7 Video Editing Trends In 2021

Updated on October 4, 2021

Audiences around the world are starting to demand more and more from their online content. They no longer want to passively watch a video, they want it to be immersive. And with new video editing trends popping up, video editors everywhere are having to find new ways to keep up with audience demand for this kind of immersive content.

This blog post will explore some of the great developments in video editing that you should know about if you haven't already.

1) Cinemagraph Effect

A cinemagraph is a still photograph in which certain elements are animated. It is achieved through picture or video manipulation. Basically, you take a regular photo and create a video with elements that are moving. It is an interesting way to capture the attention of viewers as they try to figure out what makes the item move.

There are websites and applications (e.g. Flixel) that allow you to create cinemagraphs, but you can also do it by yourself with a photo or video editing tools, like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Final Cut if you download some additional plugins.

2) Parallax Videos

Parallax video is a new trend in the world of cinematography. It is also called multi-depth. The technique uses two or more video layers that the camera captures simultaneously. Since the parallax effect depends on distance, you can create some original animations by moving objects to different distances across the planes of the scene, which creates interesting effects. For Parallax videos probably best to use After Effects, but it is possible to achieve this effect in other professional video editing applications too.

3) Stop-Motion Animation

For many decades, stop motion has been used in special effects of films, but now it is also gaining popularity as a separate form of art. It can be achieved by taking single photos of static objects, which are later moved between photos to create the illusion of motion.

To create these animations you can use any video editing program, alternatively, there are also free applications that allow you to do it easily. You just have to shoot a couple of pictures in every frame - the more pictures you take, the better the final result. You just have to keep in mind, that this animation really takes a lot of time.

4) Hyperlapse Videos

Hyperlapse (aka fast motion, time-lapse with moving camera) is a video created from pictures made at constant intervals with a moving camera. It gives you the opportunity to capture relatively slow movements with a high frequency (e.g. clouds shifting in the sky or pedestrians walking on the street).

It requires less effort than stop motion, but it's not as easy to do by yourself, because you need to invest a lot of time by capturing the footage frame by frame. For example, 3 seconds hyperlapse consists of at least 72 (3x24) pictures.

5) 360 Degree Videos

360-degree videos are made by using special cameras that have the ability to shoot these videos. Another option is to connect 4 cameras to get a 180-degree video, but it could be really long way. This is not a type of video you can create in a simple video editing program. It is more suitable for applications like Adobe Premiere Pro and similar ones.

6) Dolly Zoom Effect

Dolly Zoom, also called the Vertigo effect (after the famous Hitchcock film), is a special effect in which the camera moves backward while the subject stays still. Keeping it simple, this is achieved by zooming out of or into an object while tracking it horizontally or vertically. While it is not a new effect, it is quite popular nowadays to make videos more interesting and attractive to the eye.

7) Hyper-Reality Videos

This is a relatively new type of cinematography. It captures reality and adds elements to it (e.g. 3D objects), which are not real, to make the video more entertaining and engaging for the viewer. For example, you can put your face on an actor's body, create surreal environments or even change faces - all that with the help of the latest 3D technologies. The best programs for creating these videos are Adobe After Effects or any other video editing program with the ability to work directly in 3D- space.

To make your videos even more interesting you can use any combination of them. For example, you can mix hyper-lapse videos and do the zoom in post-production to achieve an additional dolly zoom effect. The possibilities are endless... Just experiment with different techniques to find out what works best for you!

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