Editing videos is tedious. It gets more annoying when you have to deal with technical difficulties while editing.
So, today, we’ll talk about some of the most common technical difficulties you might face while editing a video. We’ll also share tips on how you can deal with those difficulties.
#1 Post-Editing Quality Loss
A drop in video quality post-editing happens to almost most amateur video editors. It happens when the original content is good or high quality but loses those features or standards after editing. It can happen even when you’re using a top-notch camera with HD settings. In such cases, you might notice the images losing their sharpness, becoming blurry or pixelated, or even losing their smooth playback quality.
Minor changes in the color encoding system, perhaps a switch to PAL from NTSC, can also lead to such drops in video quality.
To deal with this issue, you must first check your editing software. The free version of a premium video editing tool might often lead to such quality loss. So, to edit your videos, it’s always a wise decision to buy the premium or full version of the editing tool.
After that, check the settings of the original video. Match the settings for your editing and make sure the edited video has the same final settings. These can include the frame rate, pixels, resolution, etc.
You should also make sure that you’re working with a high-quality video in the first place. For instance, there’s no point in trying to get an HD output for a video you shout in 480p.
#2 Difficulties in Trimming the Video
When uploading a video on YouTube or social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, you often have to trim the video. However, you can rarely get an accurate trim. Most editing software requires you to trim using a timestamp, which can be a nuisance. That’s because there’s almost always a delay or an early cut from your intended trim.
The best way to deal with this is by getting software that doesn’t trim using timestamps. The teleprompter app, BIGVU, provides a solution for this situation with its word-based trimming system. Here, you can trim the video by selecting a specific word in the video. It’s more convenient as you know where exactly to start and end the video by locating the exact words. It’s more time-saving and also more efficient.
#3 Dead Pixels
Dead pixels appear as unwanted spots on videos. These pixels or spots are usually colored, mostly in RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) colors. You see dead pixels when the transistor isn’t receiving sufficient power at a particular point. In most cases, this issue is a manufacturing flaw.
Since it’s a hardware issue, your first responsibility is to check the camera. Repetitive pixel issues mean that the camera has a faulty transistor or fails to work at its full capacity. There could be something wrong with the power distribution as well. The best option is to check the camera and exchange it or get a new one.
You can fix the dead pixels during editing too. However, you have to do that frame wise using your editor. Targeting each dead pixel and using color correction is one way to go about it. Similarly, you can also target each pixel and apply a color that matches its current environment color.
#4 Software or Device Crashing While Editing
How many times has it happened that you’re happily editing your video when your software or device suddenly crashes? Amateurs and professionals alike regularly face this issue. It leads to loss of work and a lot of frustration.
Preventing a software or system crash is easy. However, it’s a lengthy process and involves following multiple steps and standards. Here are a few things that you can try to prevent such crashes.
- Always keep your system, drivers, and editing software updated. Updates help deal with existing bugs—the more updated your system, the less chance of a bug ruining your work.
- Avoid running multiple programs while editing. Similarly, avoid editing more than one video at a time.
- Disable all unnecessary background programs while editing. It can include apps like Skype, Google Drive, etc.
- Edit the video in small segments and save each time. It’s always a good idea to have multiple saved files and saved points, just in case.
- Update your hardware. Get a PC that meets all the requirements for running your editing software.
So, the next time you find yourself dealing with any of these issues, apply these fixes we just talked about, and hopefully, all your technical troubles will go away.