The Creative Editing Course: Fundamentals 1

The world's most in depth editing course used by many of the industry's biggest broadcasters and production companies
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (86 ratings)
1,818 students
1hr 58min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

We teach the actual art of editing, not the technical side of any editing software.
How to structure and categorise interviews and B Roll.
How to think like an editor, setting up your mind and project like a tightly organised creative database.
How to watch, analyse and breakdown different raw footage genres.
Understanding the professional vs amateur workflow.
Learning the abilities and responsibilities of a seasoned professional editor.


  • This course requires a basic use of editing software.
  • This is a creative, not technical course so you can use any editing software.
  • If you can ingest media, load clips and edit them onto a timeline... you're ready for Inside The Edit.


Inside The Edit is the only professional level creative editing course in the world. It is used by many of the industry's biggest broadcasters, production companies, news organisations and film schools. Sky, Viacom, AMC Networks, Vice, The Guardian Newspaper and Discovery Channel are among many global media brands who use Inside The Edit to train their in house editors. directors and camera operators.

We do not teach the buttons, the pulldown menus or the shortcut keys, we teach the actual craft of editing. Any editing software can be learnt in around a week but the actual art of visual storytelling takes longer. Inside The Edit is a cinematic learning experience like no other, trusted by the world's biggest media brands to transform you into a master editor.

We are all familiar with the system based training where we can teach people what buttons to push and how to use editing software but rarely has there been good courses that explore why and when to push the button, how to make creative decisions and how to create a collaborative relationship inside an edit suite. Finally, with Inside the Edit, we have a course that explains these elements that no other training company or product has been able to define.

— Adam Downey,
Head of Post Production


No one has ever tried to tackle the art of editing in this way before. It's amazing to see knowledge that is usually passed on or learned alone in dark cutting rooms translated into a digestible form accessible to everyone. The secrets of the cutting room are now being exposed by Inside The Edit spreading a much deeper understanding of the craft. The insights provided here are an enormous asset to our future editing stars.

— Mark Everson,
Feature film & Editor
Paddington 1 & 2, Johnny English Strikes Again

Whether you’re a student looking to get into the industry, a new editor to the craft, a media professional needing to understand the role of the editor in the production process or even a seasoned editor wanting to up their game, everyone can learn something from this pro level, comprehensive course. This is an amazing resource for our industry and will have you falling in love with the creative process of editing.

— Jason Plews,
Senior Director, Global Education Services


Paddy is one of the most talented editors I’ve worked with in 20 years of making television in the UK and the US. Not only does he have an innate understanding of how to tell the best story within any genre but with this course he offers you the real world experience and creative tricks of the trade that you won’t find in any text book, media course or film school.

— Mark Powell,
Vice President, Development & Original Programming truTV, Turner Broadcasting

Anyone can learn the Avid, Final Cut Pro or Premiere programs but only a few really master the art of editing. Finally, here is a course from someone who is respected within the industry and has mastered his craft

— Jenny Byrom,
Executive Producer

Channel 4, BBC

This course is totally unique. I have never seen anything else that unmasks the mysteries of editing in such detail.

— Russel Trott,
Senior News Producer
BBC World News

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners & intermediate filmmakers
  • Videographers
  • Documentary makers
  • Directors
  • Film school students
  • Producers
  • Corporate Filmmakers
  • Wedding video makers
  • Self shooting filmmakers
  • YouTube filmmakers


Founder at Inside The Edit
Paddy Bird
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 86 Reviews
  • 1,818 Students
  • 1 Course

Paddy Bird is one of television’s most prolific and accomplished editors. For the past twenty years he has edited dozens of prime time documentary, entertainment and reality TV shows for British and American television. He has even worked in war zones, spending time editing news stories on location in Iraq.

Paddy has worked on multiple seasons of many of the world’s most renowned format shows including X Factor, Big Brother, Wife Swap and Secret Millionaire while at the same time editing numerous high-end political, historical and observational documentaries.

He has worked for broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4 (UK), ITV (UK), Discovery Channel (USA), National Geographic (USA), PBS (USA), The Smithsonian Channel (USA), ABC (USA) and CBC (Canada). For them he has edited some of television’s most respected documentary strands such as America’s NOVA science films and Britain’s award winning documentary series Cutting Edge.

He is a voting member of the prestigious BAFTA Editing Chapter and has spent many years teaching Final Cut Pro and Avid at Soho Editors, Europe’s largest post production training centre.

He has taught hundreds of producers, directors, cameramen, video engineers and professional editors from production companies and broadcasters around the world.

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