Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Laying the foundation, part of Making Video 2: Teach Something.
- After organizing and screening the footage, which can often be one of the more tedious parts of the editing process, the exciting part really begins. You get to start editing. One note before we dive in. As you know, we shot this cooking video multi-cam. However, because this is a beginner course, we won't actually be editing it in true multi-cam workflow. That is, there are many editing programs that allow you to link clips together that were shot at the same time and then dynamically switch back and forth between them in a sort of live switcher format, so that isn't what we're doing here but I will show you how you can use different clips within a multi-cam setup and perform basic edits with that material.
All right, so keep that in mind. I'll come back to that concept in the next movie. First though, it's good to just start laying in your shots to form a rough assembly. The goal of the rough assembly is to just get all of the main shots in the right order from start to finish. And by this, I mean that we're going to be stringing out the key moments within our wide shots to form the foundation of the video. This means choosing and editing in all of the essential parts of the cooking demonstration and just getting everything in the right order.
And whether you're editing a cooking video like this or another type of teaching video, I offer the same advice. Simply get the main elements of the lesson laid out in roughly the right order and again at this stage, we're really not paying attention to the timing or pacing of the edit. It's not going to be fancy. It's going to be too long and there will be dozens of unattractive jump cuts. But the truth is for this type of project, it's far easier to build out the narrative and then later carve away what we don't need than it is to try to guess how every single shot is going to perfectly segue into the next.
This long no frills assembly becomes the foundation that we can then begin to finesse and add on to. I call this foundation the narrative spine. Quite literally, it's what holds everything together. Without a solid spine, the rest of the video will inevitably fall flat. And once you are confident in that foundation, you can begin looking for places to carve. Pamela wants a less than five-minute video so we're going to need to move things along whenever possible.
So just to give you a sense of where the edit is after editing and then re-editing the rough assembly to achieve a solid foundation, I want to play a few parts of the sequence for you. - Today we're going to be making a farmer's market breakfast hash. You can make this recipe with really whatever vegetables you have on hand. So, I'm going to get started by cutting my potatoes. We're going to do about a one inch dice. I'm leaving the peel on the potatoes because there's a lot of nutrition and fiber in that peel.
We're just going to slide this potato onto the sheet pan here. I'm going to use a couple sweet potatoes today because they're pretty small so we'll cut them lengthwise. - As you can see, we get the idea of what's going on. If we watch the whole thing, we understand how to accomplish everything. But other than that, it's not very pretty. So, once you've got a solid foundation, it's then time to start flushing it out and refining it by working with those closeup shots from your multi-cam footage as well as other cutaways to help provide better visual flow and we'll look at that next.
- Video workflow and techniques
- Teaching on camera
- Writing the script
- Shooting on location
- Editing video in HitFilm Express
- Adding music and graphics