It goes without saying, talent and experience are two of the essential assets that every seasoned video editor should have under his belt. But if you really want to stay ahead of the competition and learn the ins and outs of your craft, you should always be pushing the envelope of your creativity and make the time to actively learn and try new things.
And, no, I’m not talking about memorizing countless video editing shortcuts or cutting together a myriad of shots just to improve your video editing speed. What’s more important than your skillset, experience, and speed in the editing bay is knowing how to you use the acquired skills to be creatively unique by breaking the rules thus pushing the boundaries of the language of editing in all-new unexplored directions.
Take for example the next brilliant video transition inspired by Casey Neistat’s mega vlog that could definitely up your post-production game especially when applied in the right place at the right time.
In fact, I really doubt that you could learn anything new in regard to your practical video editing skills. The takeaway, however, is that you can use the simplest and most basic video editing techniques to create an appealing video editing transition to enhance and improve your edits.
By recording a shot while it’s being played back in your NLE and then matching it with the original clip on the same timeline, you could quickly change the perspective of your narrative and take your audience to an entirely different environment by using this seamless and natural transition. Use timecode or in and out points to match both clips as well as the rolling edit tool to change the edit points while still keeping your clips in perfect sync.
Of course, you can apply this concept in a wide variety of situations and even take it a step further by doing it intentionally and making it a part of your script during pre-production. It should work a treat as long as it enhances the story and overall pacing of your project. Just be bold and creative, think out of the box and always keep in mind that often the simplest solutions can be the most effective.