Welcome to “Video Editing Workflow for Filmmakers”, the only course designed specifically for filmmakers editing their own film. In this exciting course, you will be learning the workflow for how to set up your editing projects, all the things that you will do in a day from importing raw footage all the way to exporting a film for final delivery.
By the time you are finished this course you will be light years ahead of other editors who know how to use editing software, but feel overwhelmed and anxious while editing because they haven’t yet developed an efficient workflow for the post-production phase of their film. You will learn how to start with an empty timeline and finish with a completed film that you are proud of.
Over the years, the role of an editor has evolved gradually. There once was a time when an editor only cut the picture and someone else dealt with the sound. But nowadays, that really isn’t the case. An editor has slowly become a one person band. It is a new reality that has come about partly by the democratization of equipment, faster computers, laptops, smaller cameras, and other technological innovations that allow one person to do a lot more than they could do years ago. This course addresses this new reality.
"Video Editing Workflow for Filmmakers" will show you how to organize your footage, do an assembly edit, an offline edit, sound design, and export your film for television, web, or even theatrical release.You will be seeing all of these things in real time from start to finish.
In order to get the most out of this course, we invite you to write down the steps that are outlined in a checklist form. During each stage of post-production, you can refer to these checklists in order to remember what to do next. This will make things a whole lot easier and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
One final note: this course is for filmmakers who already feel comfortable working with their editing software of choice. It doesn’t matter if you prefer Final Cut Pro, Avid, or Adobe Premiere. This course runs on the principle that all of these pieces of software are merely tools. Whichever software you prefer, feel free to use it. The ideas presented in this course are designed to work for all of them.
So thank you for watching “Video Editing Workflow for Filmmakers” and we hope you enjoy the course.
Welcome to “Editing Workflow for Filmmakers”.
By the time you are finished this course you will be light years ahead of other editors who know how to use editing software, but feel overwhelmed and anxious while editing because they haven’t yet developed an efficient workflow for the post-production phase of their film.You will learn how to start with an empty timeline and finish with a completed film that you are proud of.
This course is for filmmakers who already are comfortable editing with their editing software of choice. It doesn’t matter if you prefer Final Cut Pro, Avid, or Adobe Premiere.
This course runs on the principle that all of these pieces of software are merely tools. Whichever software you prefer, feel free to use it. The ideas presented in this course are designed to work for all of them
In this chapter, let's take the opportunity to address what I believe is the most important factor in ensuring that you are able to be as creative as possible during the post-production phase of your film: maintaining a clean and well organized folder structure.
The most daunting task that I experience as an editor isn’t actually editing the film, it is the task of managing the massive amounts of footage that I have to ingest BEFORE I even start editing.
Note: This course strongly encourages you to use your own footage from a film that you are currently working on because this will be the most effective way to reinforce the workflow in your mind. However, if you would prefer to use someone else's material to practice with, this chapter has a link to some open source raw footage.
So, the next step after you organize all of your footage is to do what I call "Trim the fat".
After you’ve omitted everything that you 100 percent know has no place being in the movie and you are left with usable footage, the next step is to go through what you have and find the best takes, moments, insert, cutaways and performances.
In an earlier chapter, I attempted to make the case for abandoning the old school method of opening each clip one at a time, setting in and out points, etc. I called it the pig trough method. Now I am going to demonstrate to you why I think it comes in handy.
So, in the last chapter I was talking about the benefits of making your rough assembly be good enough to show people regardless of the fact that it is just a rough cut. The best way to ensure this is to do a temporary sound mix really quickly as you make your rough assembly edit.
Now it’s time to prepare your project for the fun part: Creating an assembly edit of the entire film.
Depending on your film and your personal perspective, this might be one of the most important elements of the post production process of your film. If you get this right, you will be able to make a film that you are proud of.
So, you’ve put all of your scenes in the right order, you’ve gone over the entire film with a fine-toothed comb, you’ve refined the edit over and over again, you’ve made compromises based on the needs of the client, the studio, the producer. You’ve even ordered a re-shoot of certain scenes and re-inserted them into the film at the exact point that they are needed. The film is as good as you feel it is ever going to get. So now you’ve locked picture and it’s time to get ready for the sound design.
Now let’s start adding to the realism of the scene by adding SFX and foley.
Whereas I believe that sound fx and foley can be used to add both realism AND emotion to a scene, I think that most of you will agree that even though in certain cases music can add realism to some scenes, generally speaking music is added to the sound design primarily to cue the viewer on how you would like them to feel. Music generally conveys emotion.
So now your film is completed and you want to get it out to the world. Before you even start shooting you should decide which format you would like the film to be exported as.
Christopher Scott is a video professional with over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry.
He has experience editing feature-length films, music videos, and documentaries that have appeared in theaters, on television, and at film festivals internationally. In addition, he has done compositing, VFX, and animation for augmented reality installations that have appeared in numerous art galleries and museums in such cities as New York and Istanbul.
He is also the manager of the "Professional Video Editors" group on LinkedIn with over 22,000 members.
What makes Christopher unique is that he is a real editor who edits 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for a living. Plus,he has experience in other aspects of cinema, such as cinematography, screenwriting, directing, as well as acting. These diverse experiences will make this Udemy course tremendously well-rounded and informative.