How to Edit Videos for YouTube
This wikiHow teaches you how to edit a basic video to fit common editing practices on YouTube. You can download and use Windows Movie Maker to do this on a Windows computer, while Mac users can edit videos with iMovie.
Part 1Using Windows Movie Maker
1Although Windows Movie Maker is no longer supported by Microsoft, you can download it for free from a third-party site. Windows Movie Maker is similar to the old YouTube editor.
2Go to the video that you want to edit on your computer, then do the following: Right-click the video. Select Open with Click Movie Maker
3If you're piecing together several clips of a video or adding photos to your completed project, you can add the necessary files to Windows Movie Maker: Click the Home tab. Click Add videos and photos Select a video or a photo (or hold down Ctrl while clicking individual files to select multiple files at once). Click Open
4You can rearrange the order of video clips by clicking and dragging them left or right on the timeline. Dragging a video clip or a photo to the far-left will place it at the beginning of the video, while dragging it to the far-right will place it at the end of the video.
5While not all videos need an introductory title slide, placing one at the beginning of the video allows you to list information about the video or its contents. To do so: Click Title on the Home tab's toolbar. Highlight the "My Movie" text in the preview section on the left side of the window. Type in your preferred movie title.
6You can do this by clicking one of the options in the "Effects" section of the toolbar that appears at the top of the window while your title slide is selected. Hovering your mouse cursor over an "Effects" option allows you to preview the transition on the left side of the window. You can also adjust your title slide's length by clicking the title's icon in the timeline and then changing the number in the "Text duration" text box.
7Jumping from one video to the next (or moving from a video to a photo) can be jarring, but Windows Movie Maker has several options for inserting a smooth transition: Click the video clip or photo before which you want to place a transition. Click the Animations tab. Select a transition, or preview a transition by hovering over it with your mouse. If you want to place a transition in the middle of one video, you can click and drag the black vertical bar over to the section where you want to place the transition, right-click the bar, click Split, and then insert the transition.
8Many YouTube videos cut out uninteresting or lengthy sections of videos in order to present a cleaner, more polished look. This kind of edit is called a "jump cut", and you can recreate it in Windows Movie Maker: Move the bar to the beginning of the section that you want to cut. Right-click the bar, then click Split Move the bar to the end of the section that you want to cut. Right-click the bar and click Split again. Click the section that you want to cut, then press Delete.
9Once you've finished editing your video, you can save it as a whole video file by doing the following: Click the Home tab if you aren't already on it. Click Save movie Click Recommended for this project in the drop-down menu. Enter a name for the video file. Click a folder in which you want to save the file (e.g., Desktop) on the left side of the window. Click Save
10Once your video finishes exporting to a file, all that's left to do is upload the file to YouTube and publish it there. If you haven't verified your YouTube account, you won't be able to upload videos that are more than 15 minutes long.
Part 2Using iMovie
1Find the video that you want to upload to YouTube on your computer, then do the following: Click the video file once to select it. Click File Select Open With Click iMovie
2If you have additional video clips or photos that you want to place in iMovie, you can do the following to add them: Click the Media tab at the top of iMovie. Click the "Import" button, which resembles a downward-facing arrow. Select a content location (e.g., your Mac). Select a video or a photo (or hold down ⌘ Command while clicking individual files to select them all at once). Click Import Selected
3In the timeline of content near the bottom of the iMovie window, click and drag your video clips or photos left or right to move them closer to or farther from the beginning of the movie.
4While unnecessary, adding a title will help organize your video, and it also gives you the chance to explain what will be in the video: Click the Titles tab above the browser section of iMovie. Select a title template to preview its animation. Click and drag the title template onto the timeline above the video where you want the title to play. Double-click the title's text in the viewer, then replace it with your preferred title text.
5Especially if you're working with more than one video clip at a time, you may want to add transition animations between them in order to smooth out the video: Click the Transitions tab above the browser section. Select a transition to preview it. Click and drag a transition to rest between two video clips, then drop the transition there.
6Many YouTube videos cut out uninteresting or lengthy sections of videos in order to present a cleaner, more polished look. This kind of edit is called a "jump cut"; you can use this style of editing in iMovie by doing the following: Select the clip from which you want to cut content. Move the vertical bar (also called the "Playhead") to the beginning of the section that you want to cut. Click Modify, then click Split Clip (or press ⌘ Command+B). Move the vertical bar to the end of the section that you want to cut, then split the clip there as well. Select the section that you want to cut, then hold down Control while clicking the section to prompt a drop-down menu. Click Trim Selection in the drop-down menu.
7Once you've added and edited your video's content to your satisfaction, you can save the whole video project as a file by doing the following: Click Share Click File Click Next Select a folder on your Mac (e.g., Desktop) Click Save
8Once your video finishes exporting to a file, all that's left to do is upload the file to YouTube and publish it there. If you haven't verified your YouTube account, you won't be able to upload videos that are more than 15 minutes long.