Wondershare Filmora – QUICK START Video Editing Tutorial!

wondershare filmora video editor has come a really long way in recent years and it’s now high on our list for best video editing software especially if you’re an absolute beginner so in this video I’m gonna show you exactly how to use filmora and how you can get up to speed fast with a complete quick start video editing tutorial hey it’s Justin Brown here from primal video where we help you amplify your business and brand with video if you’re new here make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything we mention in this video you can find linked in the description box below so let’s jump into it now I’ve got to be totally honest with you not that long ago I never thought that I would be recommending filmora as a serious option for video editing but during our recent roundup of the best video editors out there I was incredibly surprised at how far filmora has come I mean yes it’s still on the beginner end of things but it is really easy to use and you can quickly and easily get great results especially if you’re just starting out or if you’re someone who just doesn’t want to be overwhelmed with too many features and controls or a more complicated interface that you’ll find in more professional applications so right now then we’ve put together this quick start video editing tutorial to help those of you looking to get started with filmora we will be doing a step-by-step walkthrough of all the major features and how to use them following along with our recommended process for editing fast the primal video method all of this allows you to edit with minimal wasted time and rework no matter which editing software you’re using and once we’re done with the walkthrough I’ll also share with you a link where you can grab your copy of the process to download and follow along next time you’re editing ok so this is the first thing you see when you open up film alright now I’m on a Mac but the PC version is exactly the same so the first thing you need to do is to setup your project you need to choose the aspect ratio of your project whether you’re doing a widescreen a one by one for Instagram portrait standard or cinema so for us we’re gonna go widescreen sixteen by nine and we’re going to click on new project so we’ll do a quick run-through on the interface first to show you where all the important stuff is so up here this is your settings and all of your menus and all those sorts of things so you can see here we’re on the media tab which is where you can import your media you’ve got your audio library here your titles transition and effects elements and you’ve also got split-screen presets in here as well we’ll dive into these a little bit more as we go the next one across is your playback window this is where you get to preview and playback your actual edit down the bottom here you’ve got your play and your stop and your next frame and previous frame so you can control the playback here and down under here this is where we can customize a few things up like we can change the aspect ratio again we just picked widescreen in here if you wanted to change that up then this is where we can make changes to that or actually set a custom resolution or aspect ratio here as well so for us we’re gonna leave it here at widescreen but if you do want to change this from HD or full HD you can go up to 4k or even DCI 4k or again you can create your own by typing in the dimensions that you’d like your video at you can also set your frame rate here as well now the footage I’m going to be working with in this project is actually 4k footage so I set that to 4 K and the frame rate that that was shot out was 25 frames per second so you want to set this stuff up first now if you don’t know what resolution or what frame rate your footage was shot out you can just ignore this for now and when you bring in your first clip you will ask you if you want to automatically set it to match the footage that you’ve created so we’re just gonna go OK here next to that is the snapshot button if you want to save out a freeze-frame or an image from your video you’ve then got volume control here and this little slider and if you want to preview your video in full-screen the next one here will let you do that back out with that now what I like to turn on here is the audio bars just by pressing this and you can see here this is going to give us an indication of our volume levels of our clips as we start editing so I normally like to leave that one on next to that is the timeline zoom slider so we can zoom in and out on our timeline using this you can also use the keyboard shortcuts command or control + and – as well if you want to see your entire timeline then you click the button next to that and that’s going to zoom to adjust so that you can see everything on there next one across is the audio mixer this week and adjust all your volumes and things for all of your different audio tracks if you want to record a voiceover inside of film lorrog then you can do that on the next one here record voice over and if you wanna add markers and those sorts of things and notes into your timelines then that’s what the next button does and obviously the big window down the bottom here this is your timeline and there’s a few other important buttons that you should be we’re often there up here this is your edit button so if you’ve got a clip selected in your timeline you can press on this and that will bring up the settings to let you edit that the next one across is to cut or to split your clip to cut them in half delete undo and redo are these last two arrows here alright so first up you want to bring all of your media in all of your video files your audio files your music your graphics anything that you actually want to use in your video I’m gonna bring those in so you want to make sure that you’re on the media tab up here and you can see this you can either click on this folder here and you can select the files individually or if we back out of this you can choose file import media and you can choose import media folder and this