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August 2, 2011, 11:58 am
On may 9th I was chosen as the 2011 National Press Photographers Association Television Video Editor of the Year. I'm honored to win this award for the 4th time in my career. I also want to use this moment in the spotlight to teach as I always do. I'm very proud of the stories that [...]
November 7, 2016, 1:36 pm
When you make an edit, it's an important decision. Each edit should advance your story. So when do you make an edit? There are many reasons. Your story should have a rhythm, like a good song has a good beat. How do you find your rhythm? Here's an idea. Follow the rhythm of the narration and the soundbites.
June 17, 2015, 4:08 pm
I love using music. I use music whenever I can. I use it improperly. I abuse the use of music. I use the wrong type of music. I force music into a edit just because. You should be doing this too. You read that right. Force it, use the wrong music, use it as a bad. Use music as much as you can. It takes time to figure out how to really make music work for a story. Pay attention to how you hear it in film, commercials, documentaries and television shows. When an edit adds music it ...
June 3, 2015, 2:07 pm
Adding frames of silence in video editing adds more than just silence - say what? By adding a few frames of silence you can enhance a story. There is at least 10 frames of silence between the narration and any soundbite in this story
May 12, 2015, 4:34 pm
Have you edited a story that gets people talking? Whether it impacts lives, wins awards, or people just watch it over and over to learn. This entry is about that type of story. If I were to rank edits I did over the past 20 years, this is in the top five.
April 9, 2015, 5:48 am
Marking an In on your clip midmotion will practically help every edit you ever make. Editing midmotion, starting the edit after an action has started, hides (which is what editing is supposed to do) a lot.
March 27, 2015, 1:31 pm
This entry is about sequencing. You already know about sequencing? Please, bare with me. You might learn something even if you didn't understand about sequencing.
March 6, 2015, 6:33 pm
A motion effect changes the size, shape, opacity, duration, position of your video, image, text or graphic in your projects. Motions effects are easy. I'm not going to explain the how of motion effects. I'm going to explain the why.
February 24, 2015, 1:52 pm
This is a style that you could use no matter what type of storyteller you are. I call this jump editing. Jump cuts are intentional. There are some rules to jump editing (or guidelines). Are you ever given a story that just screams jump cuts?
November 12, 2014, 2:51 pm
A motion effect changes the size, shape, opacity, duration, position of your video, image, text or graphic in your projects. Motions effects are relatively easy in most Non-Linear Editors. I’m not going to discuss the how of motion effects. I’m going to focus on why I did certain motion effects in this story. Our story […]
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