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u/ajp392 · 5 pointsr/editors

My ultimate goal is to get into tv and I don't expect to jump into being an AE right away, but I'd like to learn more about being one and get some clarification on some responsibilities that they have.

A lot of listings say that the main jobs require transcoding, ingesting, grouping, and syncing. I'm pretty clear on what syncing and transcoding are, and I'm pretty sure ingesting is importing the footage, though I could be wrong. I'm also not really sure about grouping and can't really find info on it.

I'd also like to get your opinion on books, specifically:


I know the the best way to learn is through experience and I'm kind of skeptical about "how to" books, but I'd like to hear people's opinions on them, plus the reviews are pretty solid.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, but I also just want to say thanks for this page in general. I've definitely gotten a lot of useful info from it!

Thanks for reading!

u/lurker2918 · 2 pointsr/editors

Hey there. Made the jump from Premiere/FCP7 a year ago. I had been in DC working as an editor for 5 years, going between the two programs. When I moved to NYC to work in TV I had to learn Avid. Smaller production companies and some ad agencies will use Premiere (and to a MUCH lesser extend FCPX), but the bigger production houses that do TV work are all Avid. I highly recommend the Avid for Assistant Editor's Handbook. I bought the kindle version for like 25 bucks or something. I came in as an Editor, but I wanted to learn all the AE stuff just so I wouldn't break the program.

Here's the thing with Avid- general editing isn't going to be THAT much different than Premiere or FCP - you can always set up the keyboard to however you are comfortable. In fact, I know very few editors that don't import their own custom Avid keyboard every time they land on a new machine. Keyboards, where things are in menus etc etc is something that you'll pick up after a week's worth of editing.

However, u/Kichigai is very right that the workflows are much more oldschool. Nothing is easy or where you think it is. Syncing is an entire daylong process that involves setting up a whole new batch of keyboard shortcuts, creating sync ins and outs in every clip that was shot, all kinds of malarky. And uprezzing involves knocking stuff online and reconnecting in finder... AE workflows are not something you'll just 'pick up.' There are only a few ways to get certain things done and if you go about them thinking you'll just learn it on the job, you might find yourself looking for a new job.

Pick up this book and also check out that video series that Kichigai recommended. Regular editing stuff will come naturally; the back end, not so much.

u/FadingShadowz · 6 pointsr/editors

Been an AE for 2 years now and I'd suggest you try to learn to use multiple Editing Systems (i.e. Avid, FCP, Premiere & DaVinci Resolve). It'll help you in the long run when searching for jobs.

When I was starting out, I bought the book, The Avid Assistant Editors Handbook by Kyra Coffie and found it informative.

Your best bet is to start as a logger and become friendly with the AE's and tell them of your ambition. They'll typically show you the ropes. Try to get hands on as much as you can, as experience is the best way to move forward.

The best advice I can give you is:

If you don't know how to do something, don't lie. People will respect you more if you're honest. People are usually willing to take the time to show you how to do it right.

Own up to your mistakes. They'll happen and it's better to own up than to try and hide them.

Take detailed notes as you're shown how to do something. (Someone else already posted this, but it's worth it to repeat it.) I cannot emphasize this enough, as my note-taking has helped me countless times. Have your own pen and notepad.

Lastly, if you're unsure of something, google it. Creative Cow has good forums when troubleshooting.

Best of luck!

u/Subject2Change · 1 pointr/editors

You can do a class, something like Manhattan Edit Workshop (I assume they have similar classes in LA) but it might be unnecessary if you are already familiar with Premiere. Most differences in NLE is learning the quirks and shortcuts, generally you learn those by actively using the software. If you can find a short at home job (paid or unpaid) I'd suggest you pick it up and do it strictly on AVID. Forcing yourself to learn it through a project is better than using tutorials.

Also the AVID Assistant Editors Handbook is a pretty decent reference. I linked two different books, cause the AVID Assistant Editors is pretty pricey.

u/LostOverThere · 3 pointsr/editors

Firstly, it's fantastic seeing people with an interest in editing. Editing is one of those rare things where it's both an incredible art form and a well paying job (when you get the work).

Like others have said, the three big tools you'll need to know now and going into the future are Adobe Premiere, Avid, and Final Cut Pro X (perhaps in that order). All of these tools have their own strengths and weaknesses and it's important to know all three. With that being said, editing is all about, well, editing, and not the tools you use. So I'd recommend picking up some books on editing theory. Walter Murch's In the Blink of an Eye is a nice, light read which is quite thought provoking.

