How To Use AVS Video Editor
this is your first time using a video editor you might get a little
overwhelmed when you first open AVS Video Editor. Don't
overwhelmed because using this software is very simple. It shouldn't
take more than 10 minutes to figure out how this works as long as you
read this tutorial.
you install the software the first thing
you'll see is a video player, a few buttons and a
timeline that looks like something out of a music book. The top
right-hand corner is where you preview your videos while you're editing
them. The timeline area is where you move all of your imported video
files for editing. And the buttons above the timeline include video
effects and other options for editing your videos.
Importing Your Media
order to get started the first thing you want to do is import your
media. Your media include all of the files that you're going to need to
together" your video. This includes the video clips that you recorded
with your camera, music clips,
audio recordings and images that you would like to include in
Click on the Media
Libary button and then click on Import.
Find the locations of the media and click on Open.
All of the files should appear in the area that says Click
here to add files and that message should disappear after
you import your media.
Moving Your Media To The Timeline
that you have your media imported it's time to move your media to the
timeline. All of your video clips and images should be moved to the top
line. Any audio clips you have should be moved to the line with the
music sign. Your voice recordings should be moved down to the line with
the microphone. The reason why you have two separate lines for your
audio files is because it's possible to have music playing in the
background while you're talking.
Slides and Setting Duration
you move your slides over to the timeline and you find that some of
them are in the wrong order, you can easily move the slides to the
appropriate areas. Simply click on the slide that you want to move.
Hold on the click button on your mouse and move the slide in the right
area. The slide should click perfectly in place.
can also set the duration for an images that you decide to add in your
video. By default, all images that are add in your video are 5
seconds long. In other words, when somebody views that image in your
video, they'll view it for 5 seconds before moving on to the next slide
or video clip.
If you want to make it 10 seconds long, simply right-click on the image
and select Duration
from the menu. Change the duration and click on OK.
Please note that you only have to set the duration for images and not
you want to delete a file or other media from the timeline, simply
right-click on the file that you want to delete and select Delete
You can delete any object that's on the timeline including any effects
that you add. I'll tell you how to add effects in a little bit.
Aspect Ratio Of Your Slides
videos on sites such as YouTube are viewed using a 16:9 aspect ratio.
In other words, if your video is 1600 pixels in width and 900 pixels in
length it will fit perfectly in the screen of your YouTube videos. If
you want to make that video 1100 pixels wide, the width will change to
619 pixels in order to maintain a 16:9 aspect ratio.
aspect ratio for your video clips is pretty simple with AVS Video
Editor. Click on Edit
from the top menu and select Aspect
Choose 16x9 and you're done. Now your video should fit perfectly when
played on Youtube. Otherwise you would see black spaces to the left and
the right of your video.
note that whenever you add a new file to the timeline in AVS Video
Editor, the software will sometimes ask you whether or not you want to
use the same aspect ratio as the rest of the files. Make sure you
choose this option to
ensure that all of your slides are the same size.
Transitions, Visual Effects and Text To Your Video
to your video is pretty straightforward. After you add all of your
media to the timeline simply click on the Transitions,
Effects and Text
buttons that appear above the timeline.
If you click on
button you should see a menu with hundreds of neat transitions. Below
the transitions, you should see your video clips with arrows
add a transition between your video clips, simply drag-and-drop
the transition to the arrow where you want it to appear. You can use the
transition between every clip or a different one. You don't have to add
a transition between ever clip.
can switch back to the timeline by clicking on the Projects
case you don't already know, a transition is a cool effect that
happens when you switch from one video clip to another. I gave you an
example of a transition in the video that's on the homepage of this
transitions, you can also add video effects to every clip. This
includes effects such as snow and even an effect that looks like a
televsion screen with bad reception. Since you're just get started you
might not find a purpose for these effects. But my suggestion to you is
give them a try to decide whether or not you can use them to make your
video more creative.
To add a video
effect simply click on the Video
button, click on the video effect that you want to use and drag it down
to the second line. Move it below the clip where you want it to
effects have a default duration The duration for the
video effect called TV Simulation
is 1 minute and 10 seconds long. If I place it underneath a video clip
thats 30 seconds long I'll have to adjust the duration to make it
appear within the clip. Simply right-click on the effect and select Duration.
Click on OK
once you have the right duration.
note that the video effect doesn't have to be the exact same length as
the video clips. If the video clip is 1 minute long and you only want
the effect to appear in the first 5 seconds, then set the duration to 5
you can add to your video is text. Click on the Text
button and choose the text option that you want. Select the text effect
by clicking on it and dragging it down to the fourth line where the T is. Move it
underneath the video slide where you want it to appear.
video effects, the duration of the text effect needs to be adjusted to
appear in the right areas of the video clip. Right-click on the text
effect and select Duration.
Set the right duration and click on OKAY.
unlike most of the other effects, you also need to edit the text that
you want to appear. You can also adjust the postion of the text within
your video clips.
