3.2 Editing

3.2 Editing

In the previous lesson, we talked about everything to do with recording using Tella. Now we're going to edit our video using Tella as well. We're going to split our editing into three main topics.

The first one is going to be fixing mistakes and tidying up our original recordings. The second is going to be adding style and customizing the appearance of our video and the third is going to be adding zoom effects to highlight important information in our videos.

It's important to remember that the things that we're spending time on in this course are all about how to help us as entrepreneurs create demos, tutorials, and online courses. So we're not trying to make every single video in the world, we're just trying to make a great product demo tutorial or course.

All right, so let's start with fixing our mistakes.

At this point, we have recorded our clips, and now we're going to head into the Tella Editor to trim and split those videos and remove any unwanted parts so that we can make our recordings more watchable.

At the bottom left, you can see that we've got all of our clips. Clip one through clip four.

The first thing you want to do before going and trimming and splitting your clips is to play back your videos, preview each of your clips, and make sure you know what's in them and what you want to remove.

Next, we can jump into the trim mode and start tidying them up. To do that, head up to the top right here and click Trim. That will take you into the trim mode.

You will see a preview of your video for each of the clips that you're on. You'll then see a timeline that has a waveform that indicates where the speech in your video is happening. The parts where you don't see the waveform are silences. The parts that we don't want.

So the first thing that I would do is to remove the silence at the start and I also want to remove some of the silence at the end. The way to do that in Tella is really easy. You just click on the handle and then you can drag that to the point at which you want it to start.

Once done, we can just preview this and make sure that that looks good. It's as easy as that.

Now, if you want a little bit more accuracy when it comes to trimming, you can just click on the handle and use your keyboard to adjust the trim point much more incrementally which can be handy if you're doing more precise movements and only need to adjust it by a few milliseconds at a time.

The next thing for us to do is to remove some mistakes in the middle of the video. Sometimes there's stuff in the middle like, um's and ah's and silences and weird things that you say that you want to cut out.

Select a starting point. So if I press split ("X" - keyboard shortcut), you can see that that now makes two separate segments.

The next thing for us to do is to find out where we want to pick the speech up again and cut out everything in the middle.

So if I click the split button again, we'll have three segments.

When I click the middle one that I want to get rid of, I can just press Delete and now we're done.

Now, the last part of fixing mistakes that I want to talk about is cropping. So cropping is where you fix your screen recording.

So here you can see I've recorded my screen. It is a demo of, Figma an application on my computer and it's kind of got everything I want to be in there but it's got the Menu Bar from my Mac at the top, which I don't need in there.

It doesn't add a lot to it. I'm not ever interacting with it. It's just kind of a distraction from the main content.

So you can head over and press Crop Screen button. And, then that will open the crop tool on the canvas and you can just grab the handles and adjust that to the point at which you want to cut off.

This is really handy for removing unnecessary stuff from your screen recording so you get a much cleaner result.

If ever you record something in full screen and there's a part of it that you don't want there, you can just use this tool to tidy it up.

Now that we have fixed up our recordings, it's time to make them look a little bit nicer by adding some style.

The first thing we're going to do is to work on our video's layouts.

We could change that by clicking on the Layout option and then there will be a bunch of other options that we can try.

Now, if I wanted all of the other screen recording clips to match this, I could just click Apply to all Clips button.

So now we've got our Layout sorted, let's go and work on the Background. The background is one of the most enjoyable things to customize. It adds a lot of personality to your video and it's very easy to use.

You can just click on the background option and let's get through what we can do.

So you can pick from an image, an animation, or a color background on the image backgrounds. You can upload your own, search through Unsplash, use some of Tella's defaults, or pick a macOS background.

Unsplash has a lot of fun, images that you can search from that might match the content of your video.

But the best way to add your branding to it is to upload your own background. So you can make a 16 x 9 background, add your own logo text or anything, and upload it into Tella. You can reuse that over and over to add some branding and style to your video that matches your brand.

If you switch over to the animated option, you can see these are all animated looping animations. You can hover over the thumbnail here to see how that looks and then if you select that and playback the video, you'll see the effect.

In the color option, you can add your own brand color and then save that into your color library.

You can also make your own custom gradient and adjust the settings to make a gradient that matches your brand.

Then just like we did with the layouts, we can hit Apply to all Clips and that's going to have all the clips have the same color.

And that's how to add backgrounds.

Now, the last thing we're going to look at when it comes to adding style is Borders. So head over here and open up the border tool.

The first thing you can do is to choose which shape of a border you want. So once you've picked the shape of the border and style, the same principle still applies. You can apply that to all clips.

Now our video is looking really nice. The last thing for us to do in this editing lesson is to add some zooms so we can highlight some of the details that we cover in our recordings.

To add zooms, head over to the right side and press zoom. Here you get, another timeline, a little bit like we saw in the trim view. But this time, we are adding zooms.

You just need to make sure you're on a clip that has a screen recording because zooms only apply to screen recordings. You can't add them to camera recordings that'll take you into the zoom, mode.

To add a zoom, you just press this Add Zoom button, and that will add a little segment onto the timeline, which indicates, the duration of the zoom that we're applying.

We can adjust the duration just by grabbing the handles, or we can change its position by moving it along the timeline. So once you've got it applied, then you can start changing its other properties.

So, if you head up to the top right, you can choose the focus point, which is where you want the zoom to focus on, and Scale which lets you see how far you want it to be zoomed in.

If you have a relatively low-resolution recording, you probably don't want to zoom in so much that you start to see too much pixelation. So, if you have a higher resolution, then you can zoom in quite far.

The best way to use zooms is to focus in on something you want to show on the screen. Usually, it will be where your mouse is going. So you can use zooms to track the mouse movement, or you can highlight a particular thing that you might be talking about at that point.

So that is everything we need to cover when it comes to editing in Tella. We started with fixing mistakes using the Trim and Split tool. We also removed parts from our screen recording using the Crop tool.

Then we styled our video by adding a Background, some Borders, and some nice Layouts and finished by adding some Zoom Effects so we can highlight particular bits of detail on our screen.

Remember, Tella is a simple but powerful tool. The idea is that it focuses on our use cases as entrepreneurs, so it makes it efficient for us to create the videos that matter to us like demos, tutorials, and online courses.

I'll see you in the next lesson where we look at storage, distribution and sharing our videos.

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