1.) Plan the edit

Whether you filmed the footage or not, there should be a plan in place,such as a storyboard or script to follow, so you can orchestrate the edit perfectly. Allowing you to add the right amount of tension or pace in your videos final cut.

Without any planning taking place you'll find yourself sitting up until the early hours editing, and re-editing with very little progress. 

Planning the video editing

2.) Quick cut to final cut.

A simple mistake new editors often make is trying to craft the perfect edit within seconds of importing the video footage. It may sound counter-intuitive, but making an untidy rough cut first, will help you plan which shots you want where and help you to begin to set a pace for the edit.

Doing a rough cut helps you to tell the story as quick as possible and also makes it much simpler to then go back and fine tune with ease. It's much simpler to take something away, then it is to add something to a perfectly edited video.

Tip:  Walk away. If you feel panic or frustration coming over you, walk away. Grab a coffee, go for a walk or hell, take a nap! When you come back with fresh eyes, you'll see the edit in a whole new light. 

Rough Cut Video Editing 

3.) Use your keyboard shortcuts.

Yes, yes of course we're going to promote keyboard shortcuts, but really if you're not using them, why not?
Using shortcuts can really help speed up your editing process.  Some processes which take 5-10 clicks can often be done in one of two.

If you have a planned edit or rough cut, imagine how much time saving this will offer you, plus make your job easier in the long run (and probably a little more enjoyable.

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