10 Video Editing Habits to Give Up

Hand with STOP written on it. Bad Habits written on chalk board.


More on Graphics

I would just add one thing to #7, Underutilizing Graphics. Keep abreast of rapidly evolving graphic and photographic trends. Including stills or iconography that look like they were creating in the 90's can sideline an editor quickly. Tune in frequently to the many "Trends in video" and "Trends in visual imagery" webinars that are available. Find out what the PMS color of the year and other favored imagery styles are. Use these influences to keep your output current and relevant.

Nice Article

Greg's picture

I enjoyed this article Chris. Nice job!!I would also add that using more cuts and less dissolves works well. It's important to tell a story with editing. Many young editors are great at using the software, but they really do not know how to tell a story. I always suggest that editors watch movies, commercials, and TV shows without the sound on. That helps them learn how to tell a story with shots. Then watch the same thing again with the sound, and notice how the audio enhances the product. Lastly, music choice can make or break a video. Every editor should try different cuts of music to see what works best, and what conveys the mood and message properly.

Greg Ball, President
Ball Media Innovations, Inc.

Fixating on edit points

Great article, Chris. For me, an 11th no-no is fixating on an edit point. I'll look at a piece of footage and just know where the cut should come, only to discover that it doesn't work. It's a jump cut, or awkward, or just plain ugly. That's when its important to let go and start looking at a better place to cut, backing up several frames or perhaps looking for an entirely different place to make the cut. I find this to be especially true when cutting dance or theatre material.

a great resource

Ambrose's picture

This is definitely a great resource that will always be useful for both the newbies and pros. Thanks Chris.