So you’ve filmed your video and now it’s time for the final stretch! Post-processing can either make or break a video. This article will provide a handful of pointers to help transform your film into a masterpiece.
What software do you use?
The first thing you should do is find a suitable video editing program. There are lots out there ranging from simple cuts and transitions on the phone like InShot, Magisto and Quik to full-blown studio software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple iMovie, Vegas Pro and many more.
Most programs have a trial version so it’s worth downloading a few to see which one is best for you.
Learn keyboard shortcuts
When you have selected your video editing software it’s worth taking some time to get adjusted to the keyboard shortcuts. Learning these will speed things up for you in the long run.
Organise your footage
Having a storyboard helps give you an idea of how you want to structure your film. Organise your video files before you start editing as it helps speed up your workflow. Write notes within the file name of your video clips to give you a clue on what clip you should use next.
Colour Correction & Colour Grading
Just like when you are editing photos, it is possible to make adjustments to the quality of your video footage. With these features, you can correct the brightness, contrast, white balance and so much more. It’s worth colour correcting all of your clips to keep them consistent with each other.
Colour grading, on the other hand, enables you to overhaul the overall look of your video clips. This allows you to adjust the vibrance of your footage, making your video burst with colour, or you can apply a cold filter that’ll change the tone of your video altogether to create a moody atmosphere.
Add Text & Graphics
While not always essential, adding text and graphics can help provide some context to particular scenes of your video. They are also needed to create titles and end credits if your video requires them.
Surprisingly, B-roll could be the saving grace of your next film. If you were filming an interview, it’s worth getting close up shots of the subject’s hands or face to keep the video interesting. If you’re using a single shot frame then the video may seem to drag on for too long and the viewer may lose interest. Keep things exciting with regular cuts to new angles and points of interest.
Keep It Short
Nobody likes a film that overstays its welcome. As the average human attention span decreases, consider following suit and making your videos brief and exciting. If you can, try to keep your videos as succinct as possible. Cut out long, awkward pauses from clips and get to the point.
Select appropriate music
Choosing the right music can really set the tone of your video. Music can help determine how you want to compose and edit your film. If the song is loud and full of action, cut to the beat and add flashy effects. If the song is less attention grabbing then basic cut-aways and text will get the job done.
Dealing with shaky footage
As discussed in our article on making videos, most editing software has video stabilisation features that can help steady your video. While it’s not always possible to completely remove shake it will at least reduce the amount, making your video easier to watch.
Promote your video
Post-production is only part of the battle. Another part is how you get your audience to see your video. OnlyFans has a variety of features that can help with this. When uploading your video it’s often worth adding a sneak preview on your stories. Or you could send the video directly to your fans via messaging.
Most video editing software also have presets for exporting your video to various social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Posting your video to social media allows you to obtain new followers and can increase fan engagement.
And that’s a wrap
Try out some of these tips yourself to see what you like. When you know what you are doing, you may find that your filmmaking skills will improve along the way.
Experiment and have fun with it. Do you have a favourite program to use? Let us know in the comments section below!