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Video Editing For Beginners on iPhone and Android.

teacher avatar Collin Michael, YouTuber and Mobile Filmmaker

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction.

    • 2. Fundamentals of Video Editing.

    • 3. Adding Effects to Your Videos.

    • 4. Class Project.

    • 5. Closing.

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About This Class

Learn How To Edit Videos With Your iPhone or Android Device!

With the advancement of technology, we now have the ability to create and edit videos right from our smartphone. However, if it’s your first time making a video, it can seem intimidating looking at all the tools and options within a video editor. That’s where this course comes in.

An Editing Course Designed For Beginners.

I’ll walk you through each step so you can be confident editing your videos. Once you complete the course, you’ll have all the knowledge and skills you need to create awesome videos.

What You’ll Learn In This Course:

  • The Fundamentals of Video Editing:

In this section, you’ll learn what each section of the video editor does. You’ll also learn how to add videos to the timeline, trim, split, and rearrange your videos. Each of these tools will help you get your project to the next phase of the editing process.

  • Adding Effects To Your Videos:

Here you’ll learn how to enhance your videos using things like music, text, cropping effects, and formatting your video. I’ll also cover the best settings to export/share your video in.

What are you waiting for?

Take the next step in growing your skills and learn the basics of editing today!

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Collin Michael

YouTuber and Mobile Filmmaker


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My name is Collin Michael, and I guess this is my about page!

I've been creating content on YouTube for 7+ years with the last 3 years focused on smartphone video and editing.

Hope you enjoy the courses I put up here on Skillshare. :)

