QUICKSTART Video Editing Tutorial Filmora

Wondershare Filmora video editor has come a long way in recent years, and is now high on our list for best video editing software, especially if you’re an absolute beginner. So in this video, I’m going to show you exactly how to use Filmora and how you can get up to speed fast with a complete quick start video editing tutorial.

Now I’ve got to be 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 Filmora has come.

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Video Editing Tutorial Filmora

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 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. Okay, so this is the first thing you see when you open up Filmora, now I’m on a Mac, but the PC version is the same. So the first thing you need to do is to set up 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 going to get Widescreen 16 by nine and we’re going to click on New Project. So we’ll do a quick run-through on the interface first just 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 on the Media tab, which is where you can import your media, you’ve got your Audio library here, your titles, Transitions, 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 it we can change the aspect ratio again, we’ve 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 aspect ratio here as well. So for us, we’re going to 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 right here as well. Now the footage I’m going to be working within this project is 4K footage, so I’ll set that to 4K and the frame rate that it was showed at, was 25 frames per second. So you going to set this stuff up first. Now if you don’t know what resolution or what frame rate your footage was shot at, you can just ignore this for now and when you bring in your first clip, it will ask you, if you want to automatically set it to match the footage that you’ve created. So we’re just going to go okay here. Next to that is this snapshot button.

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If you want to save out a freeze-frame or an image from your video, you’ve then got volume control here in this little slider, and if you want to preview video in full screen, the next one here will let you do that. Back out of that now. What I’d 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 the 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, Plus and Minus as well. If you want to see your entire timeline then you’d click the button next to that and it’s going to zoom to adjust so that you can see everything on there. The next one across is the Audio Mixer this way you can adjust all your volumes and things for all of your different audio tracks. If you want to record a voiceover inside of Filmora then you can do that on the next one here, and record voiceover and you can add markers and those sorts of things and notes into your timelines, then that’s what the next button does. And, the big window down the bottom here, this is your timeline.

And there are a few other important buttons that you should be aware of, and they’re up here, this is your Edit button. So if you 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. All right, 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 want to use in your video, you want to bring those in.

So you want to make sure that you’re on the Media tab up here, and then 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.


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Okay, so we’ve got our files, and you can see that 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. Use click and drag and drag it down on that. You’ll 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 not going to use your end videos. That’s all your mistakes or your bad takes anything that you 100% don’t want to use in the video. So how do 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 by coming up here to the pair of scissors, we have now cut our timeline in two and now we have 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 the other side of our timeline and go to the end of the video and we’ll do the same. We can either click or play through our video just pressing the Play button or pressing Space Bar 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 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 you see this big gap in the timeline here and the audio, just to say that we want to remove that, which I would imagine most people would, just come across here to this point, let’s add a cut, hitting the scissors, then 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. And 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 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 this, so I’m just going to right-click on it and choose Detach Audio, that’s going to split off that audio from the top clip and I’m just going to 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 there’s 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 off, use those scissors. So let’s get this first part, let’s remove that, so come along here, until probably about there, had another cut there, so that first clip is good. We might position that over here somewhere, let’s look at what other clips.

we’ve got over that product. Let’s cut here and come across a bit further, and remove that section, maybe we’ll put these two here, side by side, so as we scrub through, it gets to this one here and goes back the other way, we might want to reverse that clip. So they’re just playing in the same direction. So with the clip selected, we’ll come up here to adjust speed, let’s go down to reverse. And now let me scroll through this section, you see 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 that you can get creative in your 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 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 our edit from up here as well. So let’s say we want to start that clip about here, we can come over here to the in marker, we can see that we’ve had an in point of where we wanted 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 getting an 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 that clip has no audio that’s going to playback in our video.

So go through adding 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 and we’ll grab an audio track, drag it down and these actually work exactly the same as your video files and then 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 of this so that it finishes at the same time as our video. And now that you 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 any text or titles or graphics. So for that, we’re going to come up the top here to Titles, and there are a heap of presets in here for titles that you can add and drag and drop into your timeline. There’s also a lot more than you can download from the Filmora website as well. But let’s just go through here and pick a basic lower third title and click and drag that down onto our timeline, and let’s move it into the front of the video and associate 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 colour 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 and you can change the position of the rotation, we can make it bigger or smaller, all those sorts of things, you can really customize everything up in here. And if you want some more advance control over this, then all you need to do is hit on Advanced, and this is where you really open it up in that full title editor or Title Inspector, as they call it. So for us, we just go okay, now and let’s play through this section. And you can see that the title animates in, and appears on the 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 it to be on screen longer, we can stretch it out, if we want it shorter, we can shorten it there too. So you want to go through them and add in all the titles and any texts that you want to have in your videos. And then we’re going to look at transitions.

