If you’re new here or didn’t notice yet, Video Editing is my jam! I love doing it and teaching others how to edit videos.
If you’re TOTALLY new to video editing, I have a page with some video editing software options and my thoughts on each one. It’s like choosing a car, you kinda have to check it out and get a feel for it before you commit.
On this page, you’ll find all of my posts and videos for video editing, but if you’re looking for tutorials for video editing software, here are my video editing software categories:
Many people realize they want or need to learn how to edit videos when they notice they have videos or clips they need to combine or merge. While video editing is a really broad topic, this post is strictly for beginners who aren't sure how to edit videos or where to even start!
For those of you who shot some family stuff on your iPhone or a bike trip on your GoPro, or maybe you're a blogger and you want to start publishing YouTube videos alongside your blog content and start growing an audience here…
If any of that sounds like you or a close resemblance to you, then you're are in the right place! Because that's what I do here on at VidProMom. But I've never really gone back to the basics for those of you who are completely new to the world of creating videos, and I get a lot of questions about how to edit videos, so I think it's about time!
I admit that “how to edit videos” is a very broad topic, so this video is meant to be a starting point for video editing for beginners (not a complete how-to guide!).
With that said, if you have any questions about how to edit videos, drop them in the comments below and I'll add them to my list of topics to discuss in future videos and blog post. Make sure you subscribe to my channel so you don't miss any of them!
Video Editing Challenge for Beginners
Before we get too far into this, I have a challenge for you! Coming up very soon, I have a beginners video editing challenge. It's free 5-day challenge specifically beginners, to kinda help you get a jumpstart on your video editing.
It's called the SHOOT FUN / EDIT FAST CHALLENGE, and it's for anyone who is completely new to creating and editing any kind of video – Family movies, YouTube videos, GoPro Edits… you name it. You can read more about the challenge using the link above, but it's 5 glorious days of online classes with me… it's totally free, and did I mention it's for beginners? So if you're reading THIS post, you should definitely join me 😉
I really enjoy sitting down and editing family videos and YouTube videos, but it wasn't always fun. At first it was pretty intimidating, even using iMovie. I was like “uhhh I don't know what this button does but let's click it find out.”
But as overwhelming as it is at first, video editing can be broken down into really two basic things:
You're either combining or merging clips together into one cohesive video that you can upload to Facebook or YouTube.
You're clipping and cutting out bits and pieces or long sections of a video clip that you don't want in a final video.
In most cases though, it's both. You're putting clips together on a timeline, and you're taking out parts of the clips (maybe small parts or big parts) in order to achieve one single, cohesive video file that you can either share with friends an family or post it on YouTube or Instagram.
But in order to get to the place where you can actually work with your video clips and do some video editing, you have to make a couple of decisions about hardware and software.
Computers for Video Editing
So let's start with hardware. You either need a computer or a mobile device.
I published a post recently giving a rundown of what to look for in computers for video editing, or how to tell if your computer is up for the task of editing. So I won't completely rehash that here, but you can check that post out here (opens in a new tab).
Personally, I prefer a computer vs. a phone or tablet, but it’s a personal choice. It’s faster and easier for me, and more enjoyable on a big screen.
Now if you have just a handful of clips on your phone that you need to merge together, it's probably just as easy to use an app for that. Or if you have one clip that you need to trim off the very beginning or the very end, or extract just one part of the clip, you should be able to use a native photos app on your phone for things like that.
But that leads me to the second decision you need to make, and that's software…
Video Editing Software
For some silly reason making a decision about video editing software is like the most debilitating thing in the world, because there are SO many options and price ranges.
And I think it's hard to make a decision about something and spend your time, energy, and money on something when you don't even really know what you're doing and if that software is ultimately going to be the best option for you.
On my Video Editing Software page, I list (almost) all of the video editing platforms that I have either used and recommend or have seen other people use and recommend.
If you are totally brand new to video editing, I highly recommend you stick to the basic software. For example, iMovie and Premiere Elements are great for beginners, but they have more advanced functions so you can “spice things up” a bit once you'd learned the ropes.
But the bottom line is: choosing video editing software or apps is a personal choice, and it's like buying a car. You kinda have to feel it out a little bit and give it a test drive.
So the BEST video editing software is going to be the one that you decide is going to be the best for you.
Video Editing Basics
So once you have a computer or device (if you must) and you have some software (or an app)… now what?
This is where it gets fun!
You need to get your footage off of your memory card and onto your hard drive (don't try to do this with the video files still on your memory card, it's not a good idea).
