RECORD → EDIT → SHARE
Although not every video will require editing, at some point you may need to perform some basic edits such as: removing parts of a video, splitting a video into clips, combining various video clips into one video, adding titles, etc. Below are some editing tools and resources that can help you.
Edit On A Smartphone, Tablet Or iPad
Minor edits required?
Most devices come with the capability to trim videos without having to download an additional app. Typically, there will be an “Edit” option on the screen from where you view the video clip, which will allow you to trim the beginning and end. Visit the following links for examples of how to trim videos on Android or iOS. Keep in mind that the steps for this may vary depending on the device and OS.
Did you know minor edits can be done directly in YouTube?
If you’re posting your video to YouTube and require only minor edits, you might want to consider trying YouTube’s Video Editor tool and Enhancements feature.
Additional edits required?
For more than just simple trimming (like combining multiple clips, adding titles, etc.), these free apps might be worth looking at:
Would you rather edit on a computer?
You might decide to capture video using a mobile device and then transfer the videos to a computer for easier editing.
Need a quick and easy way to transfer large video files from your device to your computer? Try WeTransfer - it is free for files 2GB and under, and no registration is required.
Edit On A Computer
YouTube Video Editor (Windows, Mac)
If you’re posting your video to YouTube and only require minor edits, YouTube’s built-in Editor might be all that you need.
OpenShot Video Editor (Windows, Mac)
OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor that is known for its ease of use and wide array of video editing capabilities.
iMovie comes installed on all Mac computers and is a powerful, yet simple application for editing videos. Learn more about editing in iMovie.
Quicktime can do simple edits such as trimming or combining videos. If you are already using Quicktime to capture your webcam video, you might find the editing options helpful. Learn more about editing in the QuickTime Player.
Camtasia (Windows, Mac)
Camtasia is a screen recorder and video editor all-in-one. It also has the ability to capture webcam video. If you are creating a lot of videos and looking for an all-in-one capture and editing solution, Camtasia might be worth considering. Educational cost is approximately $230.
If you believe that Camtasia can meet your teaching and training needs, full time faculty may be eligible to request a license for the full version. Please consult the One Off Software Requests for Full Time Faculty Use document for information on how to obtain a license.
“Help, my editing software won’t import my video file!” With so many applications and video formats available, you might run into a case where your editing application won’t open or import your video file. If this happens to you, an application like HandBrake can usually help to convert it into an acceptable format. It is free and does a great job of converting to and from a wide range of formats.
Keep it Simple There are so many options for devices and software - it can get a bit overwhelming. Keep it simple for starters and see what works best for your scenario. You can always build on the complexity of what you create the next time.