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Help with editing? how to make my video better?

theplasticbag's picture
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Hi, i was just wondering.
What can you do with editing?
As far as i can see and know it's cutting and placing video clips in order, placing music and audio.
What else can you do?
I know it's a completely beginner question but i'd just like to know it all.
Let's say i'm editing a video of my family vacation would i use editing software to lighten clips? fix colours etc? thanks.

 


Luis Maymi's picture
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Man you ask a question too broad for an answer. Editing video is way more than cutting and placing video clips. It start with how you record the footage, the type of editing you like to use (fast pace, slow, dramatic, etc). What else can you do? Practice, practice and more practice. Is the only way to get better at video editing. I suggest to start with Videomaker editing webinar, it will really help you understand some tecniques. Another thing is when watching movies look at them from the eyes of the video editor, this means analyzing the cuts, camera angles, sequences order, music and audio effects position and so on. 

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"The meaning of a movie are the characters, the life of the movie is the music, but the magic is in the editing" –  http://www.lomaymi.com


paulears's picture
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Watch any tv or movie and look at how each individual shot changes to the next one. Look at the things superimposed over the picture like captions and graphics and then listen to the sound where you may have lots of different things, like peope talking, sound effects and music. That's what the editor did!


theplasticbag's picture
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Joined: 09/03/2012 - 4:04am

oh yeah, sorry i didn't word my question very well.
i know that part of it, i believe.
but, isn't the position of the shot done while shooting?
and, maybe this rephrasing would help.
let's say i've already cut all my footage, put it in order and sequenced, synced the music and sound effects and possible text and captions needed.
what else can be done?
 


Steve Bell's picture
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Joined: 10/03/2012 - 6:15am

 

You can look at the "mood" of your piece and the story you're trying to tell and try to work out what could be done to enhance it.

 

Is it ... Exciting? Scary? Moody? Lazy? Look again at your cuts, music and effects carefully and see what you can do to help "tell the story".  Don't leave every shot in, in full, just because it's properly 'exposed' and not shaky. Ask yourself, does it (all) help the mood of the piece and the story you're trying to tell?

 

If in doubt, cut shots down. Avoid boring your audience. Bad editing can ruin a well-shot film and good editing can save a mediocre one.  Don't add music just for the sake of it.  Would quiet wind noise or even silence be more appropriate in places? (etc.)  Put as much thought and work into the sound as you do the pictures.  Also, choose your music carefully. Music can totally change the mood of the video. 'Plink-a-plonk' background music is rarely appropriate. Might something ambient, classical, or abstract might help the story along better?

 

Having said all that, those are the sort of things you can do, given what you started with. Like the other replies here, I'm going to say, think about the editing when you shoot. Watch our for the 'mood' of your subject matter and take shots that complement it. Think about the story - shoot establishing shots for the opening, shoot loads of "cutaways" - then don't use them all. :-)

 

Shooting and editing go hand in hand and the fact you're asking the question shows you want to produce something good.


paulears's picture
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Joined: 11/05/2006 - 8:36am

It's a bit like a good chef v me. I can take the individual items and follow a recipe. I can prepare all the individual components, but a chef can balance all the ingredients and make it nicer. Same with editing. Where you made the cut, and where you go into the next shot, can make the difference between a working edit and a great one. Like so many process based technlogy projects - the nuts and bolts are the beginning.

 

In your case, look at how the volume of the music and sound effects ebb and flow, and how you possibly subtley changed a shot length by streching by a few frames before the cut, or how an edit was delayed slightly to meet a beat in the music. How good were you at telling the story, and perhaps putting a spin on things by altering the emphasis. Does yours look and sound as good as the things you see on TV? If it does, you're done. 

 

Editing is an art, that needs a skill to make it happen.


artsmith's picture
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 Editing, is what turns raw footage into 'entertainment'. It goes way beyond simply re-cutting, re-timing and re-ordering raw footage. Despite a perception, carefully nourished over the years, by gear manufacturers hoping to achieve mass-sales by convincing the gullible that 'The camera will do it all, for you', in actual fact it won't, far-from-it. Why do I think this way? Because for seven years I have been collecting raw footage and stalled the process of regarding the edited material as 'finished' until the 'product' has been 'polished' to the extent I would like. And, although I started from humble beginnings, that finished product is much closer today, to what I set out to achieve, than it used to be, and any number of 'temporary-renders' are now able to be brought to fruition by simply refining what is already, in essence, almost finished work needing only to be updated by substitution of footage etc. while the multiple tracks of audio, graphics etc. need not be disturbed. Some of these projects have been 'finished' so many times, that it's not funny, but it is in my nature never to be satisfied. I now use, 'in-post' as much professional software as I can afford. Of course, a swap, 'mid-stream' from standard to High Definition, didn't speed things up any, either. Over this time-frame, 'up-dating' becomes almost inevitable. Each re-iteration, I have regarded as an opportunity to 'do-it-better'.

 

 I actually left the club I once belonged to, about two years ago, because, for its members, the 'button-pusher' approach of simply re-cutting raw footage and putting it on-screen as 'finished product' was not for me, making me something of a 'social-leper'. Well, that, plus the fact that I had filmed in little other than widescreen fomats since the 1970's, film-cameras and 'anamorphic' lenses. I have, however, kept in touch with one member, (well several actually), whose approach to the making of video is also that of the 'craftsman' and on his pending retirement, I have little doubt that the association will continue, and flourish. That process does not necessarily exclude those who would like to join us, there are several. The only requirements are, 'no club baggage', and be serious enough about what you are doing to not put on screen re-cut raw footage, expecting it to be automatically accepted as entertainment, for no better reason than, that it was 'YOU' who made-it.

 

 Sound familiar?

 

 Ian Smith

 Dunedin, New Zealand.