Basic Video Editing

Alan Abelove Video Editing

This is my first post on the subject of video editing. I wish to lay down a couple of basic principles before we begin.

First of all, I use the program Camtasia. This is the program that was recommended to me a number of years ago when I learned basic video editing from the person that taught me. I am basically happy with Camtasia, and basically fluent with the software. But I will not argue the merits of this program above other programs, which I admit from the beginning that I am not familiar enough with them to engage in such a debate.

Also I don’t plan to teach you how to use Camtasia. When I show strategies, tips and tricks, I will show them in Camtasia, but my focus is not on how to use Camtasia, it is on the tips and tricks. I imagine that whatever I show you in Camtasia you will be able to apply in any other software that you use.

A video is made up of frames. Each frame has two parts – the video and the audio. This is crucial to become sensitive to – when you add frames, or when you delete frames, you have to consider what is going to be the result both from the standpoint of the video and also from the standpoint of the audio.

Let’s get straight into it.

I searched for a YouTube video which doesn’t involve someone recording himself standing there and talking about something. This is harder as the person is constantly moving. I looked for a video where the person talks in the background and explains something how to do it. I typed in to YouTube, “How To Write…” and then I got some suggestions, and I chose “how to write html”. The very first one was a three minute video seemingly unedited, so I chose it, and I recorded it in a way that I can edit it in Camtasia. You can find it at:

Here, let me show you basics of editing from what I know:

To see this video in a full frame, click here, it will open a separate tab.

For your comparison, here is the original video:

And this is the edited video after the changes that I made in my video above:


  • Mandy Allen

    Reply Reply June 5, 2016

    Hi Alan, golly, that’s a long video, just under an hour. Might be an idea to break it down into smaller chunks, there’s not many who will sit through a whole hour on a blog.

    Enjoy the journey!

    • Alan Abelove

      Reply Reply June 7, 2016

      Hi Mandy,

      Your comment is in place and I accept it. It will take me time to get to this, but I hope to ultimately.

      Thanks for the visit, and for the comment.


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