Adventures in Creating: Episode 2 - Finding the Perfect Video Editing Software as a Beginner


8/9/20232 min read

Welcome back to Adventures in Creating! In this episode, I'm going to take you through my first week as a content creator and share the challenges I faced while trying to find the perfect video editing software for a beginner like me.

Creating content is a brand new endeavor for me, and after a lot of research and planning, I finally took the plunge and started my own YouTube channel. The first episode was a success, but I quickly realized that I needed to up my editing game if I wanted to keep my audience engaged.

So, I set out on a mission to figure out how to edit my recorded footage and find software that would be beginner-friendly. Little did I know that this would be a journey filled with trial and error.

First Try: Overwhelm and Confusion

My first attempt at recording and publishing episode #2 was less than ideal. I have the raw footage and may publish it one day in the footage, and a blooper real showing how far I've come. But for now, that footage is safely cataloged in my media library.

Second Try: Progress and Frustration

Determined not to give up, I decided to give it another shot. This time, I recorded the video in my office. That seemed more promising and I was starting to learn the basics behind shot composition, but I still had miles upon miles of learning to go. (Still do for that matter. =D)

While I made some progress, once I set upon editing that footage, I once again found myself feeling frustrated and disappointed in the caliber of my content. (You can view a heavily edited version of that second video in my next post HERE.)

Third Try: Success and Growth

Feeling a bit defeated, I decided to get back on the horse, and try again. With each recording session, I learned what I liked and didn't like about what I was recording and how I was executing the filming component. I stumbled upon the Descript video editing software and that seemed to tick all the boxes for a beginner like me. It has a user-friendly interface, an amazing text-based editing component, and plenty of tutorials to help me along the way.

Try Descript

With Descript, I was able to edit my second episode with incredible ease. The video editing software allows you to edit audio and video like a text document, and create a realistic clone of your voice for seamless edits. Finding this software and successfully editing my second video boosted my confidence as a content creator.

The Lessons Learned

Through this experience, I learned a valuable lesson: finding the right video editing software is crucial for content creators. And it takes time and patience, especially if you're brand new to the field. If you're not happy or comfortable with the editing software you're working with, it creates the possibility of friction and procrastination and that's the last thing a content creator needs to deal with.

My advice to fellow beginners is to do thorough research, read reviews, and take advantage of free trials before committing to software. Don't be afraid to try different options until you find the one that suits your needs and allows you to unleash your creativity.

Join me in future episodes of Adventures in Creating as I charge my trials and tribulations as a brand new content creator, and I dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly of what goes into each skill and lesson on this journey. Until then, happy creating!

The Beginning: Chronicles of My First Week as a Content Creator! Part 1

Published August 8, 2023