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Planning the edit

From: Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

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Back when editing was much more difficult and expensive, planning was an absolute necessity. Now that we can all edit on our laptops with programs like Premiere Elements, sometimes the planning step gets thrown right out the window, and editors like to dive right into the footage in the editing program. I actually think that this is a big mistake. I also think that many of the traditional steps like planning your edit really help to have a smooth and effective workflow. If you remember that list of bites that we made, that's absolutely going to become one of the main ingredients to this planning process.

Planning the edit

Back when editing was much more difficult and expensive, planning was an absolute necessity. Now that we can all edit on our laptops with programs like Premiere Elements, sometimes the planning step gets thrown right out the window, and editors like to dive right into the footage in the editing program. I actually think that this is a big mistake. I also think that many of the traditional steps like planning your edit really help to have a smooth and effective workflow. If you remember that list of bites that we made, that's absolutely going to become one of the main ingredients to this planning process.

From the list of all the bites, I'm going to start to refine by eliminating some that I just don't think I'm going to use in the piece. I'm also going make a similar list of those main types of B-roll that I organized. Again, this might be taking place on a piece of notebook paper or on a big white-board or really any method that works for you. The final step is to place these types of shots in relation to each other and preliminarily design how my edit is going to work.

Here you see that I've structured in a timeline fashion the different scenes of the B-roll with the different bites that I think will work well with them. Now I can use this organized image as a roadmap when I start to do my editing. Although today it's possible to skip steps like planning, I really don't recommend it. The advantage of this approach is it allows you to make some preliminary decisions, so you can go into the editing process with a guideline.

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