Editing Videos

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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.  

Best Practices

  • 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.

Recommended Apps

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.

“Basic Editing: iMovie” by Conestoga OLC (2020). Retrieved June 23rd, 2020.

PC (Windows 10, 8.1, or 8)

Learn a few quick tips about using the Microsoft Photos app to edit and trim videos. Take it further by learning more about the Microsoft Photos app.

“Basic Editing: Microsoft Photos” by Conestoga OLC (2020). Retrieved June 23rd, 2020.

Any device (including mobile)

Learn a few quick tips about using Adobe Spark to edit and create videos. Take it further by learning more about using Adobe Spark.

“Basic Editing: Adobe Spark” by Conestoga OLC (2020). Retrieved June 23rd, 2020.

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Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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