Some Brief Thoughts on Having a Clean Edit Bay

Being a video editor sucks every ounce of creativity from us. We must do everything we can to be as imaginative as possible at all times. Proper sleep, nutrition, and health are no-brainers when you’re trying to have your brain work at max capacity. But what about our environment? Having a clean edit bay is absolutely vital to being a creative video professional. Let’s discuss.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Common Video Transitions

This guide will explain the common video transitions for video editing. Learn what cut, dissolve, fade, dip, and other transitions mean and when to use them.

This is not by any means an exhaustive resource on video transitions. This is a high-level overview designed for the brand new video editor.

Maybe you recently started (or want to start) a YouTube Channel. Maybe your boss asked you to make a video for a presentation and you’ve never edited before and are lost in a maze of tutorials. Or maybe you’ve decided you want to become a video editor and are just getting started on your journey. This article is for you.

At the end of the article you can grab a free PDF download guide of this information on common video transitions. It is condensed down even further for easy consumption when you’re editing.

In case you’re new to Edit Video Faster, I’m Josh. I do most things around here. I’ve been a professional editor for more than a decade (phew, I’m getting old) and have been teaching what I know about video editing on the Internet since 2014. If you learn something from this article and want to stay-in-touch, please sign up for my email list. I typically email ~twice a month and never spam you with unnecessary stuff. Just tips and resources for becoming a better, faster, and more confident video editor.

Alright, let’s get into it.

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Everyday Video Editing Terms Guide

The world of video editing can be a scary place if you are new to it. This guide will walk you through some everyday video editing terms and concepts that will be useful for any new editor.

This is not a comprehensive guide by any stretch of the imagination and is not meant to replace traditional training. This is a supplemental, super high-level guide and hopefully a step in the right direction for anyone new to video editing.

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Finder and Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts Every Video Editor Needs to Know

The following article and video tutorial discusses Mac OS keyboard shortcuts that every video editor needs to know. These are basic Mac Operating System functions (like tasks in Finder) that us video editors do probably hundreds of times a week. 

When you make some of these everyday actions we do into keyboard shortcuts instead of moving the mouse around and having to click, you shave off seconds per hour, minutes per week, hours per month, and days per year during your editing sessions. These micro time saving tips will ultimately give you more time doing things outside of the edit bay or provide you with more opportunities to edit more videos so you can earn more income.

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Most Deadlines for Video Editors Are Sh!t

The majority of deadlines are not real and most people misrepresent the true meaning of them.

A deadline is the last possible moment a project can be completed. This instance in time can only be for a handful of reasons (at least in the world of video creation):

  1. The video is literally airing, being broadcasted, or being presented at an event
  2. There is a legal contractual obligation

That’s it. Two reasons. It’s being shown at an event or over the airwaves. Or you would be breaking a legal document. Any other justification is BS.

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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #45

Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover post production at Netflix, a new feature in Premiere, 2D vs. 3D animation & more.

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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #44

Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover blend modes in Avid Media Composer, a giant free room tones library, finding freelance clients & more.

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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #43

Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover Hollywood’s favorite NLE, the freelancer’s triangle, The Mandalorian, animated textures in AE & more.

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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #42

Hey there and welcome back to the Video Editor’s Digest! In this edition we cover creating GIFs in Premiere, how many producers should be on a project, YouTube Content ID policy changes & more.

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The Video Editor’s Digest | Edition #41

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.

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