Being a digital filmmaker means you need to wear many hats. Whether you are shooting a wedding film or editing a corporate video. You really need to become a jack of all trades, so to speak.
Being an editor has never been easier. There are so many fantastic tools available to you now it almost makes it confusing where to start. In fact, it’s so easy to edit a piece of footage you can literally do it with an app inside your phone! Does this make you a professional editor? No, not quite. But it does, however, give you, the average joe, a chance at becoming one.
One of the main tool’s you’ll need for video editing is a computer. Now, depending on what kind of editing you’ll be doing , a general rule of thumb is the faster it is, the better it is. You’ll need lots of space on your computer. It’s best to keep all your footage on an external hard-drive, oh don’t forget a backup as well.
Once you’ve got the computer, you’ll need some editing software. Again, it all depends on what you’re hoping to achieve. One of the best options on the market right now is Adobe’s creative cloud. This cloud based software requires a monthly fee, however, you’ll always be using the latest versions of their software, no need to upgrade or shell out $999.99 right off the bat. In fact, your startup costs are even cheaper than buying an consumer level editing program, which normally run at about $100.
Other useful tools include having a good card reader. Gone are the days of tapes and film. Card readers will upload your footage straight from the camera’s memory card. Different manufacturers use different types of cards so it’s best to buy a multi-card reader.
Don’t forget to invest in a good pair of headphones. Good sound is important but making sure you’re listening to good sound all day is even more important. They’re no point slaving away on a project that won’t sound anything like what you anticipated.