How to Edit YouTube Videos: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

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How to Edit YouTube Videos: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

The popularity of YouTube videos has exploded over the past few years, making it a great place to promote your business or brand with your own video content. However, uploading videos to YouTube is not as easy as it looks, especially if you want the videos to be the best for attracting views and conversions.

Follow this guide on how to edit YouTube videos to start your journey to YouTube life!

Step 1. Learn the interface and functions of your video editor

Easy-to-use video editing software helps create high-quality content more efficiently and allows creators to produce a large volume of video without sacrificing quality. Before you start editing your YouTube videos, you need to choose the right software for your project and understand how it works.

The first thing to do when you start your Youtube video editor spends some time getting familiar with its interface. Video editors are complex programs, and they can be intimidating at first. But most share a similar structure made up of several key components, namely:

1) A project panel that contains all of your imported media (video clips, audio tracks, etc.) as well as any additional items you add to your timeline (text, graphics, etc.).

2) A source monitor that lets you view a clip in detail before adding it to the timeline.

3) A timeline or sequence where you can edit and organize all the components that make up your video – this is where most of the actual editing takes place.

4) An effects panel where you can apply color correction and other enhancements to your video clips; this is also where you will find transitions to go from one scene to another.

5) An export panel where you will select the desired output formats and settings before sending your finished file.

Step 2. Import your images

Next, you need to import your media into the video editor library. This is where all the elements of your project will live until you export the final video.

Once everything is in your library, you can drag and drop it onto the timeline – that’s where all the magic happens! Your timeline will include one track for audio and one or more tracks for videos, which can be edited individually.

When working with multiple clips, focus on one track at a time; it makes things less confusing when cutting and rearranging clips.

Step 3. Choose your favorite photos

The next step in editing a video is to figure out what shots you have and decide which ones you like. It can be a little daunting if it’s your first time. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it quickly!

Start by selecting a shot and watching it cover to cover. Ask yourself, “Did this photo turn out exactly how I wanted it to? If not, you’ll probably want to cut or shorten it. Then move on to the next move and repeat the process.

If you’re having a hard time deciding, just choose your favorite photos as a starting point and go from there.

Step 4. Preview Transitions

Transitions play an important role in video editing. They help viewers understand the passage of time or add visual interest and excitement to scenes. Some transitions are simple and easy to create while others require a bit more work and creativity.

From basic cuts to crossfades and wipes, transitions can help you create a compelling video that will keep your audience hooked. There are a number of different types of transitions, so it’s important to learn how each works before adding them to your videos.

A note about adding transitions: it’s best to apply them to one track at a time rather than using them between clips on different tracks. This helps keep things organized and can speed up the export process later.

Step 5. Add audio to your video

There are many sound option available. To add music, click the Audio tab on the left side of your screen. YouTube will display an extensive library of pre-licensed music for you to use in your video. Since you don’t have to pay for this library, you don’t have to worry about being sued for copyright infringement.

You can also upload your own audio or audio tracks from other sources. Simply click “Download” and select the file you want to use.

Consider your target audience, your brand voice, and video message when choosing an audio track. For example, if you’re making an explainer video for your financial blog, you might want to use a quiet piano track. But if you’re making a video for your travel blog, you can choose something more upbeat and cheerful.

Step 6. Export your video

Finally, it’s time to export your masterpiece. Be sure to save your edited project as a new file before exporting to free up space on your device. The export process is simple – just click File > Export As and choose the desired format.

You can opt for YouTube-compatible formats like .mp4 or .mov if you upload your video to the site, or choose a specialized format like .avi for high-quality but large files.


Video editing can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.

Video editing is a skill that takes time to learn and master, but you don’t have to be an experienced professional filmmaker to get started. With a little planning and creativity, you can start creating your own videos to share with friends, family, colleagues, and even potential clients.

Whether you’re new to video or just want a refresher on video editing tools and techniques, this beginner’s guide will help you get started!

Shirley K. Rosa