4K Video Editing Tips and Advice

4K Video Editing

4K video is fast becoming the new benchmark in the filming world. With the amazing quality and resolution that 4K offers, comes the added challenge of mastering the video editing process. Let’s have a look at some tips to get you on your way to editing 4K video like a pro.

Use A Fast Computer

4K is a very high resolution which requires increased processing power. Investing in an SSD drive will definitely help your editing by enabling you to access your files faster. It will also speed up the video rendering process which is known to take up a considerable amount of time. Another way to boost your computer is to increase the amount of memory, or RAM. You should have at least 8GB of RAM if you’re wanting to produce good quality 4K videos. Finally, you can also upgrade your computers video card as this will help your computer to process large graphics. You may consid-er investing in a new computer altogether. At the end of the day, aim to get the best specs that you can afford as this will save you time and money in the long run.

Offline Editing

As sometimes thought, offline editing actually has nothing to do with the internet. Instead, it refers to creating a proxy, or duplicate of the original footage. By doing this, you can take your 4K footage and make a duplicate of it in a lower resolution to edit from. This lower resolution could be 1080p or even 720p. The lower resolution will allow for your computer to process the content more smoothly. This will increase the speed of the editing. When you have finished your edit, the proxies can still reference the original footage, which means that you’ll be able to export your lower res-olution project to 4k by referencing the original 4K footage. Alternatively, you can also make use of a company who specializes in post-production. They will be able to sort out all your editing needs.

Create An Efficient Workflow

Video editing can become messy and confusing when working with various pieces of content. It’s important to be orga-nized in order to improve your workflow. We recommend that you organize your projects into systematic folders that you can access easily at any time. You may want to create different folders for images, audio files, specific footage and so on. You can also make use of external storage to save your content onto. This could include an external hard drive or making use of cloud storage.

Color Correct Your Clips

4K brings out a very high level of accuracy and definition. This may result in the need for color correction on your clips. There are 2 areas to focus on here:

  • Color Correction

    This will help to make sure that your clip is consistent through different scenes and light

  • Color Grading

    This will give your clip a unique look and will help to set the atmosphere and mood of your clip.

Make Use Of J and L Cutting

A ‘J’ cut, named appropriately because the clip looks like a little “J” in the timeline, is when the audio of the next shot precedes the video. An ‘L’ cut, also named after how it looks in the timeline, is when the video of the next shot pre-cedes the audio. J and L cuts help to bring fluidity into your clips and help to create a seamless transition between clips.

Find The Right Editing Solution For Your Needs

The editing program you choose to edit with will play a big role in the outcome of your 4K video’s. These programs can take days to learn to use and to understand properly. At The Michael Group we offer all your post production needs under one roof. We are proficient in the top editing software systems such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite.

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