How to Master YouTube Videos Editing

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YouTube is one of the best career options in these modern days and many youngsters are already flourishing in this field. You might have subscribed to a few dozens of YouTubers who create a specific niche of videos like, memes, entertainment videos, reacting videos, reviews, informative videos, documentaries, etc. In order to become a successful YouTuber in 2024, you need to either hire a professional videos editor for your videos, or learn to edit videos yourself. However, you will be unstoppable if you learn to edit your videos on your own ways because it will unleash a whole new creativity in your videos that you might not achieve with a paid service.

In this article, we will discuss how to learn to edit videos for YouTube and other videos sharing platforms. Let’s get started…

Why Learn YouTube Video Editing?

The first thing that you get with self editing is “more control over the final product” unlike in video edited by hired technician. Whoever you are hiring you will need to instruct them about how you want your video to look like, but it might become trickier if you don’t know the technical requirements and details of getting one such effect to work. There will be clashes between you and the hired worker because of the gap in knowledge. You will need to understand the editing technique’s and other details in order to instruct them better. So it is always better to learn to edit the videos on your own.

Another reason to learn it is it provides you with a “faster turnaround time.” When you hire an editor, there is a long communication between you and the editor to explain your vision and get revisions done. This takes time. Self-editing does not require such long conversation and meetings, allowing you to directly implement your ideas. If you are hiring a paid service, they might provide you wit a long turnaround time occasionally due to being too many orders in que, and this can result in a loss on your YouTube channel. When you manage a YouTube channel, consistency and regularly uploading videos is vital and self-video-editing is your key to this. Another thing is that when you edit your clips yourself, you can see the results of your edits immediately. This allows you to make adjustments and refine your video at the same time, saving time compared to waiting for feedback from an editor.

Self editing is also super cost-effective as compared with paid editing services. Yes, you invest a lot of time, but with practice, your editing time will reduce dramatically as you become better at editing. Also, once you have learned the editing skills, you can also work as a pro video editor and earn more.

Mastering YouTube Video Editing

1. Choosing the Right Editing Software

  • Identify your needs: Free options like DaVinci Resolve or Hitfilm Express are great for beginners. Some budget options include Camtasia and popular paid software are Adobe Premiere Pro for advanced features and After Effects for motion graphics. Capcut is also a fast-growing YouTube Video Editor in the market and deserves a mentioning.
  • Consider features needed in video editing: Everyone have different needs when it comes to features in an editing applications. You need to find the complexity of the software with the features you need for your video style.

2. Basic Editing Techniques

  • Cutting and Trimming: Learn to remove unnecessary footage from your recorded videos and connect to the right parts of your video. This is one of the most fundamental skills in editing. Here is a video on how to cut and trim a video using Hitfilm Express for beginners.
  • Transitions: Smooth cuts with fades, dissolves, or wipes to enhance the flow.

Here is a video on how to add smooth transitions between cuts and trims in your videos in HitFilm Express:

  • Adding Text and Titles: Use clear and visually appealing titles, captions, and lower thirds. This is fairly easy and does not need a video demonstration. Simple click on the Text icon from the left side tools bar and then place the text box anywhere in the video you like. Choose the text size and style right within there.

3. Audio Editing

  • Background Music and Sound Effects: Enhance the mood and guide the viewers’ emotions. Adding background music is an essential part and placing it on right timeline is also very important.

Here is a video on how to add background music or sound effects:

  • Leveling Audio: Ensure consistent audio volume throughout the video. You can do that by clicking on the audio track from the timeline section and adjusting the height of the music signals. You can adjust the height in specific timeframes simply by adding a audio points.
  • Noise Reduction: Remove unwanted background noise for a professional touch. You can use a dedicated audio software for that like Audacity. Here is a video on how to use remove background noise from a audio file before adding it to your videos using Audacity:

4. Advanced Techniques

  • Color Correction and Grading: Establish a consistent color palette and enhance the visual style. This is an advanced feature available on premium and advanced editors and allows you to add a specific type of color effects to the videos like warm, cool, or neutral.
  • Motion Graphics: Add dynamic intros, outros, or lower thirds with animation software like After Effects.
  • Visual Effects (VFX): For specific needs, learn basic VFX techniques to add special effects.

5. Develop Your Editing Style

  • Find Inspiration: Watch successful YouTubers and analyze their editing choices.
  • Experiment and Refine: Try different techniques, find what works for your content, and create a unique style.
  • Consistency is Key: Maintain a consistent style in terms of cuts, transitions, and color grading for brand recognition.

6. Sharpen Your Skills: Resources and Practice

  • Free and Paid Tutorials: Utilize online tutorials from YouTube channels or platforms like Skillshare to learn new skills.
  • Editing Communities: Join online communities of video editors to share your work, get feedback, and learn from others.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: The more you edit, the faster and more efficient you’ll become.


In this article, we discussed why and how to master YouTube video editing if you are planning to open a YouTube Channel. Editing will help you create both short and long YouTube videos.

David Splain

David Splain is the Content Head and Admin of, a news portal with keen interest in the business news, AI and tech trends. David has been providing expert's insights and reviews on various business philosophies, AI trends and products.

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