As a teacher I always look to break down tasks into easy steps. One of the process I teach is the Digital Video Workflow and I break it down into 8 easy steps.
- Acquire-This means recording with your mobile phone, video camera or taking pics with your still camera. The first step after pre-production is always acquiring the footage.
- Capture-I remember the days when you recorded one hour and you had to wait one hour for your footage to be captured. Today, more footage is being captured and organized digitally. For example, when I film an event I usually have my laptop there so we can exchanged SD cards so I can capture footage.
- Organize- This step is critical if you want to edit your footage quickly and accurately. The goal of an editor is not to be in the edit room for hours but to use time efficiently to get the end product. I use Final Cut Pro X to organize and keyword tag all of my video clips. This makes it easier for me to begin the editing process.
- Build-In your editing software after you organized your clips, you build the sequence or clips on your timeline. This is where most of the editing time takes place.
- Place Transitions-I use transitions and effects sparingly, but if used well, they can enhance your overall production.
- Create Titles/Graphics-These are important to identify who is talking on the video and in most videos I include the church logo or header.
- Mix Audio- Good audio makes a video better and adding background music and sound effects will enhance your overall production.
- Export-After everything is done, it’s time to export and share your video with the world.
Standard Digital Video Workflow – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
A wise editor once said ” The moment you label something ‘FINAL’ is the moment you’ve guaranteed there will be changes.” What part of the workflow do you like the best? Share in the comments below.