How to use Videoshop to edit videos

Summary

  • Age: Any
  • Time: Ongoing
  • Skills: Some technical knowledge
  • Materials: Phone with camera, downloaded music for video
  • Outcomes: Creating a quick and easy music video on a mobile phone

Instructions

Instructions:

Videoshop is a free app (with optional in-app purchases) that can be used to record and edit video. It is especially good for music videos, since it allows you to sync up audio and visual on separate tracks, so one audio clip can be playing while you cut between shots. There’s a bit of a learning curve in terms of getting a feel for the interface but once you have an idea of how it’s supposed to work it is rather intuitive.

After you’ve recorded the music video (without audio), import it into Videoshop. You can find it on the App store or Google Play. If you have multiple videos to put together, you can bring in all of them at once.

Your screen should now consist of four parts. The top bar shows where in the video you are. Use this to swipe around to different sections. It has lines to show you the longest possible video for upload to different social media sites, depending on what you have downloaded. This is below the video. You can expand this section by hitting the fullscreen button on the right. Watching the video throughout the editing process helps to make sure that everything is still working smoothly.

Next are the editing tabs, which you’ll use to edit the video. Some of them say Pro, and those require a paid subscription. If you want to hide them, go all the way to the right, hit settings, and uncheck any of the ones you don’t want in the Toolbar section. Finally, the bottom section shows the clips that you’ve uploaded so far. You can tap these to make changes to individual clips. Doing so will also move the video to the beginning of that section. You can drag clips around to be in whatever order you want.

Most of the tools are straightforward: you can rotate, copy and paste a clip, change the speed, etc. Most of these you can only use on an individual clip, so if the option is greyed out check that you have a clip highlighted.

To sync up the music, hit the Sound button on the Toolbar and choose Music. Your library should open and you can choose the song you want. For tips on turning a recorded audio into a usable file, see previous tutorials. Highlight the part of the track you want to use and choose if you want fade-in and fade-out. Videoshop automatically lines up the music with the clip you had selected and ends when the clip ends. If you want to have intro/outro sections without music, make sure that you make them separate clips. You can also add in other audio tracks, whether they’re different songs from your library or prerecorded sound bites already in Videoshop. Sounds are short sound bites that you can place anywhere within a video, and Tracks are longer clips that line up the same way that the music does. If the ambient audio from recording is getting in the way, tap the clip, hit Sound, then tap the clip again and mute it.

If you want to change the look of the video, go to Display and play around with the sliders until you get something that you like. You can add filters by hitting Next in the top right and looking through the Filter tab on the bottom. If there’s a particular effect you’re going for, these are the easiest way to do it. Both these filters and the Themes tab will let you create a particular style, even with a specific Music video theme. Enter in the information you want it to display at the top, and try out the different themes to see if they work for you.

Once you’re done, hit the share button in the top right, choose the resolution, and then the way you want to save it. Gallery is probably the easiest so as to have it easily accessible in the future, but if you have a specific plan in mind, go for it.

Note: The orientation that you shoot in can letterbox the video, distracting from the video itself. Landscape is always the way to go if people will be watching it across multiple devices, but square and portrait can be useful if you know your audience. You can rotate the video in the editing process, but shooting in the correct orientation is the best way to go.