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How to Make a YouTube Video (for Beginners)

Depending on your goals and audience, you can choose to distribute your videos on different platforms. If video marketing is what you’re after, you can push your videos on YouTube as regular posts or targeted ads. While your video will likely not be the next big thing on the internet, it will definitely generate brand awareness with people outside your current customer base and it will be worth it all.

How to make a video? Whether you're an amateur in making a video, or for some reasons you need to make a video, you will be able to make a satisfactory video after reading this article even if you don't have the related knowledge and experiences.

Preparations

How to make a video? The first thing you need to do is to prepare for it – specify video type, collect appropriate video materials and collect background music.

Specify Video Type

Before you start to make a video, it’s important to specify the type of video you want to create. Different video types have different requirements. In other words, think about what the purpose of the video is.

  • Share on platform.
  • Send to others as a gift.
  • Give a speech for study or work.

Collect Appropriate Materials

Take videos or images

After choosing the video type, you should collect corresponding materials, no matter you are going to make a video with pictures or videos. Here is a useful photo application, which helps you to take wonderful pictures and videos.

Cymera isn’t trying to compete with any powerful photography apps.

It’s aimed solely at casual you who just want to jazz their photos up a little, with over 100 selfie filters, varied shooting modes, and auto retouching tools on offer. You’ve got seven different lens options to choose from, as well as some of the more basic editing features like red-eye removal.

For beginners or casual photographers, this is great, as there’s no need to get bogged down with lots of features you’re unlikely to use. You’ve also got sharing features built-in to quickly upload your photos to social media networks like Instagram, so it’s a good app for social media addicts.

Edit images

If your materials are videos, please skip this step. This step is designed for those people who want to make a video with pictures.

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful and popular image editor that helps you to apply various effects easily and get consistent results. Many people use this software to create a better-quality image, because it has many features that are hardly available in other photo editing software.

Choose Background Music

Then you need to choose background music for videos. Suitable background music can create an immersive feeling for audience and improve their visual and auditory experience.

Pandora gives you a personalized listening experience that continually evolves with your tastes, but it is only available in the U.S. right now.

Choose a Right Free Video Maker

Now, a tough but significant task comes - choosing the right software for you and your video-making work. Almost all video-making software offer everything you need to perform standard video edits, but you may prefer one over others after comparing their usability, digital interface, and features. How to make a video? A good and free video maker will help you save much time and energy.

MiniTool Movie Maker, a free video maker, lets you make a video with pictures or videos for free, regardless of your skill level. How to make video with pictures and music? This software will show you the specific steps.

Steps on How to Make a Video with Pictures

How to make a video? It is believed that editing the video must be the most complicated task in the whole process. Here I take MiniTool Movie Maker as the example to illustrate how to edit a video from many respects, such as applying templates, adding text, splitting video and so on.

Step 1. Launch MiniTool Movie Maker, and choose a suitable video template if you want. It offers many cool movie templates for you. You can preview templates, select one you like, and then import your media files, and export the automatically generated video by the software. However, if you want to create a video by yourself, click Full-Feature Mode and move to the next step.

Step 2. After clicking Full-Feature Mode, you will enter the main interface. Click Import Media Files button to import your files including videos, photos and audios. Of course, you can select the built-in audio.

Step 3. In the Media library, drag the image to the timeline or click + to add it to the timeline. Compared with other video editing software, MiniTool Movie Maker is a wise choice for beginners. Because most of them offer a difficult timeline, while MiniTool Movie Maker offers a simple and straightforward timeline which helps you edit video easily.

Step 4. Double click the video clip on the timeline to open its editing window, and then drag the slider to adjust the contrast, saturation, and brightness. Press OK button to save the settings. If you want to rearrange the clips, drag the selected clip to a new location on the timeline.

Step 5. Click Transition to enter the transition library. Drag and drop one transition style between two images or videos on the timeline.

It offers a lot of cool transitions for you to combine multiple videos and images seamlessly. The default duration is 1s. After applying a transition, you can change the duration of the transition in the edit window by double-clicking on the transition icon on the timeline.

Step 6. Click Effect to enter the effect library, drag an effect's thumbnail onto the clip on the timeline. Or select a clip, and then click + button of the effect you like.

Step 7. Click Text to enter the text library. Drag caption/ credits/title from the text library to the timeline, and then edit it. After that, you can type in new words.

Step 8. If you want to split or trim the video, just choose the video and then click the Scissor icon in the toolbar and choose Full Split to open the Split/Trim window.

To split a video, you can drag the play head to the place you want the split to occur and then click the Scissor icon. Press OK to save the changes.

To trim a video, you can drag the playhead to locate the specific frame of the video that you want to make the starting point and click the scissor icon behind the Start, then drag the playhead to locate the specific frame of the video that you want to make the end point and click the scissor icon behind the End. Lastly, press OK to save changes.

Step 9. Finally, it’s time to edit the audio. Right-click the audio and then click Edit button. Now, you can change the volume of audio and set up Fade in or Fade out. Lastly, press OK to save the changes.

YouTube is a website designed for sharing videos. Millions of people around the world have created accounts on the site to upload videos that anyone can watch. Every minute of every day, more than 35 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. 

Once your video has been uploaded, you can embed it on your website or share it online.

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