoting your video.

Using Camtasia to edit your videos

New Additions to Camtasia with version 8

Due to the updates made to Camtasia Studio 8, you can now create more engaging and exciting video content.

  • Most of the changes are to the video timeline
o You can add unlimited tracks of video, audio, call outs, etc.
o Use the slider under the track list to easily zoom in on the track you are working on, or zoom out to get an overview of all the tracks
  • Hotspots (clickable links) can be created to link out to websites or other videos promoting product information.
  • Use the ‘record screen’ feature to record what you are doing onscreen and then add it to the videos later.
  • The video preview window has also seen a lot of improvement. It is now easier to move the content and place content – almost exactly like you would on PowerPoint.
  • You can have multiple videos can be playing at the same time (Potentially, have the sound on in one and mute all of the others).
  • You can add animated backgrounds from Camtasia’s library, although you are advised against this, as it is distracting.
  • Use the video properties pane to easily tilt, move position, add borders, rotate, etc.

Using Movie Maker to edit your videos

Movie Maker can be a great tool for quick, simple edits that you may need to make. It is not as advanced as other tools, but can be useful simple changes you need to make such as rotating a video, reducing or increasing sound or adding two videos together. Movie Maker is free, and can be downloaded here.