3 Tips For A Smooth Editing Workflow

by Kelanie Aragon

When editing, it’s easy to get into trouble if you don’t have a solid process. One missed mistake can leave you with corrupted video files and an unfinished project. To avoid this, follow these tips next time you hit the cutting room.


1.  Choose a sequence setting
(or create your own) that matches the camera settings you used.

Did you shoot on a Canon? Sonny? RED? Was it AVDHC, 4K or M-JPEG? Know the footage containers, codecs and formats, then match it to your sequence setting. This will help you avoid any headaches when exporting.

2. Create a new sequence every time you edit again and name them with the date and type of cut ex.: ROUGH_CUT_3-28-15

If you always edit on the same sequence, it’s harder to go back and make changes to earlier editing choices.

Instead, try a different cut without changing what you already have. By having multiple sequences, you can check on the work progress and go back and forth knowing everything is backed up. Plus, you get to have a pancake timeline.

3. Rest your eyes

It’s easy to start editing and get lost in the project or become absorbed in a deadline. But, don’t underestimate the power of fresh eyes. Go out, feel the sun, take a walk, then come back and get it done! There’s no specific time period for this since editing pulls crazy hours out of us. My point is that even taking a few minutes to remove yourself from the screen can help when reviewing your picture lock.

If you’re an editing newbie and had a hard time with the terms mentioned in this post, feel free to contact us: sharpencinema@gmail.com
xx

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