How to Edit Videos for Free for YouTube

This year, it was my goal to start creating video content for my YouTube channel. What I didn’t realize at the time, is that the program I use to edit footage is crucial to how fast I can get a video up. Today I am going to show you how to edit videos for free for Youtube!ย 

First of all, if you are going to be creating videos on YouTube, you honestly need an external hard drive to store footage.

If you are uploading all of the footage to your computer to store it there, it’s going to slow down your computer. I love using this 1 TB External Hard Drive.

How to edit videos for free for Youtube

Next up is the fun part: start taking all of that incredible footage and create a video!

I just found out about Adobe Spark this week and I wish that someone had told me about this program sooner.

Think of this online program like Canva on steroids. You can create social media graphics, animated videos, and of course video content.

Plus, there is no program you need to download and it’s free!

When you first start the online program, you will be provided an easy tutorial on how everything works.

I love that it’s a drag-and-drop platform to work on.

Just upload footage, trim clips, add text, background music, voice-overs, and BAM, your video is done before you know it.

Here’s a quick vlog I pulled together using Adobe Spark.

Honestly, this took me less than an hour to edit and get on YouTube.

Now, there is nothing holding you back from making your first video on YouTube!

Ready to start making video content for your blog? I would love to hear! Leave a comment down below if you have a YouTube channel so I can check it out.

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  1. Sarah Kranz wrote:

    Wonderful tips, very helpful. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 7.12.17 Reply
  2. Super Millennial wrote:

    Super helpful I am going to start my Youtube channel next week…thanks!

    Posted 7.12.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      That’s awesome news! What’s your channel?

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
      • Sim wrote:

        I just started mine yesterday… @lovelypoison_sim

        Posted 12.4.18 Reply
  3. Kuleigh wrote:

    I’ve heard of Adobe Spark but I’ve never looked into it before. Your video turned out great! I’ve been wanting to create more video content so I will have to look into this app first.

    Posted 7.12.17 Reply
  4. Mae Brian wrote:

    I’ve used Adobe Spark before but I need to explore its video editing features. I’ve been wanting to create more videos, so I’ll definitely be checking the app again. Thanks for this!

    Mae |

    Posted 7.12.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      Hey Mae! I had no idea that Adobe even had free software like this. Even though I use Premiere Pro, this would have been a great way to get started for free!

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
  5. Lynn White wrote:

    Great tutorial. I usually use Adobe or Screen flow for my video editing.

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      Thank you! I haven’t tried Screen Flow before, I want to play around with that platform as well.

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
  6. Kallie wrote:

    great tutorial. I use Final Cut Pro but hear great things about Adobe.

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      Thanks! I use Premiere Pro for my editing. But I wish I heard about Spark earlier so it would take away the hesitation of getting started!

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
      • Emily wrote:

        can you also download it on a phone because i put adobe spark and wich one is it

        Posted 12.26.17 Reply
        • Lauren wrote:

          Hi Emily,

          Yes, this Adobe Spark also works as an app! You can search for it in the Apple App Store.

          Posted 12.27.17 Reply
  7. Luca wrote:

    This is so handy, I’m hoping to get into videography for my food blog!

    Xo: @simplydleisheats

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      That’s such a great goal! Video content is an incredible addition to blogs.

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
  8. Chell Bee wrote:

    Omg I have heard of this a few times but never checked it out. I will def be using this like immediately. Esp bc my editing software has been on the fritz for a few months. Perfect timing. Thanks for sharing this!!

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      You’re welcome! I actually learned about this software AFTER learning Premiere Pro. But Spark is a great option to get started and get videos out fast!

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
  9. Glenna Etzel wrote:

    Oh thank you for sharing. I need to check this out for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
  10. I just started using both Spark Video and Spark Post, and am posting my first video tomorrow! Super easy, although it doesn’t do nearly as much as Adobe Premiere or even iMovie… but it’s still good for quick simple videos!

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      That’s awesome! What’s the link for your video, I would love to see it! I actually learned Premiere Pro before Spark, but this was a great option to get users excited about making video for free!

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
  11. Jessica Bradshaw wrote:

    I love all of your rose gold accessories!! So pretty! Your desk is awesome. Great tips. I didn’t realize you could do that.

    Posted 7.13.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      I was just introduced to Adobe Spark this year after learning iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro. I definitely would have started making videos earlier if I knew how easy it was on Spark.

      Posted 7.17.17 Reply
  12. Jeanne Standley-Kinata wrote:

    Thank you so much! I have been making videos and need to edit them. You have inspired me! I will check out Adobe Spark right away! My channel is “In loving Hands ASMR “

    Posted 3.12.18 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      Thank you so much for the sweet words! Good luck with your videos – you got this!

      Posted 3.12.18 Reply
  13. Denise wrote:

    Iโ€™ve recently started a YouTube channel and this is very helpful!

    If you want to check it out here is the link:

    Posted 3.18.18 Reply
  14. Jaimee wrote:

    Wow Iโ€™ve never heard of Adobe Spark, I canโ€™t wait to use it. Iโ€™ll be starting my channel this week as soon as my lighting arrives & im relieved to have a free program to use to edit my content. Thanks a bunch girlie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 5.20.18 Reply
  15. Sonya wrote:

    nice, im going to try this program . you can check my youtube channel its nothing special for now – I.S WeirdLife Vlogs

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  16. Audrey wrote:

    This is SO helpful! I thought you had to pay.
    My friend and I just started and it’s audreyxjordyn ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 1.2.19 Reply
  17. Anmol wrote:

    Nice article!!!
    Thanks for sharing this post.

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  18. Bhavesh wrote:

    Great tips. thanks for sharing.

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  19. Isheeta wrote:

    This post is really helpful and useful. Glad that I found it.

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply