As often happens on this f


As often happens on this forum, John manages to leave out the information most important to forming an answer: what kind of a production is this?

I recently edited a two camera, three audio track musical, nearly two and a half hours in length. It has several hundred cuts. Personally, I’d hate to have to go back and sync the audio to each of these clips; laying down the audio tracks, fully synced, when you begin editing a dramatic piece makes perfect sense.

On the other hand, I recently edited a 30 minute video of dragon boat races in Eugene Oregon. Sound was primarily from two on-camera mics and an old mini-disc recorder. Dealing with sound in this case amounted to creating a sound track from ambient sounds, augmented by a library of bird calls, water and crowd noises and voice over interviews.

35mm film production didn’t pay much attention to sound, it’s true, but then they had a Walter Murch on hand to spend a year editing the sound for Apocalypse Now, etc.

I guess the bottom line (for me at least) is that editing is a game of nods: you try different approaches until the material nods its approval to you and lets you create your piece.


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