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How to Hire A Video Editor — Five Questions You Need to Answer

If you’re a busy producer or director, especially in the freelance, small to mid-sized production company world, there will be seasons when it makes sense to farm part of the workload to another person. If you’re a faster shooter than you are an editor, it makes sense in these situations to work with an experienced video editor to help you get through the hustle. However, there is a risk doing this. The last thing you need is to farm work out, only to have to redo it yourself. How can you protect your time, creative vision, and client expectations without […]

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Three Ways to Fix Edits That Aren’t Working

I get asked to look at and offer suggestions on videos all the time. Frequently, the request is followed by the statement, “I don’t know what it is, something just doesn’t feel right.” Edits don’t work for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes it depends on the cut itself, the music, the sound, the color, the speed, and any combination of those elements. The sooner you can spot why a particular cut or moment isn’t working, the less time you’ll spend trying to solve the problem through experimentation. When reviewing a video, there are three areas I pay attention to, looking […]

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Use Frameworks for Faster Edit Assembly

Cutting video footage, especially when working on unscripted projects, is often a discovery process. As an editor, you might not have the luxury have been on-set during filming. There’s a learning curve to scale of what was shot, when, and why. It means watching minute after minute of clips. All the while, you’re building familiarity with the footage and the project. You must scrub through and listen to multiple takes of a scene. If there are interviews to piece together, the process can be laborious and time-consuming as you listen, and possibly transcribe what was said. And after all that, […]

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Say “YES!” to Vertical Video

You see it all over social media: folks keep taking and posting vertical videos! Sometimes they’re on black square backgrounds, sometimes they’re blown up to fill the frame, and overall they’re UGLY! Among the video community, shooting vertical video is almost a crime. It’s next to impossible to fit into a standard, horizontal frame size without sacrificing a pleasing aesthetic. All our camera gear is oriented for shooting horizontal video. Our TVs and computer monitors are horizontal. Heck, as the wonderful Glove and Boots PSA puts is, “even our eyes are horizontal!” Yes, vertical video in a horizontal world is […]

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7 Things Every Editor Wants Out of an Interview

I’ve been cutting interview-based videos for a decade now. In addition, I have spent hours behind the camera, conducting interviews and filming them. Invariably, whether I shoot it myself or I receive a hard drive full of footage, there’s always a few things I wish I could have: 1). Break it Up Scrubbing through a 25-minute long chunk of footage is tedious. I mean, sure, I do it often, but it takes so much time marking each question, logging timecode of where things are located, and then relocating those same sound bytes later in the edit. Having the interview broken […]

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7 Things You Need for a Stand-Out YouTube Series!

With video ranking higher and higher in search results, now is the time to have video as a part of your marketing strategy. A great place to start is with a YouTube show, where you talk all about your products, business and life. A webshow, or video blog, is format where you regularly create videos and post to your channels. These videos can be anywhere from a few minutes long to over an hour! As you use the regular updates to talk to your audience, you gain credibility and interest in your products, business and life. While it’s possible to […]

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Mark Chu’s Wedding Proposal Surprise

In the middle of September I got an email. A friend was planning to propose to his girlfriend in Portugal and he wanted a special video made during the event to surprise her with later. The shoot involved four people on the ground in Portugal, but the critical piece was getting the footage compiled and editing in short order. Specializing in this, I confidently told my friend that yes, he’d have his video back in one week. As with every project, there were some complications. A key aside to the camera was never shot in Portugal. The audio from the […]

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Five Tips for Finding the Right Music–FAST!

Music can be the heart and soul of any video. Whether it’s something prestigious to convey the importance of the services and products of a corporation, or something silly to highlight the antics of a cat video, music has the power to tell your audience what to FEEL when they watch your video. Few other elements of a video have this much power, and as a result, music selection often takes a long time. It’s the reason why this tongue-in-cheek  pie charts like this one make the rounds in editing circles: After years of cutting, I’ve developed my own little […]

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The Marketing Secret of Las Vegas Casinos

Ever been to Vegas? Yes, I know what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but I’m gonna break the rule here to share with you the thing the casinos know about effective marketing. Because this is something you need to know too. The National Association of Broadcasters conference was in April this year. I attended to connect with other post-production people, as well as some equipment research for Renegade Digital Post. And you guessed it. It was held in Vegas. The Strip in Las Vegas is a loud, flashy, provocative beast. If you’ve been to Las Vegas […]

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Save Editing Time by Shooting Better Video

As an editor, I get to work with all kinds of footage. Good footage, crummy footage, footage that you swear was shot by a two-year old with an iPhone. As an editor, I can work magic, but it’s only to a point. Starting with good footage saves time fixing bad footage, making up for bad footage, and problem-solving how to use bad footage. Shooting better video is the best thing you can do to also save time in your editing. Shooting better video is the best thing you can do to also save time in your editing. Click To Tweet […]

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