5 Quick Tips Every Editor Should Know

I get a lot of fan-mail each week, most of which comes from editors asking how to speed up their workflow in different areas of their editing. 

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Increasing Production Value with Graphics

Everywhere in today’s professional video media, motion graphics are filling in the gaps where straight video shots fall short.

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5 Tips for Using Motion Backgrounds

Motion backgrounds like Digital Juice’s Jump Backs animations are a great way to add professionalism to your productions, but too many editors only use them as text templates.

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Keeping Up the Pace

Picture an action scene. Do you see: A gunfight? A car chase? A battle?

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6 Ways to Improve your Editing Skills

Editing is More Than Just a Technical Skill

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Multicam Editing

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(Ed Note: In last months issue Dr. Robert Nulph took us through Multicam Shooting.  We continue with the techniques of the multicam edit with Morgan Parr.) If you shoot the same event/scene with more than one camera and try to edit the multiple cameras' footage together, you are multicam editing.

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B Roll

Don't be caught without cover. Your B-roll should be Top Priority. Here are some tips to enhance your A-list video projects by planning your B-roll better.

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Our Camcorder Classroom - Post Production Edit

Over this series of articles, I’ve talked about getting ready to shoot, shooting, lighting, audio, and now we’re ready to have everything come together in the process of post production.

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Build a Better Bug

Using Editor's Toolkit's Motion Design Elements in Your Productions

All of the Digital Juice Editor's Toolkits (except Editor's Toolkit 1: Multipurpose Tools) offer a whole mess of animated 2D and 3D objects that we call Motion Design Elements (MDEs).

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The Art of the Dissolve

This is the second most common transition used in motion pictures, and, unlike most straight cuts, it attracts attention to itself on purpose.

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Doin’ The Bump

Da BumpIn the broadcast world, they call it "dead air" -- that awkward silence between content where you wonder if the engineer took an extended coffee break or the station went off the air.

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The Art of the Edit

When Oliver Stone turned over the massive amount of raw footage that became JFK, editor Joe Hutshing knew it would be a challenge. 

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Dynamic Chase Scenes

CarChaseIntroIf you make a car chase using only one camera angle, it will be the world's most boring chase, no matter how fast the cars are going. The key to making chase scenes work is an abundance of coverage. The more cuts in the scene, the more effective it tends to be. Adding the right soundtrack to accompany the visuals finishes off a more effective action scene. Videomaker's first mag and online tutorial will cover the technique of making exciting chase scenes.

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The Art of the Title Sequence

Title0The first few minutes of a film will often either leave the audience full of excitement and eager to see how the story of the movie will play out, wondering what hints they were shown in the opening credits to what they're about to watch. Sometimes these opening moments are grander than the film that follows them. Sometimes you talk to your friends about the notebooks instead of the head in the box, or the silhouetted men running around more than the prodigy delinquent. Ian & Alex of The Art of the Title Sequence are two curators of a collection of title sequences best described as fine art.

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Editing Titles: Less is More

Creating professional titles and graphics in your video production is no easy feat.

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The Consumer Video Editing Revolution

EditGraphicThe line between consumer- and professional-grade content-creation tools continues to blur thanks to advances in processor, storage and video technologies.

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Editing's Dirty Little Tricks

Editors are dirty little tricksters.

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The Invisible Editor

Invisible00In my experience, there’s no place for cockiness in a professional edit bay.

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Foley on a Shoestring

The post-production process known as “Foley” refers to the art of recording “live” sync sound effects to picture.

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The Video Editing Log Jam

00Whether you use film, flash files, or videotape, every editor needs to have the footage on their editing machine before they can start cutting the project.

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Fundamentals of Frame Composition

Back in simpler times, you just needed to frame up your talent in whatever artistic way you wanted and roll tape.

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Videotaping Conversations

I love movies. Old ones, new ones, long ones, short ones, good ones and, sometimes, even bad ones.

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Good Video Editing Techniques to Consider

Editing is an unobtrusive skill. If it is done well, the audience does not notice it, but is absorbed in its effect.

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What a Film Editor Does

EditGraphicFrom the earliest days of making movies there has been misunderstanding and confusion about what exactly an editor does in the creation of a movie, television program or today, the multitude of other types of “dynamic media” that are emerging both scripted and unscripted.

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Guidelines for the Aesthetics of Editing

Here are a few accepted practices for the art of editing.

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What are Real Time Graphic Systems?

Delivering content at the “speed of news” relies heavily on real time graphics that can instantly convey complex data as easy to understand information.

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I Shot It, Now How Do I Edit It?

Shot0iMovie editing for the beginner and those with deadlines.

It wasn't until I saw this title that I realized that everyone may be thinking, "oh yes, the guy from Georgia is making references about hunting!"

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What Goes Into and Comes Out of Continuity Editing

Continuity editing is pretty much the only way Hollywood and mainstream movies like to edit.

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I Shot it, Now How Do I Edit It? - Part Two

BB00Last month, I talked about editing your video in i-Movie. Now in continuation we will take you through the steps of editing in Windows Movie Maker.

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Why We Need Sound Effects

It was the summer of 1990. I had just finished filming an Indiana Jones spoof with some friends on my home video camera – the old ones that rested on your shoulders and only came with a black and white viewfinder.

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