Hey there! I’m Josh Short and I’m short.
Seriously. I’m 5’3”. Growing up short with a last name of Short puts a chip on your shoulder. How can you be the best if you are constantly doubted? If you literally can’t reach the top? Easy – do it faster than anyone else. I could devote a whole site on how I got into video editing but that’s not what this site is about. It is about how I became the fastest editor I can be and how you can do the same.
I want to share every bit of knowledge I have acquired on speeding up the video editing process. That comes in many forms. My favorite is keyboard shortcuts. You’ll find this site is riddled with them. I also have learned the hard way on how to deal with bad clients and even worse producers. I share my experiences here on this site.
The barriers of entry are getting lower and lower to be a video editor with emerging affordable editing software. You need to set yourself apart to be a successful editor whether it’s in a freelance capacity, trying to land a full-time gig or seeking out new clients. I’ve done and am doing all of the above.
This site is primarily focused on Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop. Those are the tools I use on a daily basis. I’m developing my skills in Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro. When I have knowledge worthy of sharing with those I’ll share it. Until then I will pump out as much Avid, AE and PS shortcuts, tips, tricks and beginner, intermediate and advanced knowledge that I can to you. I will provide you the best methods of saving time in post production that I have found.
I might do things differently than other editors and my shortcuts might not work for you. But I ask you to give them a shot and keep the website positive and fun. Share your best practices alongside mine and we can create a better culture in the professional video editor community.
If you’re new to the site below are a couple posts I recommend starting with:
- Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts Series
- Over the Editor’s Shoulder Part I
- Meeting Video Professionals, Building Your Network and Finding Future Gigs
- How to Become the Best Production Assistant and Assistant Editor
- Editing for Others vs. Editing for Ourselves
- Why I Work for Free…Sometimes
- My First Big Screw Up as a Video Editor
- Command+Edit Podcast (This will take you off my website but over to my podcast which of course is about video editing!)
I’m developing guides and templates and stock elements and training courses and more for you. If you are struggling with anything specific reach out to me. You can use the contact page or email me — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join me on Edit Video Faster and become a faster, better and more confident video editor. You can start by doing two things:
First, keep in touch with me! Go to this page to sign up to get notified about new posts and get access to my weekly newsletter, the Video Editor’s Digest, where each week I provide a handful of tips, resources, articles, videos and more all focused on making you the best editor that you can be.
Second, share this page with a fellow or aspiring video editor. We are in this together and together we can edit faster and make a better community for all editors.
That’s it! Shoot me an email if you have any questions. Otherwise please go to this page to sign up to get emailed new posts and the Video Editor’s Digest and I’ll see you soon!