To edit the
text, right-click on the text effect after you've added it to the
timeline and click on Edit
this example I had to delete one of the text options they gave me. I
only wanted the smaller voice bubble. To delete a text option simply
right-click on the object that you want to remove and click on Remove
If the object includes both a graphic and text, you'll have to do this
twice - once for the graphic and once for the text. Remember that the
text and the graphic are two separate objects.
that you have the text objects removed that you don't want, click on
the leftover objects and move them into position. In this case I moved
the text into position and the voice bubble. Next, you need to edit the
text. You do this by double-clicking on the text and entering your own
message.Once that's done move to the right of the text and adjust the font
type, size, color and alignment. Click on OK
and you're done.
Adjusting Your Audio, Video
Color, Stabilization and More
some cases your audio will sound a little off, one of your video
clips won't match up with the colors of the rest of your clips and
another clip will be too shaky for people to view. While
AVS Video Editor isn't a professional video editor, it does give you
options to adjust these minor problems.
To adjust your
audio, simply right-click on the audio clip on your timeline and select
You should see
several options including the ability to remove noise
and equalize the sound of your audio. If your audio is too loud you can
make it softer. The options for adjusting your audio are the same for
both music and voice recordings.
one of your video clips doesn't match up with the color of the rest of
your video clips you can easily adjust this. Simply right-click on the
video clip or image that you want to adjust and select Color
from the menu.
You can adjust
the brightness, temperature, contrast,
saturation and more of that clip. This option can also be used to add
creative effects to your video. For example, you can make your video
black-and-white if you want or can add a yellow tint to produce a
of the most useful features is the ability to automatically match up the
colors of all of your slides. If a few of your video clips were shot in
low lighting conditions you can get them to match up with those that
were shot in good lighting conditions simply by clicking on the box at
the top that says AUTO
I was watching a video tutorial for a video editor that costs over $500
and the guy who created that tutorial said that he would pay $500 just
for the auto color correction feature on that software.
one of your video clips was filmed while you were moving you can remove
most or all of shakiness in that clip with the stabilization option.
Simply right-click on the video clip that has the shakiness and select
STABILIZATION from the menu. You can go from Low to High depending on
how shaky that video clip is.
cool option that I think is worth mentioning is the ability to change
the speed of your video clips. The other day I was watching a tutorial
of a guying reviewing his computer. Instead of boring you for 3 minutes
while he hooks up his computer, he simply speeds up that part of the
video until the computer is completely setup. This is both fun to watch
and keeps your viewer tuned in until the end This is a great example of
how this can be used.
To adjust the
speed of your video right-click on the video clip that you want to
speed up and click on Speed.
The default setting is 1x. To make the video clip play faster simply
bring that number up to 2x, 2.5x, 3x and more. Click on OK
when you're done. You can also make your video clip slower by using
.6x, .7x, .9x and less.
Videos With An Intro, Outro and Watermark
if you're not a professional you can easily make your videos appear
professional by adding your own custom intro, outro and watermark. An
intro appears before the actual video plays. The outro appears at the
end. And a watermark is your logo that usually appears in one of the
lower corners. I prefer the lower right-hand corner.
Video Editor doesn't provide you with the tools to create an intro,
outro or watermark. For the watermark you'll probably want to hire a
logo designer. I would suggest holding a logo contest on a website such
Forums. This allows you to only pay for a logo that you like.
Make sure your logo is saved as a transparent GIF or PNG
The cheapest way to create an
intro or outro is to purchase a premade one. Websites such as FlixPress.com
allow you to create intros and outros for a few dollars. But if you're
truly serious about creating your own brand on YouTube I would highly
recommend you hire a professional graphics designer on a website such
Always put your money in escrow and don't pay the designer anything
upfront until the project is finished.
you have your intro, outro and watermark, adding them to your videos is
pretty simple. To add your intro and outro, all you have to do is
include the clips to the beginning and the end of your video.
To include the watermark to
your video, you'll first need to import it and add it to the second
line on the timeline.
Once that's done you'll need to
slide it over after the intro and
stretch it out till before the outro. The reason why you want
watermark to appear between the intro and the outro is because it
doesn't make much sense to have your watermark appear while these two
clips are playing.
default your watermark appears as a large image in the center of your
video. You'll need to resize it and move it into one of the corners of
your video. To do this right-click the watermark on the timeline and
select EDIT OVERLAY.
adjust the size of the watermark simply click on one of the corners and
move your mouse to the center of the image. The closer you get to the
center the smaller the image becomes. Once you have it to the right
size, click on the image and move it to one of the lower corners. To
the right of your logo you're given options to adjust the way it looks.
The main option is its transparency. If you want your logo to appear
more transparent slide the arrow closer to the right.
that you've added your watermark to your video it should appear all
throughout your video with the exception of your intro and outro. If
you want your logo to appear in the exact same spot in every video you
make, simply save this file in an editable format. Leave the logo exactly where it
is on the timeline. When you want to create a new
video in the future, open the editable file and replace the old slides
with your new slides.
