Editing Videos for Online Teaching

Learning  video editing techniques will give you control over video based teaching content, meaning that you can enhance the quality of the video, by combing video clips, trimming unwanted segments, adding captions, including audio tracks, apply special effects and more.

Understandably you may not want to invest a lot of time in learning video editing at the moment – Openshot Video Editor is a great place to start. Being simple to use, powerful enough, and free of charge, this video editor is recommended by the eLearning team.

To help you get started we have created a number of short video tutorials about different aspects of Openshot:

  1. Features and Tools
  2. Adding Media, Combining Clips and Titles
  3. Slicing, Splitting and Trimming
  4. Exporting to a Video File
  5. Ideal Video Export settings

Part 1: Features and Tools


Part 2: Adding Media, Combining Clips and Titles


  • Get: Video Assets – Univerity logo animation and other clips

Part 3: Slicing, Splitting and Trimming

Part 4: Exporting to a Video File


This guide is aimed at setting up te export settings for Openshot – however the settings – file format, codecs, frame rate and video size are applicable to any software that is exporting video, these settings are listed below.

Part 5: Advised Video Export Settings:

Some software may not ask you for every item below.

  • Most Suitable file format is  ‘MP4’, a mov file will also be fine
  • Codec – choose h.264 whenever possible
  • Recommended Video size is ‘HD 720p‘, 1080p is a larger size and can also work with the video server but 720p is fine. Some software can record video at 4k, we recommend that you use teh smaller 720p size as the Video Server cannot process 4k.
  • Frames Per second – typically we’d suggest 25 frames per second but if you have recorded at 24 or 30 then it would be fine to leave at that setting.
  • Bit Rate – sometime you have an option to specify the bit rate something like 1.5mbps is fine.

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