Other blog posts with the Editor tag

How to subtitle online video content

How to subtitle online video content

It's now pretty standard to subtitle video content, particularly if that video is intended for social use, whether that be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. The main benefit (as well as helping those who may have a hearing impediment) is to ensure that viewers who may be watching your film on autoplay in their social feeds, can engage with [...] Read more

A Film-Maker's Review of Shot Put Pro 6

A Film-Maker's Review of Shot Put Pro 6

Why aren't all camera operators doing this? For some time now secure offloading software has been available. Whilst it's widely used by DITs and Data Wranglers, there is a slow but gradual uptake of use by camera operators, editors and videographers. I've personally been using ShotPut Pro 5 for the last year and whilst it does double the offload [...] Read more

Dealing with crashes in Premiere Pro

Dealing with crashes in Premiere Pro

With over a decades worth of editing experience working across a variety of NLEs, you eventually start to preempt the crashes. You tend to encounter most bugs that can be thrown up and you learn how to conquer them. Still however, on certain occasions you encounter issues that not even the senior bods at Adobe can’t fix. I thought I’d write this [...] Read more

Top tips for better titles on your videos

Top tips for better titles on your videos

It’s a little known fact that well designed titles/straps/lower-thirds/astons/whatever you want to call them, can increase the perceived production value of your video exponentially. Even if you’re not a whizz at After Effects, these tips should help. Before you start, ensure you have your brand’s correct, up-to-date brand guidelines to start [...] Read more

How to run a second instance of Premiere Pro

How to run a second instance of Premiere Pro

One feature that frustrates old FCP7 users when they jump over to Premiere Pro, is the ability to run two projects side by side. This little tip will show you how to open multiple Premiere Pro projects on a Mac. Whilst Premiere Pro’s inbuilt media import feature is great for importing assets including sequences and titles, sometimes it’s handy to [...] Read more

How to create a quick motion blur effect on titles in Premiere Pro

How to create a quick motion blur effect on titles in Premiere Pro

One of my biggest gripes with creating graphics in Premiere Pro and animating them, is that there’s currently no way to add motion blur. Motion blur adds a subtle but professional feel to moving graphics, that don’t jar with the person watching them. Usually I’d whip over to After Effects, dynamically link a composition and let After Effects do [...] Read more

What my editor blog posts will cover

I’ve spent the majority of my career (now sadly over 13 years!) working in the editing field. Over this time I’ve worked with a variety of NLEs including Premiere Pro, AVID, Final Cut 4-7, FCPX, Resolve and a bunch of others. In these posts I aim to share any tricks and tips I’ve picked up to speed work up. Some of these posts will be fairly basic, other much more in depth. I’ll look to review tools I’ve particularly found useful and mention any best practises where I can.

As an editor, I’ve come across many problems in my time. Crashes tend to be a big issue, even now. With a variety of different computer setups, platforms, CPUs and GPUs, it’s really hard for software developers like Adobe, Apple and AVID to build systems that can operate across the board. For it’s sins, I personally use Adobe Premiere Pro most of the time at the moment, but this is bound to change eventually as other platforms grow.

A lot of editing is about storytelling. Selecting the best parts of an interview and a story and finding a creative way to combine it together into a succinct and interesting piece of content. With so much of the content being built around how it will be viewed on social media, understand how viewers are absorbing the content is key to editing and creating the most engaging videos.

I think design and motion graphics is also key to creating better looking videos. I personally use Adobe After Effects in a lot of my work and a lot of my projects, I love the ease at which it integrates with Premiere Pro. However, it can be quite time consuming and it is quite a large learning curve for someone with no motion graphics experience.

Finally an editors job is understanding the best delivery formats for different platforms. Aspect ratios and subtitles are really important for social media where as creating high quality longer form videos is much more important on YouTube.