8 simple steps to edit better video
The best videographers are great video editors. All your work in the field won't matter unless you can assemble your shots into a coherent, compelling story. Here are some tips:
- Log all your video shoots to save time in the editing process.
- Log your best shots and your best sound bites so you know exactly what you have. Then use that log to put your story together.
- Use a "straight cut" to say that this shot has a relationship to the next shot, to the next shot, etc.
- A "dissolve" signals that something is changing or something new is happening.
- A "fade to black" tells people something enormous is changing.
- Audio is more important than video when creating a video story. You can get away with weak video, but you can't get away with bad audio.
- With a split audio and video edit, use J cuts to start audio before video. Or use L cuts to trail audio.
- Review your work. Give it some time, go back and look at it, and get someone else to look at it. Critique sessions will improve your work.
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