‘Video Editing 101 to edit efficiently by maintaining organisation accuracy’
With editing comes great responsibility.
Video editing is not just a department, but it’s actually the most valuable and treasured part of production. Almost like a chest box. All the hardwork and effort right from pre-production to production come onto the editing table. This isn’t just footage. It’s akin to assets.
These assets are placed on the hands of the trusted video editor. He/she now is the keeper of every little thing that was shot. It’s important that he/she understands the nitty-gritty and role of this major responsibly. The role entails meticulous organisation of a myriad of items. The plethora of footage can be daunting and it can be easy to miss out the smaller items. But, one cannot afford to do this.
So, let’s dig deep into the top ways to stay uber organised.
- A lot lies in a name!
‘YUIO45’. While you may say that you can identify this file, so why bother too much on naming? it’s important that even others can make sense of your files.
Once you go onto edit TV commercials, movies or even larger sized documentary projects; the files pass across teams (sound, exports, etc) for mastering as per TV specifications. One wrong file name can lead the channel to reject uploading the ad. You might need to re-name and re-upload the files and this can cause a delay in airing the ad. Every delay costs a ton of money to the brand. See, told ya – great responsibility.
Almost all brands have naming guidelines so you make sure to get access to their naming convention.
- Stir up a pancake timeline.
The trick is to have more timelines. Although this may seem tedious, but it makes the process quite fluid and creative once the timelines are stacked onto each other like a pancake.
For instance: all b-rolls go onto one timeline while all interview bytes go the other timeline. Similarly, there is a timeline for music, and another for sound fx. Place that cherry on each, that is, ‘labelling’ each.
- Don’t ever edit off the desktop or big files.
If you’re editing off mammoth sized chunky files where you’ve dumped the entire footage, then buckle up! This might cost you.
It’s almost very easy to lose/delete/wipe off data when you do this. Plus, you’re not maximising the time in hand as each time you end up ‘scrolling’ across the file to find items.
- Branch out! Create a family-tree file structure.
Basics never lie. Just as you would make family trees with 20-25 branches in school; adult work life too functions on basics.
Place all files in their respective nest. Example, create 4-5 sub-folders in the project folder > assets, final render, working timeline, source footage.
Now in assets, further create ‘branches’ > graphics, music, dialogue, images.
- Got ‘your favourites’? Each editor uses a certain set of assets almost always. These can be sound fx, royalty-free music, certain text elements or graphics. Keep these handy in a separate folder
- Not to forget. Archive and parent bins – give them attention too.
This is a no-brainer but most no-brainers need to be repeated often.
Just like wash your hand. Always keep back-ups in separate hard disks.
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