Recapping 'New Year, New Edit': A Month of Video Editing Tips and Tricks

By David Winter
Jan 31, 2024
5 minute read
A young editor learning how to use Lightworks

As we bid farewell to January 2024, we close out the first chapter of our efforts to provide more outstanding education and insight for video editing. Under the theme 'New Year, New Edit,' our focus this January was to guide beginner and returning editors, equipping them with foundational knowledge and skills.


Throughout the month, each piece of content was designed to demystify the world of video editing, making it accessible and engaging for everyone. From basic editing techniques to exploring complex concepts, our content aimed to provide a comprehensive learning resource.


Now, as we step into February, we're excited to shift our focus to audio - an integral element of video production. February, dubbed 'Audio Month,' will be an opportunity for creators to dive deeper into the art and science of sound in filmmaking. Stay tuned for an array of content that will enhance your understanding and use of audio in your projects.


Until then, here’s a full recap of the New Year, New Edit content from across January, just in case you missed any. 




  1. Lightworks 2024 — Education, Community, and Content!
  2. Opening Lightworks for the First Time! A Lightworks Tutorial
  3. Installing & Using New Blue Add-Ons In Lightworks! A Lightworks Tutorial
  4. Edit and Export Vertical Video for Social Media Part 1! A Lightworks Tutorial
  5. Edit and Export Vertical Video for Social Media Part 2! A Lightworks Tutorial




  1. Embarking on a Creative Journey: Lightworks' Exciting 2024 Vision unveiled Lightworks' comprehensive 2024 vision, focused on empowering video editors through innovative, themed educational content and engaging community interactions.
  2. Understanding Video Formats and Codecs: A Beginner's Guide demystifies complex video formats and codecs for beginners, providing essential knowledge for creating and sharing high-quality videos.
  3. Learn Video Editing Fast! Top 10 Tips and Tricks offers practical tips and tricks for efficient learning in video editing. This post is a treasure trove of advice for beginners eager to enhance their skills quickly.
  4. Common Video Editing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: Part One educates beginners on avoiding common video editing errors, focusing on audio editing, timing, transitions, and the misuse of effects to enhance storytelling quality.
  5. Common Video Editing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: Part Two continues the discussion on common editing errors, focusing on advanced techniques like project management and visual polish to enhance video quality and storytelling.
  6. A Precise Cut: A Beginner Guide to Video Editing Cuts and Techniques delves into the art of using different cuts in video editing, showing how they influence the narrative, mood, and pacing of a story, with practical applications in Lightworks.
  7. 9 Must-Answer Questions Before Your Camera Rolls guides filmmakers through crucial pre-production questions, ensuring a well-planned, audience-tailored, and emotionally impactful video project.
  8. Keyframes? Codecs? What!? Video Editing Basics Explained for Newbies breaks down fundamental video editing concepts, offering clear explanations of essential terms and techniques, guiding beginners through their editing journey.
  9. DYK Video Editing Is More than Just, Well, Video!? explores the multifaceted nature of video editing, covering aspects from timeline mastery and audio editing to colour work, VFX, and final rendering, emphasising Lightworks' comprehensive capabilities.
  10. Crafting a Narrative: How Video Editing Shapes Our Film Experiences leaps into the critical role of video editing in storytelling, illustrating how it shapes narrative, tone, and emotional impact with practical insights and cinema case studies.
  11. Embrace the Vertical Video Revolution! Filming and Editing for Social Media provides a comprehensive guide to mastering vertical video creation for social media, covering shooting techniques, editing in portrait format, and platform-specific strategies to captivate a mobile-centric audience.
  12. The Long And Short of Aspect Ratios dives into the art of choosing the right aspect ratio for your content, exploring different shapes from classic to ultra-wide formats and their impact on narrative and visual storytelling.
  13. Transition to Better Editing... Using Transitions explores the art and impact of using transitions in video editing, teaching how different types enhance storytelling, maintain narrative flow, and evoke emotional responses in viewers.
  14. A Start to Finish Guide to Video Editing Workflows with Rordon Gamsay is presented by a guest writer who is in no way, shape, or form Gordon Ramsey, and offers a detailed, step-by-step guide to video editing workflows, likening the process to culinary art and providing practical tips for each stage.
  15. A Day in The Life of A Video Editor — Cuts, Coffee, and Creativity offers a glimpse into the daily life of a video editor, combining professional routines with personal anecdotes to provide insights into effective workflow, creative processes, and balancing work and personal life.
  16. Mastering Editing for Different Video Styles and Formats provides an extensive guide on tailoring video editing techniques for various genres, from short films to social media, detailing specific approaches for narrative construction, pacing, and visual storytelling across different platforms.
  17. Absence Makes the Art Grow Fonder: How Omission Engages Audiences explores the power of omission in film, demonstrating how unseen characters and off-screen events can deeply engage audiences and enhance storytelling, using examples from iconic movies and TV shows.
  18. Celebrating Excellence in Film Editing: The 2024 Oscar Nominees highlights the 2024 Oscar nominees for Best Film Editing, showcasing their exceptional talent and the critical role of editing in storytelling, with a particular focus on "Killers of the Flower Moon" edited using Lightworks.
  19. Ethics in Video Editing: The Do's and Don'ts of Manipulating Reality addresses the ethical considerations in video editing, exploring the balance between creative storytelling and maintaining truth, focusing on different genres and the impact of emerging technologies like AI and deepfakes.
  20. Behind the Scenes: Editing a Short Film from Pre-Pro to Release offers a comprehensive walkthrough of the short film editing process from pre-production to release, combining practical tips, technical advice, and creative insights to guide editors in crafting compelling short films.
  21. The Future of Video Editing: Trends and Predictions analyses emerging trends in video editing, like AI integration, VR/AR, and cloud-based collaboration, discussing how they're transforming the industry and shaping the future of storytelling and content creation.
  22. What I've Learned from 20 Years of Making Videos reflects on two decades of video creation, offering practical, hard-won lessons on the importance of purpose, collaboration, embracing imperfections, prioritising audio, and maintaining authenticity in the face of emerging AI technologies in video editing.




