From start to finish, DT’s definitive guide to creating and uploading YouTube videos

Editing your YouTube video

Editing video is a tutorial in and of itself. Like YouTube’s built-in video editor, most programs will allow you to splice together multiple video segments, delete unwanted clips, and add audio in addition to a vast assortment of other basic tools for adding pizzazz and flare to your video. Annotations and captions can be incorporated into your video once uploaded to YouTube, thus allowing you to fine tune your video with a more fully-featured video editor prior to publishing your masterpiece.

Luckily, both Windows and Mac OS X come with their own free video-editing software – titled Windows Movie Maker and iMovie, respectively – capable of performing any basic edits necessary to produce a good-looking YouTube video. Costly premium alternatives include Final Cut Pro ($300) and Adobe Premiere Pro ($800), but there are plenty of other free options to give your YouTube videos the shimmer and shine of Hollywood blockbusters without resorting to your system’s built-in software. Just check out our picks for the best free video editing programs for an in-depth breakdown of all their merits and impressive features.

It’s important to note that editing can be just as important to your video as the actual recording. It sets the tone, the length, and overall aesthetics of how a video is perceived. For instance, can you imagine if Quentin Tarantino’s iconic Pulp Fiction was presented in chronological order? It would be an entirely different movie, or at the very least, not as intriguing. A video blog or how-to guide probably won’t need a complete overhaul, but you may want to fine tune some components for a more powerful effect. Consider adding b-roll footage, transitions and audio effects, as well as changing the camera angle and other visual components. The process for doing so will vary from software to software, but there are more than enough free tutorials available online straight from the manufacturer and user base to carry out even the most advanced of tasks.

Step 1: Upload your video. When finished recording, upload your video to your computer. The process will vary depending on your video-capturing device and editing software, but it can typically be done by opening the video from within the software’s main file menu or by dragging it to the program.

Step 2: Make your edits. Perform all the edits you deem necessary or desirable for your video. Again, the exact methodology differs between software, but don’t hesitate to look up guides and tutorials online from the manufacturer or the associated support forums.

Step 3: Save your video. When finished editing, save or export your YouTube video in one of the following YouTube-capable formats: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, or WebM.

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