The massive video editing extravaganza! – 50 tips! Part 9

Almost there, with tips 41-45!

41. Correction versus grading. Bear in mind that these are two separate concepts that utilise the same tools. Colour correction is about normalising colours, correcting colours and luminance values (light and dark) and matching them up with shots in the same sequence. Colour grading is about providing a mood – an atmosphere to the world. Two different concepts – one tool!

42. Transitions. Most of the time, I find transitions cheesy and annoying. If done well and stylised though, they can be really good. What do I mean by that? Well, if the transition fits in with what’s happening in the story or shot, it can work – having time and energy at the heart of a scene, it’s nice to see fast swipes of the camera of to one side. Also transitioning with camera movements also look effective, when a camera moves sideways to the right, having that wipe transition looks good. The main exception is fades, since those are usually okay for slower scenes. Just don’t overdo it.

Even Windows Movie Maker has an in-built transition palette

43. Take a break! Editing is a very lengthy and engaging process and time is gone before you know it. Don’t forget to take a break once in a while. Getting away from the computer monitor can enable you to think outside of the box in order to get over certain problems.

44. Cut it! If something isn’t working, cut it if possible. If it’s not essential to the story, if it slows down action, if its too fast for this scene it doesn’t work. Sometimes it’s the only way to make something work right. I’ve had this a few times before, trying to put in a snazzy visual effect or even showing off camera angles and such. I had to cut it because it wasn’t fit for purpose – the time constraints with the camera angles, and the lack of repetition of a nifty effect to create style.

A scene from Terminator 2 that was cut because the director felt it didn't work - or to be more precise, that it was overly expositional

45. Sound bridges. Do you know what a sound bridge is? I’m pretty sure you do. But do you know how awesome they are? They’re very. use them whenever possible. Trust me, it’ll make the action flow and link scenes together to create an actual story rather than simply separate scenes. You simply can’t live without them!


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