Welcome to our YouTube Unit!

Learning Intention.
In this lesson we will be learning about editing videos.  We are learning this because successful participation in communities relies on understanding  systems of communication.

We will also be exploring some of your ideas for the YouTube style channel that you will be making.  

Success Criteria:
By the end of the lesson you will know more about video editing.  You will know the names of software and where to find video editing software that you can use. You will learn new vocabulary specific to editing video.  

Remember – because of our deal with Adobe, you can download Photoshop for 12 months for only $11.00.  Contact Mrs Ortlipp to organize this.  If you need her email address, message me!




Have a word document open, or a notepad.  When you hear good ideas, or if inspiration suddenly strikes you, jot them down for later use!

When you see this image it means that there are questions that you must answer and upload to your OneDrive!

This video is a great example of simple editing techniques being used effectively. It uses repeated actions to allow for jump points.


What are KIA’s 12 steps for editing?

Some of these techniques are beyond the level that we are needing to be working at.  But it is all really great information.  Read your summary of her 12 points over and over again as it is gold!

Shoot with editing in mind

In the first video in this lesson the editing used movement as a jump point.  It is a good example of planning ahead!

The best time to start thinking about editing is during the writing phase. By envisioning your edits early on, you can anticipate how your video will look and how you want your viewers to react. This usually makes it easier for you when you sit down to edit, because you have a clear vision for presenting your story.

Consider your camera positions, angles, and movements. Think about how your video will open and close, and what are the key moments in between. For larger projects, you can make a simple “shot list”—writing down all the shots you’ll need so you don’t forget anything.

As you get the hang of this, you can flow more smoothly and save yourself time in the editing phase.

Using a storyboard to help plan your shot sequences is a really great idea.  Download the storyboard template below. Also download the shot types document.

Storyboard Template

Shot Types

After having read the Shot Types article.  Use your phone to take an example of a long shot, a close-up, an extreme closeup.

Take a photo that demonstrates a low angle shot.

Take a photo that demonstrates a high angle shot.

Explain what the function of an Establishing shot is.

Be sure to upload these to your OneDrive.

Hear Me Mortals!!

Sound can make all the difference! In this next part of the lesson we learn about how music and sound FX are used to add life and emotion to a video clip.  We then look at using some free footage and audio clips with the Video Editor that comes with Windows 10.  The good news is it is all free!!

When you create a Google Account you get access to the Youtube Audio Library which has lots of free sound tracks and sound FX for your video’s!

If you have a google account and can access the YouTube Audio Library

(I explained how to create a google account a few lessons ago)

Search for some audio tracks that you could use for the following scenes.  Once you find the ones you like, download them to your device and add them to a folder in OneDrive. Share the link with me.

An action scene
A Romantic scene
A fun scene
A tense scene
A mysterious scene

Now try and find some sound FX using the SOUND FX tab in the YouTube Audio Library:

A glass breaking
A dog barking
A drill
A buzzing fly
A car
A gunshot
A fart



Windows 10 Packaged Video Editing Software

Software for editing video comes in many different forms.  From super sophisticated industry level software like Premier Pro (included in the Adobe Creative Cloud) through to the basic free video editing software you find on your phones – it all has its uses.  This next video demonstrates how to use “Video Editor” that comes free  with Windows 10.  Later in the lesson you will be using it in conjunction with audio files.

Let’s edit the same video using Adobe Premier Pro!!


So if you don’t have the $11.00 in your pocket at the moment to get the student Adobe deal that the school can offer you – you may want to look at some FREE VIDEO EDITING software that does a bit more than the Windows 10 Video Editor.  Don’t be deceived by the fact that they are free.  They have big brother versions that can be purchased as well. Davinci Resolve 16 in particular has amazing free features.  It is a fully professional package – but as such, requires a pretty slick computer and the investment of time to learn to use.  Check these out!



Davinci Resolve 16

If you choose to download and use these software packages, you will need to find assistance online (I suggest YouTube) as I will not be offering support for using these during this time.

So you have a couple of video editing jobs to do that uses the free Windows 10 Video editing software on your PC.  If you are using an early version of Windows, it might be called Movie Maker.  It will look quite different – you may have to YouTube a quick ‘how to’ video on its use.

If you you are from the Dark Side (Apple/Mac/iOS) there is probably a prescription you can get from the doctor (this is a joke .. I don’t have time to explain it). Seriously though, I am sure that the Mac’s will have some sort of free editing software with the letter i preceeding its name .. iedit .. or icut .. or imovie or some such thing.  Apple is all i i i … me me me .. so needy!!

But back to the task! You can download free footage from pexels.com

Your mission is to use some of this stock footage to find some nature video.  Then find a corresponding Audio clip from the YouTube Audio Library and make a number of short scenes that you upload to OneDrive and share the link with me.  After you have done a couple of scenes set in nature, have a go at a city scene!

Some good words to know

Jot these down in your vocabulary list!!


In many countries, when a person creates an original work that is fixed in a physical medium, they automatically own copyright to the work. As the copyright owner, they have the exclusive right to use the work. Most of the time, only the copyright owner can say whether someone else has permissions to use the work. 

Sound Effects (FX)
A sound effect is an artificially created or enhanced sound, or sound process used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media.



Extension Task:

For those who want more!

Battle Scene

Plan a scene that you can record on your phone that uses the Battle sound FX.  Perhaps you can use it at a meal time to make it sound like your dinner table is a battle field? Maybe you have two pets that love to tussle? 

Get creative and be sure to upload and SHARE your creation on OneDrive