5 Ways to Improve Your Video Editing Process (for beginners)

  |   Oct 05 2016   |   Posted in: Informational Address, Business to Business


Video editing can seem like a daunting task to the novice editor.  As a video editor with over a decade of experience, hopefully I can offer some advice to make the experience a little less painful.

  1. Stick to a schedule.

This is especially important if you have a deadline looming.  Set goals for where you want to be after an editing session.  Most importantly give yourself enough time to watch the final rendered video and make any changes that you didn’t notice while editing.

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  1. Make notes on your raw footage.

Depending on how large your project is, this tip could save you a lot of time.  When you are looking for that specific shot buried in hours of raw footage and it is clearly marked, you will thank me.

  1. Take breaks.

Sometimes I will go hours with my eyes glued to the screen before realizing I need to take a break.  Walk around.  Grab a coffee.  This is an especially good tip if you are stuck on something in your edit.

  1. Let your rough draft be rough.

It is more important to get everything laid out first than it is to have every frame perfect.  It is better to find out if you are missing any assets early.  For example, if I am missing a logo I will use a placeholder graphic and move on.

  1. Don’t be afraid to completely change something.

The best tip I can give you is if it doesn’t look right, it’s because it isn’t.  Although you put time and thought into your edit, sometimes you need to scrap it and start over if it isn’t coming together.  The more you edit the better you will be at cutting together an effective video quicker.

Hopefully these tips will help you become a better video editor.  

Bonus tip:  

Like everything, editing takes a lot of practice to master.  There are a lot of elements that I did not touch on here such as sound design, color correction, etc.

If you have any questions about video editing, ask the experts in the comment section below!

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