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Professional-grade editing software has never been more accessible, but many amateur video editors are jumping in with both feet before truly understanding the craft or the art of it. Here are five of the most common mistakes to avoid as you begin your video editing career.

5 Common Mistakes Nearly All Amateur Video Editors Make: Overdoing it with transitions

It’s truly never been easier or more affordable to own and master any given editing software. Naturally, the accessibility to pro-level NLEs, as well as free training via YouTube and other resources, has created a surge in the editing community. Just about everyone I know has a copy of Premiere Pro, FCPX, or DaVinci Resolve on their laptops — unfortunately, many of them don’t really know how to edit properly.

That’s not to say they don’t have the technical skills mastered, but rather that they don’t have the creative fundamentals of editing down. And so there are many amateur editors who mistake technical skill for creative ability, when in reality the two are mutually exclusive. Below are five of the most common creative mistakes that inexperienced editors will make:

1. Cutting Too Much

2. Cutting Too Little

3. Editing for Dialogue

4. Overusing Transitions and Filters

5. Opening With the Master

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If you had to give one piece of advice to an aspiring video editor, what would it be? Share in the comments below.

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