These are some practices that I have found to work best for me over the years of editing and filming. Yes, literally, over the years because I have been editing since I was in like fifth grade. I learned the filming process and a bit of the editing process through a program at Georgia State where kids could take Saturday classes. Two of those classes were Claymation and Making a video. When I took those classes, I learned a lot but it’s nothing like the things you learn from your own trial and error. Taking those classes helped me develop my editing skills faster and the mistakes that I made were not as bad as they could have been if I had not taken those classes. With that being said, I hope that these tips help you develop faster in your skills.
Tip #1 – Cover all of your bases while filming
Make sure that everything is the way it needs to be to cut out anymore film time because of little extra mistakes. You want to make sure that you do not have to edit too much. On the other hand, certain things are very easy to edit out so make sure that you find a balance. Think of how raw footage might turn out when you are editing it because there have been times where footage seemed great during filming but when I started editing I found so many issues.
Tip #2 – Use SD cards or flash drives
If you are filming your videos yourself, then you will probably be using an SD card anyway but if you are not then I always find it easy to have them readily accessible on an SD card or flash drive because it is very easy to import media that way rather than through emails or something. Make sure that your SD cards are not full or close to being full when you are filming also.
Tip #3 – Watch your video all the way through when you are done
I don’t know about you but I edit in one session, which could take hours. It’s almost like I obsess over the video for a moment. When I get closer to finishing the editing, I kind of get tired of the video so I don’t feel like watching it all the way through but it is something that must be done. By doing this you can catch mistakes and see the flow of the video. I tend to edit as I go along through the video so I’m constantly watching the movie in a choppy fashion. When I don’t watch the video before I’m finished with it, when I watch it later I always find one or two things that I could’ve fixed if I had just watched the video….
Tip #4 – Check the volume on the individual videos
It’s nothing worse than when your watching your movie and certain parts are at different volumes. It’s a tedious editing process to fix and I have not found a better way to do it but it still needs to be done.
Tip #5 – Watch the red light on your camera
Keep an eye on the red light, which should be the light that indicates that you are recording. Do this especially when there is no cameraman because you would hate for you to think that you are filming but the camera cut off in the middle. I know this sounds more like a camera glitch but it happens more often than not with multiple types of cameras so watch out!
Tip #6 – Make sure your video looks good WHILE you’re filming
Although it is not impossible, it’s probably not a good idea to try and make your lighting better through editing. Unless you are purposely doing this for effect, try not to do this at all. This means that you may have to find or invest in good lighting. Some say it makes a world of difference.
Tip #7 – Pay attention to the environment you are filming in
Is there a lot of background noise? This is something to seriously consider because it is very annoying, at least for me on the editing side. Even though it may not be as big of a deal to people watching the video, it may drive you crazy and may encourage you to want to refilm your video so save your time and do a test video to see if the noise is bareable. It is, however, possible to turn down background noise when editing.
Tip #7b – As a matter of fact, pay attention to everything
You never know, you could miss a “money shot” on the filming side or you could catch a mistake about to happen that might be hard to edit out. For example, sometimes things bump up against the mic that may be on another person, like jewelry. Another example is that the screen might have been tilted a little. You want to ensure that things like this do not happen so always consider how certain things may affect something else.