How to Make Better Screencast Videos – Part 5: Video Editing

In this final post of our Screencasting series, we’re looking at tips and techniques you can use to make your recorded video even better. By polishing your tutorials for presentation and flow, your message will come across more effectively and allow the viewer to learn without distractions. 

This is Part 5 of our Screencasting tips series. You can read Part 1 (Software) here. Part 2 (Hardware)Part 3 (Planning), and Part 4 (Audio) in our archives.

Video Editing Basics

The purpose of this post is not to teach you video editing from scratch, so you should already have some basic knowledge of the process and the software you are using. If you don’t, we have a pretty great range of video editing tutorials you can choose from in our catalog. Signing up for the Learning Library will let you get online access to all of them. That being said, here are two samples from the Adobe Premiere Pro training below:

Using the Trim Tool

Ripple and Rolling Edits

Because most screencasts consist of one clip, with its normal step-by-step sequence of events, there is nothing to manage or rearrange as you’d have with a more complex video project. Using a full-featured program such as Adobe Premiere Pro is not even necessary, as many more basic editing apps can handle the work required.

Shorten the Gaps

One of your tasks in editing your screencast video is finishing up the audio work. Because you had to maintain the original length in the audio editing stage, there will be many pauses and gaps in the audio that you’ll need to speed up or remove. In general, you’d like the pace of narration to be equivalent to natural speech, if not slightly slower, so that viewers have an easier time following along.

Adobe Premiere Pro, specifically, has a feature that lets you edit a section of troublesome audio with Adobe Audition, applying the changes in realtime with both programs open.

Minding Onscreen Movement

While you’re working on correcting gaps in audio, you’ll need to be careful not to cut out any video in which something is happening onscreen. Always watch the mouse cursor; pauses in audio in which nothing happens onscreen can be trimmed entirely, but if there is mouse movement or any other action onscreen, you will need to maintain continuity.


If there is an awkwardly long gap in narration action continues onscreen, you can selectively use a Rate Stretch tool to speed parts up, and also reposition the audio so that it comes in sooner (letting you often cut out a later ‘still’ point in the video track).


Always establish bumpers at the beginning and end of your video so that the narration doesn’t start too quickly or end too abruptly. It’s usually a good idea to add 1 to 2 seconds of padding at the beginning of end of each video, before and after the narration.

If you’d like to incorporate a graphical overlay into your video at the beginning or end, such as we did in our Premiere tutorials above, you simply need to create an appropriate graphic. Make sure it is the proper dimensions for the size of the video you plan to output to avoid distortion, and drop it into your editing timeline as if it were a video clip. You can then set the length of time the overlay will display, and add fade in/out transitions as desired.


Lastly, you’ll want to consider who’ll be watching your videos, on which types of devices, and choose your export formats accordingly. Videos encoded with h264 compression, with mp4 file containers are particularly compatible across operating systems and good for uploading to YouTube and Vimeo.

The resolution you choose should correspond to the size of your screen capture window, though it’s best to aim for 720p or 1080p to maximize compatibility with devices and video sites.



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