It’s become common practice while filming a video, to say, “Don’t worry, if we made a mistake, we’ll fix it in post.” (Meaning post production or video editing).
These mistakes can range from simple to complex, and in this post I want to focus on a few fixes that anyone can do during the post production phase.
Fixing Audio Narration
One of the most common things to fix in video editing in post production is the audio coming from our subject who is speaking on camera.
For example, if they made three points in their video, but they were made in the wrong order:
Our narrator said, “With the newest version of our software you can do A, B, and C.”
But they were supposed to say, “you can do B, A, and C.”
Here’s what you can do:
Place your audio clip into your video editor’s timeline (in the gif below I use TechSmith Camtasia). Cut the offending clip at the beginning and end, and move it. You can use the audio waveform as a visualization of the words. If the person spoke clearly and concisely this will be easy. You can also learn some basic audio mixing tips if you want to delve deeper at this point.
Or you don’t want to change what they said, but need to hasten their point, or cut out some embarrassing “um’s” and “ah’s.” In that case, you’re going to want to use the old standard of adding b-roll (extra) footage over your audio to hide any cuts. If you haven’t read our post on b-roll, give it a look to better understand this important video editing standard.
Removing Sensitive Information
Let’s say you’re using screen recordings to give instruction or train new employees. It’s easy to accidentally capture private information in your screen recording. Software such as Camtasia, gives you the option to create an area-specific blur in your video. Now you can better conceal that information.
Adjusting Your Frame
You’ve put the camera away, you’re sitting down and you seeing your video for the first time. That’s when you realize you left too much room above your subjects head in the frame. Believe it or not, there is a simple way to fix this as well. If you filmed this at full HD (1920×1080), then you can edit your video in a 1280×720 timeline. That will maintain your aspect ratio and give you room to maneuver your shot.
I’ve only scratched the surface with the power of video editing in post production. Improving mistakes you might have made while filming or capturing your video is one use. But video editing is so much more. Use it to craft a story. Make dry information compelling. And yes, you can even figure out how to fix video mistakes that you didn’t catch until it was (almost) too late.
Interested in learning more but are overwhelmed when you look at video editing software? TechSmith Camtasia may be the easy-to-use software you’ve been looking for. There’s only one way to know for sure. Give it a try and let us know how it goes in the comments section below.