When editing material post-production  there are several ways to improve and edit the overall project. Constantly considering the process will always ensure quality material.

Film Postproduction ProcessAn essential step to consider is post-production logging. Logging saves time during the editing process and is typically completed before an editing session.

After all of the footage is logged, the editor can use the specific digitized clips that will be used in the production, rather than going through all of the recorded material. In addition to saving time, digitizing specific clips saves hard drive space.

Some type of log sheet is usually used for this kind pre-editing recording and includes the time code, the scene take numbers, and the duration of each shot. The notes can also include descriptions of the shot, or other important comments like “good” or “blurry.”

Logging that can be done on special logging software, as opposed to paper log sheets, can work to the editor’s advantage if it works with the editing software.

After logging, an editor can begin editing. Through this process, the editor  corrects and adjusts errors, creating a quality final product. There a few simple ways to use editing to improve the final product:

  • Remove or shorten any scenes that are irrelevant or dull
  • Correct serious errors by inserting retakes
  • Adjust overall duration
  • Correct and add additional audio
  • Add graphics
  • Add special effects

There are also several factors to keep in mind about the process of editing, involving technique and philosophy, such as:

  • Selecting the best shots.
  • Deciding on the order and length of the shots.
  • Deciding when to cut one shot and transition to the next.
  • Deciding on the best type of transition between shots.
  • Establishing and keeping continuity.

Considering each of these in detail reveals how they are each important in the editing process.