is where you can select a folder if you’ve got everything nicely organized so for me I do have a folder here video files I’ll choose open that’s going to bring all of those things in okay so we’ve got our files and you can see they’ve got a couple of audio tracks we’ve got two camera angles of the same video and we’ve got some b-roll or overlay footage that we’re going to use in our project so once you’ve got all of your video assets in you want to bring your video footage down into your timeline click and drag and drag it down on there you see it’ll go through and it’ll generate thumbnail images as you go and it’ll also generate the audio waveform or the visual representation of your audio there and what it’s also doing in the background is it’s creating an optimized version or a proxy version of this video file to speed up performance on my computer that’s where this green line is going across here now it’s creating an optimized version of this clip okay so once you’ve got your video file down in the timeline the first thing you want to do is to start trimming it down and removing all the pieces that you are definitely not going to use in your end videos that’s all your mistakes all your bad takes anything that you 100% don’t want to use in the video so how we do that this red line here is your playback indicator or your playback head we can scrub this along just click and drag it along until we start talking here so at this point we can cut our timeline for coming up here to the pair of scissors we have now cut our timeline in two we know our two Clips we can select the first one here press delete and it has been removed and that gap has now been closed so our video now is starting at that point so we’ll come across to the other side of our time line and go to the end of the video and we’ll do exactly the same we can either click and play through our video just pressing the play button or pressing spacebar and stopping it at the point we want our video to stop or we can look at that audio down here and we can see where I’ve actually stopped talking so instead of just adding a cut you can also position your mouse cursor over the edge of a clip you can see that we get that different Arrowhead there now so if we click and drag from there we’re able to shorten or extend our video clip so if I drag it back this way and let it go there our video clip now finishes at that point and you can also use a combination of these things so see this big gap in the timeline here in the audio just to say that we want to remove that which I would imagine most people would let’s come across here to this point let’s add a cut hitting the scissors and grab this edge of that video clip and slide it across to here and we have removed that gap so you can see how easy it is to do some basic editing here to trim off the start trim off the end then you want to go through and again remove all of the bad takes any of the gaps any of the mistakes all the stuff that you 100% don’t want in your end video now with all these individual Clips that you’ve got in your timeline now you can also pick them up and move them around so if we want to move this one to the end we can just pick it up and drop it down the end and then we can close the gap by either selecting them and moving them across or if I undo that now we can select the gap and press Delete and that’s going to remove that gap from our timeline so once you’ve gone through and you’ve done kind of your first pass and you’ve removed all of those mistakes and bits that you don’t want in there now you can bring in any b-roll or overlay footage to really help you start to build this edit out so we’ve got a couple of sample Clips at the top here we’ll grab one of these and drop it on our timeline now for these clips here we don’t want any music in there so I’m just gonna right click on it and choose detach audio that’s going to split off that audio from the top clip and I’m just gonna select it and delete it so we’ve just got the video portion of this top clip so now I’m just going to scrub through here and have a look at the footage that we’ve got so as a pan across we might use that one let’s select the clip and add a cut command B on Mac or control B on PC just to cut or use those scissors it’s like this first part let’s remove that so come along here so probably about there had another cut there so that first clipped is good we might position that over here somewhere let’s look at what other Clips we’ve got of that product let’s cut here and come across a bit further remove that section maybe we’ll put these two here side-by-side so as we scrub through it gets to this one here it goes back the other way we might actually even want to reverse that clip so that is playing in the same direction so with the clip selected we’ll come up here to adjust speed let’s go down to reverse now when we scrub through this section this one’s moving that way and we’ve got this one going that way as well now obviously I’m going pretty fast through this stuff I want to show you where everything is so you can get creative in your own edits okay so maybe we’ve had enough out of this clip here we’ll delete that one let’s have a look inside the other one now instead of just clicking and dragging it down to the timeline the other thing you can do is to double click on it and you’re able to see it and preview it up in the playback window here and we can also set an in and out point or specify the section that we want to use in now edit from up here as well so let’s say we want to start our clip about here we can come over here to the in marker and we’ve seen that without an end point of where we want it to start it let’s keep going through and let’s say we wanted to finish about here let’s add an out point you can see we’re going to in and out so now if we go to add the clip to the timeline it’s just that section that we have highlighted now if you just want to mute the audio on this clip without deleting it as we did before you could just come along here and grab this little bar and pull it down this is your volume level let’s pull