Choosing your editing software

Unless you’re recording your vlog in a single take and uploading the video file directly to whatever platform you vlog on, you’re going to need to edit your footage. This means you’ll need software on your computer or phone to get that final version.

Fortunately there are some truly viable options for people of any caliber and budget.

Because of the increase of popularity in producing video from home, many operating systems come with video editors built directly in. This is a great perk that you can easily take advantage of.

Even if the system doesn’t come pre-installed with video editing software, there are many free options you can download to use.

For example, on Windows computers you can find apps like Movie Creator or OpenShot, and macOS computers come with iMovie preinstalled. It doesn’t take much to dive into editing straightaway.

macOS comes bundled with iMovie, an app every Mac user loves to hate. There’s a bit of a learning curve and it doesn’t quite have the power of some of the higher-end apps, but if you have a Mac and don’t want to spend more money on an editor, iMovie is your best bet.

Keep in mind that any free software is going to have significant limitations. You won’t be able to make overly complicated vlogs, but of course if you’re just getting started that part doesn’t matter as much. Use limitations in your software to boost your creativity in other ways.

Editing on your phone or tablet

There’s a growing capacity on phones and tablets to get your videos edited and released directly from the device you took it on. In fact, in recent releases of the iPad Pro, Apple has improved its hardware to a point where creators can edit 4k video in near-realtime, straight on the iPad.

Preference really comes into play here. You may not want to make micro edits on your small smartphone screen, or perhaps your tablet doesn’t have the power to get those videos done the way you want. However, if you want convenience and you’re on the go, on-device editing might be just your thing.

Nobody cares how your video was made if they enjoy the final thing.

Some people might feel ashamed for not using “real software” to edit their videos. I’m here to tell you your viewers won’t care. If you can watch the video, it doesn’t care how it was made. What matters is if the video tells the story you want to tell in the way you want to tell it.

Industry standard editing apps

If you’re looking to get into apps that have more to offer, there are a few industry standard apps that you may want to look into.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Final Cut Pro (macOS Exclusive)
  • DaVinci Resolve (FREE!)

Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro (or FCPX) are the most common apps you’ll learn about when getting into video editing. These programs have been around for many years and can be found in from small projects to even Hollywood films.

I also have to recommend an app that I can’t believe is free: DaVinci Resolve. I haven’t spent too much time with Resolve, but no one can deny that it has more than enough to get your videos shipped. Like any app, Resolve has a learning curve and probably loads of features you might not ever use, but give it consideration all the same.

I’ve used both Premiere Pro and FCPX for many years. You will typically find people who are on one “team” or the other, but I think they’re both really great apps.

I personally use FCPX for various reasons, including the magnetic timeline and unreal editing and rendering speeds I can get away with. Preference doesn’t make one app better than the other, but it does make it better for you.

Just pick one, learn it, use it

Vlogology exists to help break down barriers between you not having a vlog and actually shipping your first video.

What I’ve found with “hopeful vloggers” is they tend to get caught up in all of the questions:

  • “What camera should I use?”
  • “What software should I edit with?”
  • “What computer should I buy?”
  • “Should I edit on my phone or my computer?”
  • “Should I do color correction or just use what comes out of the camera?”

These questions are fine, but they are also the barriers that become excuses to not start.

You’ll spend hours and hours and hours looking at comparisons between Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro, trying to figure out if it will fit your flow or if you’ll like it or understand it…and you’ll never actually edit a video.

Give yourself a short deadline, do a tiny bit of research, and just get something. Buy it, download it, use it.

Just get your video edited and done. How you get there matters less than actually finishing it.