Edit Faster with Metadata – Editing Workflow Tip
Just about every video editing program I know of has at least some kind of tagging or metadata capability for sorting out your media.
Most of the time no-one uses it because either their projects aren’t big enough to warrant it or… they just don’t do it!
I have friends who are pro editors and believe me, the amount of organizing they do before they even approach the editing module of their software is amazing.
They will spend days in their media libraries tagging, annotating, adding notes, renaming on and on.
Once they start the actual edit the speed with which they move is incredible and it is all because they are organized from the start.
The demo tutorial below is done in DaVinci Resolve and as you would expect it has a pretty sophisticated metadata set up.
Don’t let that fool you or make you think you can’t do it because you don’t have that degree of control.
Using simple tags and notations can go a long way in keeping all your stuff under control as well as exploring the different library configurations of your video editing software.
Adobe Premiere Elements, Corel VideoStudio, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Vegas Movie Studio and Pinnacle Studio all have great options in this regard.
A Tip To Edit Faster in Resolve or any Other Editor for That Matter!
One of the most common tasks anyone will be doing inside of video editing software is to be cutting and trimming out footage from clips on the timeline.
In DaVinci Resolve you make the cut using a little razor icon and in most other programs you have a scissors icon or some other cutting type symbol.
The reality of editing is that the action of that “cut” is never a single action.
It is always a “cut” usually followed by another “cut” then a “select” then “delete” then possibly another “select” followed by another “delete.”
30 minutes into editing a project and the repetition of that whole sequence over and over can get really tedious!
On top of that after having cut out something on the timeline we then have to work out what to do with the space left behind.
Do we leave that space? Do we we close the gap that has been left? Do we shift remaining clips to the left… to the right? Stop asking me questions!
Most software makers are aware of this and they all employ various ways to ease the pain by adding functions that include the cut followed by common tasks after that.
The video below shows how to access this from within Resolve but lower on the page there is another video showing it in Filmora.
The main point here is that in most cases this is a keyboard shortcut of some kind.
If you are using some other type of video editor check it out for yourself because if you use functions like this editing gets much faster and far more efficient.
Filmora X Editing Tips – Deleting Empty Gaps and Timeline Snap
This is the same action I described in the previous entry only shown this time in Filmora.
While you are at it also take note of the “Ripple” editing function as well.
It is a great time saver in itself.
8 Steps To Improve Your Audio
Just some solid tips here on capturing good quality audio for your projects.
Yes there are some good tools around to fix or at least cleanup your audio in post production but the truth is that there is only so far you can go with that.
Having good quality from the start makes everything better and yes, the most important part of video is audio.
4 Huge Tips For More Cinematic Footage
Kind of an advanced video tutorial on shooting footage here but worth taking a look at.
Admittedly Aidin goes pretty deep into the camera settings and uses different lenses to achieve his very cinematic look so I don’t really expect that average person will be shooting at that same level.
However even an understanding of what he is doing and why will lift your own shots up to a higher level.
How to Save Video – CyberLink PowerDirector 19
This is quite basic but covers an important point that most newcomers to video editing find confusing.
In just about any kind of software when you hit the old “Save” button, the changes you have made are saved and the document is now different.
Whatever it is you were working on is now in a new state that reflects the changes you made.
Video editing is different in that the originals of whatever is in your project are never touched.
They exist as references to be used when you have finished the job.
So in video editing software when you hit the “Save” button, no video is created.
What is created is a “Project file” and that file is simple a record of the changes and decisions you made.
To actually create your project as a video you have to choose to Render, or Export or even Create in your video editing software so that the project becomes a video.
PowerDirector – Combine Transitions by Stacking
Technically you can’t actually “stack” transitions in CyberLink PowerDirector and to be honest… that’s probably a good thing!
Stacking means to combine effects or filters in a project on top of each other to create an effect.
It’s all very well for a professional editor to do it but even they only do it with the utmost care!
The world is probably a safer place because software like PowerDirector prevents it from being done by amateur’s like us!
The reality is that if we did it, the results would be less than impressive.
Having said that, there is a way to do it as long as you keep yourself under control.
Video Editing Techniques Live
This is the usual live stream that Daniel Batal puts out most weeks and although his audience is mainly Filmora users he covers a bunch of stuff.
I cannot begin to stress how good his videos are because they always address one vital point any newcomer to video needs to understand.
That point is that regardless of what video editing software you are using, it is ONLY a tool and that the real key to editing is understanding how things work.
How to Plan a Successful Live Stream Event in 5 Easy Steps
OK no video to watch on this one but an excellent tutorial nonetheless.
I don’t really add to much to the Friday Roundups from the people at NewBlue FX because they tend to overly promote their own products without really adding much value in the form of information.
This article linked below is an exception.
They have taken the time to put together a pretty good cheat sheet or checklist you can follow.
By just going through the list and checking off each item you can be pretty sure you will have done everything you can to pull off a successful streaming event.
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