it down to the bottom and now if that clip has no audio that’s going to play back in our video so go through add in all of your b-roll all of your overlay footage to build out the story and obviously as you’re going through you might be tweaking and adjusting your Clips you might be picking them up and moving them around again to refine this edit every time you go through it next thing to do is to add in any music or any audio into your project so we’ll come up here we’ll grab an audio track drag it down and these actually work exactly the same as your video files and that you can pick them up you can move them around you can trim off the ends you can add cuts in them you can edit them exactly the same as you would a video file so I’ve just shortened the end off there so that it finishes at the same time as our video now that you’ve got your music or your audio in there this is when you’ll go through again and do another pass on this timeline again tweaking and adjusting everything and maybe even adding some edits to the beat of the music depending on the type of video you’re making once you’ve gone through that you can then go through and add in any texts or titles or graphics so for that we’re going to come up the top here to titles there are heap of presets in here for titles that you can add and drag and drop into your timeline there’s also a lot more that you can download from the filmora website as well let’s just go through here and pick a basic lower-third title and we’ll click and drag that down onto our timeline let’s move it near the front of the video and so here your title here to edit that all we need to do is to double click on it and that’s going to let us edit the text here select the text let’s type in Justin Brown and you can see over the other side here we’ve got a lot of control over how we can customize this up things like the fonts the size the color there’s a heap of preset styles and those sorts of things in here so let’s just pick something basic we can come down here you can change the position or the rotation we can make it bigger or smaller all of those sorts of things you can really customize everything up in here and if you want some more advanced control over this then all we need to do is hit on advanced and this is where you really open it up in their full title editor or title inspector as they call it so for us we’re just going okay now and let’s play through this section and you can see that the title animates in and appears on-screen so these as I said are just the same as any other clip we can pick them up we can move them around if we want to be on screen longer we can stretch it out if we want to shorter we can shorten it there too so you want to go through then and add in all the titles and any text that you want to have in your videos and then we’re gonna look at transitions so transitions is the next one along here now these you can apply between Clips and essentially it’s going to transition from one clip into another now this is an area in particular that a lot of people especially when they’re starting out editing just go overboard on transitions and can make their videos look really cheap and nasty so usually sparingly and only where they are adding value or adding to the story that you’re telling but in most cases it’s just the simple ones that you’ll want to use things like a dissolve or a crossfade so if we grab this dissolve here and let’s drag it to the start of this clip now as we scrub through here it’s me talking and you can see we’ve just done a dissolve or kind of like a fade over to this shot and we can shorten that down so it’s happening faster or lengthen it out if you’d like to so I’ll make this one pretty quick let’s just take a look at that now just a really quick crossfade there now these are work between any clips that you have in your timeline so you could have them between these two Clips here of me speaking but it’s probably not gonna make a lot of sense in this case because there’s the same camera angle same shot but what I would use in this case instead of an actual transition is zoom in on one of the shots just to change up the shot a little bit and to make it look a little bit different for the viewers but it also helps mask that there was an edit or something removed at that point so to do that all we need to do is to double click on one of our Clips here and then let’s come up here to scale and you can see that we are able to make that bigger essentially zooming it now you don’t want to go too high or zoom in too much with this because depending on your camera and the recording quality and the timeline that you’re editing in you could actually be losing quality but normally up to around one hundred and twelve hundred and fifteen percent the quality loss is gonna be pretty marginal now what I would normally do when I’m doing this is try to keep the eye position in the same sort of level so it’s not as jarring for the viewers with that subtle zoom in so we can either click over here and drag down let’s come back here and play through and just to check the eye positioning okay so it’s pretty close so you can see just between these two shots this is the first one then it’s going to jump into the next one here it’s just a little subtle difference to break it up so this is what I would use instead of applying a transition between the two to help mask that hard cut ok so you’ve gone through you’ve added in your titles your graphics you’ve added in any transitions or you’ve zoomed in on any shots next we’re gonna look at your volume levels so what I would suggest you do here is that you mute your music so come down and click your music track you can come over to the side here and you did see the little button there and that’s now not going to play but the audio that you want to adjust first is the spoken piece the actual content first and get that volume set right and then come and adjust your music volume as a secondary to make sure that it’s not too loud or too quiet or too distracting so there’s a couple of different ways you can do this you could do it on an