Tips For Working With Your Video Editor For Your Professional Video

Are you having a professional video made by a video agency, and you're about to start the post-production process? If so, it will help to know these tips for working with your video editor to ensure that everything goes smoothly. 

Focus On The Content When Reviewing Rough Cuts

You'll be looking at rough cuts early on in post-production, which is when the video editor has the basic outline of the video assembled for you to review. It's important that you focus on the content during these reviews, rather than the finishing touches that will be done later. 

For example, you'll want to make sure that the content is right, that the timing feels good, and that the right takes are being used. Try not to focus on if the audio is at the right level or the final color correction, because that is done at the very end when the picture timing is locked. 

Give Concise Feedback With Notes From All Stakeholders

When you are given a cut of the video to review, make sure that you are getting feedback from everyone that has a say in approving the final video. You may want to show your boss a final product in its polished form, but it can be expensive to go back and make changes later on in post-production. Their valuable feedback could have been taken into consideration much earlier to eliminate unnecessary revision rounds.

In addition, it is important to organize your feedback when providing it to an editor. Gather everyone's notes, and then organize them in chronological order based on where they take place in the video. 

Provide References When Appropriate

When it comes to things like the style of graphics or the music selection in the video, try to find references when possible to better articulate what you are looking for. While you may not be able to describe what you want, there are certainly examples out there of what you like. 

This can be very helpful when selecting music for your video, since you can find popular songs that are not licensable as a reference track. The editor can then use that to narrow down a style and instrumentation that you like when selecting a music track from a stock music library. 

By following these tips, you will be sure to get through post-production with a finished product that you can be very proud of.