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Best Tool to Edit Your Video Podcast – What I Use

Aug 2, 2023 | Online Strategy, Podcast

Future Steps Creative Podcast – Episode #76

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In this episode, I share some of my favourite tools I use to edit my video podcast to help you choose the best option for you.

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Key Points or Takeaways

*This may have been autogenerated and may not be 100% accurate or grammatically correct.

[00:01:27] Consider multiple tools for maximum flexibility and efficiency in your workflow.
[00:03:35] Simple editing process crucial for collaboration. Use Screenflow for recording on Mac.
[00:11:38] Easier editing with Descript – identify filler words.
[00:13:27] Done for you podcast production service available, contact for details.


*This may have been autogenerated and may not be 100% accurate or grammatically correct.

Marlon McPherson [00:00:01]:
If like me, you’re looking to do a video podcast. You’ll want to be able to edit your videos and prepare those episodes of publishing. Now, what I’m gonna do is basically run through my post production process and share with you some tips around the tools I use to produce my video podcasts. Hey, welcome back to another episode of future steps creative or welcome if you’re new, I do content like this on the podcast and on my YouTube channel around strategy for your website and your online content, especially for videos and podcasting so that you can actually grow your brand and your business around your knowledge and expertise and attract the right clientele and convert them into paying customers or clients for your business. So in this episode, as I’ve said, I’m going to help you out by walking you through how to choose the best editing tool for your video podcast, and I’m talking about video editing tools here because I am a video first person. I think that videos is the way to go. and you can then take that audio out and turn that into the audio version of the podcast. So, we start with the the highest piece of content you can where possible, and you can always repurpose other pieces of that.

Marlon McPherson [00:01:27]:
So first of all, before I jump into the tools, I wanna share with you some key points and some things to think about when it comes to making your choice about what tools to go with. Now, first of all, I wanna say never restrict yourself to just one tool. And the reason I’m saying why I’m saying this is because you you might find that One tool might be better for certain things than a novice. So you wanna have the option to be able to do that thing in the best tool for it. sure you might end up having additional steps in your workflow, but if you’ve basically worked out what you need to do in each one of the tools, and planned out your workflow and gone it a few times, tested it out, it should be straightforward for you to do. And I’m gonna talk to you from my perspective being a solo podcaster and someone that is actually collaborating on projects as well for client work to create videos. I want to have the maximum flexibility and the maximum, efficiency where possible in my workflow because you wanna be able to get the content out as quickly as possible while still having something decent. and, engaging for your audience to listen to or watch.

Marlon McPherson [00:02:46]:
The next pickup tip I’ve got for you is to keep your edit simple And that’s just for the simple reason of being able to produce more quickly. If you start going into really detailed editing and want wanting to add in all these different kinds of effects and stuff like that. It can actually not It can. It will take a lot more time. It’s really painstaking to be able to to have to go through and edit every little thing inside a video or an audio. And, you want to kind of balance that with speed of production. So for me personally, I do minimal editing where possible with my podcast and with my videos because I don’t want to hold myself back from publishing. I don’t really have a team that I’m editing my cast with.

Marlon McPherson [00:03:35]:
I do go to use collaborators of editors and writers and things like that to produce for client work. So, I wanna have a really simple editing process to be able to get those videos out or those pieces of content out. So think about it from an ease of collaboration aspect when you’re choosing the tool because if you choose something that only you will have access to or the features and and the things the way you edit is only available in that tool. You might find it a struggle when you need to hand off to somebody else to edit for you or to work with on your project in some way. There’s always a way around it, but it’s just going to be a lot more inconvenience if you’re not choosing a tool that you’re able to easily collaborate with on, or you’re not able to have flexibility with. And when I say flexibility, I wanna be able to edit on multiple machines and not necessarily be locked into a platform. So my number one tool that I use is screenflow. Screenflow is a Mac only app, right? It is a recording app so you can use it to record your screen and your webcam as well as any microphone you’ve got plugged into your computer.

Marlon McPherson [00:04:54]:
The downside with it is that it’s MAC only. So you won’t be able to get it on Windows or any other operating system. However, there’s an alternative on Windows called Camtasia Studio. I hear good things about it. I haven’t used it. So if you’re on a Mac, it’s well worth the investment. It costs about just over a £100, I believe. And that is just for buying a license for however long.
Marlon McPherson [00:05:21]:
It’s not like a yearly subscription or anything, but if you do wanna upgrade it, you do have to pay some money towards updating it. With screenflow, What I’m able to do in there is edit really efficiently with my podcasts or videos. it has all the editing tools for the video aspect of it that I need to cut my video up and add titles and add transitions and things like that. All the basic stuff that I need is there. And it has easy audio editing capabilities as well, the features for adding leveling of your audio for compression and things like that. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ve done an episode about getting the best audio Check out that, that episode. I will leave a link to it to getting the best audio out of your videos and your podcast. Screen floor makes it a one click thing, right? Once you’ve tweaked things to the way you want it, you can save your presets.
Marlon McPherson [00:06:17]:
based on the mic that you use and based on the type of recording setup. So I don’t need to take a ton of time to go in and have to adjust everything each time. I already have my presets set up. So that’s the workflow there as far as screen flow is concerned, and I can do everything in there that I need. But from the collaborative standpoint, because it’s Mac only, I can’t then hand off a screenflow project to somebody else that’s not on a Mac. And after export the video, in, like, an MP 4 or whatever standard format and hand it to them to do the editing on some other tool. So that’s the downside to it. Now, for that reason, I’ve started to experiment more with other applications now the one that I’m going to mention here is cap cut.

