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The Top 5 Reasons for Why Editing Takes So Much Time

16 Jul 2013, Posted by Dai Davies in Uncategorized

Video editing can be a daunting task.  There are many aspects of video editing that people don’t realize when thinking about creating a video for the first time.  Here are the top 5 reasons why video editing is such a lengthy process:

1)  Uploading – When you have hundreds of gigabytes of footage, the sheer amount of data involved presents many challenges.  TV productions in particular require an immense amount of storage.  When 1 minute of 1080p video can roughly translate to 1 gigabyte, 2 hours of footage across multiple cameras makes for big upload times to your computer.  More often than not, the format the video was recorded in isn’t the same format for editing, and needs to be converted, which makes this process take even more time.

2)  Organizing – This is an integral part of video editing.  Having 200+ clips in a project can make it challenging to find “that-awesome-shot-from-two-hours-ago”.  You need to watch (or at least skim) all the footage that was shot, and rename and organize them so they are easier to find later. This is the time to judge how the footage came out and gauge whether you need to re-shoot a certain scene before final production.

3)  Rendering – So you’ve cut together your video and now you want to watch it in its entirety.  If you’ve done things like colour corrected your footage and added special effects, chances are you’ll need to render your video first.  Even the simplest videos need to be rendered and renders can take a few minutes or a few hours.  Larger more complex projects often need to be rendered overnight.  Keep in mind you’ll need to re-render any changes you make, so organize your time appropriately.

4)  Revisions – More often than not, a client or producer will want to make changes to your video. These changes could be a major overhaul in the overall message or a slight creative tweak, but either way, it’s something to take into account when editing.  This is why it’s important to send a “Rough Cut”, so your client/producer can get a “feel” for how the video will end up before you spend countless hours making (let’s not also forget rendering) fancy effects that might not make the cut.

5)  Sharing – When your video is finished and ready to be viewed it’s critical to know how it’s being played.  Whether on a movie projector, HD television, or simply on YouTube, the vessel for playback often changes how a video is exported (and also shot/edited!)  You want your video to look its best when it’s presented and that means it’ll need to be a certain codec.  Exporting your video as this codec can take a long time, and if you upload your video to YouTube, the uploading/processing times can get very high (up to 3 hours or more for a half hour show).

By Phil Moydl, Editor