As a videographer, I get involved in every stage of a video production. Nothing excites me more than editing together footage that we have spent so long preparing for and filming!
Editing can make or break a video production. Get it right and the video will be successful, but get it wrong and all the hard work that goes into producing the footage can be wasted.
In this blog, I will be looking at how you can get the most out of post-production and also how a good editor can enhance (or save!) your footage.
Preparing for a stress-free edit
It’s always a good idea to work on a storyboard or outline of the video. This will not only help the speed of the edit, but also give the client a good idea of what to expect.
We suggest you supply us with any brand guidelines, fonts, logos and most importantly the call to action. This will ensure there are no unwanted delays and that the final film will be delivered with all branding present and correct!
When Shout! Communications is commissioned for a video production our crew consists of a camera operator and a video producer/director. The producer will ensure the filming will go smoothly and that we get all the required shots. You do not want to get into the edit and find a really important shot is missing! When I am filming I make sure I ‘shoot for the edit’ – this means that I’ll try not to ‘over-shoot’ and won’t have to sift through hours and hours of footage to make a two minute video.
Editing basic rules
There are a few basic rules I follow when editing a video. These rules cover all different types of PR video, including online, corporate, social media and B-roll.
Always start with engaging content, probably your best shots – attention spans are really short so always start with something that will grab your audience’s attention. This could be an amazing shot, a powerful soundbite or a technique such as a time-lapse.
Use a variety of shots – using the same type of shot throughout will soon bore the audience, you don’t want them to switch off before they see the important call to action.
Don’t confuse the audience – it sounds obvious, but if your interviewee is talking about women’s football don’t show cut-aways of men playing basketball!
- If your budget allows, adding some effects can really lift a video. Adding some animated text or graphics can transform a boring cutaway into something that really grabs the audience’s attention.
- If the only extra footage available is in the form of stills add some movement to the shot. This could just be a basic zoom or pan, or if there is time and budget we can make the image appear 3D!