Polishing the Final Version

After you've added all the bells and whistles to your video, there's one final editing step. Sit back and watch your video straight through. If you're feeling brave, get a friend to watch too and give you feedback. Try to get a feel for the video as a whole. Does it move smoothly? Does the story make sense? Does it feel too long or too short? At first viewing, you may feel the video is complete. But watch it repeatedly, and you may notice a few rough spots that need polishing. You might notice a jump cut that you didn't see before or hear snippets of abrupt sound that need a smoother fade. Take this opportunity to see if every video element fits together and tie up any loose ends.

If you've watched your video 20 times or more over the course of editing and you're not sick of it yet, that's a great sign! Watching sections of your video, cutting or adding effects to it, and then watching it again is the repetitive nature of editing and helps you shape and sculpt your story to perfection.

Get comfortable with editing, because editing is your friend. Every time you edit a piece for your blog, you learn something that prepares you for the next time you shoot. You'll be on the lookout for extra B-roll, ambient sound, and anything else you might have missed the first time around.

Secrets of Videoblogging
Secrets of Videoblogging
ISBN: 0321429176
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 81

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