individual clip by clip basis and it can be as easy as just grabbing that blue line there lifting it up to increase the volume or lowering it down to lower the volume I’ll just undo that now or you can actually lower or raise the volume on the entire track now for all of your footage was shot same time same location same microphone same everything I would suggest that you’re doing it on the actual track itself so you’re doing all of these clips at once really you want to come over here to the audio mix up click on that one and we have volume levels here for our tracks so you can hit play down the bottom left-hand corner and you can see there you’ve got your audio bars so the master volume or the entire video volume is on the right-hand side here and the individual tracks are on the left so we can grab this volume here and lower it down you make it here as quiet as you’d like but what I would suggest that you’re doing if this is your actual voiceover your actual content piece you want to increase it up to the point where it’s in the green going into the yellow but definitely not in the red you don’t want to see any red in here red means it’s too loud and that it’s distorting so you want to grab this slide up then slide it up until the point where your audio is in the green into the yellow but definitely not in to the red the yellow into the orange is fine but yeah not red so about there we’ll go OK on that one so now that volume is set for our entire video layer and for all of our content piece once you’ve done that you can then come down to your music now obviously here we want to unmute it and then once again we can either click and drag here and lower the volume on our track at this point or we can go back over here to the audio mixer and adjust our volumes there now I do want to say with the music there really is no right or wrong with it this is art this is a creative thing it really is about having it to the place where you like how it sounds and how it flows in some cases you might want to boost the volume up in certain sections and have a quieter in others there is no set volume that your music should be at X level you really just want to make sure though that is not interfering or distracting from people being able to hear what’s been said in the video and that is not annoying or distracting so we can press play by pressing spacebar and again we’ve got the audio bars on the side here so at this point you’re listening you’re grabbing this slider you’re lowering it down or boosting it up to find the place where it sounds right for you ideally you’re doing this too with headphones on so you can really hear what it sounds like now if you double-click on your audio track you’ve got some other options up the top here as well we can add a fade in at the start of our audio track so that it starts at zero and fades in and likewise at the end if we want to fade our music out to quieten it off at the end then we can apply that here this is just the amount of time so 0.4 seconds is how long it’s going to fade in over and further fading out 0.4 seconds about the same so let’s just say that for the most part we’re happy with the volume level for our music but there might be one little section where we want the music louder there’s a couple of ways you can do this you can come down and select the area where we want to increase it and we can add a cut in the timeline the scissors let’s say for this section here it’s add another cut there so for this section here we want it to be louder we can just add cuts on either side and raise the volume for that point or I’ll undo this now let’s remove those cuts or we can add what’s called keyframes so make sure your audio track is selected let’s go back to where you want to start it increasing and up here we have our keyframe button so we can add a keyframe at that point so you see our audio is going to be playing along at this volume level at this point is where it’s going to start to change so we can come across a little bit further add another keyframe there then we can raise this up or lower it but let’s raise it up so you can see that our volume level is at this level at this point it starts to change to where we’ve set it at that next key point maybe we want it to go across to about here somewhere let’s jump across add another keyframe and then we can take it back down to where we were or maybe even a little bit lower there you go so that’s how easy it is to adjust your volume levels using keyframes as well so the next step then once you’ve got all of that dialed in where you like it is to add your color grade or color correction so I’d suggest you start with this is with the first clip in your timelines you want to make sure that is selected now there’s a few ways that you can access the color correction tools you can double click on it that’s gonna open up this edit panel at the top you can see we’re still on our audio we have video here which was where we were able to zoom in and everything on our clips that was audio motion is we can add some motion to your clips or the next one here is color so this panel here is really your basic color correction tools there are advanced tools in here as well but if you’re someone who is not looking for all the advanced stuff then this is a great place to start the first thing you should do is grab this little color picker here and this is setting your white balance so you want to click on that and go and find something white in your scene too let’s come down here maybe this white on the wave and you can see that that’s made a slight adjustment to the color there it’s adjusted with the temperature by 4 and the tint by 1 so that was kind of an auto adjustment now for some people that might be all that you need I’ll receipt you can dial these in even further by using these sliders or undo this and you can also then adjust things like the contrast the saturation and the brightness here as well so if you shot it’s a bit dark and you want to brighten it up you can increase this slider here maybe add a bit more color make it look a little bit more tanned again