Editing a video can add polish and professionalism to your clips, but it takes additional time. Determine whether you’d like to spend time editing your clips. There is nothing wrong with using an unedited video. However, if a video will be useful across a variety of purposes, it could be worthwhile spending more time on making it look polished.
- Keep cut screens simple. A black background with white text is high contrast and accessible. Busy patterns or colour screens is a challenge.
- Some people like to add on-screen callouts or drawings to focus people’s attention. Keep these simple, and use sparingly.
- Limit background noise. Use a microphone to reliably amplify your voice. Avoid or minimize background music or sounds.
- Sustain attention. Typically, you can hold a watcher’s attention for 30 seconds to 1 minute. After this, a cut screen will help to refocus attention and give a sense of progress.
If you do decide to edit, here are some recommended apps to try:
Mac (OS X)
Learn some simple editing using iMovie on a Mac. Take it further by learning more about how to use iMovie.
PC (Windows 10, 8.1, or 8)
Any device (including mobile)
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