HOW TO EDIT THE VIDEOS OF YOUR SPORTS OUTINGS?

The advantage of action cameras is that they allow you to extend your sports experience and share it with your friends and families.

And to broadcast your feats without boring your audience, nothing is better than a video compilation of your most beautiful shots!

 

From choosing the software to the final editing, here are our best tips…

1. CHOOSE AN APPROPRIATE EDITING SOFTWARE FOR YOU

Note that most computers are sold with a free video editing software included: Windows Movie Maker (PC), imovie (mac), etc.

You can also find many free and paid editing software products online, as evidenced by the many comparative websites.

 

To choose yours, we recommend you to consider the following:

> your video editing level : beginner or advanced software?

> the import formats supported by the software: check the extension of your video files in your camera and make sure they are supported by the software

> the export formats generated by the software: check that the software export formats are consistent with your intended use of the final edit

> the functionalities offered: effects library, image correction, etc.

> the tutorials available for the software in case you have a problem or a question while editing

2. LOG ALL YOUR SHOTS

The first step of video editing consists in viewing all the "rushes" (= your raw recordings) in order to get familiar with the sequence of images and to preselect your best shots.

 

Then, take a pen and paper and record the exact time (= « timecode ») from beginning to end of the sequences you want to keep.

When this step is completed, you can import the sequences into your software to start editing.

 

This part is rather time-consuming, but it will save you some time later…

3. STRUCTURE YOUR CONTENT

WRITE THE SCRIPT

In order to make a quality video edit and to save some time, we recommend you to prepare a short script describing the story you want to tell with your images.

To do so, try asking yourself the right questions to direct your script writing: what will be the tone of your film? Is there a thread to your video? Will you add text? Etc.

 

In general, an edited video includes an entry title, a series of video shots and an end title: Opt for sobriety and let the images speak!

DEFINE A RHYTHM

We recommend, whenever possible, to make the final edit more dynamic by varying the types of sequences:

> long/short shots

> focus on a person/landscape

> front/back/profile view

> wide shot/close-up

> accelerated shots/slow motion, etc.         

 

For a smooth sequence of shots, feel free to use the transitions available in your editing software: cut, fade to black, cross fade, etc.

ADD SOUND APPEAL

Often neglected, the soundtrack significantly contributes to creating an atmosphere and arousing emotions around your film.

You may choose to keep only the sound of the recording, or you may add a background music, or... combine both at the same time!

Note that if you shot with the camera in a protective housing, it is very likely that the sound of your videos is of moderate quality, hence the value of a soundtrack!

A tip is to match the images with the music rhythm.

 

ADDITIONAL ADVICE

Before you start, do not hesitate to fuel your inspiration by watching examples of sports videos available on the Web!

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