these are subtle increments you can see if I boost this right up yeah now sunburned tomorrow so we want to come back a little bit just to the point where it looks good for you and again this is one of those creative things there’s no right or wrong with this stuff it’s personal preference ok so that’s basic color correction if you’re looking for the advanced tools let’s just hit OK let’s come back down to our clip here and let’s choose color correct and this is where you get access to your advanced color correction controls so in here there’s also a heap of presets that you can just apply just by clicking on them so obviously if you’re finding something that you like the look of here you can either just run with it by hitting okay that’s applied to that clip or you can select the one that you want to customize up and then come over here to adjust and this is where you can make all the adjustments to really dial that in now know that you don’t have to start with a preset if you don’t want to and at any time if you want to preview what your video footage was like before and after you can click up here to show the original so you can see already just by applying that precept the clip looks totally different so let’s say we wanted to adjust this and to make some tweaks to it the first place I would say to start is once again with that white balance here it’s just a slider that you drag so if you want to add more blue and go to the left add more yellow and make the shot warmer go to the right and likewise with the tint if you want to add a tint of green or a tint of pink again these are really minor adjustments you’d make but this is where you do it so start with the white balance then I would suggest you come down here to color and the first setting in here that I’ll be playing with would be the exposure so you can brighten up or darken off the shot and get that set to where you want it and then if you wanted to boost the colors and say your skin tones then you can adjust the vibrance and bring that up so we just go quick before and after now obviously this was using a preset as well you can see that looks totally different so that’s what I’d recommend you start but obviously there are so many more controls and really quite a few professional grade tools in here as well which is amazing so once you’re done and you’re happy with how that looks you can actually save it as your own preset so if we hit save preset let’s call this JB you’re OK we can now apply that preset to any of our other clips in our time lines or even in future projects as well so once you’ve saved the preset that you like you then come across to any of your other Clips open up that color correction panel go through and find your presets and apply it that way so this is go cast them as one that we saved custom JB and go apply and that is now applied to this clip as well and the process is exactly the same with your other b-roll clips as well so we want to add a color grade or a color effect to this one we can right click and choose color correction or we come back up here to that color panel and you’ve got all the same settings and everything in here that you can apply once again so back out of that now so once you’ve gone through at this point your video should be pretty much done go through and do any final tweaks or adjustments to get it how you like it and then it’s time to export or to save your video out and to do that you can either come up here and hit this export button or you can come to the top and choose export create video now there’s also options here to export and upload direct to YouTube or to Vimeo but for this one here it’s gonna go create video so you can see in here you got a heap of settings I’d say for most people you want to be exporting it either as an MOV file or an mp4 file you can see here it’s got our resolution set at 3840 by 2160 that was because the footage that we are editing here is 4k footage that’s 4k then you come over here to settings to dial all of this in and to customize it up for the most part what you’ll find is based on the video footage that you’ve been editing in your timeline filmora does a very good job at giving you decent settings to export your videos so really at this point i’d say in customizing this up for most people you want to look at good better or best and you can see the biggest difference here is the bitrate or the actual quality of those videos that is changing and as you do that the higher the bitrate the larger the file size so for us we’re gonna leave this here at better and just choose okay i’d also strongly recommend that you enable hardware acceleration for video decoding if you have that option it’s going to make the exporting or the rendering a lot faster and then all you need to do is hit export and your file is going to save out and so the only other thing that you need to do then is to playback your video and make sure that everything is how you want it obviously if you’ve got changes come back in here make those changes and re-save out your video again but i would also strongly recommend that you are playing it back on a couple of different devices to play it back on your phone or on an iPad or a tablet or something just so you can see what its gonna look like on those devices to make sure that you’re happy with that most people these days are consuming their videos on phones and tablets and iPads and things so it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re happy with how it looks on there because it can differ from computer screen to computer screen or even from phone to phone as well alright so that’s a complete editing walkthrough using film alright now earlier in the video I said that I would also share a link for youth where you can download our primal video method the most efficient and effective way to edit your videos down with minimal wasted time and rework there is a link on-screen and below in the description for you to download your free copy print it out and use it while you are editing your I’ll see you in the next one

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