How to become a better freelance video editor: 25 Tips and lessons from a pro

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Following some YouTube tutorials is not how to become a better freelance video editor. You need actionable advice that helps you with video editing storytelling and craft. Here you’ll learn 25 tips and lessons from a pro commercial/documentary editor that will actually help you become a better freelance video editor.

 

 

 

 

00:00 – Introduction
01:01 – Pacing, Rhythm, and Flow
02:48 – Timing Your Cuts
03:37 – Storytelling Principles
04:46 – Storytelling Above All Else
05:43 – Effects and Transitions
06:32 – Understanding Video File Formats
07:39 – Mastering Keyboard Shortcuts
09:10 – Planning Your Edits
10:07 – Audio Importance
11:06 – Using a String Out
12:41 – Using Markers
13:29 – Cutting on Action
14:12 – Cutting for Engagement
15:34 – Subscribing to Unsplice YouTube Channel
16:32 – Shot Sequencing
18:07 – Using Multicam Sequences
18:55 – Getting Feedback
19:34 – The Importance of Feedback
20:30 – Broaden Your Skillset by Editing Different Genres
20:30 – Forget About Developing Your Own Editing Style
22:38 – Study Various Media for Inspiration
23:46 – Stay Organized and Backup Your Files
24:54 – Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
25:40 – Pay Attention to Framing and Composition
26:20 – Efficient Project File Organization
27:36 – Speed Up Your Editing with Good Organization

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If you liked this video on how to become a better freelance video editor then you’ll love these:
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5 Signs Your Professional Video Editing Workflow Needs Improving: https://youtu.be/G7LTiYaJROY
Master Editing: 5 Signs Your Storytelling Skills Are Lacking: https://youtu.be/qE4Gfbr1mvI

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Thank you for listening!

Shiny

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