Video Editing

After filming, video editing is the next step. It involves gathering all the video files captured by our camera and integrating them into our computer using editing software. This is where the magic happens. However, this stage can often be unclear to the general public. Here, I’ll walk you through the typical steps of video editing so you can understand what goes on behind those hours spent in front of a screen.

Introduction to Video Editing

Video editingis the process of selecting sequences of images recorded by a video camera and assembling them in editing software on your computer.

There are several video editing programs available, some of which are free. For professional work, I primarily use Davinci Resolve, occasionally turning to Adobe Premiere as needed. Most graphic effects and animations are created using After Effects.

This step is part of the post-production phase. Following editing, we typically move on to color grading to create the final look and feel of the video.

The Rushes Phase

Behind this term lies the most crucial process of editing. It involves importing all the raw footage from filming, integrating it into our computer, and sorting through what is usable and what is not.

Imagine yourself in a vast library with rows and rows of books. You need to be able to select just a few. The most relevant ones for telling a story. The one that will have a significant impact on your audience. Once you find a “book,” you label and isolate it within a sequence.

This sequence serves as the foundation for constructing the video’s narrative.

Royalty-Free Music for Video Editing

After completing the rushes phase, the quest for the perfect music begins. Music that will tell and enhance your story. This phase can be time-consuming as we navigate through the extensive musical offerings provided by platforms.

By the way, rely on two platforms, Musicbed and Artlist, to find royalty-free music for my video edits.

With music, my primary goal is to evoke emotion. For me, audio is just as important as image, especially when it comes to telling a story, so don’t expect to find elevator music you’ve heard a thousand times before.

The Assembly Phase

This phase is where the real fun of editing begins. This is where I’m going to start integrating so-called B-Rolls. Video sequences that illustrate points or add visual value to the story.

This is also where graphic animations, audio mixing, and transitions come into play.

Until these elements are integrated, I won’t proceed to the next stage.

Final Rendering

The video is nearly finalized, and I usually send an initial export to the client with standard color corrections. This initiates discussions on any necessary modifications.

Upon approval, I move on to the final color grading of the video and export it in maximum quality.

Clients receive a Dropbox link to retrieve the file without any loss of quality or compression.

Video Editing in Montreal

I primarily practice video editing in Montreal and its surrounding areas, but the beauty of this profession is the ability to work from anywhere. This is where collaborative or online video editing comes into play.

I involve my clients in the editing process using the Vimeo platform. The platform allows you to leave comments or feedback directly at the point in the video that requires it.

Tips for Successful Video Editing

For me, successful video editing involves telling a story that aligns with the objectives set during the client briefing. The target audience, final intention, and chosen distribution platform are the three crucial points for achieving a successful video.

It’s the role of the video editor, and therefore mine, to adapt to each project and deliver a cohesive edit.

What’s the Role of a Video Editor?

My primary role is to craft a compelling narrative using the available image sequences, focusing on three core pillars: creating emotion, storytelling, and maintaining pacing.

To achieve this, I rely on proven editing techniques:

  • Timely cuts, strategically placed, to drive the story forward. It’s my main tool for editing. A well-executed cut is more impactful than a questionable transition.
  • Strategic use of sound design and music to enhance storytelling.
  • Ensuring clarity and conciseness by fine-tuning audio elements.

Why Hire a Professional Video Editor?

Video editing can be time-consuming. A lot of time. Working with a professional editor guarantees timely delivery and a result that meets or exceeds client expectations.

Assembly techniques must be learned, and mastering them takes time.

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