When it comes to being an effective and professional video editor, there is a lot that separates them from those that simply do it as a hobby. However, don’t think that it has to do with the software and knowledge alone – it’s all about the mindset. After all, just like most professionals, they’ve developed a routine inside their heads that works, and they get the job done.
When it feels like we’re working on a video and it’s going in circles, this is where the professional video editor shines. They actually go in circles just like you do, but it’s the extra mile that wins out in the end. They know how to seal the deal, and it’s all about achieving the mindset to do it. Here are a few ways to develop that mindset!
One of the key values in the mindset of a professional is dedication. They’re dedicated to their craft and they’re willing to go through all of the effort to get things done – and done right. For a budding video editor, it’s important to get into that mindset and the first thing to concentrate on would be the software platform. It’s fortunately easy enough to get good software – there are so many options out there offered for free with similar uses to that of a professional editor. A good example would be making use of something like Final Cut Pro Music for all of your audio needs.
If you tried to do everything on your own without knowing any of the shortcuts that experienced video editors use, you’re going to have a difficult time to get anything done. For example, did you know that video editing software has markers you can use on the timeline? If you want to go for edits that have specific moments, place markers instead of winging it later when you’ve made the edits. That way, you won’t be bogged down by the pace.
That last is more of a tip that professional video editors tend to use. Let’s say the project you’re working on includes a lot of dialogue. More often than not you’re going to see a lot of moments where the person speaking is going “ummm”, or taking deep breaths. Take the time to edit most of these moments out, and you’ll have created a well-paced video overall. Fading the audio between those moments (very short) is a great way to accomplish this.
Adopting the mindset of a professional means believing in yourself and understanding that if you put in the time and effort, you’ll be rewarded. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – instead try to avoid failing outright by being too afraid to continue. Go that extra mile!