Theory of Video Editing – why I love video editing, by

Geoff from talks about why he loves video editing, and about the process of video editing.

Discussion about:
-Shooting ratio
-Reviewing the raw footage
-Working with the director
-Rough cut
-Fine cut
-The musical rhythm of video cutting
-How do you decide when to cut?
-Speed of cutting vs. speed of information delivery
-Walter Murch: Discussion about how video editing is similar to writing poetry.
-The joy of video editing: short projects vs. long projects
-Benefits of working in a creative field: joy of creation, and sharing.

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Technical notes:
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9V
Audio: Zoom H1 with on-board mic.
Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow).
Audio synced with video using Pluraleyes by Singular Software.

Music by Laundryman used with permission.

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2 thoughts on “Theory of Video Editing – why I love video editing, by

  1. Geoff Peters Post author

    Geoff writes:

    thanks Woggyflush! I think the orcas were there on Monday. Not sure if they are there now. Maybe I’ll make a trip over to the beach and see :) thanks for the ideas!!

    I love this. Thanks Woggyflush!

    Cool! I just watched it. Very innovative film, and it fits very well on Youtube. I like how Lipsett made most of the film using found footage!

  2. Geoff Peters Post author

    Woggyflush writes:

    Hi Geoff, may I say something off-topic? I just read in the “Vancouver Sun” online there are Orcas in Vancouver! You know those whales. Really close, near Downtown, in the English Bay. A very rare sight! If you love animals and have some free time (and if they are still there), you might want to film them. I know it’s midnight right now in Vancouver, but I mean, tomorrow morning. It would sure make an exceptional video!

    As to the editing, I think there are 2 main reasons why you need to edit a video: 1.) because the viewer is impatient. Nobody is able to watch a 100-hour-long film. And even 10 minutes can get boring on Youtube, because the player window is so small (or the video quality just too low for blowing it up to full-screen). And 2.) because reality is not stream-lined enough. Art may imitate life, but I would rather say, art brings life in shape. The video artist cuts right to the action or beauty.

    P.S. there is a nice piece of editing called “21-87” by Canadian filmmaker Arthur Lipsett. They say George Lucas learned all of his style by watching the 9 minutes of Lipsett’s film over and over again. It’s here on Youtube:

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