For those of you who shoot video, want to get better at shooting video, edit your own video, or edit video shot by others, this article is all about you wonderful guys and gals. As someone who is editing a lot, I thought this short video was fantastic. The great hints and tips provided here are totally free, you don’t have to buy anything to get something out of this article, and if you aren’t doing this stuff already, this is guaranteed to make you both a stronger video shooter, and a producer of stronger edits.
Editing is the flip side of the creative coin to shooting. Editing and shooting cannot exist without the other and there is no hope of creating a strong or coherent story without the editing process. Editing is more than just simply cutting the video together of what has been captured. It’s a way to tie together the narrative and story that should have been set by the camera operator(s), DP, Director or whoever is in charge of footage that is being shot. Just as any photographer or videographer has to decide what to leave in or out of their frame, every editor must decide what stays and what gets left on the cutting room floor.
The editing process works best when the editor and camera operator(s) do some pre-planning and get together and discuss the final envisioned outcome before the shoot even commences. It also works when the camera operators practice some simple techniques like those outlined in the video, which can make the editors job much easier, especially on larger edits, with multiple cameras. Even if you are shooting and editing your own work, you will still benefit from this video because the principles still apply.
Caleb Pike is the guy behind DSLR Video Shooter, which is a great site for those who, like the name suggests, are shooting DSLR video. Caleb kindly put together the great little hints and tips here, which I personally think are invaluable. Even if you aren’t editing and you’re just passing off your footage to your editor, trust me, you will be forever in their good books if you start adopting and practicing these great little tips if you aren't already doing so.
Caleb’s seven tips are based around some simple but highly effective camera operator techniques, namely:
1. Transitional shots - how to shoot them
2. Slate your shots (if you don't have a slate, you can easily use a small white board and marker).
3. Overlap your shots - to show the action from every angle and give you more options
4. Get it on film - great tip if you are doing a lot of interviews
5. B-Roll - get that b-roll!
6. Practice A Lot - great if you aren't already editing. Seeing the finished product through an editor's eyes will strengthen your shooting skills
7. Keep The Tone In Mind - you want to tell a strong a story as you can. Keep the narrative linked to your camera work
All of these are explained in more detail in his video.
Finally, I would like to add my own little tip here. Unless the shoot absolutely calls for a lot of focus and zoom racking, try to hold on a point in the frame for a few extra seconds when shooting. Frame up and hold the shot without moving much, and with no racking focus/zoom. Once you have your framing set up, keep it there a little longer than you think necessary, just for a few extra seconds. This gives you (or your editor) a bit of pre and post roll of steady, focused, strong footage that might be needed if the clip length is a little short, or if the editor wants to incorporate a transitional element or dissolve between clips. There is nothing worse than finding some great footage, only to have difficulty using it because the camera operator racked or moved the focus/zoom, panned/tilted too quickly or moved too soon.
Hopefully you found these useful. If you've got any of your own little tips you would like to share, I would seriously love to hear from you – please feel free to leave a comment below and share with the community so we can all benefit.
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