A Day in The Life of a Video Editor

Video post production

Making a professional video has a few aspects to it, such as pre-production – including scripting, casting etc. – production – including shooting, directing and acting – and finally post production, which is often the longest part of the process and includes editing, color correcting, sfx, final mix, and other important fine-tuning to make a successful end product. Video post production requires some expertise with regards to computer video editing software, as that is the primary means of editing. Here is a look at some of the aspects of post production:

Online and Offline editing
There are two basic processes in video post production, the first being offline editing.

In offline editing the raw footage is duplicated at a lower quality. This is done so that basic cuts and moving around of shots etc. can be done at a faster pace, as the higher the quality of footage, the greater the energy consumption and disk space. Thus, this process involves the “trimming “ of footage before final touches are done. Offline editing also includes basic sound corrections, checking sound levels, as well as synchronizing the sound with the edited video after cuts. However, the finer details of sound mixing and tweaking happens in the online editing phase.

Once offline editing is complete the reduced quality footage is “encoded” back to the full quality footage.  This means that through project interchange files, only the required footage is encoded as to what needs to be kept of the full high quality original footage, so that in the online phase of editing, you are working with only the necessary high quality footage for the final touches to be made.

Next the video editor will move onto the online editing phase. It is during this process that the photographic aspects such as lighting, contrast, shadows and highlights are changed or corrected. Other areas are also addressed such as footage timing – i.e. slow or fast motions – and things like flashbacks and transitions, are incorporated into the video. If needs be this is also the time that titles are added to videos. The second phase of sound editing will also begin at this point, in which sounds are mixed and added to footage where necessary, such as music for dramatic effect. In high tech films, this will be the phase in which computer generated effects are placed in the film.

How is all of this achieved?
Video post production can be achieved through a variety of programs, depending on your computer system and personal preferences.

  • If you are an Apple fan, Final Cut Pro will be the way to go. This is a dynamic and comprehensive editing program designed by Apple to aid users in the full process of video editing. There are also other programs like Colors DVD Studio Pro and Compressor to complement editing.
  • If you are a Windows user, your first port of call will be Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Adobe Premier and After Effects video editing software. There is also Avid video editing software, which has programs like Media Composer, Symphony and Pro Tools.

Some programs may take a while to figure out, however there are many online tutorials that show you how to use these programs. However, to make your task easier, it may be wise to use a company like The Michael Group to take charge of your video production, as they can take care of all aspects of production through qualified and professional personnel, trained in the fields of production!

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