Top 10 Quick Post Production Tips

The guys at The Canadian Hoser made this quick guide to get good understand of video post production editing. They cover some of the post production tools you need. Get started with 10 quick post production tips



Here are the 10 Tips for Video Post Production Editing.

1. Organize All of Your Footage

You’ll be much more productive if you have an organized system in place. It is very difficult to manage your time and your post production if you are searching for work you have already completed. This is an important post production tip.

Organizing film footage on your computer should be just like looking in a filing cabinet. You can have folders for each scene that you filmed with nest folders inside that contain any sound effects, music, notes or anything else regarding that footage.

You can sort each type of footage into a separate folder with a detailed name so you know what is in the folder before you open it. It takes a few extra seconds to create the folders but you will save valuable time in the long run by not having to hunt for things later in the post production. Eg. Scene 1 -Footage-Sounds-Notes-…..

2. Sound Effects

Subscribe to a sound effects library. Using a piece of music without the correct license can be extremely expensive and detrimental to your work. This post production tip can save you along of money if you do it right.
There are copyright laws in place to protect music and sound effects.

Pirating music or sounds that are the property of someone else can mean high fines or jail time. You will not be able to sell your film, show it in a public place, or collect any revenue from it at all. If you obtain a subscription to a library the library takes care of the licensing and you can use the sounds or music worry free.

3. J-Cuts and L-Cuts

These editing techniques help to keep the flow of the edit fluid and continuous without being too long and dull. If you use your J-Cuts and L- Cuts effectively the audience will not even notice the editing.
This theory should be applied to all video post production editing. You do not want your audience to figure out where the scene was cut.

4. Cut on Action

Cutting On Action is one of the most effective tools an editor can utilize. It allows the editor to help create seamless continuity between shots by using a characters actions or movement to hide the cut. This distracts the audience from the actual cut and allows for a seamless scene.

5. Be Purposeful

You need to know the essential cuts to use when video post production editing a film or video. Keep in mind that you can use these same cuts for editing any kind of work. These cuts will work on documentaries, narratives, commercials, music videos, full length film, television and even animation.

6. After Effects and Premiere Pro

It can take more than one software program to complete a video project so make sure that they work well together. The use of Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro is in almost all post production companies.
Some edit the audio and video in Premiere Pro and then use After Effects to add things like titles, or motion graphics of something in the vide. Others use Adobe Dynamic Link so that they can use both programs at the same time. They interact with one another – so tracks within Premiere Pro can be easily edited in After Effects without having to export and re-export the files.

7. Adjustment Layers

Adjustment Layers are easy to achieve. These are used when you want add a new effect to the video tracks where you create a specialty layer that will hold the created effects. All things, video, clips etc. underneath the adjustment layer will be handled by the applied effect.

You can easily trim handles and modify the opacity layers and further refine the effect and its placement in the clip. The adjustment layer is usually easier to modify because it is a single effect instead of applying multiple effects to different clips.

8. Close eyes

Believe in yourself and go with your instincts.

“The more you believed in yourself, the more you could trust yourself. The more you trust yourself, the less you compare yourself to others.” ― Roy T. Bennett

9. Work Folder

Create a filing system that a child can understand. If you have an accident or worse you do not want to leave the post production team with in a bind with work they cannot access. No matter you’re your position on the post production crew is make sure your stuff is well organized. There is nothing worse than a looming deadline with people struggling to find the files.

Having clearly labeled files makes it easier for your editor to work with your files, and it makes it much easier for archiving. It also makes you look good and could lead to future employment with the same people.

10. Backup the backup!

Make sure your files are backed up. If you get sick, have an accident, or die it is imperative that your work is still accessible. You could also experience a computer virus, natural disaster, human error, or some unforeseen act of God. It is essential that all of your weeks of hard work are not lost so make sure you back up your files on an external hard drive, a USB, or a file hosting service like Dropbox or Cloud Storage.

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Markus Ramlau

I'm Markus Ramlau, COO and co-founder of Production Hero. I have 15 years of experience from the tv industry as a production manager.


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