Last year’s NFL season was an all-time strange one. Teams moving and changing their names aside, the changes imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic created all sorts of problems and changes.
Hopefully this year’s season will be far more normal, and fans can return to the activities they love, but online communities and football fandom will remain central to the sport. To show your love for a team or combine your favorite moments from a player, you can create a fan edit video to share on social media. These can be really popular in fan groups and get everyone excited for the season ahead. I’ll show you how to make your own, all for free and online:
- Find the clips you want to use
- Upload them to the Kapwing Studio
- Trim and arrange clips
- Add music, transitions, effects, and text
- Export and share
Step 1: Find the Clips You Want to Use
Start by finding all the footage you want to use in your fan video. The easiest way to assemble your clips is to search on YouTube for the player or team you’re featuring. I recommend searching for specific highlight plays that you remember, but you can search for inspiration by using “best moments” and “top plays” compilation videos.
I recommend keeping your clips open in separate tabs or adding their links to one document – you’ll need to copy these links for Step 2.
Step 2: Upload Them to the Kapwing Studio
Once you’ve found the clips you want to use in your fan edit, go to Kapwing.com and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here paste the links to the videos you want to use into the URL bar to upload them to the Studio. It may take up to a minute or two for longer videos to upload fully, so keep track of your upload progress before editing your project.
Step 3: Trim and Arrange Clips
When all your clips have been fully uploaded to the Studio, it’s time to start assembling your video. Start by trimming each clip down to the part you want to use. Select the clip you want to trim in the Timeline at the bottom of the Studio and drag the ends to just the section you’re using for your final video. If you want to include several clips from the same video in your edit, select the video, click in between the two parts you want to use, and use the Split button above to split the video layer into two sections. Then, trim each section down to the clip you want to include.
Once you’ve trimmed the videos down to the clips you want to use in the final version, you need to put them in the order you want. Use the Timeline to click and drag the clips to try out different arrangements. The Timeline allows you to use as many tracks as you need, so you can shift sections around however you want. To move more than one clip at a time, click and drag over an entire section of the Timeline to select all the layers you want to move, then drag them to a new place on the Timeline.
Step 4: Add Music, Transitions, and Text
With your clips in order, it’s time to move on to the later stages of editing. I recommend starting with music. Find the right track wherever you listen to music, then find it on a popular online platform like YouTube, SoundCloud, or even TikTok. When you’ve found the song you want to use, copy its link, return to the Studio, click the Audio tab on the left, and paste the link in the URL bar.
If the clips you’re using already include music, or have audio that you don’t want to use in the final video, right-click on the video layer in the Timeline and select Detach Audio. Now, you’ll be able to delete their audio layer or decrease its volume. If you want to make a clip louder, detach its audio and drag the volume line on the audio layer up.
You’ll probably want to make additional edits to your video layers, as well. I recommend starting with transitions to make your clips flow together on screen. When clips are positioned so they are touching on the same track in the Timeline, you can use the Animate tab in the upper right to add a transition to the beginning or end of the clip. You can also use the Drop, Flicker, Fade, Reveal, Pop, and Slide animations to add a transition effect at the beginning of a clip.
Lastly, I recommend adding text to your video to add professionalism and additional information. At the beginning of your video, you should include title text of the player or team name you’re featuring, with team colors and a custom font. Use the Text tab on the left to generate a text box, and customize its font, color, outline, style, and even animation and drop shadow using the tools on the right.
Step 5: Export and Share
Once you’re done putting your whole video together, use the Export Video button in the top right to start processing your NFL fan edit. For longer projects, this process may take a few minutes. When it’s done processing, you can use the Download button on the right to save the video straight to your files, or use one of the sharing icons to post your project directly to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
I hope this article gives you the tools you need to express your team spirit as the 2021 NFL season gets underway! For more tips and tutorials on making great video content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel or read through some related articles: