Editing and publishing your video
A quick search of your phone’s app store or online will reveal an extensive list of video-editing programs. Once you have chosen one, you can use it to piece together the various clips you have filmed to form a professional video and add music and other effects.
Remember there are some video-editing solutions that are worse than others, so do your research and find one that delivers what you are looking for.
If you are using an Android smartphone, some of the best options available to you include apps such as KineMaster, which offers a great selection of editing tools, and WeVideo, which allows you to publish videos in HD.
Arguably the best app for iPhone and iPad users is iMovie, which is incredibly easy to use for beginners yet advanced enough to be of use to experts. It allows users to add titles, music, voiceovers and photos.
Many of you will prefer to edit your video on a laptop or PC, in which case you can use web-based editing software. One great program is Windows Movie Maker, which is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iMovie. It does everything you will need as you create a video that is fit for the web.
If you do not think you will get on well with Windows Movie Maker, you could look towards Lightworks as a viable alternative. This has been used by those behind a number of Hollywood films, including The Wolf of Wall Street, so its credentials are undoubtedly strong.
Some apps will allow you to publish your video straight to the web, either via their own platform or to YouTube. However, in most cases, you will want to check out the finished article on your device before you decide you are ready to upload it for public viewing.
In order to enter the Love Living In competition, all you need to do is email a copy of your video to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do the rest. We will ensure your video is published both on our website and on YouTube.
Should you wish to upload to YouTube yourself, you need to have the site’s app installed on your phone and be logged in. It will then allow you to select videos from your gallery and ‘share’ them online.
Of course, online video does not begin and end with YouTube, as there are plenty of other excellent video sharing sites on offer.Vimeo is perhaps the most popular alternative and will allow you to showcase up to 500 MB of your work each week for free.
Other platforms that are popular with amateur video enthusiasts include Dropbox, which should also meet your needs.