Optimize your video editing speed. We have 10 ways to optimize your time in the editing suite.
To be quite honest, I am a person who prefers the challenges of the set to the challenges of the sewing room. I’m primarily a director, so I’m built like that. Does this mean that I will never enter the cutting room? Absolutely not. The editing room is where the Film is made. Often I had to edit my own work, work with independent editors or even work for other filmmakers.
I am constantly looking for ways to speed up my video editing process. Let’s be honest, for most writers working on television, commercial and industrial projects, the faster they are, the better (there is a direct correlation between speed and earning potential). Let’s learn to be faster with 10 ways to increase your machining speed, but in a way that doesn’t sacrifice quality for time.
1. There is a reason why we call it a coarse, fine and final cut
It is important that the machining process of rough cutting, fine cutting and final cutting do not merge. That is, do not start color correction during rough cutting. Do not make a final mix of your audio in your fine cut.
When creating your raw cut, focus on the most important aspect of your project: a solid, concise structure. If you complete your finishes in advance, you will be distracted and could become a total waste of time.
Be sure to check out DIY Filmmaking Sucks and the Raindance Film Festival Blog, which will give you a great overview of the different types of editing.
2. Do you have a Plan and plan ahead
When you start a project, you are constantly faced with a completion date or deadline. We tend to plan only for this period. No matter what I do, no project has ever been perfect and I am usually hit by a problem at the worst time. Fortunately, I learned to plan these moments in advance.
Set a realistic schedule, even if it is longer than your customer wants. It is better to pass on a project that is simply not feasible in the allotted time than to miss the mark on the delivery date. No matter how long you think the project will take, add 20-30% more than the contingency. Do not promise that it will be done by then.
3. Organize, Organize, Organize
Good video editing is organized video editing. Check out this article from Premiumbeat that really goes through the finished details of file organization:
4. Placeholders are your Friend
I often use placeholders for editing coarse and fine cuts, especially for VFX. Often I know that a certain VFX shot will land at a certain point in my cut, but I don’t have the finished shot yet. Instead of breaking my video editing groove, I use a placeholder to signal that I need to add this recording after during the last editing phase. It also gives me a reference in the Timeline and allows me to edit what will eventually be there.
5. Forget these Ideas are not
Throughout the production process, I have a handy notebook that hangs around to write ideas and things that I need to remember during the post. Similarly, make sure the crew uses a camera protocol during production, which will save you a lot of time during your edits, as it will be easier for you to identify the right shots of the broken shots. Download a free camera log template here.