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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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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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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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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Guidelines for the Aesthetics of Editing

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

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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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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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The Invisible Editor

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

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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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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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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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Videotaping Conversations

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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