Video editors face a wide assortment of content on a daily basis. There isn’t a single source of media anymore but a varietal onslaught of dissimilar content, from professional formats to random digital ephemera created on mobile devices. It’s the editor’s job to arrange and assemble this heap of visual information into cohesive, powerful stories. This isn’t the first time editors of the moving image have faced such a dilemma, and it’s one reason why the montage remains relevant.
In the ancient times of digital video (the 1990s), there were but a few ways to store footage. Now there are scores of different formats to choose from. Beware! An unwise choice in format can have devastating results.
Explore the different types of audio delay effects and their common uses. We look at delay as it applies to today’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) units and their treatment of the signal so that you can apply delays, echoes and chorus effectively.
Listening to your work during post-production only gets you part of the way there. To cover the rest of the distance you need to make sure you are listening to it the right way. Playback levels have a huge impact on the overall sound of your mixes, as well as the amount of headroom you leave.
Video editing is one of those unique practices that is common for both personal and professional use, and can be taught through long, intensive programs at top-tier schools or self-taught at a learn-as-you-go pace. Some people do it for fun, and others make an excellent living with it.
A map reveals to the traveller all the possible paths they can take to get from point A to point B. Compositing video clips in Adobe After Effects is no different; there are many paths one can travel to achieve their end goal. Green screens and rotoscoping have their place, but most often, a track matte is the shortest route to the final destination.
Post-production is no longer an activity that occurs in isolation. Nor does it necessarily begin once production ends. Today’s cloud based computing world means that files can be shared and accessed from just about anywhere on a wide array of devices. Many video producers are embracing this new world, and as a result post-production is now a team sport, often times with multiple editors working on the same project.
Post-production can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you add in sound design on a separate software. It may seem daunting at first, but multi-track mixing your audio will actually save you more time and hassle