Marlon McPherson [00:07:06]:
Cap cut is amazing. So cap cut is actually a mobile app It’s available on Android and iOS. So I actually have it on my Android phone, and I have an iPad Pro that I have it installed on as well. And they have a desktop app as well for Windows and Mac. So the beauty about CAPTOT is that I can actually start and edit inside the desktop version and then hand that off to my mobile by uploading it to the cloud. So if I’m on the go, I can actually edit once I’m commuting. I do commute a lot at the moment on the the train, and I can always Make sure I have the projects on my phone and finish up my editing or do a rough cut or something and, go through to finalize my video right there on cap cut and export the audio and the video separately. So I actually recommend that it is free.

Marlon McPherson [00:08:01]:
First of all, It’s a freemium model, meaning that they have a free tier and then they have a pro version that you can pay for, but all the features you need pretty much are in the free version to edit your videos. provided your audio is recorded pretty pristine, and you don’t have a ton of background noise, or you don’t have the the audio too low or too, you know, not like it’s too much. It has too much fluctuations in it, I’m thinking to say. then you should be able to use the audio settings inside CAPcot to just do your standard audio editing, but it doesn’t have extensive tools at this moment in time that I’m filming this. It doesn’t have much more than just, having audio noise background noise removal or something. you can just click a button to remove the background noise, but you cannot control the levels of it or, control any other parameter with the audio apart from volume. So what I tend to do is I do a pre edit in, say, my, screen flow tool to level off my audio or remove the background noise in there, if any, and then export that out as a mp4 to do my final cut in screen flow because screen sorry, in a cap cut because cap cut has some, amazing effects for free transitions wise. It has some amazing transitions, titles, all the works.

Marlon McPherson [00:09:25]:
And, it’s just a joy to use for the final production. But it’s not as efficient to edit to cut your video and stuff like that on the mobile. It’s probably better off in the, on the desktop app because you have a bigger screen, you have a keyboard to work with, etcetera. So that’s my workflow at the moment. So from screenflow to cap cut, Now I’m gonna give an honorable mention to another tool that I’ve started to check out. Again, I did test it out some years back, but I just didn’t settle with it. And this is the VINCI Resolve. The VINCI Resolve is a full professional video editing tool that rivals premiere pro and Apple’s final cut pro, which I do have final cut pro as well.

Marlon McPherson [00:10:12]:
but hardly ever use it these days. The basic version, the free version has everything in there, including a really great audio editing suite. It has the compresses in there, EQ, all that you could need for background noise removal, all of that is in there. So I am gonna look into testing that are a lot more and look at maybe using that for collaborations with team members and so on. The only downside is that it is not available as a mobile app, but it’s available across Windows, Mac, and Linux. So it’s a great way to actually if you’re gonna use a computer anyway, to just use that tool and it has everything that you need in there. Another honorable mention that I’m gonna make is to Descript Descript.com. Descript is an online or, well, artificial intelligence based editor.

Marlon McPherson [00:11:03]:
You can download the software and install it on your computer, Mac or Windows, And I believe you can edit online in the cloud as well. I’ve literally just got it recently to test it out. There’s a free version and there’s a paid version. The key selling point of the script is that you can edit your audio from a transcript. So it transcribes the audio for you. So you’re looking a text in the editor, and then you can delete words or hide things in the text, and it deletes it from the video. It’s amazing. and you can then export the audio or the video.

Marlon McPherson [00:11:38]:
So if, the way that I would use this is if I’m editing extensively for some client work, and they need detailed editing of the the dialogue because some people might wanna remove all the ums and all the little nuances in in their speech. I don’t really go into detail that much with my editing. but some people might wanna do that. Discrip makes it easier because if you’re not using something like that, where you can highlight all the arms and all the filler words. You’re gonna have to manually go through and find those and listen back to the audio and do it, and that is so time consuming. is is sometimes it’s not worth it, to be honest with you, but the script has made it has made it easier by allowing you to identify that by the with a click of a button, it knows where the ums and the uhs are or pauses in the the video gaps in, you know, between what you’re saying. And it can help you edit those out with just the click of a button, but you do have a timeline, a traditional timeline to edit in as well. And Yeah.
Marlon McPherson [00:12:43]:
It’s just a tool that I think that is really good, especially if you’re going to be editing a lot of, longer form content where you don’t wanna sit through everything, to listen back to everything. You could just search for certain things in the transcript and just edit them out. So do check those out. I hope this makes sense to you, but the key thing is here to keep it simple. select 1 or 2 tools that does what you want it to do. Think about collaboration when you wanna hand off to an editor because, ultimately, you want to get help with that sort of thing. if you’re going to have a really good, content strategy that you’re pumping out content all the time, you need to get help with that. if you’re looking for help, you can use my service.

Marlon McPherson [00:13:27]:
I do have a podcast production service, reach out to me if you wanna find out more about that. It’s not something that’s up on my website currently, but I do have it behind the scenes for people who are interested in that. So, I can help you get started with your podcast, or I can help you with a post production aspect of it on an ongoing basis. So you all you have to do is record. Once you’ve gotten set up, you know, consult with you on that to get you set up once you’re set up, you just need to send across your files, we would already have a profile set up for your show to know exactly what we need to do to edit your show and sit back and relax and your final your final product is delivered to you as your episode ready to be uploaded. And you can even get help with managing the upload and the content on your platform as well. So reach out to me marlonmcphersoncom. just use the contact form there if you’re interested.

Marlon McPherson [00:14:26]:
and I will let you know more information about that. So thank you for hanging out with me. Hopefully, this has helped you to get your video podcast up and running with the editing aspects of it, and you can be proud of what you do. Take care.

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