HAJIME’S VIDEO LAB / The magic of messing with music

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Hajime stands beside the logo of UUUM, his management company.

By Hajime / Special to The Yomiuri Chukosei ShimbunHey, readers, it’s Hajime.

This time around, I present to you Part 2 of Hajime’s video lesson. The subject is tips for editing.

The most basic element of editing is getting rid of excess stuff. Pare down your video as much as you can, except for what you really want to shoot. Just doing that will make your clips so much easier to watch. I mean, just adding some nice music will make your work more or less watchable anyway (lol).

Music is really crucial in movies. Many YouTubers usually pick the same kind of music, to some extent. But in my case, I use different music each time, choosing stuff depending on how I feel that day. Like, for a sad scene, I do a search for music with the keyword “sad,” and for a crazy kind of scene, I go for the keyword “panic” and pick music that really fits. That’s my style. That means I need more time to edit, but I feel like it always makes my videos fresh.

Music can radically change the video if you mess with it a little, too. My favorite technique is to just play the music first and then suddenly have it stop the moment something on screen happens. For example, in a video introducing a toy, I have the music just stop when I drop it by mistake or something. It’s like giving a tempo variation to a video. Just doing that can add highlights to your work.

This is a technique even newbies can use. I hope you try it out!

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Hajime, 24, comes from Toyama Prefecture. He is a YouTuber with more than 5 million subscribers to his account ( His physical and experimental videos are very popular, particularly among young people.

This article is a translation of the Hajime column that appeared last Friday in The Yomiuri Chukosei Shimbun, a weekly paper for junior high and high school students. The original text in Japanese and the translation will be carried alongside each other in the paper on the final Friday of every month.Speech

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