Understanding “Video Editing” – lesson 1

What is video editing

  • Process of piecing together video clips, images, and sounds to create a movie
    • Usually done on a computer with video editing programs called non-linear editors, or NLE’s
  • You can view, cut, and arrange digital video in any order without the need to play through the whole thing
  • When movies were edited on film, editors had to chop up the film with a razor blade and attach the pieces end to end to make a movie. That’s why editing is sometimes called cutting.
    • A lot of video editing lingo is carried over from the old film cutting days.
    • File organization systems in a digital editor are called bins because film canisters were once stored in bins during the editing process.

a. Pre-production

Beginning phase where the script is written, the crew is established, and the shots are planned.

b. Production

Involves shooting the video

c. Post-production

Where video editing, sound editing, and special effects happen

1. Shot composition

  • The Rule of Thirds
  • Balance and Symmetry
  • Leading Lines
  • Eye-Level Framing
  • Depth of Field
  • Deep Space Composition

2. Total Beginner’s Guide to Video Editing

Play the intro video: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/edit

3. Famous Movies Without Special Effects

4. Study the skillful editing from these videos

Air Canada: Travel Like a Canadian

Disney+ | How to make a commercial from own movies

The Bus. From GO. The GO Bus

5. Eight Steps to Cinematic Composition | Tomorrow’s Filmmakers

Rules of shot composition in film

6. The Basics of Storyboarding in Under 5 Minutes


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