Everyone wants to put out quality content that their fans will enjoy. One way to make sure you always deliver great material is to use a checklist before you publish or send a video. This will ensure that your finished product is exactly what you want it to be. I’m no stranger to being lazy and forgetting to check my work, so let me save you the hassle by helping you understand why a checklist is important.
No matter what you do, you’re gonna end up watching your video at least 30 times so get some popcorn or candy and get comfortable. First of all, you always want to make sure the audio is clear and not disrupted. Get rid of any audio that you don’t want to include like cars driving by in the background or the phone ringing. If a clip is picking up so much noise that you can’t hear yourself, layering a voice over with your recorder app is a possibility. Trying to remember exactly what was said/what sound was made is difficult but it isn’t impossible. Checking your audio will allow you to catch any of this you may have missed when filming.
When editing the clips keep in mind that there is a difference between just throwing two videos together and calling it a day, and blending them. You should always watch and see how the flow is carried throughout the clip. Splitting and cutting multiple clips to lead into one another instead of just using the same old blur in blur out effect will really take your videos up a notch. Try working on clever ways to transition from one scene to another and check that off the list when you feel like you’ve found a good flow.
Always check for animals in the background or any part of the video. Many sites will not let you upload a video if there is any type of animal presence detected. Sometimes birds and snakes, or pets that remain in tanks are acceptable. However, dogs or cats and even livestock are a huge no no. Remove any sign of them and you should be golden! The same goes for children or anyone underage. If there is a glimpse of a child in a video you upload there could be huge consequences for that mistake.
A random tip for video editing: leave your phone in the other room on silent. Obviously leave a ringer on for emergencies etc but this will allow you to truly focus all your attention on your video. A phone can distract you and take something that should have been 30min and stretch it to an hour and 30.
Something I can’t stress enough is how important it is to watch your own content before you send it out. I can’t tell you how many times viewing the clip beginning to end saved me from including something embarrassing. Or how many times neglecting to watch it from beginning to end caused me a lot of grief. So trust me when I say it may seem dorky to have a clip checklist, but it can honestly suck when you forget!