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Editing Videos

Editing Videos

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Editing Videos

Video editing software allows you to remove sections of a video, cut and arrange parts to give it a better flow, and add effects to enhance the content.


Most people simply want to remove parts of a video to cut out unnecessary pauses, transitions and errors. We recommend you use ReCap to do this (although other software and approaches are available, ReCap makes such simple edits easy).

  • Uploading and editing videos in ReCap

Need more features?

Windows 10 has a free editor, Video Editor, that can be used to create, combine and edit video and audio content. Apple computers have the more powerful iMovie available instead. Both can be downloaded from the App Store if not already installed.

Other popular editing software

Below are a number of popular video editors you may have heard of. Some are free, some come with a cost.

Basic Editors Advanced Editors Mobile Editors
ReCap Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe Premier Rush
Microsoft Stream Adobe After Effects iMovie (iPhone)
Video Editor (Windows) Final Cut Pro GoPro
iMovie (Mac) Camtasia Quik
Windows Movie Maker DaVinci Resolve  
YouTube video editor    

In most instances, you will find ReCap is the best choice for simple editing tasks. If you need more features, Video Editor and iMovie are best. After that, you are free to use any video editing software you wish, but be aware that these often come with a steep learning curve.

Editing basics

Editing can be a time-consuming task, and so it is always best to try and capture your video right first time. Plan what you want your video to look like before you start, consider writing a script or outline, have everything to hand before you press record, and practice practice practice your delivery.

The following list outlines some of the most popular types of video edit. However, remember that videos do not have to be perfect! Small errors, pauses or stumbles are very rarely a problem. Rather than spend a long time editing a video or creating recording after recording looking for the perfect take, be happy with the odd error and move on - small hiccups are fine and even tend to add a sense of authenticity and realism to your content.

Exporting videos

If you use ReCap, your videos will be available to share directly in Canvas, and you will not need to export or download your video content. However, if you use more advanced recording and editing tools, you may need to create a video file.

The most common and recommended video formats, especially for online videos, are MP4 (H.264) and MOV. Exported files will have an .mp4 or .mov file extension respectively when saved. 

For advanced video editing software, when you export a video, you may need to set a number of export parameters; these are described below along with recommended settings.


Support and additional guidance

Beginners Video Editing Guides

Software User Guides