Recently, fellow Fstoppers writer/astounding editor Pratik Naik posted a status on Facebook asking what people's editing routines were, you can read the discussion that followed here. With his permission I've decided to spin this off into a post, and offer some suggestions for our readers facing hours of repetitive retouching in their future. I'm writing from the perspective of a photographer, but I'm sure many if not all of these will carry over into the video world as well. Note that these aren't in any particular order.
5. Deafening silence - I have NO IDEA why anyone would ever want to do this, but many have expressed their fondness for editing in a completely silent environment for hours at a time. Whatever, I don't judge.
4. Background noise - There are a few different ways to do this so I decided to make it one category.
- Music - I know it's obvious, but that's why I have to say it. Music is always a great way to pull yourself through boring/repetitive tasks, but I advise making a playlist pertaining to the mindset that you like to edit in, as a variety in genre could lead to inconsistencies in your editing/attention to detail. If your library isn't extensive, you can find many genre and artist based playlists (or make some yourself) on YouTube.
- Podcasts - Personally, I prefer listening to a discussion than music after a long period of time, so I'm a huge fan of podcasts. Many great personalities offer hours-long episodes of podcasts/talk shows multiple times per week, and I've never had an issue finding something good to listen to. These are mostly available on iTunes, YouTube, and in some cases via Satellite Radio. Allpodcasts.com seems to be a good way to search for one that caters to your interests.
- Movies/TV - If the others don't work for you, it's always fun to passively jump in and out of sitcom plot lines.
3. Replace your chair with an exercize ball - This does wonders for back pain and posture, I could go on for a while about all of the benefits, but why would I when Melanie Pinola's already done a great job of it on Lifehacker?
2. Edit in the morning/evening - Most seem to find it easiest to focus on one repetitive task when they're not full of energy. I like to edit in the evening, sleep on it, then review in the morning. If your routine isn't working for you this would be the first thing I'd change up, find what works for you.
1. Caffeine - I know it sounds like I'm contradicting the last point, but the alertness from caffeine/energy drinks is different than actual well-rested mid-day energy. When you're starting to get tired or your mind is wondering, coffee/tea/energy drinks can be a great way to re-focus. Say what you will about the health side of things, they work!
So what's your routine or tradition when it comes to editing? Let me know in the comments!