Editing Your Video

Syncing Audio

If you recorded your audio to a separate recorder or your computer, syncing the audio to the video is a relatively simple process:

  1. Bring both your audio and video into your editor, line up the sync point (either a slate or your clap) and then listen to hear if they line up.
  2. You may have to make slight adjustments until the audio and video are lined up perfectly, or close to perfectly. If they are lined up properly, there should be no echo.
  3. Once they are synced, turn off the camera’s lower quality audio. Be sure to keep these video and audio tracks together as you edit.

If you forgot to clap or slate, you can still match up the audio by ear. It’s a little more difficult but still fairly simple. Alternatively, your editing program may have automated syncing. Ask our Course Producer if you have questions.

Further Resources

Some further resources on syncing audio:

Putting It All Together

In the edit you bring together all the elements of your production. This can include your audio, on-camera video, screencast, B-roll, slides, and any other footage or images you are using. You can choose to edit in any number of programs, including your screencasting program.

We want to focus on engaging our learners with great content and minimize anything that could distract them from your course material:

  • Simple is better.
  • Avoid anything flash, fast-paced, or jumpy.
  • Avoid any unnecessary effects, transitions, lower thirds or onscreen text (other than Slides).
  • Avoid jump cuts.
  • Add a simple fade in at the beginning and a fade out at the end of each lesson.

Exporting

Before exporting your videos, watch them one last time while wearing headphones, looking for small editing errors or oversights, including audio levels. If everything looks great, it’s time to export.

Depending on your editing program, you can either export your video files directly to our required settings or you can export them uncompressed and then use a video converter to get them to the required settings.

Export Settings

These are the settings you should use when exporting:

  • Format: .mp4 files with H.264 encoding
  • Size: 1280x720 (or 1280x800)
  • Frame Rate: 30 fps
  • Bit rate: Near to 5000kbps
  • Audio: At least 44.1kHz, 16-bit and 128 kbps

Video Converters

These are our recommended video converters:

Final Review

Review your exported videos one last time. Wear headphones and double-check for the following:

  1. Were the videos compressed properly?
  2. Is it the correct file type?
  3. Are the videos in the correct aspect ratio?
  4. Are all the videos under 200MB?
  5. Are there any obvious or awkward audio or video edits?
  6. Are only the approved Envato Tuts+ slides and fonts being used?
  7. Does each lesson begin and end with a smooth fade?
  8. Are the files named correctly?

Once you're satisfied that the course is finished, submit your files to your editor.

Congratulations, you’ve completed a course with on-camera video!