There are plenty of video editing software applications out there—some simple and quick, and others complex and powerful.
Try starting out in simpler editors, like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, and if you have something in mind that these apps can’t handle, move up to something bigger.
Don’t be afraid to try out ideas, you can always undo!
There are tons of excellent guides online regarding video editing. If you think something would work for your video try searching for it on YouTube or Google, and you should find something to get you started.
Video editing is an intense process on a computer. Make sure to save your work often so you don’t lose any.
If you are sharing editing duties among group members make sure to move all the original audio, video, and image files as well. Most editors save a project file that has your work, but only refers to the original files and will appear broken to anyone who doesn’t have those files.
An external hard drive or large flash drive may come in handy for video projects, especially if you plan to use a public lab.
Keep copyright in mind.
Copyright can be a very murky subject, especially for videos created online.
Avoid using licensed music in your videos, many video hosting sites like YouTube have automatic filters that can detect music and will mute your video entirely.
There are sources of music and images online that have Creative Commons licenses. The creators of these works often allow others to use their work in projects such as videos and only ask to credit in return. For more info, read about Creative Commons licenses.