Improve Your Editing Workflow by Watching Other Editors at Work

Darious J. Britt, more famously known as D4Darious, has dropped a video that shared his editing process with the entire world. While it’s entertaining to watch, there are some good editing lessons to be learned from watching someone else’s editing process.

“I think it’s extremely useful to see how other creators edit their projects, because then you can take little bits and pieces from their process that may resonate with you,” says Darious in the video’s intro.

You can see if anything about Darious’s editing process resonates with you by watching his video below:

In the video, Darious goes through every step that he took to edit a cinematic video he had previously posted to his YouTube channel. Darious reveals before starting the project that he likes to use templates in Premiere Pro because he feels it saves him a lot of time. “I use this for most of my videos,” Darious says referring to his template project file. “I try and make templates whenever possible because it just saves you so much time.” In his templates, he has all of his intros, outros and text that he includes in all off his videos.

Once he has all of his clips on the timeline, he selects them all and reduces their speed by 50 percent, creating that slow-mo cinematic effect that we all recognize.

After that, he begins the cutting process. He likes to keep things organized during his first round of cuts by raising his keeper clips one track above everything else so he can easily spot and identify them later. At this stage, he also cuts out pieces of a music track that he likes and pieces those bits into one harmonious track.

He then moves onto the second round of cuts where he’s really able to narrow down the clips he wants to keep. It’s similar to his first cut in that he again raises the clips that he wants to keep up one more track.

From there he deletes all the clips that he doesn’t need and begins to add effects and color graded the clips he has left.

To finish, Darious gives the project by adding cine-bars onto it, but he mentions that it’s better to change the camera and sequence settings instead to get that anamorphic look.

As Darious says, you really can learn a lot by looking at another video professional’s workflow. You can see things that you may want to apply to your own workflow, or you can see things that you believe are a problem and know avoid them. Remember to always take every chance you get to learn from your fellow peers.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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