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1. Introduction.: What's up, guys, My name is Collin Michael. I've been teaching smartphone video and editing for the last three years. And in this course, I'll be sharing with you the basics of smartphone video editing. Now for this course, you don't need any experience and you don't need to pay for any software. I'll actually be using a free app called cap cut, which is available on both iPhone and Android devices. I'll also be taking my time walking you through each step. So that way when you finish this course, you'll have the skills you need to create basic videos. You'll even have the chance to practice what you've learned in the project section of this course. I'll be able to watch what you've made and be able to coach you along the way. So if you're ready, let's get started learning smartphone editing. 2. Fundamentals of Video Editing. : All right, So here we are within the camp cut editing app. I'm actually doing this from my iPad, but don't worry if you're on a smartphone, it's going to be the same experience, just a little bit more spaced out, but it also allows me to have a little cursor on the screen so you can see exactly what I'm clicking on to make the changes to the videos. So to start, what we're going to do is click on just as Plus button here to create a new project. And it'll immediately take us into our albums for our photos. So here up on top we can see all our videos, all our photos, and all of our live photos. And there's even an option over here to use some stock videos that kept could has built into the software. But we're just gonna go over to recents. And then what we're going to do is just simply click the Check little circle there. Click that. And as you can see, it's letting us select all these video clips and they're all piled up down here. So once we've selected all our video clips that we want to use, we can then just click the Add button. And it's going to add them to our project. Now to just cover the layout here. On the top, we have the preview screen. So this is going to show us a quick preview of what our video's going to look like before we send it out of the editor and into our photo gallery. Then in the middle here we have what is called the timeline. So this is going to show us all our video clips and we can slide through that. It can take a look. We can even zoom out if you want. You can use your fingers and you can pinch to zoom out just so you can see all your clips in there. And they're each kind of divided by this white line. So here's that first video. The second video here. And finally here is the third video. And basically what this will show us is yeah, our videos and also show us any sound we put in there like music or any effects that we add to our video, they'll all pop up here on the timeline, so that way they stay organized. Then on the bottom we have all of our settings that we can use to help make our videos look better. So let's go through and edit this product review together. So the first thing you're gonna wanna do is make sure your video clips are properly aligned. And actually looking at this, this is the first part of my video and the second part is actually me and boxing it. And then this is the third clip. So they're actually out of order right now. But I can easily fix this if I hold down on the screen on the clip, it'll let me drag the clips around and be able to rearrange them so I can hold down the screen and then let go. And now it is removed that clip to the back. So now my clips are arranged just like where they're supposed to be. And now what we wanna do is go ahead and go through our video and trim it up. So what we can do is we can click on our clip. And on the left side and the right side you'll see these big white bars can basically hold your finger down and just scroll over in trim right to the spot where you want to. So I'm going to write to where I begin talking. There we go. And I can click play here real quick. In today's video, we're going to be doing boxing and review of the eye rig Mike, each D2, this is literally the best microphone and you can get for its price range, I'm using it right now. This is the audio you'll be getting and we'll be taking a look at this microphone. Seen it, you should pick it up. Alright, so there I've finished talking. So what I can actually do instead of trimming it from the right side all the way to this point, since I'm at that spot when I can actually do is click this split button over here. This will show up when you have a clip selected. So I'm gonna click Split and it will actually cut the clip right in half. So now, right where I stopped talking is one clip and this other little I'll zoom in here actually if my fingers. And then actually right here is the last bit of the clip where I'm done talking. I'm just turning off the camera. So once that's selected, I can actually just delete that part right out. And there we go. So now I can go through the rest of my video and do some trimming. So that's what I personally like to do. Instead of clicking on this in trimming the bars, what I like to do is scroll to the spot where the video begins, like right there I'm about to grab the box. Click on the video. I click the Split button because that's where I want it to start. And then just delete away the section where I'm not doing anything. And so I'm going to go through and do all these splitting here. All right, welcome back. I've now gone through and I've trimmed all my clips up just to where I want them using the trim button or using the split button and then deleting the part I don't want. So I've got this whole review all set up. And now in the next section, we can go into the video settings and really customize our video and make it unique. So I'll see you guys over there. 3. Adding Effects to Your Videos.: Now in this section we really want to get into customizing our video like adding music, adding effects, really making our, our videos something creative. So what we can do is if we want to change the settings on a specific video, you just click on the clip that's in that timeline. And then down below you're going to have all your settings down here that you can do. So a lot of these, you know, they're pretty self-explanatory. Like speed is going to control the speed of your video. You know, volume is going to control how loud or quiet that video clip is. But for some of these Rent-A-Car brief look, some of these are basic effects and some of them are a little bit more advanced that we're going to have to come back to in a more advanced course. But for now, some basic adjustments we can do would be the Edit icon here. So if you were to click on this and then click the Crop button, we actually have the ability to crop in on our video. So maybe I want to be a little bit more zoomed in on my face and I can do is take my fingers. And the first thing I'm actually going to do is go down here and make sure you choose 16 by nine, because that is the YouTube format standard. I could always go to nine by 16, which is gonna make it like in portrait mode, but we don't wanna do that. This is a YouTube video. So what we then do is take my fingers and we're going to zoom in. Just pinch. I can scroll around the screen and line it up with my face if I really wanted it zoomed in that far, which can be useful. Sometimes you want to be a little more cropped in or when I cut something out that's in the background. So very useful feature there. But we're, we'll just do is you'll just click the check mark and leave it like that. Then we can click this back button to go back to the rest of our settings here. Now we have this Filters button. If we click on that, it'll actually pull up filters that we can apply to our video. So just to click