Edit A Home Insurance Video

Insurance videos can be edited to include item descriptions.

Homeowners and renters shooting video of their possessions for insurance documentation purposes may want to label each item on the video. Insurance videos are used to catalog your belongings, such as major appliances, personal electronics and other valuable possessions like jewelry. Insurance videos should demonstrate each possession’s name and value, accompanied by a hard-copy list of the same. To edit an insurance video, you will need video editing software.


1. Connect the video camera to your desktop or laptop computer with a USB cable. Open Windows Explorer and search for the video camera device.

2. Locate the video file and export it or copy it to your computer’s hard drive. Generally, this is a folder named “Videos”.

3. Open your video editing software program. In the suite’s menu, click on “File”, then “Open”. Select your insurance video from the folder it was saved in.

4. Drag and drop the video into the editing tool. Play the video to the first item your documenting, then click “Stop” or “Pause”. Click on “Storyboard” or “Add Text” or “Subtitles” under “View” or “Tools”. Type a description of the item being shown such as “LG 42 Inch LCD HDTV $1,389” or “Viking 36 Inch Gas Cooktop $1,099”. Repeat for subsequent filmed items.

5. Insert transitions into your insurance video. After adding item descriptions, it helps to have a transition from one item to the next to be more viewer friendly. Play your video from the beginning, stopping or pausing when going from one item to another. Select “Transition” under “Tools”, “View”. Choose a transition and repeat for every new item.

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6. Click on “Save”, then “Preview”. Preview your edited insurance video. Burn two copies to writable or recordable DVDs. Keep one copy in a secure location, off-site from your home.