Video Editing Tutorial - Organizing a Video Project from Start to Finish

August 15, 2010 in pc video editing,video editing studio,video editing tutorial | Comments (7)

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In this Video Editing Tutorial, I am going to walk you through organizing your project from the moment when you have your first idea for your video until you finally plan to publish

Picture this:  It’s 7:00 AM, and your alarm clock has just gone off, waking you up from a promising dream.  You immediately target the dream as a possible movie idea, grabbing your Flip as you leave the house to begin filming.

As I’m sure you can figure out, this is a terrible idea.  A good video requires a whole lot of planning.  Even though it may not be difficult, it still takes time, which is why people neglect it.  No matter what, you should you should always start by writing a basic script, or even a narrative with a couple paragraphs.  My doing this, you ensure that none of your ideas will be lost when filming.  It is very easy to take your mind off of the stroyline when you are focusing all of your attention on creating the perfect shot.  

Once you have your idea written down, you’ll want to create a sort of storyboard in order to further organize your vision of your movie.  This stroyboard should be made up of something like 3×5 notecards with short titles that tell something about thepart of the story that each one represents.

Once you have a basic draft and a storyboard, you should put together a list of things that you will need.  This includes actors that you plan to use, props, locations, and anything else that you will need to make your video.  Think of this a shopping list of sorts.  From here, you will want to start gathering everything that you need.  This is a good opportunity for you to fill everyone in on your idea.  You will be able to provide them with a basic storyline and a copy of a rough script.  This will ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Once you finally start filming, it is important to label your takes and footage so that it is easy to find when you start editing.  If you are using physical media like tapes or DVDs, you can label them as you replace them.  If not, you will need to organize the files on your computer after the fact.  I find that it is helpful to create a file on my computer for the project with all of the takes.  Then I rename them to reflect what happens in them.  You might also think of appending the file names to reflect their position on the storyboard.  That way you will be able to make the conenction between your footage and its place in the story.

Once you finally begin editing, it is best to sif through the clips that you will use in your movie, and put them in the timeline of your editor so that you have a version of your final film without color correction and other effect.  This is called a rough cut.  It is effectively the raw footage of your movie in the order of which it will appear.  From here, you should create another cut, that improves on the rough cut.  Perhaps your second cut is the rough cut without a scene that didn’t quite advance the plot.  You should continue doing this until you have a final cut with all of the effects including color correction and any special effects.  This way, your project is very organized, and you can always go back just as far as you need to.

Hopefully this quick Video Editing Tutorial has provided you with a few ideas to make you and your projects more organized.  If you think that I left something out, or you have a tip that you would like to share, be sure to leave a comment below.  

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  1. Comment by Ciara PieroniOctober 5, 2010 at 4:43 AM  

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  2. Comment by admin — October 5, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

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  4. Comment by Butchers Hook VideoApril 22, 2011 at 4:56 AM  

    A cracking article – very informative!


  5. Comment by BillMay 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

    I liked the brief tutorial,would have like to have a better description, like for example “Take your video on to a Hard drive, create a folder for video, a folder for Sounds, Clip art, photographs, a folder for ideas, then call your video by a name “, suggest some music or sound and make a sub folder for those, and a sub folder for any pictures you are going to use , then proceed to load the video-s, opening the sub folders as required for sounds to add, Am I wrong or is that not clever, Keep up the good work its apprecaited by newbies like me

  6. Comment by Peggy DuncanJanuary 24, 2012 at 1:37 AM  

    Excellent article and this is how I organize my projects. Bill, you went into more detail on filing, and this is also what I do. I also separate files within each folder based on the type of software.

    For example, I use Camtasia for some recording/editing and Sony Vegas for final cut and like to keep these files separated within the project folder.

    Thanks again admin for this info.

  7. Comment by Natalia Duke — April 22, 2012 at 7:07 AM  

    A round of applause for your article post.Thanks Again.

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