How to improve video editing skills

Video editing is a competitive industry with many people trying to get their foot in the door. Instead of being worried about your place in this career, you should focus on ways to improve yourself and your craft to make yourself an ideal candidate and applicant to your employer. With the emphasis on bettering certain skills, you will find yourself being able to work more efficiently and perhaps even better creatively. Here are some ways to become a better video editor.
• Work on doing your work faster. Video editing is all about deadlines and efficiency. No one is stating you should bypass all types of detail when you work, but you should work your time management skills, especially if you find yourself having trouble meeting certain deadlines. If you don’t nip this issue in the bud early, you will notice that you will be extremely stressed when deadlines are shorter. So don’t wait for do things at the last minute, create a timeline and stick to it. This will give you time to review and think about your edits. It’s not always about speeding through the process, but time organization.
• Improve your creativity. It’s great that you have a knack for creativity, but you can always find ways to prove it. Don’t bury yourself into your work, instead sit down and watch some nominated films or shows and focus on the editing aspect. Watching someone else’s films can give you a creative spark, or compel you to try out something new.
• Look back on your work. Some people hate watching their work. However, you can’t grow unless you look back and see the improvements you can make. Even if you cringe at it, you should take the time every few weeks or months to take a look at your work and see what you can improve or what you really enjoyed.
• Always keep learning. Video editing always deals with technology and technology is always growing. You must make time to learn new things and current software. There are plenty of ways to do this. You can take a class or workshop, sign up to go to a conference, or pick up a book based on the latest software. Don’t let the mind get lazy and always continue to improve your skills.
• Know when to give yourself a break. Video editing requires long hours and dedication, but there are times when you need to give yourself a small break away from your desk. If you find your creativity lacking and your attention to detail waning, it’s important to go out and give yourself a breather. Instead of forcing the work at the moment, you are better off stepping away and coming back to it later with a clearer mind.
• Communicate with your team and employer. Interact with your employer and your team members. You can gain insightful discussions, feedback, and also better your interpersonal skills. So don’t always focus on the screen, instead speak directly with those who are working with you.
Sources:
1. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/videoeditor.aspx
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-4032.00

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