Guest Post: Editing Tips for Music Videos
Tristan Olson is the executive producer at Venture, a Denver Video Production Company.
Music videos are synonymous with stylized visuals and fast-cut editing. But, for the video production pros in charge of directing and editing them, the task can seem quite daunting — both as a creative and logistical challenge.
There are creative and stylistic decisions to make, as well as production and post considerations such as footage organization and fx.
To help make this process go a little easier, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks that will help make your music video experience runs a bit smoother. By adding these to your video production arsenal, you’re sure to walk away with a project you are proud of.
Rely on one visual element
Odds are that you aren’t a Spike Jonez or a Joseph Kahn (yet!). As such, you don’t need to plan and execute complicated conceptual music videos.
To start, figure out a single interesting visual element that you can use throughout our whole music video project.
Maybe it’s having a certain portion of your project be in black-and-white. Perhaps its having it be over saturated. Maybe it’s filming a specific section in a random location.
Regardless of your choice, by using this technique, not only do you introduce visual continuity into your piece, but you do so in a way that is friendly to your budget and your schedule.
Stack those layers in post
When it comes to editing your music video, one of the biggest challenges as an editor and director will be deciding which angles to use, at which times.
A simple technique to help you, is to use the “Stacked Layer Technique”
- To start, take all of the angles for the particular section you are editing and stack them on the timeline.
- Be sure to sync them to audio, if you have sync sound.
- Next, throw some of your cutaways and b-roll on top of the stack as well.
- Now, slide and cut the layers at your pleasure, until you get the sequence you like.
By doing this, you avoid the tedious task of having to keep going back-and-forth to the bin to and re-cutting unwanted clips one at a time.
Sweat in pre-production so you don’t bleed in post
At the end of the day, there is no better advice when it comes to planning a music video production than to have a good, in-depth pre-production phase.
Storyboard the entire edit. Make sure you plan out how each shot will transition into another. How will the scenes flow and build from a tempo standpoint?
By knowing the answer to these questions up front, you can ensure that you have planned accordingly and won’t have any surprises once post-production begins.
Take advantage of stock video
Sometimes as a filmmaker your imagination is bigger than your bank account. You sure would like to add those crowd shots and city aerials to your edit, but your producer shakes her head while pointing to the line-item budget.
That’s where stock video sites like Dissolve can be a valuable resource. Thousands of high-end, 4K shots are now at your disposal, for incorporation into your project.
Whether it’s a simple element like a cutaway or the entire backbone of your piece, stock video can up the production value of your music video to a height you can’t yet imagine.
Guest Post: Are You Filmmaking on a Budget? Here’s How to Make the Most Out of Your Stock Footage
When you’re just starting out as an independent filmmaker or even a video creator, you’ll often find yourself working with a limited budget that never stretches nearly as far as you thought it was going to. This, coupled with limited access to professional video recording equipment can often lead to feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.Believe it […] Read more
Meet John Fedele
Midwest-based in the USA, I’ve been a full-time photographer for about 15 years, specializing in lifestyle advertising content. Before that, I was shooting as a hobbyist when people began to notice my work and I landed some of my first paying jobs. I always had the goal of shooting advertising, so I’ve pretty much worked […] Read more
Content-Aware Fill tutorial
Make Dissolve footage even better with Content-Aware Fill Ever found a stock footage clip that was almost perfect? A killer skyline view, with one gloomy cloud rolling through. Or an iconic tourism mecca ruined by, well, tourists. Help is here.Content-Aware Fill is a new feature in Adobe After Effects that makes it easy to erase unwanted […] Read more