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The final step of the filmmaking process is the world of video editing. Good video editing can make the difference between a good movie and a great one. And the person shouldering this responsibility is the editor.

As an editor, you could spend endless hours in front of your machines trying to extract the perfect movie from the process. Here are some of the tips and tricks that help pro-editors make better movies and stand out from the clutter. 

Create A Project Directory 

If you wish for a smooth and glitch-free editing process, you will have to start with the right kind of file management.  The biggest mistake an editor can do is toss all the files on the editor and sort them on the timeline.

You should create what professionals call a project directly when you work with a large bulk of footage. This is a series of folders that hold all the raw footage up for editing. Make separate folders by days, locations, or shots based on your end-product.

Ensure other assets for the video like sounds, stock footage, b-roll, photos, graphics, animations, and much more are placed as part of this directory. Keep these labeled by color, or codes to sort them better. 

If you use an editing tool like a premier pro or final cut pro, you can draw this whole directly into the tool easier. 

Check For Continuity 

When working on a large project, it’s easy to lose track of the flow and miss out on footage. Use your storyboard, screenplay, or edit notes as gospel to ensure a liner edit.

Make a checklist of the shots and ensure you bring them into the folder seamlessly to reassure continuity. Ensure you edit the films in a sequence as opposed to playing around with the footage. 

Backup Your Efforts 

A pro editor is one who accounts for errors and the worst case. With film editing, the worst thing that can happen is losing all your footage. The best way to avoid this is to take backups. While you create your directory, also make a backup of the same on cloud storage or external hard disk. 

Additionally, ensure you make a backup of a large project file at the halfway mark of your edit and ensure auto-save is enabled on your editing tool. 

Trim Them Right 

They say the ideal piece of art is ready when there is not more fluff or fat you can remove from it. As you re-watch your edits, make a note of anything you can remove from the final products. 

This could include elements like small distracting frames, extra seconds of a file, stray text and animations, unclear transitions, and much more. The more fluff you can remove from the footage, the crisper the final video becomes. 

Use Various Shots 

Never get comfortable creating the same kind of videos. Even within the same video, it’s often easy to create the same transitions, cuts, and effects. This monotony of shots is far from interesting to an audience. 

Before you use each footage, ensure there are no better angels or interesting shots of the same video. Adding variations in your shots can help make a simple video look professional. If you notice too much of a drag on screen, include the right effects to elevate the presentations. 

Pick The Right Tool 

One of the most essential aspects of editing is the editing tool itself. If you edit video online or offline; the tool makes all the difference. Having the most advanced tool might not always be the solution either. 

For example, if you are creating long-form youtube videos, a feature film, or some professional work for a client; you will need some of the best editing tools like Adobe Premiere Pro, After effects, final cut pro, etc. 

However, such robust tools are not needed if your aim is to merely make short-form snackable content for social media. These tools could slow you down when used incorrectly.

In such a  case, an online tool like InVideo alone can make your work simpler. This website also comes preloaded with templates and effects tailor-made for social media platforms. Use the editing tools to your advantage, and get more done in less time. 

Color Grade Is Must 

The right colors on a video are the difference between an average joe and a professional editor. Color grading, balancing, and matching are one of the most basic ways to make the videos look high-quality.

Color correction is not used to fix poorly shot footage, it’s a means to elevate the quality of existing videos. It is also used to ensure every frame matches in color; making them all look like they are part of the same video. 

Master The Sound Right 

Sound quality and clarity are one of those factors that make or break a video. A video that has poor audio quality becomes hard to watch and forces the user to drop out and consume other content.

Use an external microphone to record speech or dialogue sounds. Recording audio directly to the camera can lead to hollow or faint audio. Sync this external audio to the main video at the time of edit. 

Additionally ensure the use of high-quality, legal music as background sounds. These will help amplify the impact of the videos and make the viewing experience more engaging.  

Don’t Lose The Story 

Lastly, the aim of video editing is not just to clip together the footage but to also tell a story. Keep storytelling in mind when you edit to get the most professional outcomes. 

On the most elementary level, good storytelling must contain a definite start, middle, and ending. They must build anticipation to the story, elaborate the storyline and the ending is the giveaway of the video. 

Adding the required structure, fluidity, and balance to the story is what sets apart a good editor. 

In Closing, 

Excellent video editing and an eye for detail come for constant practice. Like most art forms, this too takes time to master and find the many loopholes to success. Over time you will find the process easier and making stand-out content will become second nature. 

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