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Chicago Videographer Tells How to Prepare for an Edit

For a video professional, the video editing stage of videography is crucial in how the final project turns out. While the pre-production and video production stages are also key to achieving a great video, editing can make or break the whole project. All the hard work of the first stages of production can be lost or ruined without proper editing preparation. Luckily, under the guidance of a professional, any editing tragedy can be easily avoided.

Being familiar with the script is one great way to know where to focus in editing. DVDs of all your favorite movies likely include deleted scenes, and in projects as long as a full-length film or as short as a music video, there are bound to have deleted scenes. Knowing the script and the ideas it wants to express allows for the editing process to have a greater focus. With this better focus, it is easier to choose the correct sequence of shots for each scene, and which scenes are ultimately unnecessary.

Knowing the audience for the final product is also a great way to prepare for video editing. A corporate training or instructional video will likely require motion graphics and animation that other genres of video production will not. Having an expert in animation ready to assist the editing process will not only make for a more visually appealing end product, but also make for better teamwork. Within the corporate world of videos, there exists different audiences. Instructional videos for new employees and sales pitches and promotional videos will be shown to different audiences.

Filming the video with digital media makes preparing for editing easier. Having the film already in digital format allows for an easier transition into an editing program. While taking a more traditional filming method and transposing it to a disc or other digital medium is not a challenging step, it is a procedure avoided via digital media. The quality of digital filming is quickly growing better and more impressive, which makes preparing for editing easier than ever before.

When producing the video production, it is important to have enough footage so that the editor can compile a strong, cohesive video. Having multiple versions of the same scene allows for comparison, which will strengthen a film.

While video editing, there are many professional touches an amateur might leave out. Transitions between scenes add a professional touch that an amateur might omit through forgetfulness or inability. An artistically created title sequence brings another professional-looking dimension to a film. Depending on the type of video, a credits sequence at the end of the video brings a touch reminiscent of blockbuster motion pictures.

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