The massive video editing extravaganza! – 50 tips! Part 2

Going on to the second part of the video editing extravaganza, featuring tips 6-10.

A look at Adobe Premiere's timeline

6. Lay the basic footage down first. The first part of the actual editing (after configuring settings and importing footage etc…) is putting the footage onto the timeline. Don’t do anything else until everything is down. I know it doesn’t look like a film yet, but be patient. Much like drawing, it’s better to get something down for you to manipulate rather than trying to draw the perfect form first try.

7. Not all footage is created equal. Sometimes there’s going to be footage that (for whatever reason) cannot be imported into your video editing program. You will need to re-code it first. Find out any necessary programs you need to convert the file, but make sure that the settings match what you’re working with. Match the aspect ratio, the data rate and frame rate. If you can’t replicate these settings, find another program that will. One of the worst things you can do is have disjointed footage.

8. Don’t be afraid to render. Video editing takes up a lot of memory. Playback can be a b*tch if you have a lot going on. Now, I’m not used to come editing programs out there, but I know for a fact, AVID allows you to render footage. What does this mean? It means the computer can take a shot with complicated special effects on and have it as a separate file which it then reimports back into the sequence as if nothing happened. The effect of this is that you can play the sequence and it will run smoothly, allowing you to chop and change without the slow down limitations of your computer. Although bear in mind that as soon as you adjust one of the special effects you’ve added to the shot, you’ll need to re-render it.

9. Trimming is awesome. You’ve got a fantastic sequence of action, but it just doesn’t feel right. There’s a few too many frames on this one shot. What to do? Well trim of course! Whatever the process of trimming is in your editing program, you need to do it. Trimming with AVID is excellent, as it’s very easy to do with the trimming tools. Those editing programs without trimming tools will have to get by on placing the marker over the bit you want to trim to separate the wanted from the unwanted frames, cut and delete the unwanted ones. A bit of a round-about way of doing it, but there’s nothing worse than an awesome sequence ruined by too many frames.

You can use the roller tool to help you trim in AVID.

10. Edit by audio first. I’m still trying to come to grips with this concept. I’ve always edited by video first, but I suppose it makes sense to do the audio first – or at least the basic dialogue. It’s easy to chop and change video and still make it work. It’s more difficult to do the same with sound as this is what really sells the continuation within a scene (think about it! – Camera angle move all the time, but the sound has to anchor everything to make it seemless).


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