Are you a video editor and are considering shaking things up a bit by experimenting with different images and video? Well, you have come to the right place. With the advent of online video editors and most professionals making the shift from complicated softwares to easy to use websites that help you do the same thing, we have jotted down certain tips you can use to incorporate in your next video.
They might be small and detailed, but will make all the difference in the final product that you have. Follow these to edit videos for your Instagram page and make it even better.
1. Ensure an optimal proportion
When a video is both a combination of images and video, it can be a bit difficult to decide how many images you can actually put. This is extremely variable to the type of content you have. In case you want to present a video that is more informative, you might want to go with more images.
However, if your video has personal accounts, interviews, etc., having more videos makes sense in this context. It depends on what you have been giving your viewers so far and whether you would like maintaining consistency with that or
2. Put text along with both
It is much easier to keep with textual content when it is presented alongside a video or image. Doing this helps keep the text to a minimum since it is not giving a lot of material to read and most of the information is part of the image or video.
Still, having some type of text can sufficiently make your video well-rounded and give it a better feel. It is important that you do not exceed a certain limit when it comes to words, so as to not stray the attention of the viewer away from your visual content. Keep a check on the color, typography and size of the text and ensure it is in line with the theme of your video. Choosing the correct typography can be a challenge, and most people cannot make a good judgement when it comes to the same. Hence, it is important to beware of these small details that will make up a larger part of your video.
3. Make the transitions smooth
A lot of times, creators either stick to having a simple image slideshow or a combination of different videos that run one after the other. However, sometimes, you might want to do a combination of the two.
While this might seem like a very comprehensive idea that includes the best of both images and video, it might be difficult to transition between the two easily. Converting images to video
is another challenge that most editors might struggle with. Keeping them one after the other might make your video look inconsistent and hence you should ensure that you do not bombard your video with a lot of switchovers since you want to keep your content clean and crisp.
Having the resolution of the images and video the same can work too. If one image is in portrait mode, try shooting the video that way too. And if your video is shot in landscape try maintaining that consistency in your images.
4. Effects are your go-to
Effects are what add to the attractiveness of visuals in a video. They come off as not only professional, but spice up your content in a very easy yet appealing manner.
A lot of online video editors have a plethora of effects available along with GIFs, stickers, enhancers, etc. Even within these effects and enhancers, one has the option to choose even more. For example, if you choose an entertainment or firework effect, you get even more options within this sub-category to choose from. This helps editors pick and effect that is perfect for them from a variety of choices and make their video unique.
5. Keep up with context
As an editor, you might sometimes be so engrossed in making the videos and images perfect and in the right order that you might actually deviate from the context that is needed.
When a video is shot, it is much longer than the final product. It is the editor who decides how much content can be put in and what has to be edited out. With so many factors to consider, you might want to also concentrate on making the video actually understandable and not grabbing it of its essence.
6. Use infographics
Infographics are possibly the best combination of text, information and good visuals combined in one image. Their readability is very easy and hence makes them very appealing.
In fact, you should consider replacing irrelevant images or longer explanations with infographics. They give your content a professional feel and are also extremely easy to make, edit and insert in a video. Although, bombarding your viewer with a lot of infographics can cause your content to go haywire. Strike a balance between too little and too much information and try to maintain it throughout.
7. Keep a constant soundtrack
As we were speaking about smooth transitions before this, you can consider keeping a uniform soundtrack or audio in the final cut that will tie all your content together and keep it that way.
You can increase and decrease its volume by fading in and out throughout important parts of the video, but having some type of audio running in the background will make your video much easier to understand and build a solid foundation for it. Even if your video has several voiceovers, you can still keep the audio and just lower the volume when the voiceover is playing. This will give your video the finishing and details it needs.
Dealing with images and video in the same piece of content can be tricky and it is difficult to nail the process in the first try. However, with a few references and some basic points in mind, it's not impossible to be good at it either. When anything put online has a perfect image sequence to video with a smooth transition, it can be very impactful.
So, without any further ado, start working on the video with the help of these tips and see the change for yourself!