5 Things You Need To Tell Your Video Editor
There are many things you might want your video editor to understand before they start editing your video, but sometimes, all this description and detail may confuse your video editor, they may not know where to start. So, break it down into 5 simple points. These points will help your video editor build your edit with a solid foundation. After that, you can add whatever extra content or requests you have. But what are these 5 points, you ask? We’ll explain them to you and tell you why you need to let your editor know.
1. How Much Footage You Have
One of the major things you need to tell your video editor is how much footage you’ve recorded. That way, your editor will know what to expect, when you send them your files. Sometimes, leaving out how much footage you have will make the task more daunting for your editor, because they may expect a certain amount, and you might not have enough, or you may have too much. So, tell them how much footage you have. That way, you might not find yourself with an unexpected message from your video editor.
So, first, tell them how much footage you have. You don’t need to be too specific. You can tell them the overall amount of data your footage takes up, so they’ll have some idea of how much footage you have. Alternatively, you can make a summary of how many pieces of footage you have for each scene or sequence in your video. You may even want to provide a storyboard of what you expect the video to look like so that it will make it a little easier for your video editor to piece it together.
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2. What Kind Of Video do You Want It To Be
While you might think your footage is enough to explain what you want your video to be, it actually doesn’t. You could send all this footage to your video editor, and they’ll still ask you what kind of video you want. The reason why is that your footage can be made into nearly anything. For example, if you’ve ever watched those videos on YouTube where films were made into separate trailers for different genres, you’ll know what we mean. Your footage can be made into any type of video your video editor will want to make it into.
That’s why you need to tell your video editor what kind of video you want. If you want a product commercial, tell them you want a product commercial. If you want a corporate training video, tell them! This will help your video get an idea of what you want as an end result. It also wouldn’t hurt to give them examples of these types of videos. You may even want to send links to those videos, to your video editor, so they have something to reference.
3. Where Your Video Will Be Displayed
Knowing where you’re going to be showcasing your video can be a very important factor for your video editor. This is because it affects not only the quality of the export of your video, but also the frame rate. Essentially, if you’re uploading the video online, your video’s quality will be compromised, even if you upload it with a 4K resolution. The reason why is that the Internet isn’t yet built to accommodate this type of video. Of course, some platforms might be able to, like YouTube or Vimeo, but for the most part, online streaming isn’t developed enough to showcase higher than 4K resolutions.
So, if you’re expecting a 4K+ resolution to your video, know that only you and your video editor will be able to see it. Unless you’re displaying the video on a 4K+ monitor, or you’re exhibiting the video from your own computer or a USB stick, you won’t get the highest resolution, of your video. So, tell your video editor where you’re showcasing your video, both of you know what to expect, when it comes to the export of your video.
4. Does Your Footage Need Colour Correction/Colour Grading
One of the biggest factors that makes a video look professional is the colour correction or colour grading of the overall look. Sometimes, leaving a piece of footage as it was recorded can make the final edit look amateurish, and while, for many online vlogs and videos, this may be an aesthetic that creators want, it isn’t the same story for other professional filmmakers. You need to let your video editor know if you want your video to be colour-corrected, or even colour graded.
The reason why is not only will it help your video look more professional; it also requires a set of certain skills, to colour grade a video edit, to look a certain way. After all, your video editor will need an eye for colour detail and will need to know how to work colour levels and wheels, to make your video stand out. So, make sure you tell your video editor what you expect the colour palette of your video to look like, and how vivid you expect it to be, because it will add to the final look of your video.
5. What Music You Want In Your Video
Lastly, you need to tell them what music you want. If you already have your own compositions, and pieces, include them in your folder, and let your editor know in which scenes you want this to be. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a bland video, with voiceovers or dialogue that won’t capture your audience’s attention. Music is what ties a video together. So be sure you tell your video editor what kind of music you want in your video.
Take a look at those “different trailer, one movie” videos on YouTube again. You’ll see that with each genre, or mood, of videos, there are different types of music. They add to the atmosphere and tone of the video. So, for upbeat romantic comedies, you’d expect a light-hearted melody. Or for sad movies, you’ll expect slow and emotional soundtracks. For action films, you’d expect a driving and high-intensity piece. That’s why it’s important you know what type of music you want, because it’ll dictate the pace of your video, and its atmosphere.