EDITING

"Every film is a puzzle."

~ Walter Murch

A curation of articles, podcasts, videos, and courses to help with your editing adventures.

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What Editing Software Do You Use?

Final Cut Pro  •  Avid Media Composer  •  Premiere  •  DaVinci Resolve

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A collection of FREE forms, templates, and articles:

TIPS FROM A MOVIE TRAILER EDITOR

9 (Short) Storytelling Tips From A Master Of Movie Trailers.  Buddha Jones co-founder John Long discusses mini-storytelling principles and the art of modern trailer making.

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THE RULE OF 6

The team over at videoandfilmmaker.com posted this article about famed Hollywood editor, Walter Murch, and his "Rule of 6" for film editing.

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CONTINUITY LOG SHEET

The team over at Film Sourcing offers a ton of free templates for film production.  Before you get to the editing stage, be sure your production team has been filling this one out along the way.

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VIDEO LOG SHEET

One of the more useful tools for an editor is the log sheet.  Thanks to the guys over at fstoppers.com for putting together this free template.

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BOOKS

A collection of books on the art and craft of editing movies. (*These are affiliate links)

In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Edition

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought -- provoking essay on film editing.

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The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film

The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.

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The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice

The Technique of Film and Video Editing provides a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound.

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Color Correction Look Book: Creative Grading Techniques for Film and Video

The digital colorist’s job is no longer to simply balance, fix, and optimize. Today’s filmmakers often want to recreate the idiosyncrasies of older recording methods, or are looking for something completely new, to differentiate the look of a given project.

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SOFTWARE

A collection of software and tools to help you, as a movie editor.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro CC is powerful, customizable, and high-performance nonlinear editing software for video professionals.

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Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Access (AMA) architecture makes it possible to work natively with AVCHD and RED footage. On the Mac side, you can now decode and encode all the Apple ProRes codecs, for easier integration with workflows that involve Final Cut Pro.

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Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro combines revolutionary video editing with powerful media organization and incredible performance to let you create at the speed of thought.

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DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 combines professional non-linear video editing with the world’s most advanced color corrector so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system!

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PODCASTS

A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover different aspects of the editing process.

The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room is a podcast from The Art of the Guillotine Network. Each episode we interview editors from around the world about their technique and approach to film editing.

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That Studio Show

That Studio Show is a roundtable discussion with industry experts about the art and science of video, film and post production (formerly That Post Show). The top-rated Post podcast in iTunes since 2007.

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Indie Film Hustle

Alex Ferrari over at Indie Film Hustle has nearly 20 years experience in post production and has several episodes on editing and post production.

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FCPX Grill

Final Cut Pro X Grill - is a weekly discussion with video and film editors and content producers who have chosen to use Final Cut Pro X in their workflow.

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VIDEOS

A collection of videos that will help with your editing and post production efforts.

Justin Odisho has compiled 78 videos on how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to help you get started in no time!

The team over at Village Park Source has compiled over 60 videos to help get you up and running with Final Cut Pro X.

Direct from the Avid team themselves, they have offered almost 50 videos on how to master Avid Media Composer.

Goat's Eye View has compiled over 120 videos on how to use DaVinci's Resolve Editor.  It's a FREE editing tool from Black Magic Design ... Di I mentioned that it's FREE!

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.

The Film Riot team covers the workflow they used for their short film, PROXiMITY.

When editing, the selecting process for docs is usually very elaborate as interviews and scenes usually will be used across story acts. Be sure to subscribe to "This Guy Edits" channel for much more!

Walter Murch, triple Oscar- and triple BAFTA-winning sound designer and editor of iconic films such as Apocalypse Now, The Godfather and The Conversation delivers a masterclass on film editing as part of the Frames of Representation film festival.

COURSES

A collection of online courses that will help you master your editing needs. (*Affiliate links)

What Will You Learn?
  • Edit an entire video from beginning to end, using professional and efficient techniques.
  • By the end of the course, you'll have edited your own short documentary using either the supplied footage (video clips, photos, graphics, music, etc.), or your own footage!
  • Start a project with the right settings for any type of video, from any camera.
  • Edit your videos, and make them more dynamic with cutaway footage and photos.
  • Design clean and professional titles for you videos.
  • Add motion to your titles, photos, and videos... making them more visually interesting.
  • Color correct your video to fix issues with white balance and exposure.
  • Add a feeling to your video with color grading.
  • Apply visual effects such as stabilizing shaky video, removing grain, and making video more cinematic with overlays.
  • Edit green screen footage and, add backgrounds that actually look good.

In this project-based Learning Final Cut Pro X For Mavericks video tutorial series, you'll quickly have relevant skills for real-world applications.

Follow along with our expert instructor in this training course to get:

  • Concise, informative and broadcast-quality Learning Final Cut Pro X For Mavericks training videos delivered to your desktop
  • The ability to learn at your own pace with our intuitive, easy-to-use interface
  • A quick grasp of even the most complex Learning Final Cut Pro X For Mavericks subjects because they're broken into simple, easy to follow tutorial videos

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