I don’t have any new videos to show you yet unfortunately. However, today is an editing day for me and I’m working on a video of Seza and Jahan’s beautiful wedding which I filmed last Friday at The Palace Hotel in Downtown Dubai.
I know a lot of Photographers and Videographers hate the editing process, as it is rather time-consuming, but I love it! It’s so much fun to be creative and put all the clips together in such a way that they really tell as story of the day as it happened.
Here’s my ‘office’ where I do all my editing…
Whenever I’m editing, my little companion (Kitty) is never far away! Right now she’s lying on the sofa behind me. Isn’t she cute?
I use Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects for all my video editing. Having never taken a course in how to use these programs, they looked pretty daunting when I first started out. But having watched and read numerous tutorials online, they’re actually quite straight forward when you know where to look for all the various tools and effects. I usually begin my editing with whatever music I am going to use for the clip. This way I can then add clips to fit in with the music. I find videos flow nicely if a clip changes on a beat of music rather than in the middle of a beat or section of the music. Then I put together the basic video with everything in the order I want it and finally I fine tune the transitions between clips, the colour and sound levels.
This is what my editing program looks like…
Premiere Pro Screenshot
Clients often ask me why Videographers are so expensive and part of the reason is the amount of time it takes to edit a video. Aside from the 6 hours plus spent capturing your day, there are then numerous hours put into the editing process. For example, this morning I sat down at my computer around 10.30am and two hours later I had put together just 2 minutes of video! Ok, so I did get up from my desk several times to top up my Pepsi and grab some snacks, but choosing which clips to put where and which part of a clip to use really does take time.
Well, I’d better get back to work now…there’s still a lot of editing to be done!