The techniques used by video editors to shape content shows a lot about how people can create meaning. Editors understand how people feel, think, learn, and remember. Here are ten tips to help you edit videos at speeches or conferences:
1. Always choose the best angles for every moment. As you are going through footage, your goal should be to balance the intent of speakers with the expectations of the audience. Think about what audiences would want to look at during the talks if they were there. This will make it easier for you to select the best possible angle to reconstruct every moment. This will also help you choose angles which let the speaker express their story better.
2. Use medium and close-up shots more than wide shots. This is important to help cut between various camera angles, and the audience will then understand more about what's happening. It is very engaging to watch the facial expressions and the body language of speakers with a closer view.
3. Watch the body language of speakers and how they talk. Language is always embodied. The thoughts, breath, and words are revealed in their body language. Every speaker will have a unique cadence and rhythm to their voice. Paying attention to such things will allow you to create a natural rhythm while editing.
4. One of the best ways to make edits between shots effortlessly is to cut on gestures. The viewer will be watching the start of a motion in one shot and will follow it across the edit to the next shot. The completion of the gesture will mask all the editing.
5. The sound of certain words, especially the ones with hard consonants, can reduce the obviousness of edits. When words that are relevant to the talk are mentioned, they can be highlighted this way and made more memorable.
6. Always think of the audience as one with a short attention span. It is important to frame the words of a speaker with various camera angles to make it more interesting and dynamic than just holding the camera at one angle for a long time.
7. You should also consider breaking up the graphics. If there are any slides that are part of the talks, try breaking them up into different sections. This may not help with the editing, but it is important to be methodical when you are trying to direct attention.
8. Try and edit out as many technical errors or speakers errors as you can. You can mask the edits by cutting from the action.
9. Think about the people who are speaking and those that are listening. One challenge here is interviews. Edits here should be motivated by words. This will help shift the point of view for the interview.
10. Take space from your edit. Once you've spent time on it, you may just get desensitized. It is important to take a break. Taking a break and coming back with a fresh outlook can help you maintain the sense of the audience.
With these video editing tips you should not have any trouble creating amazing videos which can capture the attention of the audience and keep them hooked throughout. So start editing.
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