06/11/2013 | by Nina Zietman | 2 comments
One thing that will help your edits look a bit more pro is the length of each shot that goes into your final piece. As we’ll explain later, shorter really is sweeter. You need to have a think about how much your audience really wants to see. Be it the seasoned Whitelines subscribers or your Mum, most people have a pretty clear idea of what riding a snowboard looks like, i.e. the run up and run outs to and from every feature. Have a look at some existing edits around the interweb. There’s rarely any footage before the take off for a trick or more than a split second after the landing, usually enough to show that it was landed and they rode away cleanly. Exceptions to this can be the first trick of the edit or to show how gnarly the run in/landing for a feature is as well.
This can even be taken to extremes. Everyone already knows what a straight air method looks like, so to highlight just how tweaked the one in your shot is try cutting away everything but the grab. All of this makes a video more fast paced and therefore much more exciting and engaging to an audience. A second of boring footage is a long time in edit-land, so be as brutal as you can. CUT!