How To Make The Best Post-production
Consider The Basic Rules Of Video Editing
To understand the logic behind the best secrets of post-production, let’s digress for a while, and consider the principles of a person’s vision. Imagine how people perceive the environment through vision. When examining, for example, a landscape, a person’s eyes continuously move, jump from one direction to another, and moreover, it is completely chaotic. Our vision, as it is, snatches out clearly seen pieces of the things we observe, these pieces are determined by our consciousness and add up to create a single picture. In addition, our eyes blink from time to time, i.e. shut down altogether. At such a moment, there is an interruption in the flow of information from the environment, but, you see, this does not prevent us from perceiving the landscape as a complete picture. By looking away from a distant object to a nearby one, a person involuntarily blinks. We do so unconsciously, do not pay attention to it, such a principle of work of view does not seem to be artificial to us. On the contrary, this is how it is most convenient for people to observe events in the world around them, without tiring their eyesight. Psychologists argue that the process of receipt of information in our consciousness in all cases has an intermittent, piecewise character.
Don’t use long shots Clever use of short shots is one of the forms of using features of human vision in post production. One of the basic rules of video editing is not to take long shots that are tedious for a human eye. The average frame duration is 5 seconds. You can check this rule for yourself by watching any movie or TV show. You will find that frames rarely last more than 5 seconds. In news releases – even less, frames can change almost every second. But a quick shot change is also tiring, we do not all have time to perceive the information, therefore, let’s agree – the average duration of a frame is 5 s. Do not take it as a dogma, there can be exceptions from any rule. Many great directors used a frame duration of up to several minutes, for example, Tarkovsky, Fellini. If, according to your plan, a shot should be long and your video looks good to your eye – do it, it’s your vision after all.
Orientation In Space
The next important rule is the consideration of orientation in space. If you are shooting people talking, then you shouldn’t make transitions between shots taken from different sides and angles, otherwise, a viewer will lose a sense of orientation (not to be confused with the situation when the camera shows people talking alternately).
Or, if a person is walking our way, and in the next frame – they are walking away from us, a viewer should realize that. They should know what is happening. This does not mean that it is impossible to shoot from different angles, the main thing is that during the process of montage such shots should not stand side by side.
While artificial lighting is far from being the best-looking type of light, video editors often face the issue of fixing lighting in certain shots during post-production, which is tedious and never looks all that good. And thus, editors use various other ways of fixing this issue, using different shots, different angles, etc.
Do Not Get Carried Away By Visual Effects
Now let’s talk about one of the most important things for novice video editors. Rookies are often overly fond of effects, transitions, and try to use them as much as possible. It seems to them that the more effects they use – the more professional and “artsy” will they be. It is just the opposite. A true professional will use the least number of effects possible.