Video is everywhere. And now they can. Smart phones today can shoot in HD and laptops are even equipped with free, simple video editing software. While smart phone, GoPro, even drone footage is something we all can now explore, should just anyone make a video for your business?
Editor: The Amateur vs. The Professional — Video Review & Approval
The educated and accredited professional editor of today, who started out slapping news packages together at their local PBS station on reel-to-reel, is getting underbid by a self-taught teenager who rearranged a few After Effects templates. There is a battle in the post production industry — the amateur vs. Can the professional editor continue to exist while being undercut by the amateur? By definition an amateur is someone who does something for no money. In this usage of the word, the amateur editor is performing work for almost no money compared to what a professional editor would charge. He or she cannot be blamed for underbidding. In fact, their entrepreneurial spirit should be praised in a time when finding a steady is more difficult than normal.
Naturally, the accessibility to pro-level NLEs , as well as free training via YouTube and other resources, has created a surge in the editing community. And so there are many amateur editors who mistake technical skill for creative ability, when in reality the two are mutually exclusive. Below are five of the most common creative mistakes that inexperienced editors will make:. Arguably the most common mistake of amateur editors is over-cutting their footage.
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