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Turbo Tips: Video Editing With the Experts

In this episode of Turbo Tips, we chat with YouTube sensations Josh Olufemii, Premiere Gal and Tutvid to get their top tips for editing video like a pro...

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Posted 03 Feb 2021
Turbo Tips: Video Editing With The Experts

In this episode of Turbo Tips – our video series exploring the trending topics, tips and tricks from some of YouTube’s hottest design & multimedia talent – we’re catching up with YouTube stars and video editing experts Josh Olufemii, Premiere Gal and Tutvid to get their top video editing tips

In addition to their expert advice, each of our video masters has also put together a collection of items you can download and use to edit your own videos with your Envato Elements subscription!

Ready to learn how to edit your videos like a pro? Let’s jump in!

Josh Olufemii

Josh Olufemii

Expert Tip: How to Make Your Titles Not Suck in After Effects

Josh Olufemii is a talented director and videographer who is always sharing handy tips and tricks with his 200k YouTube subscribers. We were lucky enough to pick his brain about video editing – specifically, how to make your titles not suck in After Effects

If you’ve ever seen an incredible video, only to have it completely ruined by horrible lower-thirds or opening titles, it’s probably because the text in the Adobe Suite looks like a flat, fake overlay that just rests on top, almost hovering over the footage.

If you want to take your titles to the next level, here is Josh’s best advice to make sure they really stand out…

1. Choose the right font

Go for something thick and bold. Something like Futura PT Bold will work great!

2. Use a gradient to add depth

With the text layer selected, use the rectangle tool to create a Mask that is roughly the size of your text. Go into the Mask properties and modify the value of the property "Mask Feather" until your text is a little bit transparent on the edges and more opaque in the middle.

3.  Add noise filter for realism

Select your text layer and, in the Effects panel, click on Noise & Grain > Noise. Drag this effect onto your text layer and use the slider to match the noise of the text to your background image.

4. Add movement and a reveal for dynamism

Move the playhead to the beginning, then click on the text layer. Open its properties, then click Transform > Position. Click on the stopwatch to create a keyframe, then move the Playhead to move the position of the text reveal. Right-click on the text layer and select Pre-compose. Make sure "Move all attributes to the new composition" is selected.

Next, create a mask around the layer and Keyframe the mask path. At the first Keyframe, you want the mask to be completely off the text and, in the second one, you want it to be completely over the text.

Now select both keyframes. Right-click on them and select Keyframe Assistant > Easy to make the movement smoother. If you want more control over the speed you can click on the Graph Editor and modify the values manually. Finally, add Motion Blur by clicking on the Enable Motion Blur global switch, then clicking on the Motion Blur switch on the text Pre-comp.

Josh Olufemii's Envato Elements Collection

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Premiere Gal

Premiere Gal

Expert Tip: Color Match Stock Photography with a Single Click

Amassing over 300k subscribers on YouTube, Premiere Gal is well known online for her cool and creative video, audio and photo tutorials.

If you’re searching for different stock video clips on Envato Elements, often you’ll find that footage shot with different cameras by different videographers will have different color ranges. When editing together different clips, it’s super important to ensure that you achieve consistent color continuity throughout your whole video.

Right from the mouth of a video editing pro, here’s Premiere Gal’s super quick tip for color matching your stock footage… 

1. Turn on Comparison View

First, turn on Comparison View in the Program Monitor. On the left, you'll want to have the reference clip: this is the clip we want to copy the color from. Then, by moving the Playhead on the Timeline, select the clip you want to copy the color to.

2. Open the Lumetri Color Panel

Open the Lumetri Color Panel by selecting Window > Lumetri Color, and click on Color Wheels & Match.

3. Apply Color Match

Finally, click on the "Apply Match" button and Premiere Pro will automatically match the colors. Simple as that!

Premiere Gal's Envato Elements Collection

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Tutvid

Nathaniel Dodson

Expert Tip: Enhance Seamless Transitions Using Adjustment Layers

YouTube sensation Tutvid – aka Nathaniel Dodson – is best known for his Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects tutorials, and video editing videos over on his YouTube channel. With over 1 million YouTube subscribers and counting, we think Nathaniel is more than qualified to give us our third and final video editing tip.

If you’re creating a whip transition between two scenes that are different in terms of brightness and color, it’s important to make the transition between these clips as smooth and seamless as possible.

To achieve flawless color continuity shot to shot, here’s Nathaniel’s helpful pointers for enhancing seamless transitions using Adjustment Layers… 

1. Create an Adjustment Layer

With your whip pan transition already in place, create an Adjustment Layer, then drag that Adjustment Layer out onto the Timeline. This Adjustment Layer is going to contain your color effect, but first zoom in to make sure that the Adjustment Layer is lined up perfectly. 

2. Line up the Adjustment Layer

Line up the Adjustment Layer with the end of your second clip, making sure this transition happens only a couple frames before the actual whip pan begins.

3. Add Lumetri Color effect

To avoid completely changing the way the footage looks, simply use what's called a Lumetri Color effect. Drag and drop the Lumetri Color effect onto the Adjustment Layer. You can play with temperature, tint, exposure, brightness, saturation or other parameters to ensure your  transition is seamless.

4. Animate the opacity of the Adjustment Layer

Now, animate the opacity of the Adjustment Layer and bring it up from 0% to 100%. Hit the little stopwatch to the left of the word ‘Opacity’ and leave it there to lock in your finishing point – an opacity of 100%. Shift the Playhead back a bit and reduce the opacity to 0%. Highlight the two keyframes, choose Ease Out, and there you have a nice smooth animation!

Tutvid's Envato Elements Collection

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That’s a wrap on this episode of Turbo Tips! Don’t forget to check out our last Turbo Tips episode, How to Create a Composite in Photoshop, as well as all our expert’s collections. And for more expert advice, subscribe to the Envato YouTube channel.

Looking to learn more about the world of video? Check out our blog on the Top Video Trends for 2021.