In the previous post, I stressed that one shoots video footage with your smartphone, but you make good video with your editing program.
In this post, I will discuss the editing process in more detail as it relates to smartphones.
At its most basic, you would use your editing program to cut out unwanted portions of your video clips, then string them together in the proper sequence, add a title clip at the start, and an end clip (credits) at the end.
Finally, the editing program has to combine all these pieces into a single video in the desired format – this process is referred to as “rendering”.
The video clips that you shoot with your smartphone contain both video and audio. This may be enough for a simple project. More often than not you would like to add background music and narration, and even sound effects.
On the video side, you may want to superimpose text over the main video, or some extra video to illustrate what a person is talking about (called b-roll footage).
Clearly advanced editing requires a program that can manage many video and audio tracks.
Even basic video editing requires considerable computing power. With an underpowered processor, editing actions can take forever to complete! Entry-level phones are simply not up to the task.
While editing, your smartphone has to have the operating system, the editing program and the video you are working, in the memory. This can be quite a challenge for your phone!
For example, my Lumia 830 has only 1GB of memory – it is only possible to do very basic editing on this phone (there is a work around that I will discuss later). By contrast, my Lumia 950 has 3 GB of RAM and a much more powerful processor so it can do basic edits comfortably.
Video editing is a visual activity. The small screen of a smartphone makes it difficult to make edits accurately. This is particularly true if your project requires many video and audio tracks during editing.
The Bottom Line
It is best to bring any video clips shot with your phone, into a desktop computer with a large monitor for editing. If you need to edit on-the-go, use a powerful laptop.
That said, I do encourage you to become familiar with editing on your phone. Then if the need arises, you will be able to do it. On a Windows phone, you can use VideoShop or Movie Maker.
For the desktop, you have many more options. I recommend the Adobe Elements Suite as it is very powerful, yet affordable and easy to learn.
Now the work-around if you need to edit a complex project with a less powerful phone: use an online editor like YouTube Director or WeVideo.com.
You can shoot good video footage with your smartphone, and there are video editing tools to turn your smartphone footage into good videos.
Making Good Videos with a Windows Phone