So transitions are the next one along here. Now there 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 use these 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 want to use. Things like a dissolve or like 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 lengthens it out if you’d like to. So I’ll make this one pretty quick and 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 going to make a lot of sense in this case, because it’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 in. 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 112 and 115%, the quality loss is going to 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 that’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. Okay, 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 going to 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 mute it. You 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 that 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 or just under that now or you can actually lower or raise the volume on the entire track. Now if 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. So you want to come over here to the Audio Mixer, 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 can make it here as quiet as you’d like. But what I would suggest that you’re doing if this is your actual voice-over, 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 is distorting.

So you want to grab this slide up and slide it up until the point where your audio is in the green into the yellow but definitely not into the red, the yellow into the orange is fine, but yeah, not red. So about there, we go okay 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 and 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, and 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. We 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 just by pressing Space Bar and again we’ve got the audio bars on this side here. And so at this point, you’re listening, you’re grabbing the 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 that 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 you want to fade out music out to quieten it off at the end, then we can apply that here. This is just the amount of time, so at 0.4 seconds is how long it’s going to fade in over, and for the 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 that 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 with the scissors, let’s say for this section here. Let’s add another cut there, so for this section, if we want it to be louder we can just add cuts on either side and raise the volume for that point or all under 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 get back to where you want to start it. Increasing and up here we have our Key Frame buttons, 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 this is where it’s going to start to change. So we can come across a little bit further just 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 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 dialled in where you like it, is to add your colour grade or colour collection. So I’ll suggest you start with this, is with the first clip in your timelines, you want to make sure that is selected. Now there are a few ways that you can access the colour collection tools, you can double click on it, that’s going to open up this editing panel at the top, you can see we’re still on audio, we have the video here, which was where we were able to zoom in and everything on our clips, that was audio motion is where you can add some motion to your clips or the next one here is colour.

So this panel here is really your basic colour collection tools. There are advance 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 colour picker here and this is setting your white balance, you want to click on that and go and find something white in your scene So let’s come down here, maybe this white on the wave and you can see that that’s made a slight adjustment to the colour there. It’s adjusted by the temperature by four and the tint by one. So that was kind of an auto adjustment. Now for some people that might be all that you need obviously 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 your shot is 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, because if I boost this right up, yeah, now sunburn tomato.

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 a personal preference. Okay, so that’s the basic colour collection, if you’re looking for the advance tools, let’s just hit okay, let’s come back down to our clip here and let’s choose colour collect. And this is where you get access to your advance colour collection 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’ll 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 playing that preset 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’s just a slider that you drag.

So if you want to add more blue, you can 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 colour.

 And the first set in here that I’ll be playing with will 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 colours and say your skin tones, then you can adjust the vibrancy and bring that up.

So if we just go quick and before and after now obviously this was using a preset as well you can see that it looks totally different. So that’s where 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 okay We can now apply that preset to any of our other clips in our timelines, 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 colour collection panel, go through and find your presets and apply it that way. So let’s just go custom is the 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 as your other B-roll clips as well.

So if we want to add a colour grade or a colour effect to this one, we can right click and choose colour collection or we come back up here to that colour 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’d 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 or hit this Export button or you can come to the top and choose Export, Create Video.

Now there are also options here to export and upload direct to YouTube or to Vimeo, but for this one here, we’re just going to go create the video. So you can see in here you got a heap of settings I’d say for most people, you want to be exported either as a 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, so 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 find is based on the video footage that you’ve been editing in your timeline, Filmora does a very good job by 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 bit rate or the actual quality of those videos, that is changing and as you do that, the higher the bit rate, the larger the file size. So for us, we’re going to 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.

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 resave 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 iPod or at a tablet or something just so you can see what it’s going to 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 iPods 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. All right, so that’s a complete editing walkthrough using Filmora. Now earlier in the video I said that I would also share a link for you for 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 the screen and below in the description for you to download your free copy, print it out and use it while you’re editing your videos. I’ll see you in the next one.