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EDITING is taught at EASJ within Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, mostly because of their dynamic links..

Useful shortcuts:

V = Selection Tool (cursor)

C = Razor tool (cut)

In case you can’t find a tool or you accidentally misplaced something, then you can also go to the top of the menu bar, hit workflows and press “reset default workspace”

Here’s an intro to the program, in case you’ve never used it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5sENw2C97s

 

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COLORGRADING

Is seriously important. It doesn’t take a lot, perhaps some contrast and a shift in the tint, and your video looks professional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGgnCxscTr8


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EXPORTING (SAVING A VIDEO)

Export in h264, which makes it into a .mp4 files. Make sure to use maximum render settings and export it at least 1920x1080. More in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvNf6La5d1c


EDITING TO THE BEAT.

Easily one of the most important things to consider when making a music videos, but also just using music in your content video.

There are 100.000 videos on this topic online. I like this one, as it also provides a solution for a quicker workflow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svPXfcFOnA4

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ANALOG / 8mm / 16mm

You can fake different nostalgic looks. Like 8mm, 16mm or VHS. It can be good for a music video, perhaps a flashback, an intro sequence or something entire else. You decide how much you want to use it. I personally like to change the framerate, add some noise and flicker and play with the colours. I don’t like fake hair/dust and too much vignetting - but that’s me!

Keys to doing it:

- changing framerate from 24 to 18 -> adding the effect “posterize time”.
- shift the colours, like adding green in the shade and purple in highlights.
- add a little bit of gaussian blur
- add some noise
- soften the blacks
- add a flicker overlay
- add crop layer, 12% on left and right, to change the format to 4:3

Here are some tutorials:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrmmJK9QwPo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UKxKFmv1sY


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GREEN SCREEN

… mostly known from weather reports. It’s used mostly for seperating the subject and transposing them on a new background.

Green screen can carry an ugly aestheatic that people use, or it can be used in such a way that you cannot see it being used.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFttk8kIAbs


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TEXT TRACKING.

Tracking text to follow a motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEcoG72JvhA



Tracking an object into 3D space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ToPGhr_muI


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DOUBLE EXPOSURE.

There’s a simple way to do double exposure. Shoot a person on green screen, and key the background out using Ultra Key. Chose Alpha mode under effects control. Then put in on top of the layer, you want to be inside the person. Then change the blending mode of that layer.


Here’s a more complex version of it, in the style of True Detective. If you follow the instructions step by step, it really isn’t too hard to understand. It adds a lot more depth to it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrMlsTp4nQw


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NOTES ON EDITING A CONTENT VIDEO.

I wrote a 2-pager on the subject with some tips. it’s right here!



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MASKING.

Perhaps one of the best things to be able to do well as an editor. Now, you can do a quick mask in Premiere Pro. You do this using the Pen Tool under Effects Control choosing Opacity.

But you can also do more complex masking tool in Adobe After Effects, such as Rotoscoping (really good for human figures):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZBobuDI06Y


A guy who has been using it a lot these days is Cole Bennett, example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbfK7dei7ec