How Do You Edit a Video on Action Camera?

If you own an action camera, you have probably captured some incredible footage that you can’t wait to share with your friends and family. However, before you can share the video, you may need to edit it to make it more engaging and polished. In this tutorial, we will go over the steps for editing a video on an action camera.

Step 1: Transfer the video to your computer

The first step is to transfer the video from your action camera to your computer. You can do this by connecting the camera to your computer with a USB cable or by removing the memory card from the camera and inserting it into a card reader.

Step 2: Choose a video editing software

Once you have transferred the video to your computer, you will need a video editing software to edit it. There are many options available, including free and paid software. Some popular options include Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, and DaVinci Resolve.

Step 3: Import the video into the software

Next, open your chosen editing software and import the video file into it. This is usually done by clicking on “File” > “Import” or dragging and dropping the file into the program.

Step 4: Edit the video

Now comes the fun part – editing! You can trim out unwanted footage, add music or sound effects, adjust color grading and brightness/contrast levels, add text overlays for captions or subtitles – there are countless possibilities for customizing your footage.

Trimming Footage

To trim footage in most editing softwares simply drag/drop a segment of footage onto your timeline then use either keyboard shortcuts or drag/drop tools to cut down unwanted portions of footage

Add Music/Sound Effects

To add music or sound effects to your video, most editing softwares let you import audio files. Simply drag the audio file to your timeline and adjust its level to set the appropriate volume.

Color Grading

To adjust color grading in most editing softwares, use a color grading panel which allows you to make adjustments to the brightness, contrast, saturation and hue of your footage.

Text Overlays

To add text overlays such as captions or subtitles simply select a text tool and input what you would like the overlay to say. From there you can adjust font size, style and color.

Step 5: Export the video

Once you have finished editing the video, it’s time to export it. This is usually done by clicking on “File” > “Export” or “Render”.

You can choose from various export settings such as resolution, frame rate, and file format. Keep in mind that higher resolution and frame rates may result in larger file sizes.


Editing a video on an action camera may seem daunting at first, but with the right software and some basic editing skills you can turn your raw footage into a polished video that you can be proud of. Remember – practice makes perfect!