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101 BYOD: 10 Skills You Need to Be an L&D Video Editor

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Wednesday, April 12

Tracks: Video & Media

Video editing seems to be an intimidating skill set to many training professionals. Professional video editing tools have lots of features we don’t need to use, and we get caught up in all the unnecessary features we think we need. Video editing for training programs really comes down to a few key skills. Can you add basic cuts and cross-fades to your video? Do you know how to adjust audio volume or add titles onto the screen? What about how to publish out a final video from the video editor? This set of skills is simple to learn and will make you a valued member of any learning team.

In this session, you will discover the 10 most important skills you need to master basic video editing. You will see a demonstration of how to perform these tasks using DaVinci Resolve, a free video editor that is as powerful as any video editor on the market.

The skills you will learn in this session are valuable in almost any video editor you choose to use, whether it be DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premier Pro, or Final Cut. Within a few hours of practicing these skills, you will know how to take a recorded interview, presentation, or demonstration and create a useful piece of video content for your audience.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to perform basic cuts to remove unwanted video from your final product
  • To add text to your screen for names and titles or support information
  • To add basic cross-fade transitions between clips
  • How to adjust volume in your video clips
  • To zoom or re-position your video within the screen
  • How to publish out a final version of the video (or just the audio if you want that)
  • To compress your video, using a free tool

Technology discussed:

DaVinci Resolve (free video editor), Handbrake (free video compression tool), Audacity (free audio editing tool), MS PowerPoint (for screen recording of software demonstrations or presentations)

Participant technology requirements:

PC or Mac laptop, DaVinci Resolve installed, Handbrake installed

Barry Nadler

Senior Instructional Designer


Barry Nadler has been an instructional designer for about 20 years. He currently is a thought leader on a training team that provides internal systems training to the largest financial technology company, FIS. He has been active with ATD through the Central Florida chapter. This includes board-level positions, co-chairing the volunteer committee for their ICE conference several years ago, leading two instructional design bootcamps, being involved in leading various training events for the chapter, and currently leads the LXD SIG.