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Have you ever stopped mid-project to watch your cuts, then got distracted by watching other people’s video work and wondering, “Man, why doesn’t my video feel like THAT?” Have you ever sat starting at an edit point, wondering why it just felt…off? So much so that you spent twenty minutes wiggling the edit point back and forth on your timeline, finally finding something that felt right but not knowing how you found it? Have you ever wondered how to pack more emotion into your videos? Or wondering how to hook viewers and keep them watching beyond the first thirty-seconds? The answers to these nagging editing questions and more await you in my new book, “How to Edit Videos That People Want To Watch!” After ten years of working as a video editor and spending hours helping other producers solve their video editing headaches, I knew the independent video production community […]

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Three Situations When You Should Work With An Outside Editor

You’re a video producer. Either you work for yourself, doing video projects for clients from shoot to final edits, or you’re a producer working with a small to mid-sized team, coordinating a team of people to handle all the aspects of video production. You have the whole production process covered in one way or another. So should you ever consider the possibility of working with an outside editor? I say yes! By writing off ever using an outside editor, you cripple your ability to solve these three situations: Situation One: The peaks in your production schedule are almost impossible to sustain. We all have seasons where our work seems to take 110% of our efforts. We work flat out, stay up late, drink endless cups of coffee, and grit our teeth to get through the work load. And while the work gets done, we come out on the other side […]

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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 having to manage another person? Is it possible to work with another person, even if they’re halfway across the country? I believe the answer is yes, but in this day and age when anybody can slap together a reel from Pond5 and build a website, you have to do some […]

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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 up into smaller chunks to start makes a faster edit process. 2). Identify “It” You know what I mean. You’re listening to an interview and the interviewer asks, “So tell me how the Harper Feeding Program helped your family?” The subject then responds, “Well, it helped me feed my family […]

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5 of the Biggest Mistakes New Filmmakers Make When Video Editing

Congratulations! You’ve been shooting videos for a while now and you finally started a video project for your first client. Lights, camera, ACTION! After spending the time to capture your footage, you’ve got to assemble everything into your finished video product. And it’s this process that will take most of your production time. Good video editing is more than just sticking shots and music on a timeline. Click To Tweet Good video editing is more than just sticking shots and music on a timeline. Make your edit shine by avoiding these five mistakes: Mistake #1: Unorganized Hard Drives, Footage, and Files In the eagerness to get editing, it’s tempting just to dump all your footage, music, and stills into a giant folder pile and then import everything into your NLE. On top of that, it’s easy to let your NLE make all the decisions about where to save footage. In the […]

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