Becoming a Professional Video Editor
Part 1: Growth, your tools and your space. Step 1: Clean up your act! If a video editor's desk is a home-office catch-all, the video editor is not using space or time efficiently. Everyone wants to "edit like a pro." But what does that really mean? Beginning this month...
To Page Curl or to Cut?
Every week I have to leave my studio and go to the local grocery store to re-stock my client refrigerator with cold soft drinks. Every week I'd buy the same variety of products. Predictable. Routine. A no-brainer. Then one day I heard about a store--farther away--somewhat harder to reach,...
Five Steps to Smoother Skin
Make your on-camera talent look their best by following these five simple steps. 1. Mr. Make-Up? It's true. When it comes to looking good on camera, makeup is not just for women anymore. Video producers often overlook this critical first step for several reasons. Perhaps they don't want to infer their...
Q: Hi, I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. I know how to load both digital or film still photos into my timeline and use the cool "Ken Burns" effect to make them more visually stimulating in my video, but what if I want to...
The Kindest Cut of All
In the beginning, there was the cut. The usual editing conventions dictate that most of your transitions should be cuts. Let's step away from the transitions palette for a while. The very first person to ever edit any kind of moving picture undoubtedly started by simply removing something they didn't...
Using Still Photos in Video
Who could have figured that 150 years after the Civil War -- that signature event in American History -- would forever change the way we video editors approach a part of our craft? Well, not the Civil War itself, but the Ken Burns documentary about it. For many, that program...
11 Steps to Add Some Spice to Your Video
There are many ways to make your video dull. We speak derisively of "talking heads" on television because they're not exciting. It's one thing to be in a room with someone who is talking for an hour, but it's something entirely different to watch that as a single, unbroken...
Tips for Editing Montages
If you've been around video long, you're probably familiar with the term "montage" (mn-'tzh). It's a French term that comes from the world of cinema.Webster defines a montage as: 1: the production of a rapid succession of images in a motion picture to illustrate an association of ideas. Or...
Composites: The Key to Success
In video editing, a composite is a video image that incorporates two or more separate visual media elements together on the screen. These elements can be video streams, words, pictures, drawings, graphics or 3D animations. In short, anything you can see (and digitally image), you can composite. The word...
Editing: Editing from Start to Finish, Part 2 of 4
Last month, we covered the preliminary planning you need to do before you begin your video project. And we outlined a typical workflow for logging and capturing the clips that will form the building blocks of our family history video. This month, we move on to building our timeline,...
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