Creating a unique video piece involves two basic stages which are the shooting process for animate films or animating models for inanimate films and the final stage is editing the initial video to meet a particular standard. Of course there are professional video editors you can outsource your editing jobs to but if you are an amateur interested in learning about improving your videos or a professional searching for tips to simplify your editing task, then this article is definitely written for your reading pleasure.
Tips to Improve Your Videos
Video editing involves the use of video editing tools such as; the moderate iMovie application for Apple systems etc. and Studio Pro for more advanced edits. And these tips cover the basics on using any software to carry out your video edits irrespective of its simplicity or advancement.
- Gathering B-rolls:- B-roll is the term used to define extra background cuts of the surroundings you plan to shoot at and these additional footage can include; the faces of an attentive audience in a show, costume details etc. the importance of having these extra materials is to cover extra cuts or provide footage for occasional transitions in your movie making process.
- The 45 degree rule:- I call this the 45 degree rule because it involves the use of similar shots with a 45 degree looking perspective from the subject. This helps eliminate jump-cuts (jerky simulation) when viewed by the normal eye.
- Cut while in motion:- the purpose of making cuts while the object in question is in motion is that subject/object movements distract the eyes from noticing cut edits. A simple example is cutting from a subject walking across a street to a swerving car.
- Switch between focal lengths:- changing focal length is a trick video editors use when shooting interviews or lengthy programs such as a church function, wedding etc. always have two types of shots (a wide shot and a close-up shot) for the same subjects so edits and cuts could be made with ease.
- Use of Wipes:- wipes can be said to be the equivalent of erasing because it allows the video shooter or editor to remove distractions or obstacles without affecting the simulation of the movie. Wipes can also be set when using your camera or can be used directly during the video editing process.
- Matching the scenes:- when cutting and merging shots, avoid the error of using scenes that look different one another for simulation purposes. Uniformity is the key to making great cuts.
- Tweaking your Audio:- a good video visuals isn’t complete without having a correspondingly good audio production to match. Therefore pay close attention to your audio sounds when shooting the actual video. If an animated movie is the visuals to be created, you can also employ voiceovers and studio loops to make up for any initial mistakes. Voice recordings can be done in a studio using advanced techniques and also in your home with the use of recording software such as Fruity Loops etc.
Finally, the key to learning any new process regardless of its field is constant practice and tinkering. Employ these techniques constantly to your audio-visual edits and you would definitely be on your way to becoming a professional video editor. And for those with little or no time to learn editing, outsourcing edit jobs to a professional video editing service provider should be the way to go.