[ Edit­ing tips ]


Zoom in post 1

You can use crop­ping and zoom­ing tools in your edit­ing soft­ware to fo­cus at­ten­tion or re­move cer­tain el­e­ments. Don’t zoom in too far, how­ever, or you risk de­grad­ing the im­age qual­ity.

Get close up 2

By zoom­ing in on your time­lime you can get all the way down to the level of in­di­vid­ual frames. This makes cuts and ed­its much more pre­cise, es­pe­cially when you have snap­ping switched on.

Play with colour 3

You can use pre­sets or cus­tom colour con­trols to eas­ily ‘grade’ your footage, mak­ing it warmer or colder, or even tint­ing it how­ever you like to make it look more cin­e­matic.

Cut for ef­fect 4

Make cuts to main­tain in­ter­est and dy­namism. Cuts are used much more fre­quently than tran­si­tions, which tend to give a piece a slower pace. Tran­si­tions are used in film much more than on TV.

Pay at­ten­tion to sound 5

Sound is also im­por­tant. Make use of mul­ti­ple au­dio tracks where nec­es­sary to cre­ate the de­sired ef­fect. and keep an eye on lev­els. Some video ed­i­tors in­clude a ded­i­cated au­dio mixer to help with this.

Use in and out points 6

Many edit­ing apps let you choose in and out points of a clip and then drag just that bit to your time­line. This is much quicker than drag­ging the whole clip and chop­ping it up to get the part you want.

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