In today’s time, technology has overtaken the world. Videos are edited in the best way possibly to create the perfect amalgamation of sight and sound. With all that being said, it’s not the easiest job in the world for a video editor to bring about harmony in broadcasting content that can influence the millions of viewers watching. You not only need to be creative and possess empathy, you must also carry great storytelling skills and have thorough experience with editing software and digital technology. Beyond that, your edits need to be invisible. Let’s take a look at 10 sure-fire tips that can help movie editors create magic on screen.
Engage in more medium and close up shots, while steering clear of wide shots
Timing cuts in various camera angles are the key of allowing the audience to get a feel of the space being filmed at. Believe it or not, the audience wants to see the speaker’s expressions and body language when speaking. It’s this type of near shots that have the greatest value. Closer views allow you to see better and that are definitely more engaging.
Select the most ideal camera angles for each segment
When being a video editor, it’s very important for you to step into the shoes of your audience and then plan your shots accordingly. This means choosing those camera angles that enable the speaker to convey his message in the best manner possible, while allowing the audience to gaze at various points during the conversation. Only then can you recreate the best outcome.
Edit all possible errors
This may sound super basic, but it’s very important to have error free content. This includes any errors related to technology as well as errors revolving around the speaker. To bring out about error free content using edits requires the video editor to cut on action. The perfect example would be when a speaker begins to fumble with statements such as “umm,” that are your key as an editor to place a cut between two shots.
Think like your audience
When you’re on the viewing side of the camera, it becomes so much easier to visualize what you would want to see and hear. When there’s an interview going on between the host and a chief guest, as an audience member, you would want to see more camera shots of the guest while speaking so as to gain his perspective on views being placed.
Step away from recent edits made
Making edits is a big part of a video editor’s duty. However, spending long hours trying to edit the same piece of content can do more harm than good. You’re bound to become desensitized to that particular piece of material. Give yourself a break and come back with a fresh mind and clear thought process.
Split up graphical content
To direct attention is seamlessly important. Slides that speakers use when talking can be split up into sections. This way, only relevant bits of the slide are displayed at the given instant in harmony with the speaker’s words.
Keep the show on the go
The amount of patience and attention the audience seeks is always limited. Getting bored is a norm that can be tackled by adding dynamic elements such as multiple angles of the camera, and coinciding with the speaker’s terminology.
Make cuts on words
To make an edit feel less prominent, simple tactics such as cutting on words with sounds such as hard consonants can be used. If that certain word or phrase is related to the speaker’s main point of view, using this tactic can highlight and make it more unforgettable.
Utilize cuts on action
To mask an edit between two shots is a goal many movie editors fail to achieve. However it can simply be done by cutting on action or some sort of gesture displayed by the speaker. The audience views the start of the action in one shot, which is followed by the completion of that action in the second shot.
The speaker’s expressions and body language is the key
As an editor, you need to follow the rhythm and frame of mind of the speaker when making edits. This means taking a closer look at speech timing, phrases, actions, and breaths depicted through body language. Only then can your edits seem natural,that allows you to engage with the audience in a better manner.
To manipulate and edit pieces of video in an invisible way to the audience is the key to success for any video editor out there. Having command over continuity, timing and motivation is essential for attracting the audience. Only then can powerful stories and enthralling experiences depicted on screen for viewers to enjoy.