Video Before You Save It
sure you've already noticed that there's a place where you can playback
your video in the top right-hand corner of AVS Video Editor. It has the
word Project above it. This tool allows you to playback your video at
various speeds to ensure that everything is perfect.
speed for playback is 1x which is the normal speed. Anything between 0
and 1 slows the video down. For
example, you can play it at 0.25x to play the video back 25% of the
normal speed. They also give you the option of playing your video back
in reverse such as -8x. I'm not a professional so I don't know why
want to do that. But I'm sure there are some professionals who can tell
you the purpose of that option.
Saving Your Video In 1080p HD
When you're done
piecing together and editing your video, it's now time to save your
video. Saving your video is fairly simple.
The first thing
you should do is click on the Produce
button. Select the File
option and click on Next. The default option should be to save your
video as an AVI file. You should see the word Profile and a drop-down
menu. Choose this option:
HD Video 1080p:
H.264/AVC, 4200 kbps; Audio: MP3, 256 kbps
Click on Next
and then Create.
you have an "average" computer it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes
to save or "render" the video. Really fast computers shouldn't take
more than a minute or two. But this all depends on the size of the
reason why this takes so long is because you chose to save the file in
HD. Lower-quality file options won't take as long but could produce a
slightly distorted video. In my book HD is the only way to go and is
well worth the wait.
Uploading Your Video To YouTube
reason why I recommend you save your file as an AVI file in 1080p HD is
because YouTube recognizes this format as do other video
your video to Youtube is VERY VERY EASY. The first thing you'll need to
do is create an account. If you have a Gmail account you already have a
YouTube account. Simply login using that information.
Right after you
login you should see a button that says Upload
right next to the search box at the top.
Click on that
button and click on Select
Files To Upload.
Choose the video file that you saved in 1080p HD and it shouldn't take
more than 5 or 10 minutes to upload. The time it takes to upload
depends on the size of the file as well as the speed of your internet.
the file uploads you should enter the title of the video, the
description that should appear below the video and the tags (keywords)
that people might type in to find your video. You should also choose
the category that you want your video to appear in.
Saving Your Video In An Editable
you shut down your computer and give yourself a High Five I would
recommend saving your video file in an editable format. You
never know when you'll need to go back and edit your video for a
problem that you overlooked.
To save you
file in an editable format, click on Save
Project As and save it as an AVS Video Editor project.
How To Optimize Your YouTube
of the reasons why so many YouTube videos don't get that much
traffic is because the person who uploads the video fails to fill in
the title, description and tag (keyword) areas with the
that people are typing in.
doesn't use psychic algorithms that can figure out what your video is
about. They also don't send real people to your video to look it over
and decide what the subject is. The only way YouTube will know what
your video is about is if you tell them with the keywords you choose.
if you choose relevant keywords that nobody is typing in, you're still
not going to get that much traffic. So before you choose your keywords
verify how many YouTube users on average are typing them in.
To get ideas
for keywords that lots of people type in you can use the YouTube
can also get keyword ideas from other videos. Find the ones with the
most traffic and use the keywords that they have in their title. I
would also suggest using common sense. If you're creating a video that
features you unboxing your new Xbox 360, you want to use the keyword
"Xbox 360 Unboxing".
sure you add your chosen keywords in your title, description and tag
(keyword) area for maximum optimization. This removes any doubt that
your video is about that particular subject.
secret that I should mention about "YouTube Optimization" is that
YouTube will actually give your videos higher rankings if you're more
active in the YouTube community. So after you post your videos, get
busy writing comments on other videos.
will drive more visitors to your videos since your comments
link to your profile (YouTube Channel) that people can click on. To get
more clicks, use a username that suggests
you post videos on YouTube. If you post comments on other videos with
the username "CoolReviewVids", your profile link is more likely to
get clicked on. If your username says "Joe619" far less people will
click on it unless you leave some really useful comments.
quality comments is a must if you want more people to click
through to your profile. Too many people who are trying to promote
their YouTube Channel post spammy comments that most people find
annoying. If people sense that you're posting comments simply to drive
traffic to your videos, they'll be far less responsive. Be really
helpful and more people will want to watch your videos.
The more people
watch your videos, the higher your videos will appear in the search
would also suggest commenting on videos that are related to your own
and that have lots of views. Commenting on videos that receive almost
no traffic is a waste of time. Commenting on videos that are unrelated
to your own could attract people who aren't interested in your videos.
could be wrong but I believe that YouTube ranks your videos based
on how many people watch them entirely. If you're attracting the
wrong people who don't watch the entire video, this could bring down
your video rankings. And if you're creating videos that aren't
interesting, most people who are interested may not watch the entire
video. I believe this is one method that YouTube uses to decide the
winners and the
So make sure
you create interesting videos that people will actually watch all the
way till the end!
last optimization tip I have for you is to TELL your viewers
to SUBSCRIBE to your YouTube Channel or LIKE your videos. You can do
this verbally or can add
a slide at the end of your videos with a message such as "Subscribe To
My YouTube Channel Now!" or "Like My Video Now!". You can also add a
message somewhere in the midde of your video or at the top of your
description that says the same thing. Some people will take these
actions naturally but others need to be reminded.
simple action can mean the difference between success and failure. And
from what I understand, the more subscribers your YouTube
Channel has, the higher your videos rank in the search results.