You can use a USB adapter or you might be able to connect your camera to your computer to do a file transfer. You might be able to use Google Drive, Dropbox, or Airdrop to transfer files from your phone to your computer as well.
Next, start a new project in your software and import your footage. There's probably an import button or “add media” button.
The simplest way to go about the actual video editing where you working with your clips, is to drag your clips to the timeline in the order that you want them in, then go through the timeline, watching your clips in the playback window, and stopping to either cut parts out that you don't want in your final video, or trimming the beginning or ends of your clips.
When you are happy with what you have, you have to export your project in the program puts everything together into one video file–usually an mp4 file–that you can actually do something with. You can watch it, share it, upload it, whatever.
Now obviously there are a LOT of things that you can do with your project and your video clips that I didn't tell you about because I wanted to show how simple video editing really is at the basic level so that you can get started without overwhelming yourself with bells and whistles and special effects.
Now in the 5-day challenge that I told you about at the beginning of this post, you will learn how to get started with video editing (a little more in-depth than what I went over in this post), as well as how to shoot videos to make them easier and faster to edit. We'll also talk about where to find background music, and how to edit your clips in a way that makes your video really fun to watch without spending a whole day at the computer editing!
So if you want to join me for that challenge, you can head over to vidpromom.com/challenge! It's totally free, it's for total newbies, and all you have to do is drop your email address on the signup page and I'll send all of the details to your inbox.
I wish I'd had a resource that filled me in on the basics of video editing before I dove in and figured it out on my own. So, here we are! I hope this post was helpful for you. Be sure to subscribe to the VidProMom YouTube channel so you can catch up on video editing tutorials and other videos that I upload weekly!
A GoPro for kids… is there such a thing? There are several reasons why a GoPro camera makes an excellent family camera, but does it make a good kids camera?
(The links in this post are affiliate links, and VidProMom will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking these links.)
In this digital age, kids are very familiar with digital cameras, action cameras, and even your phone camera. That's a lot of pricey gadgets that we trust in our kids' hands! But I have two kids (11 and 6), and I often hand one of my GoPro cameras off to one or both of them to let them capture whatever they feel like. The GoPro is easy enough to use and they have fun with it, so why not?
There is no shortage of kids cameras and cameras designed specifically for children, but they look more like toys than an actual camera. So at a certain age, I think it's a fantastic idea to start teaching kids that cameras and tech gear are tools, not toys.
The rugged nature of GoPro cameras almost begged kids to take it for a spin. And although there is no specific GoPro for kids (yet?), here are 4 reasons why I love letting my kids use my GoPro Hero5 Black.
1. GoPro cameras are waterproof
This is one of the reasons I love a GoPro as a family camera! Water parks, sledding, swimming, baby slobber… there are TONS of wet and wild family adventures that you'd want to capture, and the GoPro is the ideal camera for the job.
Older GoPro models required a waterproof housing like this one (with a microphone attached) but the recent GoPro models don't need an extra housing.
The newest Hero6 Black, as well as the Hero5 and Hero Session cameras, are all waterproof without needing an extra case, so you're good to go there.
2. GoPro cameras are mountable
This is where GoPro cameras excel far beyond what your mobile phone, DSLR, or almost any other camera can do. Because of the size of the GoPro and the endless options for GoPro mounts and accessories, you can mount this camera to literally anything.
Bicycle handlebars, a snowboard, a skateboard helmet, even a baby walker… the perfect kids camera!
QuikCapture is a feature on the GoPro that enables you to start recording by pressing one button, which turns the camera on and starts recording all at once.
This is convenient for kids (or anyone!) because you can save your battery life by keeping the camera completely off, but you won't miss anything because when you're ready to hit record, you just hit it and let it roll!
4. Small and Light
The size of the GoPro cameras is ideal for small hands, and it's lightweight, so even little ones won't have trouble hoisting it around for fun video footage.
I usually have my Hero5 mounted on a GoPole Bobber so it's easy to handle.
While these 4 reasons prove why the GoPro for kids is a great idea, there are a couple things to keep in mind before you hand over your GoPro:
I love using voice commands on my GoPro, but the voice commands function doesn't work very well for my kids. It's like they just don't annunciate enough or something!
You might want to keep The Frame on the camera, even if it's not mounted. That will protect the corners from bumps, knicks, and scratches.
The lens cover on the Hero5 and Hero6 Black cameras are replaceable for relatively cheap, so don't worry too much about scratching the lens–it's just a cover.
