Aug 20, In-Camera Editing and Video Production: What You Need to Know!



If
you’re producing a video and are going to do in-camera editing (or no editing at all)… be sure
you have a very good grasp of video production and camera techniques before you start! Here is why!


I received an interesting question from a reader the other day…

“Is
there a time when you
wouldn’t  edit a piece of video footage?”

That’s a great question…!

In
general … There are several ways that you can handle the production
of the material for a video depending on the complexity of the
project and/or the time-frame you need to complete the project in.

So…
If you want to produce a video without having to download the
material to your computer and edit it in a video editing software
program then… 
Here
are my thoughts on a couple of ways you can go…


No Video Editing at All? 
Sometimes It’s Okay Not to Edit…

Interview – no video editing

It
is sometimes okay
not  to edit a particular piece of video footage.
You only edit video footage to better tell a story or to get your
point across more clearly to your audience.

If
the footage does this without any editing then great!

For
example… 
if you are shooting someone giving a speech or, if you’re doing a single camera interview... you may set up
your camera and just start shooting… 
Let the video camera run and
complete your shooting when the speech or interview ends.

Your audience can then
watch it as if they were there…
Simple!

No
video editing is needed if you don’t have to identify
different
shots
, camera angles etc. and then cut and join them together to tell
a
story or to get a viewpoint across to the audience.

If the footage does this without editing then great!  I personally have found however, that there are very few times when at least a little video editing can’t greatly improve the footage (and the viewing experience for your audience).


In-Camera Editing…
Video Editing on the Fly!

In-camera video editing

You
can edit footage into stories as you shoot by using a technique
called In-Camera Editing.

In-Camera Editing

“In-camera
editing is the technique in filmmaking and video production of
shooting shots in the exact sequence that they will be seen on the
movie theater screen, television program or video. This means
planning in advance what shots will tell the desired story and then
shooting only those shots in that order.” (Wikipedia)

It’s
sometimes very challenging and you need to be a pretty good camera
operator
but, it can be done.

The
trick is…

You must be able to pre-visualize and plan how the
material will come together as you shoot, have good intuition,
anticipation and awareness of what is an important moment. 
And,
of course, be able to handle your video camera expertly and have the camera
ready and rolling when that moment occurs!

In-camera
editing is easiest when you’re shooting static subjects but, it can
be done on
dynamic subjects as well… It’s just a lot harder to do!

I
know a lot of professional wedding videographers that are so very
good at in-camera editing that they can practically hand the married
couple their wedding video right out of the video camera…!!! 

But, as I said, it
does take a lot of experience, preparation and intuition to do a good
job of it!

Try to plan your video shoot well if you are going to use this technique. As I said above… The key is being able to pre-visualize how the
event you are shooting will unfold and making sure that you are in
the right spots at the right time, with your camera at the ready, to
get all the shots you need.

If
you have time to do some pre-production work… Video production aids
like simple
storyboards and scripts are helpful if you have a project
that you’re going to shoot while using the in-camera editing
technique.

Using
these video production tools will help you to layout the exact
locations,
sequence of shots and camera angles you need to be aware
of so that you can always be in the right place at the right time and
ready for the shot.

VideoEditingSage Video Production Tip

Video Production Tip…

* One
of the Golden Rules of video production is… It always helps to know
what you want to do beforehand … so that you always shoot great
material that you can then be turned into a great video!


I
hope this gives you a little bit of insight into some of the
different ways you can approach shooting material for your video
production!

Have fun…!  Dan (Editor)


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