Help with editing your footage

Professional editing

If your event or project was filmed by the Communications Division or Events and Hospitality then your footage will be edited as part of the process.

If you have your own footage that you need help editing please contact Martin Sayers, Digital Media Producer, who will either be able to help you or offer you a list of recommended external production companies (at cost to you).

Editing tips

Plan in advance

To make the editing part easier, always plan your shoot in advance - see our filming advice for further information.

  1. If you are editing footage yourself, keep it simple and short. If you try to be too complicated you may never get it finished in time for it to be used.
  2. Keep shots short and uncomplicated.
  3. Lighting, location and storyboard will all be important in the edit - if you plan these in advance, your edit will be significantly easier.
  4. Always think about editing whilst you’re recording your footage. Think how your series of shots will be to be put together and overcome potential editing problems whilst you are shooting.
  5. Whilst you shouldn't shoot too much, make sure you have enough footage to cover your end result.

Editing your footage

  1. Editing can be time-consuming, so don’t take that task on unless you know you can complete it. 
  2. Use common editing software, such as:
  • iMovie - available as standard software on Macs - FREE
  • Movie Maker - available as standard software on PCs with Windows - FREE
  • Final Cut Pro - professional editing software for Macs
  • Sony Vegas - for professional audio and video production
  • Adobe Premier Elements - for professional audio and video production

If you don't have access to editing software you are welcome to come along to the Commuincations team video studio and use ours. The studio is located on the 5th Floor, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus. Contact Martin Sayers, Digital Media Producer, to make an appointment.

Creating accessible videos

You must provide an accessible alternative way of presenting the information in a video.

In a video information is presented in a variety of ways including animation, text or graphics, the setting and background, the actions and expressions of people, animals etc. Video-only content is inaccessible to people who are blind and to some who have low vision.

People who are deaf or have limited hearing cannot hear the audio. Therefore, it is important to have alternatives.

Find out how to make accessible videos.