You might get weird angles if you leave shooting up to your kids, who are amateur filmmakers at best 🙂
Bottom line though: your kids will have fun just using the camera. So even if the footage isn't spectacular (or even usable!), your kids will love the experience of getting to be the camera operator. Let them have some fun with it, you never know how it inspires them in the future.
So, I really don't think you need to have a “just for kids” toy that takes pictures. With a GoPro, you have a perfectly useful action camera that YOU can use as a family camera, and with proper accessories, can let you kids use to their heart's content.
Best GoPro for Kids
So which model GoPro cameras are best for a kids camera? I definitely recommend the Hero5 Black or Hero6 black, mostly because they have the screen on the back. Kids and adults alike appreciate being able to clearly see what they are capturing.
The Session cameras are smaller, but my kids (and even my parents) have trouble figuring out which way is which, so they don't always hold the camera in the direction they intended to.
GoPro Accessories for Kids
Ok on to the fun part, GoPro accessories and mounts! I do have a post explaining the top 5 accessories every GoPro newbie needs. You can hit play on the video below but I highly recommend you pick up some kind of handle of your kids if they'll be using the GoPro.
If your kids are the opposite of mine (hehe), they might do rugged outdoorsy stuff like skiing, snowboard, skateboarding, or play organized sports. You might want to grab a GoPro helmet mount to capture their point of view!
Should you Buy a GoPro for Kids?
Again, my opinion is that a GoPro is a perfect family camera. So instead of forcing a seemingly dumbed-down “toy” version of a kids camera, why not teach them how to use a camera properly? Buy a GoPro for your family, and let your kids have at it!
It never occurred to me to question whether my GoPro cameras would hold up to any possible destruction at the hands of my kids. When we are out and about as a family, it's nice to have a second and third perspective.
Personally, the GoPro Hero5 or Hero6 Black are the best options for an overall action camera, family camera, and kids camera. With a little help from mom and dad for settings changes, it's simple enough to use, for all ages.
*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Adobe. I am provided with compensation for advertisements on this channel and, possibly, commissions for purchases made through links in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by Adobe or its affiliates. My experience is my own, and your experience may differ.
I'm really excited to dive into the latest greatest version of Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 today, because it has some great new features, like the Fix Action Cam Footage Guided Edit.
Automatic editing for action camera and GoPro footage is kind of a big new thing these days. It really changes the game for a lot of people… particularly people who are new to creating fun hobby videos, family movies, or GoPro edits. You're not necessarily trying to win an Oscar–you just want to put all of your best clips together into one video that you can show off to friends and family, and be able to relive those experiences again in the future.
Background music for video isn't hard to find these days, but finding royalty free background music that is also good background music… that can be tricky. Epidemic Sound my favorite source.
Every epic video needs an epic background music track, am I right? Even not very epic family movies, GoPro edits, and YouTube videos deserve background music, and it's pretty easy to add music to video. But the internet is chock full of royalty free background music, and it can be quite a task to find really good background music that you can use in your videos (legally). It's like a jungle out there!
I don't go crazy with special effects in my GoPro videos and family movies, and I keep effects to a minimum here in my YouTube channel. But I've been browsing some motion graphics and sound effects over on productioncrate.com… and this could be a little bit of a rabbit hole! So I want to give you some ideas for ways you can use the resources from ProductionCrate in your videos. Be sure to click play on the video below, or click here to view it on YouTube to see everything I talk about here in action! (more…)
I am not really bothered by handheld style footage for my GoPro videos, so I never really considered purchasing a gimbal for myself. Now. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have one personally and of course, I’d love to have the opportunity to try out different brands and models to provide reviews here for my audience.
In this post, you'll find my third and final VSDC Tutorial in my getting started series! If you missed the first two, you don't want to skip ahead! You can scoot back to Tutorial 1 or Tutorial 2 to catch up. Be sure to do that before continuing on here with today's tutorial, otherwise, you'll be a little bit lost. The video lesson for how to add music, titles, and export videos in VSDC is below, or you can click here to catch it directly on YouTube!
This is an important lesson because once you've made your edits within VSDC, you have to actually export your project in order to be able to upload it to Facebook or YouTube, where you can then share it with your friends and family. Don't just leave you project handing! Finish it up, and get it out there and share it!
This post and the others in this series is sponsored by VSDC. They asked me to help get the word out about their free video editing software, and I'm always game for bringing my audience new ideas for creating awesome GoPro videos and family movies, so of course, I said yes!
