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Creating a high quality video requires a good script, good equipment, and good actors. However, even with all of these things, your video can end up looking or sounding terrible if you don’t also employ good video editing techniques. Becoming skilled at video editing takes time. You won’t get good at it overnight. Here are 7 common mistakes made by video editors who are still learning the trade.

Poor Framing

This mistake is listed first because it is primarily a mistake of the director, rather than the editor. The director should be ensuring that the framing is consistent and even while making the video. However, if the director fails, then it is up to the editor to notice the mistake and correct it. Usually, if the framing is poor, you can change to a smaller aspect ratio and make adjustments.

Jump Cuts

In specific circumstances, jump cuts can look great. But in most short videos they will simply look jarring. It is usually better to use transitions between scenes to make the video more smooth. If you do want to experiment with jump cuts, start with cuts between different camera angles of the same scene, to get a feel for them in a less jarring situation.

Incomplete Transitions

Speaking of transitions, there is also a common mistake made when using transitions. If the video between clips doesn’t overlap, you will end up with black video between the clips. This is just about as jarring as a jump cut and is something you should look for when using transitions.

Graphical Inconsistency

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. The key word here is “foolish.” Maintaining consistency in your graphical style isn’t foolish. It is critical to creating a good video. Font, color palettes, and line thickness should all remain consistent between graphics.

Poor Audio

Poor audio usually occurs because one of your audio tracks is either too loud or too soft. Fixing this is relatively easy. Adjust the volume of the tracks until it reaches a level that sounds “right.” This is more art than science, but it is easy to screw up if you don’t watch out for it.

Inappropriate Music

Like the first mistake, this is often a problem of bad direction. The difference, however, is that the editor is usually in control of putting in the music track. As such, you should be able to recognize when music simply doesn’t fit a scene and advise the director immediately so they can make a different choice. A poor fit is usually due to music being the wrong tempo for the scene or having inappropriate lyrics.

Leaving in Sensitive Information

Video often catches more than it intends to. Your video might have caught a brand name on an employee shirt that you don’t want visible or maybe an image of proprietary software. It is critical to carefully watch every scene and prune or blur anything that shouldn’t be visible.

Learn from Your Mistakes

Video editing takes time to master. You won’t become an expert overnight. If you want to best avoid making mistakes like these and other less common mistakes, hire the services of an experienced video company. Working with people who are more experienced will help you avoid mistakes and teach you advanced techniques that will help future projects.


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Everybody enjoys watching a well edited and produced video. But have you ever wondered what goes into making a near-perfect video that stays on people’s lips and memory for days to come? Well, such a video has to have gone through several stages of productions. Video editing is the final stage that entails taking raw footage and then polishing it to make it appealing and ready for broadcasting. In other words, video editing refers to rearranging and manipulating video shots to create something new. This means that the person editing must choose the best shots, arrange them in order, add graphics, sound and special effects.

Nowadays, you can use the various computer software and digital technology available to edit pictures and sound. Some of this software include Final Cut Pro or avid and Adobe Premier Pro. Final cut is quite complex and it requires a lot of training to familiarize yourself with the many tools and options it avails to editors but Adobe Premier is a bit easier to maneuver. Editing with software is also referred to as non-linear editing system. You only need to install the software on your computer and import the raw footage that you want to edit, and then start editing to your desired quality.

However, this was not usually the case in the past because editors had to literary cut the reels of film using scissors. Other types of editing include linear video editing, offline editing, online editing, and vision mixing. Some of the projects that you may work on include commercials, TV programs, feature films and corporate videos.

Digital editing is the most popular tool of editing especially for commercial purposes. A video editor has to work under the guidance of a director so that they can actualize what the director had envisioned. However, things are much easier if the director or photographer doubled up as the video editor because they will know exactly what to shoot and how to edit. This is mostly the case when someone is making a personal video that they intend to upload on, Vimeo, YouTube, or any other similar site where people can upload videos.

In a nut shell, the work of a video editor involves the following activities:

  • Receiving instructions or discussing about the project with a client or director;
  • Transferring video footage/film to computer;
  • Assessing the footage and making the decision on which shots to cut and which ones to keep;
  • Cutting and combining shots using editing software;
  • Ensuring that the shots combine together to form clear storyline even if the shots do not follow the right sequence;
  • Making an assembly edit or a ‘rough cut’ out of the selected material;
  • Using digital technology to enhance picture quality;
  • Adding graphics, titles, sound and visual effects;
  • Creating a polished version.

Nowadays, video editing skills are used widely in the corporate world because companies need to create videos and advertise online. Most companies have resorted to hiring professional video editors who can attend to video related tasks. Others prefer outsourcing the work to freelance video editors or small editing companies. This way, they stay ahead of the competition by ensuring that they have a steady flow of quality promotional videos.

Ideally, video editing is not a difficult task and it requires both skills and creativity to execute well edited and produced videos. Any business doing online marketing can benefit massively from impeccable video editing.


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