Tips for Newcomer Video Editors
Video editing takes a long time to master. For newcomers, it’s often daunting to see how much better a master is. But with time, they will improve. Here are some tips on how to improve your abilities.
Choose the Right Software
This is purely a personal choice but you need to choose one that fits your editing style. The popular ones are Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve (which has a free version and a robust lite version.)
The less popular ones include Autodesk Smoke, Sony Vegas, and Lightworks. After you’ve chosen one, fully commit to it. Don’t jump around because you want your experience to accumulate.
Get the Right Computer
Video editing is a very CPU-intensive activity. You’ll probably want one with a SSD storage drive. Make sure your RAM is at least 8 gb. Some video editors like using a gaming mouse because of the buttons. Use the recommended video card and processor.
Use Software Shortcuts
There are plenty of keyboard shortcuts to know. Research, memorize and use them. They’ll save you a great deal of time and frustration.
Learn Industry Jargon.
Know your J cut from L cut and other terms. If you never learn them you’ll be hindered. If you work professionally or aspire to, it’s must-know information.
Work on your Craft
It’ll take many years to truly master this skill, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make great progress in the beginning. Do your best to tell a great story. Think of your favorite movies and TV shows. Analyze what made them so captivating.
Get rid of irrelevant footage. You don’t want to bore your audience. Make sure you place your clips in the correct order. Video editing is a complex craft. If newcomers follow these tips, they will progress very rapidly.