The four steps to make a music video
1. Come up with a concept
2. Make a plan
3. Record the video
4. Edit the footage and upload it to YouTube
Step 1. Install Movavi Video Editor
Download and follow the instructions to install Movavi Video Editor. Then, open the program to get started.
Step 2. Upload your video files
Click Add files and then import the videos you’d like to edit into your music video. Your video files will appear in the Media Bin. And from there, you can drag and drop your files into the Timeline for editing.
When uploading your files, it’s important to stay organized, as it will save you time and help in presenting your vision for the music video. Professional editors often organize their clips by shot types, a story timeline, or by the type of take.
Movavi Video Editor makes it easy to label and group your videos in your media bin. Be sure to take the time to go through the organization process, so you can find clips quickly and with ease.
Step 3. Edit your music video
There is no set method for editing a music video, and there are many ways in which you can put everything together. The overview below is the most common format professional editors use to arrange a music video, followed by some insights on the tools you can use to bring your music video creation to life.
Music videos generally have three elements that make them complete:
A story or visual elements
Edits to the rhythm or beat of the song
Professional editors often start by cutting together all the performance shots of the musicians to ensure that it’s the key focus of the video. Afterwards, you can trim and chop the performance and insert a storyline or visual elements to complete the video.
And last, when editing, be sure to use the rhythm or beats in the music to motivate your cuts instead of just moving to another shot arbitrarily. It will help to enhance the music video and the music piece itself.
Editing tools for music videos
With Movavi Video Editor, you can use these tools and more to complete the music video format above.
Step 4. Export your music video
With your music video edited, it’s time to export. Click the Export button, and from there, you can choose the video format that suits your needs.
MP4 with an H.264 codec is the most popular format as it makes it easy to upload on mobile devices and social media. When you’ve chosen a format and resolution, click Start to save your video.
Equipment you will need to record a music video
Frequently asked questions
What equipment do I need to shoot a music video?
A camera and a microphone are the most necessary things you’ll need to make a music video. You may also need a lighting kit, a tripod, and a stabilizer.
How do you make a music video of yourself?
Make up the idea for your video.
Plan the storyboard.
Prepare the equipment.
Choose the location.
Shoot the video.
Edit your footage.
What is a good camera for music videos?
Read our review of top cameras for music videos and choose the one you like best:
Movavi Video Editor
* The free version of Movavi Video Editor has the following restrictions: a 7-day trial period, a watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length.
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