Three Tips for Video Editing

  • Three Tips for Video Editing

    Believe it or not, video editing is a much more important skill than you think. It is called to arms at least once in most people’s lives for various reasons; some of the possible reasons being school projects, work presentations, social media trends, special occasions, and even just for fun! The beauty of video editing is the broad spectrum of creativity it leaves room for. Editing itself is not an exact science, nor is there a right or wrong way to create an extraordinary video. However, when introducing original camera work and audio, there are certain methods that will simply make your audience cringe. The list below could be of some assistance to amateurs or even advanced beginners to the editing process. Here is a list of the top three things to help you while video editing.

    Three Tips for Video Editing

    Fill in “Dead Air”

    Say you have set up two characters conversing with one another, but something does not sound right. It is just the sound of empty, awkward silence with no sound in the background, but rather the squeaking of shoes and slight breathing. You must never do this, it is always important to have subtle music playing to help set the tone and mood of how the audience should feel during that particular scene. Unless the audience is deliberately supposed to feel unsettled, then it is appropriate to leave out any addition backdrop audio.

    Avoid Jump Cuts

    For our readers who do not know what a jump cut is, it is a crude or harsh transition from one scene to another. Most of the time, continuity editing is what major filmmakers attempt to use for a well made final cut. However, as with all things, there are exceptions to this. Strive to keep your footage aligned and running smoothly so the audience is not taken out of the world that you created. The exception to this rule is when it is deliberate in making a specific illusion or idea come to life. For example, music videos usually go along with a beat to a song, so an editor may choose to coordinate certain shots with the rhythm.

    Moderate Time

    Managing the screen time a scene takes is very important, so some people need to extend their time frame and others need to shorten it. An important thing to remember is, to make the atmosphere feel natural without forcing the mood through speed. Sometimes there is just too much information that the audience must absorb at a given moment in the story. This can cause confusion and discontent among the people viewing the film. It is better to cut the scene accordingly even if some information is left out, as it can always be brought back later in another scene. In other situations, there is not enough information or dialogue to sustain the scene, or everything involved finished at a faster rate. In this instance, it is better to make this scene shorter because it will seem natural. Yet, if it coming off as rushed and sloppy this will have negative effects on the scenes before and after because it changes the pace of the motion picture. Keeping the time frame consistent with the major plot points is important to the audience can keep up with the events unfolding.

    Hopefully, this article will add to your editing skills! Best of luck with all of your video editing endeavors, contact us for more interesting, informative articles and videos.

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