Ultimate Guide on How To Edit a Short Project by Ian Moore
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Editing is the post-production process of selecting and compiling raw footage into sequences that form a consistent final product, a movie. In simpler words, it is editing that makes the story come together. Do you want to know how to edit? Learn with Ian😎
Video Editing 101
Do you want to know how to edit? Editing is the post-production process of selecting and compiling raw footage into sequences that form a consistent final product, a movie. In simpler words, it is editing that makes the story come together. Learn more with Ian 👇
Organizing your project
Meet Your Instructor
What you’ll learn
Learn your shortcuts to save a tremendous amount of time during editing.
Try things out – be as wild and insane as you can think to grab attention.
Being creative is important but you can't be creative if you can't find your footage – be organized.
Back up your footage, use proper titles, organize raw footage in bins and work in color-coded timelines.
In this chapter, Ian will show you a short project he has been working with. He will show you a 30-second version and a 1-minute version of the video. Later, he will use the project to explain the editing steps from A-Z.
Organising your project
Number one rule: always have a backup of everything. You never know when things go wrong with your computer or with a drive, so always think about safety when you start editing a project. Ian will show you more organising tips for editing videos.
A string out will get all your footage in one place. They are the main tool for getting a handle on precisely what footage was shot. Ian will show you how to use the string in this chapter.
Colour coding your footage is a tool for staying organised. Every colour has a different meaning. You can set keyboard shortcuts to colour label your footage easily. Ian will walk you through colour coding in detail in this chapter.
Be creative when editing. Think about the purpose of your short video and try different things out, and be wild. As Ian would say: "Take risks and have fun with it!"
Ian will walk you through the steps of adding music to your video. Try to play around with the song you choose to fit the audio to the footage. You will learn how to do that step by step in this video.
Transitions are making your video smoother when jumping from scene to scene. Ian will use his project to show you how to add transitions to a short video.
In the same way, as you colour code your footage you can colour code your audio. The sound design allows filmmakers to flesh out the aural world of a film to enhance the mood, atmosphere, and tone. Ian will show you how he deals with sound design in his projects.
Creative director, Cinematographer, and Editor
Santa Monica, California
“When it comes to the creativity of editing, there is nothing wrong that you can do. Take risks and have fun with it.”
Ian Moore is a creative director, cinematographer, and editor working with creative content, music videos, commercial work, and action sports content. More about Ian and his work on his site: www.uwowi.com
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