Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover 4K workflow in Avid, Resolve’s Boring Detector, camera humor & more.Read more
Category: Industry Thoughts (page 1 of 7)
Networking is literally the most important thing you can do for your career as a video editor.
Let me say that one more time for those in the back.
📣 NETWORKING IS LITERALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR CAREER AS A VIDEO EDITOR. 📣
We all have different career paths. Two editors can be working at the same post house at the same seniority level making the same amount and they both got there in dramatically different ways.
One editor got their job through Indeed and 1,000 online applications. The other editor got their job over a beer with someone from their network. I know plenty of editors who are the former. They apply to everything on Glassdoor and eventually land a gig. Me, I’m the other editor.
For me, every single job I’ve ever had or gig I’ve landed is because of networking. It was because I knew someone else who was in need of my skills. It was because those people knew I had those skills and was looking for work. It was because I wasn’t annoying about it (at least in my opinion I wasn’t). And it was because I never stopped networking.
If you take anything away from this post I hope it’s the following:
- The most important thing you can do for your career is to network
- You have to tell people about your skills, what you can do, and what you want to do
- The people you tell about your skills must know you’re looking for work or are interested in doing work in the future
- Don’t be annoying to these people you’re networking with
- Never stop networking, even when you have more than enough work
The rest of this post will focus on the why’s and how’s behind these networking fundamentals for video editors.Read more
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Always fiddling with the settings in Adobe Media Encoder? Create your own presets by clicking the button that’s circled in the picture. After you save your preset it’ll appear at the top of the Preset dropdown list for that format. I have 10 or so presets saved for what it’s worth.Read more
Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest!
In case you’re new around here, in the Video Editor’s Digest you get the lowdown on some cool happenings from around the internet on things related to video editing, video production, or just being a creative professional. It also gives me a chance to update you about new pieces on the EVF website and YouTube channel and tell you any freelance or work stories I may have.
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Hey there and welcome back to The Video Editor’s Digest!
In case you’ve forgotten or if you’re new around here, in the Video Editor’s Digest I, Josh from Edit Video Faster, give you the lowdown on some cool happenings from around the internet on things related to video editing, video production, or just being a creative professional. It also gives me a chance to update you about new pieces on the EVF website/YouTube channel and tell you any freelance or work stories I may have. Let’s get started!
In After Effects use Cmd+Shift+E (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+E (PC) to remove all effects on a selected layer.
Create Cool Liquid Text in After Effects
Dope Motions came out with a pretty sweet tutorial on how to create liquid-looking text in After Effects. No plug-ins are required either. The tutorial runs 17 minutes, which is longer than I’ll typically sit and watch, but it’s always interesting to see how others work in the programs that you also work in.
Check out the Liquid Text tutorial here (link is to YouTube = autoplays)
Quick background: I’ve been editing professionally in the corporate world for nearly 10 years now. Over the past year I’ve started to take on more and more producing roles with my company and for freelance projects I’ve worked on. Now I’m full-time producing while freelance video editing and writing on nights and weekends. I’m still very, very new in my mind to this whole producer thing. But so far, I think I’ve done a good job (and I feel like most of the people I’ve worked with would say that’s being modest). Also, I worked in the restaurant industry for nearly a decade busing tables, working the fryer, washing dishes, bartending, and of course waiting tables. So I have a fair amount of personal history to draw from.
My theory is: being a video producer is a heck of a lot like waiting tables.
Nick and I are back with a brand new special episode of the Command+Edit Podcast. We dive into the art of editing a love movie.
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There are 4 things I’ve blown off doing this afternoon/evening that were marked on my calendar. That’s a problem. A calendar should be a sacred thing. Something shouldn’t go on your calendar if it can move. Once you put it on your calendar you execute whatever it is no matter what.
It stems from me not doing my weekly review this past Sunday or the Sunday before then for that matter.
The first thing on my calendar for this afternoon was to do my weekly review, even though it’s not Sunday. I know that the weekly review is my way of getting organized mentally and digitally for the upcoming week. Without it…not much gets done. I’m lost. There are too many uncompleted tasks sitting in the tool I use to organize everything. My calendar is as strong as a wet paper towel.
Okay, so what’s a weekly review? Without going too far into the weeds, I roughly follow the “Getting Things Done” method of productivity/organization. And the tool I use to organize it all is called OmniFocus. I have both the desktop and mobile version because I’m a psycho.