6 Tips for Better Video Editing

  • 6 Tips for Better Video Editing

    Lights, camera, action, editing? We often don’t realize just how much time went into editing a piece of video. It can take longer to get it edited properly than it can to shoot it in the first place. It’s a tricky process, to say the least. But with these simple editing tips, you’ll make your videos incredibly engaging.

    6 Tips for Better Video Editing

    1. Use Transitions Properly

    It’s all too tempting to throw a fancy transition between each and every camera change, but it doesn’t make the best video. Overly flashy transitions and wipes are distracting, which break the immersion. As a rule of thumb, you should use jump cuts when switching between actors in a scene, and only use transitions for actual scene changes. This helps our brains to break the video up into its independent parts at the correct moments, which makes the story feel cohesive.

    2. Use More Close Ups

    Wide shots are great for establishing spatial awareness, but once that is done, viewers want to see the people. And not just facial expressions either, a massive part of communication is our body language. So medium to close shots help to personalize what is happening on screen.

    3. Cut on Gestures, Actions, or Dialogue

    Don’t stick to just one camera angle. Switching shots, even if it’s just to another angle of the same person keeps the video visually appealing, though you should be careful where you cut. A great time to do this is during an action. Cutting from one shot to another which both show the action just from a different angle lets us feel as though it’s part of the same scene. Pay attention to dialogue too, switching cameras during any pause in speech, especially if it captures a better physical gesture or expression is a good idea.

    4. Show Shots of People Listening

    If you have two people talking, then don’t just show the one that is talking. Reactions, even subtle ones carry vast meaning. And taking the time to show how one of your actors is responding helps viewers to sympathize with the listener.

    5. Fill Dead Noise

    Unless it’s an interview or meant to feel a little disturbing, it’s considered a best practice to add either background noise, or music behind every scene. This makes what’s happening on screen feel more natural and comforting, as opposed to dead silence, which makes it feel creepy.

    6. Get an Outside Opinion

    Last but not least, it’s always best to get an outside opinion. As with writing, sometimes you just don’t see your mistakes, but the second set of eyes almost always catches them right away. If you find that little things keep getting past you, then reach out to someone who can double check your work. It really does make a better-finished product.

    If you follow these tips, you are sure to make videos which are both visually appealing and match the mood of your source video. If you still have questions about video editing or are considering having some professional work done, then please contact us today, we’d be happy to help.

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