on a few of these, you can see that these are all different filters that you can apply. And you even have this little scrolling bar here, you can click on to choose how powerful the effect is. So, you know, I kinda like it at the 50 percent mark where it's not too powerful, but it is still doing some color effects on there. And I can click the check mark and then we have the adjust icon. But this is going to allow us to do is control things like the brightness or the contrast, the saturation, etc. If you're unfamiliar with what these effects are, just click on them and move those little dials around these little scrollbars just so you can see, you know, and just experiment. See something that looks nice and works for you. For me, I like things with a little less contrast. I like to increase my saturation a little bit just to make my color full background stand out a bit more. I like having a vignette because I like having those black kind of on the signs. And then for temperature, you can choose like a warm or cold look. For this video, I'm kinda liking the colder look. So we'll do a negative four there. So you can really go through and customize the settings and give your videos are really cool feel. And even if you wanted, you could click this apply to all button. And what this will allow you to do is apply these settings to every single clip within your timeline. So if you took a whole bunch of videos in one spot and you want every single one of those videos to have the same filter. You can click Apply to all and it'll put it on every single video for you. So we'll just leave it like this for right now and we'll click the check mark. And other than that, that's pretty much the very basics of just the personal video settings for each clip. Some of these we will explore in a more advanced course, but for now, that should get you to the basics spot. So if we actually click the back button here, what we then can have access to is a few more settings here on the bottom. So next up, other than edit would be the audio icon. If we click on this, we can either add music from our files or we can even pull up sounds here. And inside cap cut, there's actually a lot of added music that you can actually use within your videos. So you can go through, you can click through a few of the songs and find something that will work well with your project. For this project, I'm not going to have music, so I'll actually going to be skipping this step. So we can click X. You can also do a voice over here as well. If you want to do some, you know, maybe show some pictures and have a voice-over going on in the background. That's something you could do as well. So click the back button there. If you want to add text to your videos, we've got this text icon here so we can click on that. And we can click Add text here to add some text to our videos. And there we go. I've added some text. And what you can do is you can actually just take your finger. You can actually scroll and pick it up and just drag it right around the screen anywhere you want. And then if you pinch, you can actually shrink it down a little bit. And then scroll over here, maybe right to this corner. And then what we are going to do is we can actually really customize the effects of our text as what as well. So if I click style here, it's going to pull up all my text settings. There we go. And here I can actually choose the font that I want to use. So if I click on each of these, I can go through and change how that text is going to look on the screen. I really actually, I like the system look here. And even down below they have some presets that you can use to kind of speed up the process of editing your texts. So for example, here we have a black background for the white text. Or we could go with a white background with black text, et cetera. You know, a lot of these presets look very nice. So I would, I'd be, I'd recommend using them. If you're looking just for some basic texts effects. But you can even go through here and really customize it so you can choose the color of your text. You can choose the stroke, the background. You can add a shadow behind your text. A lot of these settings you can go through and really make your text have a really nice, professional, cool-looking effect to them. And then as an extra step, if you click on the animation icon over here, you can actually add transitions to your text. So right now we're on the inspection. So I can have it do a faded wipe and I can control the duration down below. So I'll do a nice little wipe onto the screen. And then for the output section, what we could do is we'll have it do a faded wipe back. So we'll pull this forward like so. There we go and click the check mark. And if and down below you'll see the white little bars here. You can actually drag that text if you want it to last a little bit longer on the screen. And as you can see, it just stacks right underneath our video. And we can actually grab this if we want. And we could drag it to any point in our video and have it lined up right underneath. So it really helps keep everything organized in that timeline. So if you actually go to the beginning here, click Play. You can see your text go up on the screen on boxing and review of the eye rig mind then once it gets to the end here, really the best microphone or you can get for its price range, I'm going to fade right back out, which is exactly what we were going for. Now one other thing that might be worth showing is this Format button. So if we click on this, this will actually change the format of our video. So like I said, we were doing a 16 by 9, which is like the YouTube format standard. But what if we want to post to Instagram or TikTok? We could choose something like a 9 by 16, and it's going to change it into that portrait mode instead of it being a longer type video. So in here you can really customize the cropping or the format, depending on whichever platform you're going to end up sending your video to. Now, other than that, that's pretty much the basics of editing your videos. Now all we have to do is up top here. We can click on this and really customize our settings here. So if we want, we can change the resolution of our video. I wouldn't go any lower than 720 P. So basically, the lower you go, the smaller the file is going to be, and the bigger you go, the more high-quality that file is going to be. And then the frame rate you usually don't want to touch. The editor will automatically set that for you depending on which clips you add. So once you have your settings set, you can click the Save button right here. And it will export that video to your photo gallery. 4. Class Project.: Now because this is probably going to be one of your first videos you've ever made using your smartphone. I highly encourage you to post it in our class projects section, because what I would like you to do is to go ahead and create a video. It doesn't have to be long. It can be 60 seconds or less, and just do some basic editing. Add some basic text, maybe some music to the video, and share it with the class. Just gives you a chance to not just learn the skills, but to practice with them and put those skills into action. So post your first videos into that project section, share with the rest of the class. I loved the CME as well. And yeah, we'll see you guys over there. 5. Closing.: Now you've learned the basics of editing with a smartphone. So get out there and be creative. Experiment with some of the other features on this editing out. Just so that way you can learn more and be able to improve your videos further. Thanks for taking the time to watch this course. I truly appreciate it, and I hope to see you in other videos here on Skillshare. Thanks for watching and stay creative.