If there is one question I hear all the time, it's “what free video editing software can I use to edit my videos?” There are a handful of free video editor options out there for Mac and PC users, but one of them was recently retired by GoPro, and in its place, GoPro recommends PC users use VSDC. VSDC is a free video editing software and it's full-featured… meaning there is no trial period, no watermarks, and no usage limits on the free version.
In fact, VSDC came to me and asked if there was any way we could partner together to get the word out about their free video editor, knowing that video editing is a hot topic (especially among my audience of video and GoPro enthusiasts). So in this first installment in this three-part series, let's dive into getting started with editing your GoPro videos, mobile phone videos, or any kind of video, with VSDC.
Have you heard of my 30 Days of GoPro Series? I created it for GoPro newbies when the Hero5 Black came out, and it's way better than a user manual! There is a video for nearly any subject, and this week the topic is GoPro editing software! So what I'm talking about is GoPro editing software for your laptop or desktop computer. In a previous post, I gave you some recommendations for computers for video editing, and I want to be SUPER clear… we ARE talking about COMPUTERS… not mobile phones or tablets. I prefer and strongly advise you to use a computer and some real software, especially if you're new to editing GoPro videos. (more…)
Friends, Let's just call this a Casual Saturday post because “DIY Kitchen Remodel” is a little off-topic from my typical chatter here. Back in 2015, when this blog was just starting out, my husband and I renovated our completely disgusting, embarrassing kitchen. I didn't blog about it then for two reasons: 1) because this blog was too new to deviate from my niche topic of GoPro tips and tricks and I thought DIY kitchen renovation post would confuse my readers (or Google!) and 2) because I really didn't want people to see the “before” pictures!
Now that we've almost sold our home (kitchen included), I feel like it's now or never. Who would post a before and after from a home they used to own?! That's just as weird as a tech and video blogger/YouTuber writing about a kitchen remodel. Wait. Nevermind.
The “Before” Phase
We purchased this home knowing that it was a fixer-upper (before that was even a show), but I never–EVER –thought it would be SEVEN YEARS before we would begin to make improvements to our kitchen.
Actually, the kitchen itself only degraded during those seven years–we had knocked down a couple walls, ripped off some cabinets, had some electrical work done that created holes in the ceiling, and cut a big hole in the ceiling to investigate some water leaking from the second-floor bathroom.
To say that our kitchen was in rough shape by the time we demolished it… would be a lie. It was horrible and embarrassing.
Textured walls, an apartment-sized dishwasher (who knew that was a thing?!), and apartment-sized range (again… this is a thing?), almost zero cabinet space, horrible lighting… there was even a stackable washer and dryer in the kitchen for a while when we first moved in.
Here's a grainy pic from the appraisal before we moved in to give you an idea (this was before smart phones had cameras, guys!):
We did upgrade our fridge and range because, for a while, those were the only things we could really improve upon without starting a demo project.
Hey look, it's a cupboard designed for cookie sheets and cutting boards! No it's not, it's just a cupboard whose door had fallen off, guys.
The DIY Kitchen Remodel Phase
When it came time to finally remodel the kitchen, we decided to do as much of it ourselves as we could, and only hire out what was absolutely necessary.
The first thing we DIYed was the demolition. And it was BRUTAL. Our walls were not made of plaster and lathe, but not drywall either. It was like some kind of drywall 1.0 from back in the 1930s.
So tearing it out was messy, and it was heavy. I wish I had more pictures of this phase.
We hired out some electrical work, as well as all new sheetrock (including mud & sanding). Those were two jobs I just didn't want to learn, to be honest with you 🙂 I did paint though, and I have to say–it is an absolute pleasure to paint freshly built walls compared to other walls in our house. I know some people hate painting, but I kinda like it.
I also installed that there light fixture. 🙂
For the flooring, I picked out the lightest, neutralist, cheapest linoleum I could find. I chose to go the cheap route because we were on a budget, and the floor is pretty uneven in places (thanks, old house charm). So tile, laminate, or real hardwood floors were going to get finicky real quick. We had the floor installed professionally.
And after the floors went down, I started to install the base cabinets.
We ordered our cabinets from Lowes, and they're the least expensive shaker style cabinets I could find.
Funny story: I was going to order them from Home Depot, but when I went there to actually order and pay for them, they told me there was no one available for that department to take my order! That's about the quickest way to lose a sale! Off to Lowes I went…
Anyway, we didn't have a ton of wall space for cabinets, so installing them on our own wasn't a huge task.
