Leave aside the statistics for a minute and think about how the way you consume content has changed over the last few years. If I speak for myself, I think I think video content comes at the top for me followed by text and audio content respectively. And I am sure this holds true for most of us…
The demand for videos is HUGE and as per a study by Cisco, online videos will make up more than 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2020!
So, now that you understand how BIG the video marketing industry is going to become in the next few years, let’s get down to answering some of the most common questions one would have as far as getting into freelance video editing is concerned.
1. What is the demand going to be like for Freelance Video Editors?
As per Upwork, a leading platform for freelancers, Video editing is one of the most in-demand skills in 2019. And this demand graph is showing a steep upward curve, meaning that if you are a skilled video editor, the possibilities to earn a steady income is immense… Don’t believe me – hear it from the expert!
2. What are the best video editing tools and software?
First of all, please understand that most of these editing software are pretty similar in their functionality. If you are able to master any one of them – working on the others will come pretty easily.
Also, the quality of your video has to do a lot with working on the right video editing software. I am listing down the best software available, some require a high level of expertise, while the others can be handled by beginners too. Study these tools in detail and pick out the one that best suits your budget and then take it from there.
- Adobe Premiere Pro CC – This is the best out there! It is priced $20.99/mo when billed annually or $239.88 for a one-year subscription. The list of things one can do with this software is endless! Simply put, if you want to become a professional video editor, becoming a pro at Adobe Premiere Pro CC is a must. Most of your freelancing projects will also require you to work on this software.
2. Final Cut Pro X – Priced at $299.99, Final Cut Pro is definitely not for beginners! It’s really meant for video editors who are an expert and technically sound. It is the top choice for many professional video editors. Go for it if budget is not an issue and you can find a reliable source to learn it from. Definitely a long-term investment worth putting your time, money and energy into!
3. Corel VideoStudio – Corel VideoStudio comes equipped with one of the best motion tracking systems. With a one time payment of $63.99, you can get lifetime access to the VideoStudio Pro 2018. It will work on Windows 7,8,10 and 64-bit OS is the recommended standard. Pocket-friendly and really easy to learn, Corel VideoStudio will give you access to some of the most sought-after video-editing features and is great for both beginners as well as more experienced video editors.
4. Filmora – Filmora is a very popular, easy to learn video editing software. The best part is that this software is pretty lightweight and doesn’t demand a very high system specification. Works both on Mac and Windows. It will be easier on your pockets too as you have to buy it just once unlike Adobe Premiere Pro which requires a monthly/annual subscription. One of the top choices for beginners!
5. Camtasia – If you are looking at making YouTube videos/tutorials, Camtasia is a pretty good option. A simple interface, ability to record screen and adding animations to your video, Camtasia should get you started on a solid ground as a beginner. The best part is, it has an excellent tutorial support, making it easy for a beginner to quickly learn the ropes. Also, it works both on Windows and Mac.
3. What kind of education is required to be a video editor
If you are fresh out of school and are looking to build a career in video editing, you will be better off getting a degree in film and television. You can check out the top universities/film schools in your area that offer the best courses in Film and Television Production.
Having said that, it’s important to understand here is that video editing is as much of a creative skill as a technical one. It’s not a mechanical job that will take you places just by learning adept at the tools and processes. You should be able to put together a story out of the given raw footage that can capture your audiences’ imagination.
4. How to become a video editor without a degree
Well, now let’s talk about people like us who have long passed out of school and getting a degree in film and video editing is a really far-fetched idea! Editing videos for films or television is not the only kind of work video editors need to work on. There is a LOT of work available online that you can work on from the comforts of your home as a video editing freelancer. Am listing below some of the jobs you can expect to work on:
- Editing videos for online video channels like YouTube, Vimeo, TEDex etc
- Creating videos/animations for company websites/landing pages
- Short 2-3 minute videos to be used on social media channels
- Videos to be created as part of an organization’s marketing material/infomercials
- Creating short documentaries
- Creating video courses
Check out some of the jobs you can expect to work on as a freelance video editor:
1. Adobe Premiere Video Editing Job
2. Basic Video Editing Jobs
3. Video Editing Jobs for Social Media
To do the above jobs, most of your clients will expect you to be proficient at Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. There are other tools too that you can work on, but these four are the most in-demand video editing tools. You can start with an easier software like Filmora or Camtasia, but in the long run, learning the video editing tools used by professionals will keep you in good stead, give you better quality projects and higher paying clients.
5. What are the best online courses for freelance video editors
Let me list down the top online video editing courses for you. Check them out, read their reviews and then go for the one that best suits your needs.
- Premiere Pro CC for Beginners – You will need to have Adobe Premiere Pro installed on your system to be able to follow this course properly. This course will also provide you with sample video and audio clips so that a student can practically learn the concepts being taught in the course.
Complete Guide to Sony Vegas Pro Video Editing for Beginners – It’s a short 1-hour course that will give you a good understanding of how to use Sony Vegas Pro to edit and create professional looking videos. You also get access to 1500 ready Templates, saving you a lot of time creating your own. You can use the Sony Vegas trial version to go through this course.
The Complete Video Editing Course With Wondershare Filmora – You will need Wondershare Filmora 8 or above to be able to follow this course. It’s a complete video editing course, covering the concepts from the very beginning to advanced levels. Filmora is not as complex or complicated like Adobe After Effects or Premiere and getting started with this software should make it easy for you to make swift entry into video editing.
Learning Final Cut Pro X – You will need access to Yosemite or Mavericks OS along with Final Cut Pro X to be able to follow this course. Even beginners, with no prior experience with Final Cut Pro, can take this course.
Besides the above course, you should also spend some time on the Apple Final Cut Pro Resources page for in-depth online tutorials and support from an active community of industry professionals.
You can also search for short-term courses in your city if face-to-face coaching learning works better for you. Look for programs that will give you complete hands-on training. Also, make sure that they come with good feedback from their past students. If possible, speak to 1 or 2 of their past students to get a full grip on their curriculum and problem areas, if any.
6. How much can a freelance video editor earn per month
Like I had mentioned earlier, video editing isn’t about being good at a handful of tools. There’s a creative side to it too. You should have a knack of looking at the bigger picture…of being able to integrate images, dialogue, and music into one cohesive unit.
The amount of money you can command will depend a lot on the value you can bring to the table. The better you are at your craft, the higher you can charge per hour. A highly skilled freelance video editor with a good portfolio and positive reviews from past clients can easily earn upwards of $50/hours – $75/hour.
At the other end of the spectrum, are freelancers doing odd video editing jobs at $5/hour. But don’t even bother going this route…even when you are starting out!
As a beginner, have a few sample video ready to showcase your skills, knowledge, and talent to your clients. Better still, tap into your own network and see if you can get a few projects to get started with. We often underestimate the power of our own network. Connections built through referral is one of the best ways to get qualified leads and new clients… Overcome your hesitation, reach out to your network and let them know about your video editing skills.
If you are good at your craft, there will be no looking back!