1. Learn the Shortcuts

You can learn our submit about keyboard shortcuts right here, so I received’t get into the specifics, however I’ll say that studying your shortcuts is the easiest way to streamline your modifying course of. Once you determine that the “L” button accelerates your playback, you’ll by no means need to sit by an interview in actual time ever once more.

2. Add Music and SFX

If studying shortcuts is the best means to velocity up your modifying course of, then the addition of music and sound results to your venture is the best means to add depth and layers to your venture. When it comes to music, be sure you select one thing that matches together with your visuals. A steel tune doesn’t actually work with a wonderful shot of a discipline of tulips (until they’re like, completely steel tulips), and a sluggish movement shot of a car-chase explosion doesn’t actually warrant an upbeat disco monitor (though I’d love to see it). Make certain to minimize to the beat of the tune, as a result of it issues. A well-timed minimize to the beat may be iconic, or it may be fully forgettable, if it’s finished proper or incorrect.

For sound results, delicate crowd noises, background sound results, and different audio cues assist the viewers really feel like they’re actually experiencing what they’re seeing on the display screen. If you’ve ever seen any behind-the-scenes movies of productions, you’ll discover that there’s hardly ever music or sound results being performed in actual time; it’s all added in submit.

For post-production, you must also all the time correctly combine the music and sound results together with your footage audio to make it sound as pure as doable. As one thing of a aspect observe, all of Pond5’s music and sound impact can be found throughout the Adobe Premiere interface with our free Adobe Add-on, so you may plug short-term tracks into your venture instantly and see how they match earlier than you resolve to buy.

3. Ramp It Up… Or Down

Speed ramping is used for motion scenes the place one thing wants to be emphasised in both sluggish or quick movement, however begins in actual time. It can be used to finesse your clips in order that they match collectively higher inside your sequence. If you’ve received a three-second gap in your sequence, however your clip is presently 3.5 seconds, experiment with ramping up the velocity to the best period to make it match. Conversely, you may sluggish it down if the hole is longer than your clip. Just be sure it suits and appears practical!

4. When in Doubt, Cover It Up

If you’re modifying an interview, or in case your topic is telling a narrative and it appears to drag, the perfect factor to do is to add some b-roll or a+b roll to hold it fascinating. Cut again to the one who’s speaking in the event that they’re saying one thing highly effective or vital, however don’t linger too lengthy earlier than slicing away simply to break it up. If you’ve shot plenty of interviews, you’ll know that some topics say “um,” “uh,” and “you know” rather a lot, and might ramble at occasions. You can cowl up all these cuts whereas protecting the story shifting. It additionally doesn’t damage to go away to some stay audio (a+b) of them to re-set, transition, or introduce the viewers to one other setting.

5. Space It Out, for Dramatic Effect

By including footage to both cowl up cuts, make your video circulate extra authentically, or transition to one other location or thought, you’re making for a greater piece — however these might not add any drama or pressure. You could make your topic’s impactful statements stand out extra should you give them some respiratory room and let the viewer mirror on what they’ve simply seen and heard. Keep the visuals going, however cease the a-roll and let the music and/or visuals assist the pause by growing the quantity or placing within the good visible cap on the soundbite. This video is a superb instance of letting the statements breathe whereas displaying the great visuals to improve the story.

6. Stabilize It

In addition to poor-quality audio, having shaky footage is usually a loss of life sentence to your venture. The excellent news is, there are nice plug-ins and instruments that can assist you stabilize your footage which can be on the market, and even built-in to your modifying software program. Become very well-acquainted with them, as a result of this is usually a game-changer. Warp Stabilizer in Adobe Premiere/After Effects and SmoothCam in Final Cut X are the large ones, however there’s a strong third-party plugin known as ReelSteady that works very well in After Effects, from my expertise. You can discover apps that stabilize your cellphone video, as properly, such because the well-reviewed Emulsio.

7. Re-Frame, If You Can

These days, cameras are taking pictures greater and greater resolutions, which has created the flexibility for editors to re-frame and push/pull the footage to fascinating results. Since 1080p remains to be the usual supply decision throughout many roles, you’ve gotten plenty of house to discover with 2K-and-above resolutions. Try including a delicate push-in throughout a tense scene, or place your topic within the middle of the body if their eye-line was off. You can presumably even get two pictures out of 1 clip should you’re taking pictures extremely hi-res and downscaling it.

The MAJOR caveat to that is to not go overboard, and strive to keep away from scaling up past 110% — particularly in case your digicam isn’t that nice. Pixelated footage could be very noticeable, and a re-positioned clip doesn’t work if the actors or topic look misplaced.