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    How to Edit Your Mediasite Videos Like a Pro

    October 11, 2013

    Have you ever pressed record in Mediasite and frozen in place with the red light staring back at you? Or fumbled through a section right in the middle of your recording?

    Guess what? You don’t need to include those first few seconds or completely start over. In fact, you can cut out anything you want. Just take a breath, pause a few seconds and continue, because the Mediasite editor is super easy to use.

    Polish your video for better engagement

    While creating quick, stream-of-consciousness videos is essential for sharing content fast, we understand that sometimes you may need to edit out elements that don’t enhance your message. Mediasite editor allows you to take your raw footage and create a polished product for your audience.

    Editing videos has never been so easy

    Editing videos doesn’t have to be an arduous task. With Mediasite’s editor, the process is simple and intuitive. Here’s a quick checklist to get started:

    1. Log into My Mediasite and access the “My Presentations” page.
    2. Open the presentation you want to edit.
    3. On the right-hand side, find the “Edit Video” link, which opens the Web Editor.

    Pro tip:  Note there are two links with similar sounding titles, the Edit Details and Edit Video link. But they have different functions. The Edit Video link is for editing title, description, presenter and similar information. It’s at the top of the right-hand column of options for your videos. Edit Video is for editing videos and can be found further down the column.

    Navigating the video editor

    Within the web editor, you’ll find essential functions that streamline your editing experience. The “Video Source” dropdown menu allows you to choose the source you want to edit, whether it’s the screen or video source. Audio data is conveniently represented in a visualizer on the bottom of the screen.

    In and out cuts

    Don’t be embarrassed by fumbling with notes before your lecture or training begins. In Mediasite, you can easily cut out those moments. Simply click and drag the small triangle to the left or right of the editor timeline to adjust your start and end point! Fun Fact: In the video industry, this method is commonly referred to as ‘Topping and Tailing’. Once you have made a cut, the editor will allow you to adjust it to make precise cuts, frame-by-frame, ensuring your edits are flawless.

    Fading Like a Pro

    Enhance your videos with a professional touch by using the fading feature. Underneath your video timeline, you’ll find a small dot that controls fading. You can fade in or out, and easily adjust the length of the fade to suit your style.

    Cuts and Dissolves

    For cutting footage within your video that’s not at the beginning or end, use a simple shortcut. Highlight the section you want to cut using the arrow, and press the “C” key. If you change your mind, simply delete the cut from the dropdown arrow.

    Insert Chapters for Easy Navigation

    Divide your video into different chapters for improved navigation, particularly useful for lengthy content or presentations with multiple speakers. To insert a chapter, locate the position on the video timeline and click the “Insert Chapter” button, situated on the same line as the toggle thumbnail button. You can also press the “N” key to add Chapters like a pro!


    Mediasite’s editor has an autosave function, but to apply the edits to your presentation you’ll need to go to the dropdown menu entitled “Save Video” and select the “Save Video to…” command. It will give you three options.

    1. “Save to Current” lets you save the current video, just like the “Save” command on a word processing document.
    2. “Save to New” is like a “Save As” command on your word processing document. It saves your changes, but you have the original Presentation if needed.
    3. And finally, there is ‘Save to Existing’ when you want to move a file over to a blank presentation.

    These different options can be extremely helpful if you need to create multiple versions of the same video for different audiences or if you need to pull short clips from a longer video.

    Pro Tip: If you are recording a full-day conference that needs to be split into perhaps 5-6 different videos and you already know the speaker sessions from the conference agenda, you can make these blank presentations before and simply ‘Save to Existing’ after cutting up the main recording. This saves many hours of editing and can help turn the content around very quickly.

    Inserting and Editing Slides

    Slides offer a quick way to add illustrations or other visual elements to a simple video, like a “talking head” presentation recorded at your desk. To add slides to a presentation, select the point where you want the slide to appear in the timeline and click “Insert Slides”. This will open a browser for you to select the image that you want to insert. To change or replace a slide, simply select it in the timeline and click “Replace Slide”, which will prompt the same browser.

    Unleash Your Video Editing Potential

    You don’t need to be a professional video editor to create high-quality content. With Mediasite, you can easily make cuts, fades, insert chapters, and more. You’ll love how it looks and your audience will appreciate the polished and engaging videos you produce. Embrace the power of Mediasite today and elevate your content like never before.

    To learn more, check out our Mediasite U training courses.


    Originally Published February 1, 2019

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