Editing is your lesson’s critical last stop between you and your audience. It’s your quality filter.
⚡️Ripple delete is your greatest ally. ⚡️ It’s basically deleting the bad parts, a chunk of seconds at a time—like that tangent you go on, that five-second period where you stammer over a word, and those dozens of “umm”s and “like”s you had no idea you said so often. Ripple delete couldn’t be easier or more essential, and it’s available in both Camtasia and Screenflow. 🙌
In the egghead lesson shown below, John Lindquist shows how he uses ripple delete to trim a video from 7:28 to 2:17. Yes, really.
Sometimes you want to speed over some unimportant parts or slow down important parts. You can do this in a controlled percentage wide format in Screenflow (instructions here).
Alternatively, you can do it interactively by holding down
Option while dragging the edges of a clip to do the same thing. Sped up clips will show a :rabbit2: and slowed clips will have a :turtle:. This is handy for stretching or shrinking a clip to be a specific size, and you can do it with multiple clips at once.
You can annotate your videos with arrows and boxes by using the Annotations tool in the top right in the inspector pane.
They act like regular video clips so you can fade them in and out, apply animations, etc.
In time, you can 💥 kick it up a notch 💥 with more sophisticated editing software like Adobe Premiere. Premiere has some significant advantages, but it also has a steep learning curve. We recommend starting simple, and leveling up to a non-linear editing system like Premiere later. If you’re interested, see how some of our advanced instructors use Premiere:
- Editing with John Lindquist
- Going through the process with JS Leonard
- Voiceover and editing with Joel Hooks
In traditional videography, “in-camera editing” refers to the idea of capturing content so well, it doesn’t need to be edited much at all.
Your first few lessons will feel like a major effort to produce because you have to consider so many different things. You’re teaching complex concepts (web development) and learning complex concepts (screencasting) at the same time.
Believe us: You’ll get better. And better. And better. Just keep practicing and keep recording.
Need help or advice? Please, #ask! You aren’t the first person to do this or struggle at it. Your coach and the other friendly folks on Slack were all in your shoes once, and now we’re here to help you succeed.