As we wrap up the month, we hope our 'New Year, New Edit' initiative has ignited a spark of creativity and provided valuable knowledge for beginners and experienced editors. Our journey through the intricate world of video editing—from the basics of cuts and transitions to the nuances of storytelling—has been a tribute to the art and skill that go into crafting compelling visual narratives.


Looking Ahead to Next Month


Looking ahead, we're thrilled to embark on our next thematic adventure: 'Audio Month.' The world of sound awaits us, and we're eager to delve into its depths, exploring how audio can transform and elevate your video projects.


Remember, the art of video editing is an ever-evolving journey, and there is always something new to learn and explore. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting, stay curious, experiment, and, most importantly, enjoy bringing your creative visions to life.


We thank you for being part of our community and for joining us on this educational odyssey. Stay tuned for more exciting content, and don't hesitate to reach out with your ideas, creations, or questions. Happy editing!


Additional Resources


For deeper dives into editing techniques and Lightworks tutorials, visit Lightworks Resources. Enhance your skills, discover community insights, and bring your creative visions to life.


Transform your video editing journey with Lightworks. Whether crafting a short film, a documentary, or a personal vlog, Lightworks gives you the tools to tell your story your way. Download now and embark on your path to becoming a master storyteller.



Authors Note — AI and Content Generation


In our commitment to transparency and ethical practice, we wish to disclose that artificial intelligence (AI) played a role in crafting this piece. However, it remains primarily a human endeavour, with the core content written, edited, and meticulously proofread by our team. 

AI served primarily as a tool for workshopping drafts, researching topics, and ensuring a consistent writing style. Importantly, our use of AI is designed to complement, not replace, our team's efforts. It allows us to efficiently utilise our resources, enhancing our work without compromising or diminishing the value of human skill and creativity.