We all have that one burning question when we set out to accomplish something, whether it’s our dream job, or maybe preparing to climb Mount Everest, or even planning out that family vacation you know you deserve….
Well you have to start with the basics!
When entering into video editing there are a lot of questions, from the best video editing software, to the best place to share your work. For now let’s start at some basic video editing techniques. Which will help form a better understanding before we dive into these topics.
1. Lighting and Image Quality – This is the single most important step in creating a quality project! Without proper lighting, image quality and even sound quality, your project will look ameture every time. Its important to note two things here; Firstly, if you aren’t doing the shooting (editing someone else’s videos) you are at the mercy of the content creator and may not want a low quality project with your name on it. Secondly, ESPECIALLY if you are just learning, have patience with yourself! Your first several projects are probably going to stink. The only way to improve is to keep doing more and more and more and more…you get the picture.
2. Color Grading – You may think that a good camera and good lighting are all you’ll ever need to create epic content, but that’s only partly true. Color grading is a great tool to add that extra flair and uniqueness to your project. So go find your programs color tools and experiment a little to find what fits your style best! Even if lighting is slightly off, utilize the contrast, brightness, and exposure sliders togive your video a nicely lit and polished look. Keep in mind that slight adjustments can make the biggest differences and over editing can cheapen your project, unless that’s the goal, then have at it!
3. March’s Rule of 6 – Walter Murch (Oscar winning editor) created the rule of six. This list is in descending order of importance:
1. Emotion: How do you want the audience to feel?
2. Story: Are you advancing the story in a meaningful way?
3. Rhythm: Does your running feel right?
4. Eye trace: Where is your viewer’s focus on the screen? It shouldn’t have to travel too far from one shot to the next.
5. 2D plane of screen: Can the audience keep track of the spatial orientation of the on-screen characters and objects?
6. 3D Space: Is the cut true to established spatial relationships?
Learning this may look more advance, but utilizing this formula will put you on the right track for a great final piece.
4. Don’t Give Up! – A hard lesson to learn when you are in the 18th version and 73rd editing hour, is that you cannot settle for anything less than your best. Share your project with others, take a coffee break, go for a jog… anything to keep you motivated. You can’t get famous from a project that collects virtual cobwebs in your hard drive!