1. Preproduction v
vp1-1. Five skills
vp1-3. Keeping track
vp1-4. First impression
vp1-5. Successful scouting
vp1-6. Words of wisdom
vp2-1. Five production skills
vp2-2. Pep talk
vp2-6. Words of wisdom
vp3-1. Five skills
vp3-3. Grading and graphics
vp3-6. Words of wisdom
This chapter will help you understand editing equipment and decide how much, if anything, you may want to invest.
The more changes you want to make to your video clips, the more computer processing power you will need. Likewise, the longer your movie, the more storage space you need.
What you will learn
You will learn the pros and cons of editing on smartphones, laptops, and computers. In addition, we cover the advantages of editing with studio sound monitors and having a suitable video storage capacity.
Whether you plan to edit on a smartphone, laptop, or desktop, the more powerful the processor, the better. And the more computer monitor screen space, the better too.
Desktops have the most options to add all kinds of other devices. It holds multiple hard drives and has far more processing power. And video needs it.
Laptops, of course, offer terrific portability for working on location. But they have nowhere near the power or the outlets of a desktop.
Smartphone editing apps are the cheapest and most convenient. But have they the least power and the fewest options to change things?
You need a place to empty your cameras’ captured video. In addition, whether in a cloud or on land, you should have at least one backup hard drive, preferably two.
Backup is like having a spare tire. You will only need it when you need it. And then it may be too late.
Professional monitors, also known as speakers, offer a ‘flat’ sound, meaning what you hear is what you get. They were designed for hearing without enhancement, what was recorded. They’re ideal for editing sound.
The more processing power your editing setup has, the more adjustments you’ll be able to make. The best bet, in any case, is getting the shot as close to ideal as possible during the shoot, not after it. This is especially true if you lack the editing software and processing power to make changes.