You don’t have to be sloppy in order to edit fast, in fact, if done right, editing faster will force you be organized and even create better work. In order to speed up how fast you make a video, you gotta have a game plan. You have to know what to do next in order to keep your work pace going. Avoid the opportunities to get distracted, avoid repeating task, and avoid making mistakes that will take hours to fix.
Pre-production might as well be called “the fountain”. You must know what you’re going to do before you start. You can create thumbnails but they can be time consuming. What you need is a script of the timeline, this gives you an idea of the beginning, middle and end. Working out the details will help you in post. What questions are ask, who is in front of the camera, your audio, your white balance, and everything that goes into giving yourself or your editor good material to work with.
Audio – Audio can take forever to fix, so start off right with the best audio possible!!!!!
When I am starting a new project I first, save my blank editing project right away, label all my bens, and gather all my footage placing them in a project folder with everything labeled. Misplacement and mislabeling can cause lots of wasted time, naming items will save hours and headache. I like labeling my items by date and subject.
Next, review your interview footage and label markers with titles. This way, you can scan and grab the parts that you want. Delete clips from your bens that are unusable. This will save time from thinking it can be used. (Example: Shots of the camera persons feet walking around.)
Audio- Pick your soundtrack before you edit, this will help set the tone, pace and style.
If your audio needs to be fixed, do it before you start cutting. If its an interview, you can lay your footage on the timeline, send to soundtrack pro, normalize and save.
My workflow —
-Book the filming
-Find soundtrack music
-Fix Audio levels
-Approve with some changes
Here is my latest where I followed this work flow – Took me two 8 hour days. Although I wasted some time by filming the interviews outside and had to refilm. Much thanks for Shawn, who helped me film overlay. Asking for help is also a big time saver and will save you from stressing out! So don’t be afraid to ask for help.