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How to save money and hire pros to edit your videos

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These days, the need to learn how to edit videos is ever present, whether it’s a video you’ve recorded on your iPhone that you’d like to add a website URL overlay atop, or something more substantial, like the attempts this Internet Deals reporter used to make at creating church videos that featured snippets of the pastor preaching that could be used as both a ministry and marketing tool all at once.

It would’ve been nice to know about websites like Video Caddy, professionals who can take any kind of video or audio and edit it to your specifications, because they’ve seen all types of animation and storyboard stuff come across their desks. Back when I worked on the media team at church, I didn’t necessarily realize the prolific existence of online experts like those who could’ve made the whole process a lot easier for me.

Why I gave up on editing videos at large

Video editing takes tons of time and expertise, as I soon discovered after learning more serious editing techniques in 2011. Initially, with only a Windows-based Toshiba laptop, I was able to muddle through and create some cool videos using software called Pinnacle Studio. Eventually, a real-life movie company guy advised me to throw away that laptop – saying that if I wanted to join the serious world of video editing that a MacBook machine was the way to go.

Following the professional’s advice, eventually I graduated to a MacBook Air and learned the ins and outs of software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, but working with those complicated tools became a source of frustration for this journalist. While it was awesome to uncover a whole new world of transitions like a light bulb flashing in between scenes, it was highly annoying to have to deal with the time it took to render a whole video in between changes. Getting the footage onto a DVD was a whole different set of nightmares, and don’t even get me started on how much time I invested trying to get the audio to exactly match the video when that went askew.

I spent enough hours in the video editing room at my old megachurch – and more at home – trying to figure out that process, therefore I eventually largely gave up on learning those systems. Save for the occasional video editing I’ll perform using iMovie, these days I know that I can pass these tasks on over to the professionals, and spend the time doing what I was put on this planet to do: write.

For the thousands of people who type into Google searches like “best video editing software” or “online video editor” each month, please note that if your journey ends in a frustrating one like mine did, it’ll save you time to take advantage of the places that now allow you to outsource tasks like these to experts around the world that will end up saving you money – and perhaps tears of angst – in the long run.

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