Editing Video is Hard

First pass of editing my Converge South video is done. I took the 43 minutes of all footage (how did I shoot that much?) and edited out the obviously unusable, leaving 17 minutes of potentially usable. Now comes the really hard part. How many seconds of chopping barbecue is enough vs too much? This stuff is hard! The worst part will be the titles. I think the iMovie titling stuff is absolute crap, but you play the hand you are dealt and I ain’t springing for Final Cut just for this.

I have a cup of coffee and I’m diving in. I’m not sure if I’m going to meet my self-imposed deadline of publishing this at noon, but I’m going to try. Wish me luck.

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5 thoughts on “Editing Video is Hard”

  1. Anne Walk says:

    It might be too late for this comment but…
    For titling, you can use photoshop (or something similar if you don’t have it)to make your titles. Save them in the size that you will be exporting your video in (eg: videoblogs are usually 320×240) as a jpg. upload into imovie and you get a nice, smooth title. That way, you can use nice fonts too.

    happy editing and happy videoblogging week 2006!


  2. dave says:

    Anne, I don’t have Photoshop, only Graphic Converter. GC is a great program but its text tool sucks. I outsourced the titles to my brother, who did them for me on his copy of Photoshop. We’ll see how this turns out. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Graphic Converter is rad; I never use Photoshop. I’ve been using GC (as you call it) for years, and have now begun using it to title my vids. (I didn’t want to use iMovie’s templates, since then it looks just like that: a template.)

  4. Video is hard technically and artistically if it weren’t everyone would be doing it! Ironically that’s our goal to get everyone to do video. May I suggest if you plan on editing video some more get Final Cut or Adobe Premiere at worst get Pinnacle for under $100.

  5. Tilted Edge says:

    Adobe Premiere is great but expensive. A fast external firewire drive would help as well.

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