Video Editing

Written by Gregg Ruais
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After camera crews shoot several hours worth of event coverage, they have to use video editing to pare movies down to appropriate lengths. Very few people want event movies that are more than 90 minutes long, even to commemorate special occasions. The editing process involves choosing which scenes to include in final videos, allowing the cut to play long enough to capture the emotions and feelings of these moments, and then moving on to choose other scenes.

Video editing is really what separates professional event coverage from amateur movies. Most people don't keep their camcorders rolling long enough to fill 90-minute videos with poignant moments. They might film parties for that amount of time, but not every second of every event is really worth reliving. In order to make engaging films of this length, cameramen film for several hours and exclude most footage from final videos.

Video Editing as Storytelling

Like film directing for motion pictures, video editing is a mode of storytelling. Each movie has a beginning, middle, and end. A good editor finds the story in every moment and seeks to develop and reveal these stories.

In telling stories, editors aim to create overall effects and unifying themes. Themes are not necessarily inherent or inevitable. They are the result of careful and skillful editing.


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