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Editing is the art of telling a story using video footage, pictures, and sound. Editing is often called the invisible art because the best editing isn’t noticed by the viewer.

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Recognizing videos that need no editing

Some types of video can stand on their own with no significant amount of editing. You can prepare the following types of videos for publishing with a minimal amount of trimming:

  • Talking head: A talking-head video shows a person simply speaking into the camera to make an announcement or to explain a concept or an issue. This technique isn’t terribly interesting visually, but it can be effective if the speaker has interesting material. If your talent can complete the statement in one take, you typically don’t even need to edit.
  • Speech and presentation: Sometimes, you can tape a representative of your company or an outside expert presenting a relevant topic at an event. You can typically use this footage without editing if the presentation is brief. But remember that presentations on video tend to be less interesting than the ones you see in person.
  • Simple product demonstrations: A salesperson, or even a CEO, may be able to give a killer product demonstration in only one take. Sometimes, a charismatic salesperson can be more convincing than a slickly produced product video. A competent camera person can show details of the product by zooming in or moving the camera.

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  • Logging your footage
    • Download the footage to your computer.
    • Import the footage into your editing program.
    • Organize your clips.
    • Watch your footage. (with your storyboard plan)
    • Remove unwanted material.
    • Take notes.
    • Mark the best clips.
  • Making a rought cut: The first step in determining what your video will look like is to make a rough cut, in which you line up all the good footage to figure out what works. A rough cut is typically much longer than the final product, and it lacks many of the elements from the final video, such as titles and visual effects. To make a rough cut, first log your footage, as explained earlier in this chapter, in the section “Logging your footage.” Then follow these steps:
    • Review your storyline in sequence: Tackle every scene separately.
    • For every scene, find the best takes that you marked during logging.
    • Mark in and out points for every clip to trim it to the part you want in the video: In and out points are indicators you set on the individual clips that make up the scene. An in point is the frame in the clip where you would like to begin viewing, an out point is the frame you would like to end the clip with. Don’t worry much about the exact timing. It comes later. In and out points can easily be changed once your clip is in your timeline.
    • Insert the clip in your editing program’s timeline, in any order you want: Figure 8-2 shows what a rough cut looks like in an editing program. It’s just a sequence of clips with no further treatment.
    • Repeat this process for all scenes to assemble a sequence of clips that tells your intended story.
  • Switching around
    • Use different versions of the same take.
    • Drop clips or entire scenes.
    • Change the order of scenes.

Editing is storytelling, but stories don’t always have to flow linearly. Early in your video, specify to your audience that you have something interesting to say. Learn from the pros: James Bond movies, for example, don’t start with a boring explanation of the villain’s latest evil plot, but rather with a high-octane action scene that grabs the audience’s attention immediately.

  • Creating cuts
    • Hard
    • Transition:
      • fade
      • jump cut
      • . . . .
  • Filling the gaps with B-roll
    • Illustrate what a speaker or an interviewee is saying by showing the subject of the explanation.
    • Add a bit of rhythm and visual polish to an otherwise long and visually boring scene.
    • Separate scenes in a scripted video to give the viewer breathing room. Many TV series use a few pieces of B-roll between scenes — for example, in shots of the city where the story is taking place.
    • Hide cuts in an interview or another continuous scene. If you have only one perspective of an interviewee, shortening the interview is difficult. Cutting directly looks jumpy and indicates that you’ve omitted material. If you cut instead to a piece of B-roll while the interviewee is still talking, you can easily mask the cut.
    • Disguise small flaws in the footage. Did the camera suddenly shake in the middle of the interview, or did the subject move briefly out of focus? No problem — simply use a bit of B-roll to hide the mistake.

Polishing video

  • Fine-tuning your edit
    • Tweak your cut timing
    • Add music
    • Clean up the audio track:
      • make levels correct and consistent across the video
      • use color correction across the video so that there is consistency
  • Adding bells and whistles
    • Titles
    • Sound effects
    • Visual efects

Adding music to video

The easiest way to save time and expense is to use only royalty-free music tracks — they’re sold specifically for use in YouTube videos or presentations. After you pay a fixed price per song, you can usually use it however you want, as long as you stay within the boundaries specified by the music publisher contract.Youtube channels for dummies

  • Determine which emotion you want to convey. For example, you may want viewers to feel happy, sad, or uplifted — or neutral.
  • Watch a rough edit of your video several times. Or, if you’re still in the planning stage, simply review the video’s storyline in your mind. Do you need fast, aggressive cuts? Are your graphics clean and simple, or more elaborate and flowery? The music you choose must match the video’s storyline, aesthetic value, and editing style.
  • Choose an appropriate genre. You may want to use a rock-and-roll track or a country track, for example, or perhaps electronic music more closely suits your style.
  • Set the mood. The mood of the music you choose has to match the emotion you want to convey. To judge, determine how the music makes you feel when you listen to it. If it matches the emotion you chose in Step 1, you’re on the right track.
  • Control the pace of the video by controlling its musical tempo. A song’s tempo refers to its speed or pace. The pace of the video also has to fit the emotion you’re trying to convey and the overall storyline. For example, should viewers be relaxed or breathless after watching your video? Choose a tempo between these two extremes that creates the impression you want.
  • Search for a song. After you choose the genre, mood, and tempo of the music in your video, search for a song. (You’ll find out more about music to purchase in the following sections. Or, if you’re truly talented, compose one yourself.) You’ll likely stick with royalty-free music.
  • Drop in the music. After you finish creating the video, you can drop the music into your editing timeline and
  • Stock mucis libraries
    • PremiumBeat ( Has a great selection of great audio tracks and sound effects. They work closely with composers from around the world. They are very selective so it is easier to search through libraries for what you need.
    • Audiojungle ( It’s less expensive than Shockwave-Sound (, the major player in the stock music and sound effects derby, but its selection isn’t as large. Songs cost between $10 and $20 apiece.
    • Footage Firm ( This site sells inexpensive DVD song compilations. A disc usually has only a few good songs, but they’re usually worth the price — approximately $10 per disc, including shipping.
    • . . . . .

Very comprehensive advanced tutorial

World's Most Advanced Video Editing Tutorial (Premiere Pro) - Editing LTT from start to finish

Best video editing software

  • Note the intros - that's a format for this channel.
  • Adobe premiere is available free at the university.

We watch one among the below several

LEARN PREMIERE PRO IN 20 MINUTES ! - Tutorial For Beginners
Or . . .

Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Basic Editing for Beginners
Or . . .

About vlog editing. Not editing, but, see how the author introduce the structure of the content in a concise way.

How I edit a vlog in Premiere Pro

  • Introducing the organization of the content upfront.
  • very dull, but free open-source music
    • fade out would be better?

Video editing skills (techniques)

13 Creative Film and Video Editing Techniques

  • Standard cut (con two clips together)
  • Jump cut
  • Montage
  • Cross dissolving
  • wipe
  • fade out, face in
  • J and L cut
    • order of video and audio
    • J cut. Audio (of a new video) starts before a new video
    • L cut. Existing audio continues when a new clip introduced (interview!)
  • cutting a point of action
  • cutaway
  • cross cut parallel editing
  • match cut
  • smash cut
  • invisible cut

6 Rules for Cinematic Editing
Or . . .

9 Cuts Every Video Editor Should Know | Filmmaking Tips

video_editing.txt · Last modified: 2019/11/04 09:01 by hkimscil