More than ever, video content belongs everywhere on the internet in 2021. From TikTok and Instagram to webinars and advertisements, there aren’t many places on the web that don’t use videos in one way or another.
This means that if you want to grow a following, start a vlog, sell a product, or keep up with trends, you’ll need to pick up some basic video editing skills. You couldn’t have picked a better time to learn. I’m going to go over the best 4 ways to get started on your video editing journey, even if you’re starting from scratch. Let’s get started!
- The best YouTube channels
- The best place for beginners
- The best Coursera courses
- The best Skillshare classes
1. YouTube Channels
For a self-guided, flexible experience, YouTube channels and playlists can be terrific places to start learning about video editing skills in 2021. If you’re looking to create videos for a specific purpose, using a particular editing software, or to accomplish specific tasks, the right YouTube tutorials can be as good as any other resources online.
There may be thousands and thousands of YouTube videos for any given task, however, so it’s tough to know the best places to learn. Here’s a rundown of the best 4 comprehensive YouTube resources for video editing:
- VideoZeus. VideoZeus is a YouTube tutorial machine. He has under 100 videos on YouTube, but every one goes in depth, is well paced for beginner audiences, and uses accessible and popular tools. VideoZeus has tutorials, guidances, and recommendations for aspiring YouTubers, marketing professionals, and average people looking to create video content.
- Kapwing. Kapwing's YouTube channel combines two types of video tutorial content that are usually separate on other channels: trending social media trends and basic video editing tasks for beginners. Whether you want to hop on the latest TikTok craze or just share a cute compilation of cat videos on Facebook, Kapwing's channel will have what you need.
- Justin Brown – Primal Video. Primal Video covers a broad range of video editing topics, centered around YouTube channel growth, mobile editing, and live streaming for beginners. There's some redundant content on the channel, but if you're looking for up-do-date tips and tutorials on one of those three main topics, you'll find fantastic content here.
- Louise Henry. Louise Henry makes excellent content, with a lot of polish and flair, but her audience isn't as broad as those of VideoZeus or Kapwing. If you're looking to grow a personal brand, use multiple social media channels to share content, or catch up with 2021's stylish content standards, this channel is the way to go.
2. The Best Place for Beginners
If you’re completely new to video editing, you might be put off by the terminology and pacing of video editing courses and tutorials. The learning curve is pretty steep for beginners looking for a place to start, and most video editing software isn’t designed for people without any experience creating video.
If you’re just getting started, I recommend using Kapwing, since it’s specifically designed to be usable by creators who have no experience with video editing, and provides hundreds of tutorial resources in any format you prefer. Here are the three best places for you to start learning as a beginner:
- Kapwing 101 Udemy Course: If you need a structured introduction and you have no experience with video editing, the Udemy course is the best place to start. It only takes about an hour to complete, and you’ll leave the course knowing how to do every basic video editing task you need, as well as video storage, sharing, and downloading, all on any device you want to use.
- Kapwing Resources: If you’re a beginner to video editing, you probably just want to know how to do specific tasks for a specific project. If that’s the case, the Kapwing Resources library is the perfect place to start, featuring over 600 articles on specific tasks and topics. Just search in Google for what you need to know, followed by “Kapwing Resources,” and the tutorials you need will show up at the top.
3. Skillshare Classes
Skillshare is an online learning platform similar to Coursera and Udemy, but its topics are often a bit more freeform and it’s common to find brief video courses taught by popular or famous figures. If you’re looking for a polished learning experience from charismatic teachers, the top classes on Skillshare are the right pick. Here are my top 3 for different purposes:
- MKBHD’s YouTube production class. Marques Brownlee is one of the most likeable and successful YouTubers out there, and this class is a top-notch introduction into preparing, filming, and editing great YouTube content.
- Niles Grey & Caleb Babcock’s iPhone video production class. If you make most of your video content using nothing but your phone, this is the course for you. In 2021, you can do more and more on mobile – this class may be all you need.
- Sara Dietschy’s Class on Vlogging. Vlogs have been around forever, and they’re only getting more popular. This class takes under 30 minutes and covers all the highlights efficiently. It’s not great for complete beginners, but it’s perfect for getting your channel to the next level.
4. Coursera Courses
Coursera is one of the most popular places on the web for learning new things, for beginners and intermediates alike. Coursera distinguishes itself from other, similar sites by often attracting highly reputable institutions and universities to create academy-level courses that anyone can access for free.
The main problem with learning through Coursera is that curricula are strictly set by course providers, so you won’t have much flexibility in tailoring your learning process to your own needs. Also, the time frames that courses are offered differ from course to course, and some require you to wait for the beginning of a new session.
That being said, Coursera courses can be the most comprehensive, academy-level introductions to any number of topics, including video editing. Here’s a brief rundown of the top 3:
- University of Houston Digital Storytelling Course. If you're an educator or beginner to video editing, this course will guide you through the process of creating an effective digital video, even if you have no prior experience whatsoever. However, it uses the strictly limited tools of WeVideo, an online video editing software, so it's unlikely to be useful for anyone with basic familiarity with video creation.
- University of Illinois Inclusive & Accessible Design Course. The world relies on the internet more than ever in 2021, so the methods you use to bring your message to the world are as important as your message itself. This course is a top-notch introduction to best practices in creating digital content, video included, that is accessible and inclusive for all audiences.
- Coursera’s Guided Project on Social Media Video. Coursera's guided projects are very limited, especially compared to their full courses. But if you're looking for a quick crash course that lets you leave with a finished product, these projects are a good fit.
Whatever platform you use to get started, video editing is for everyone, and even the most basic video editing skills can bring your digital content up to date in 2021. If you’re interested in more tips and tutorials on video editing, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel, where we post multiple new videos every single week. And while you’re here, take a look at some related resources on basic video editing skills: