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.