Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Finishing the edit: Music, graphics, color correction, and more, part of Making Video 2: Teach Something.
- Let's now talk about the last things that we need to do to the video to make sure that it's totally finished. And here we'll talk about effects, titles, audio and color correction. Now for a video like this there really aren't too many effects but one potential problem that still exists are some major leaps in time through the process of preparing this meal. So we chose to implement a very simple transition effect to help us out and that's the fade to color effect.
We experimented with both black and white and decided that we just wanted classic fades to black to represent larger passages of time. I'd like to show you a few uses of this. - 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. I'm going to use a couple sweet potatoes today because they're pretty small. We're also going to be using an onion.
I'm using yellow onion today but you can use red if that's what you have. - So you can see that these transitions are subtle but they really do help us process these time passages more cleanly. Next I want to talk about titles. We obviously needed to create the title card which we matched to the title style of her blog. We positioned it over the surfing footage just as we had planned. The majority of the titles though were the recipe steps. Items such as the ingredients that were needed, cooking temperatures and so on.
We chose to create a very simple title, black text on a translucent white background. We position most of them in the upper right corner but when that wasn't possible, we moved it around to accommodate the action in the screen. Each title lasts about four seconds. Another major finishing step is the audio. You need to go through the audio levels of each clip to make sure that everything is peaking properly, around -12 decibels in the audio meters. If we did our job and recording good levels during production this shouldn't involve too much change but there is often a bit.
And, of course, this can fluctuate from clip to clip especially as Pamela changes locations. So this just means going through the entire program and making those necessary adjustments. And if there is any fluctuation within a clip you may need to add some key frames to make the adjustments so everything sounds uniform. I explain exactly how to do this in the third hit film tutorial at the beginning of this chapter. It's also very important to go through and color correct the show.
We took care in lighting the scene nice and bright to match Pamela's desired aesthetic but it's during color correction that we can really perfect this. We boosted the highlights a bit which brightened everything up. We also increased contrast slightly. She also wanted certain colors to really pop so we increased the master saturation a bit and the saturation within the green and magenta values quite a bit more. Let me show you a before and after here. Here's before color correction and here's after.
And specifically here's after we corrected our lighting values but before saturation and here's after our saturation changes. Look specifically at the platter of vegetables as I show you this and you'll be able to see that we achieved that subtle color pop that she was after. After color correction, we were pretty much done. We were both very happy with how everything came together. In just one day, Pamela and I edited a really nice cooking video that both teaches the skill and defines a brand.
You can take a look at the finished product in the next chapter.
- Video workflow and techniques
- Teaching on camera
- Writing the script
- Shooting on location
- Editing video in HitFilm Express
- Adding music and graphics