I watched a LOT of YouTube videos to make sure I did this right, and the flooring guy actually gave me some pointers about installing them level on an uneven floor. They are shimmed out like you wouldn't believe! 🙂
The counters came from Ikea. The lady at Home Depot told me, “OH YOU DON'T WANT BLACK COUNTERTOPS, THAT'S A REALLY BAD IDEA.”
Another way to lose a sale.
Again, without much wall space, we didn't need much counter material, so I could have bought what was available in stock at Home Depot at Lowes, but, that stuff is SOOOOO ugly. SO. UGLY.
It cost me just as much to buy what I wanted from Ikea and pay to have it shipped than it would have to buy butt ugly countertops and bring them home myself.
I cut a hole in the counter for the sink with a battery powered jig saw. I love it when DIY projects require me to buy a new tool 🙂 Don't you?!
The sink was hooked up by my husband and my dad. I didn't cut the hole in the counter totally center to the window though :/ It's off by like an inch. No one notices but me.
They also helped install the Microwave and the last upper cabinets. We could have done them before the base cabinets, which would have made installation a LOT easier, but I had been living in a house without a working kitchen for 7 weeks at that point, and really wanted the base cabinets installed so I could install the sink and have running water.
Because our kitchen is a little too narrow and awkwardly shaped for more than one wall of base cabinets, I built a “coffee bar” out of pine boards and 2x4s. It looks better in photos than it does in person, to be honest.
We cut the Ikea counter to the right depth to fit the coffee bar once I was done building it.
I built the open shelves, but never really finished them. The new owners can figure out if they want to paint or stain them, or dismantle them! The brackets came from Home Depot and I built them loosely like the tutorial here on Young House Love.
It was a while before I had enough confidence to attempt to tile the backsplash, but eventually, I did. Again, YouTube saved the day with that and tiling is a lot easier than it looks. It's fun actually!
Don't ask about that little row of tiles below the microwave. It was my first tiling job and I didn't know what I was doing. 😉
The After Phase
These are the photos I took when we put the house on the market, so these are definitely the “done and lived in” type after photos!
It's nowhere near perfect at all. It needs blinds where the curtains are.
It needs a coat of paint on all the trim again.
It needs the fingerprints cleaned off the dishwasher (OMG!! How did I not see how gross that looks!). But it sure as flying frick looks better than it did before!
I tried my best to find and crop different before and after angles so it's easier to see the difference between this DIY kitchen remodel before and after.
If you're interested in what products I used in this post or have any questions at all, let me know in the comments and I'd be happy to provide you with details. If you're thinking about doing a DIY kitchen remodel, I believe you TOTALLY CAN!
I get this question a lot: “What is the best computer for video editing?” It doesn't matter if we're talking YouTube videos or GoPro videos, it's easy to get overwhelmed with computers! Processors! RAM! Memory! Gigabytes! Megahertz! Solid State Drive! RIGHT?! There are so many options from laptops to desktops and Macs to PCs, and none of them are inexpensive. So, in this post, I want to talk about what to look for if you're in the market for updating your computer for video editing. (more…)
One of the first things I do when edit my GoPro videos is I browse for GoPro Music ideas. I ask myself how I want my video to feel, what “vibe” I want it to have, and stuff like that. Sommetimes finding background music can take forever though! In this post, I put together some of my favorite GoPro background music tunes for Summer. Bookmark this post so you can come back to it! I'll update it as I find more free GoPro music and paid GoPro music. Deal? (The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking our links. Read my disclosure policy here.)(more…)
Are you curious where you can find background music for video? If I had a nickel for every time this question has come up, I wouldn't need to put affiliate links in this blog post! #ohsnap Anyway… whether you're creating videos for your business, blog, or YouTube channel, or even hobby videos, GoPro videos, and family movies, background music really helps to set the mood and adds a certain dynamic. Right? Background music really enhances the story, the memories, and the adventure. In fact, one of the most asked questions I get is “Where can I find background music for my videos?”! (more…)
In this tutorial, I'm going cover how to get started with iMovie on your Mac, including how to import GoPro clips to iMovie and how to set up a project in iMovie. This is a tutorial for anyone brand new to iMovie Editing on your Mac. Be sure to watch the tutorial video as well, or follow the steps outlined in this post! (more…)
If you're a Mac user, you might be wondering about editing GoPro videos with iMovie. Is it possible? Is it a good idea? Spoiler alert: the answer is YES! And in this post, I'm going to cover 5 (plus!) reasons why I think it's an excellent idea to edit GoPro videos with iMovie. (more…)