Filming Yourself - VIdeo Editing

After having filmed yourself properly, comes the editing part. How does it look like? ✂

It’s not only choosing the best moments of the best takes and putting it together, it’s also the moment to ‘optimise’ the footage, as well as adding other elements such as an Intro, Text, Illustration shots…

Here’s the final video of a series about #filmingyourself. Today an overview of the editing phase.

So let’s move to the computer. I will here use DaVinci Resolve.
It’s a great and very complete software for video editing, with an awesome free version. As mentioned, it is very complete and used by many professionals. In this way, it can appear overwhelming at first. But the main point, and that what we’re looking at today, is that every editing software is basically structured the same way.

1. Importing Files

Importing Files on DaVinci Resolve 17

First import your files, you have on the left “Media Pool”, where you can import and manage all your video files and other elements.

2. Creating a Timeline

Creating a Timeline in DaVinci Resolve

Then create a timeline, simply drag and drop one clip.
Now you have a timeline with a monitor and once you understand this, you basically know how to use an editing software.
Just imagine a piece of analog film with a screen projection and you can reduce this piece of analog film to keep the very best, as well as move it around, add as many pieces as you want.

3. Reviewing and adding clips

Review and add clips in DaVinci Resolve

You can then add a second monitor to review the other takes and choose the best parts before putting it in your timeline/editing table.
Continue adding other clips, move them around.

4. Adding other elements

Adding other elements in DaVinci Resolve 17

Then import your other elements, an intro, an outro, a music, different text elements…

5. Optimisation (color and sound correction)

Color Correction DaVinci Resolve Filming Yourself

Then comes the optimisation process.
First the color, adding some contrast, saturation.

Then the sound.
Here we’ll simply make it a bit louder.

6. Exporting

Video editing yourself - Export

Next go to Deliver, we’re ready to export.
Simply choose the right settings. In general, go for H264.

That’s it, you have a great video ready to be shared.

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