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Dennis C.
Video Editing Tutor (7+ years experience)
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The Adobe Suite
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Question:

Should I use Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro?

Dennis C.
Answer:

Well, it depends on what you are doing. The primary benefit of Premiere is its integration with the rest of the Adobe Suite. If you will be working with After Effects to add text, animations, or effects, Premiere makes it incredibly easy to pop back and forth. The same goes for if you are creating graphics in photoshop or editing audio in Audition, Premiere is the way to go. For professional-grade videos, I always recommend the Adobe Suite because of all the software and tools it provides. However, if you are looking for something more intuitive and visual, Final Cut is made with the hobbyist in mind. There are built-in templates and effects you can use to add pizzaz to your videos without having to know too much about the nuts and bolts.

Film and Theater
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Question:

How do you tell a good story?

Dennis C.
Answer:

Whether you are a writer, director, actor, producer, or designer, it's important that you have a unique perspective on whatever the story is that's being told. If you choose a perspective to filter the story through, your decisions about how to tell the story will be much stronger and impactful.

Digital Media
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Question:

What is the best workflow when editing a video?

Dennis C.
Answer:

1. IMPORT/PROCESS FOOTAGE - This is actually a very important step that shouldn't be brushed over. If you send time processing the footage in an organized and detailed way, the rest of your editing will be much more efficient and more successful. We will learn the important practices for processing the footage before we even begin to edit. 2. ASSEMBLE - In this phase, you are mostly throwing paint at the wall, building out your timeline without worrying too much about structure and cuts. 3. CUT - Now that you have your timeline built out, it's time to go back in and start making sense of it all. In this phase we will be doing a lot of cutting and rearranging. 4. POLISH - You should have a good shape to the piece with a clear story. Now you go in and make fine-tune edits to clean it all up. 5. COLOR GRADING & EFFECTS - This may be as simple as adjusting the brightness and adding a title, but all high-quality video will have at least some color grading and effects. This is the fun part! 6. AUDIO AND MUSIC - Editing the audio is the final step. It's important to at least do some basic volume adjustment and noise reduction to get a smooth, clean track. 7. EXPORT - All the options for exporting can be incredibly overwhelming. It's important to know what settings to use. Once it's all set-up, press "render" and wait!

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