Audio: Advice to a New Editor

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Audio Notes:

After Effects – Motion Graphics & Effects – Free Basic Training

Final Cut Pro – Video Editing software – Paid Basic Training

Ask yourself: What is your goal?

Learning software and try out what you want to do.

Be honest with yourself on what you really want to do.

Best experiences: Volunteering & Interning

After Effect example video

Movie Scene Project Blog

Learn by doing.

School is good if you can, if not put yourself in your own school.

READ AND DO. Book list blog & After Effects

Give yourself projects; You’ll learn the language of video, pace, time management, learn from mistakes.

Learn from failure. It will happen, learn how to grow from it.

Challenge yourself, “Have I improved?”

Have a platform where you can share your work.

Success comes by working hard.

When your working hard on something you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all.

Blog: My vintage baby (my nephew)

Video of my nephew visiting my grandpa.

Don’t get caught up making stuff for money, money will come, if you love doing what you do people will see that and hire you to do it.

A paid shoots

The important part is knowing what you’re doing.

Using what you have.

Learn the fundamentals on how to tell a story. Book: Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Free Mpeg Stream clip download

Freelance: ask, “Do you have a budget for this?” ask yourself, “What is my time worth?”

Volunteering and interning: your pay is the experiences.

Create projects that you want to get hired to do.

People will pay you to do what they already know you can do, they don’t want to pay for your experiment they want to pay for a guaranteed product.

Put yourself in your own school, read books, give yourself projects and deadlines.

Learn how to manage others: communication is key, don’t be afraid to ask for help, to correct, to critique.

Do it all in love for the greatness of the team. The goal is to get things done, by the deadline.

PC: After Effects & Premiere.

Mac: After Effects & Final Cut Pro. (Editing for Film: Avid)

You need the experiences, you need to prove what you can do.

Editing is a lot like life, you’re putting it together.

Get a journal: write projects and creative ideas.

Use your creative muscle.

Creatlive.com – Photography class on line

**share your work with me**

Life is beautiful and I desire to share that with everyone… awwww 🙂

Hope this helped. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have.

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you so much! I had been thinking of creating my own school, as you suggested, so I was happy to hear that you agree if I “read and do”, I can learn a lot. I really loved your phrase, “piecing the story of family together”, because that is what my videos have been so far. While living far away from family, I made short 2-3 minute videos of my children (new words/phrases, going on a walk, conversations with them, etc.) that I edited to share with cousins and grandparents who only saw them 2 times a year. They were always a big hit and really connected the family, as if they had been here to visit. In fact, my niece and nephew requested a DVD of them so they could watch them whenever they wanted, so cute! Anyway, thank you again. I will keep you updated on my progress and probably ask more questions along the way. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, making this post was fun. I’m so happy to hear you are creating family movies, I bet they make your heart melt every time you watch them. Your kids are going to love watching your videos when they get older. I look forward to hearing from you.

  2. Caroline can get a 30 day trial of the adobe projects, also sony vegas home studio is like $99 and a great place to start, although all the editing happens on the timeline. Also you need kindof a beefy computer to edit video i found that when i was waiting for my computer it was hurting my creative skills because i was getting frustrated trying different things and just settled when my frustration got too high.

    1. So true, I’ve heard of a lot of new editors starting on Sony Vegas. Eric is right, video editing will require good hardware. I recommend saving up for a computer. I bought a Mac Book Pro refurbish, added some RAM and 500gb worth of storage. It took me forever to save up for one, but it was worth it.

      1. Thank you so much for the suggestion Eric. I just ordered Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite from Amazon. It is half price this week, perfect timing! I was orginially thinking of getting Adobe Premiere Elements 10, but after reading the reviews, I think I might outgrow it pretty fast, but this Sony software will last me for a LONG time. I have a lot of learning to do. 🙂 Thank you so much for your help and advice!

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