But back to the software itself! Like others have said, learning Adobe Premiere first is probably wise, as you'll find it less difficult to learn since you have experience with Sony Vegas. Likewise, Premiere is becoming a real powerhouse in the industry, which is crazy because 5 years ago it was considered a bit of a joke.

The only recommendation I have is to, while you're still a student, pick up an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. As a student, you should be able to get a crazy deal.

Good luck with everything!

u/happybarfday · 3 pointsr/editors

I personally use the Sony MDR7506 as they're pretty much a standard for basic monitoring. Crisp, detailed high end, tight punchy base. Comfortable for hours on end and if you take decent care of them they should last years with the only wear and tear being the earcup material flaking off a bit. They're definitely made for desk-use as they have a very long coiled non-detachable cable.:

There's also the Sony MDRV6, which are very similar, but apparently have a little more low-end.

As far as speakers go, I've been using the Audioengine A5+ for a few years now and have been very satisfied. Great sound and more power than I'll ever be able to use in my small apartment. They look nice too (I got a good deal on the white ones). They are powered speakers (opposed to the A5) and thus don't require a separate amp. They also come with a small remote for volume/mute:

For a DAC I use the Audioengine D1 plugged in through USB, which gives me higher quality audio and a convenient headphone out and volume knob:

u/BlanketsAndBlankets · 1 pointr/editors

I can't recommend this book enough:

That won't help you with the technical aspects, but it will give you a really good foundation in theory.

The best thing you can do is just start making stuff. Get a crappy camera, use your phone if you have to. As an editor you need to have a solid understanding of story mechanics and the quality of footage won't have too much of an effect on your learning.

Shoot really dumb 2 minute films, anything that allows you to play around with time and atmosphere.

I saw friends in film school using Windows Movie Maker and their webcams who were making better films than the people who could afford nice equipment. It's all about creativity and having a clear view of what you're trying to accomplish.

u/MattTickner · 4 pointsr/editors

Thanks so much for kicking off this thread /u/klam1987.

I am also in the same boat as you. The one variant is that I am currently an Assistant Editor dealing FCP7 and CS6. I have been turned down for jobs in the past because of my lack of AVID experience and so am keen to get a good solid grounding in AVID and understand the processes that people would expect of a good AE on that system.

Those links provided by /u/LeBunny look excellent and I'm also waiting for delivery of this book.

Good luck and keep us all updated with any further resources you may find.

u/editordeb87 · 1 pointr/editors

So true. Barebones.. A great example is in the book Make the cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV. Lori goes over a lot of great tips for everything. PG 10 is the Resume.

u/greenysmac · 4 pointsr/editors

You're going to struggle; like editing, you can just only get 'so far' without some higher level education.

I'd start by buying Alexis Van Hurkman's Color correction handbook..

Resolve is a great tool. It's also, probably, right now, over your head. Yes, Colorista free (or Colorista II) is significantly better than Premiere's 3 way CC.

If you're never going to upgrade Premiere, Resolve is a great tool - and the 'lite' version is very full featured. It's one of the 'top' color correction tools; but it's difficult to learn; I'd suggest either the Lynda Course by Patrick Inhopher or the Ripple Training course by Alexis.

Last, I have to mention, Premiere CC (after 6) has a great tool called Speedgrade; it has a zero render workflow starting with CC.


There are two sides of color correction: being able to interpret images and knowing which set of tools to make a change.

Once you learn how to interpret images, you can use any tool (inside of it's own limitations) to grade images.

u/strongasanoak · 1 pointr/editors

Also I'd bring a pair of quality headphone for personal use and editing use. I use Sony MDR-V6's but the MDR-7506 is basically the same. They are both reputed to be pretty reasonable monitors, pretty cheap, and they fold up nicely for travel.

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u/Bill_Hersch · 2 pointsr/editors

I would recommend the site Wolfcrow (a play on "workflow"). He gives guidance on lots of different workflows, some software-specific, some more generalized. I find it easy to follow because explains things in plain language and with visual aids.

There's also the book Make the Cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV, which covers a lot of the paperwork involved in post, especially for TV. But it might be better to read the follow-up book, JUMP•CUT: How to Jump•Start Your Career as a Film Editor, which I haven't read, but I'm sure is more up to date.

u/soundman1024 · 1 pointr/editors

My color correct without a vignette suggestion was more about helping to see clearly what you're doing. That vignette makes it hard to tell what'as up. If you really want to learn about color correcting pick up The Color Correction Handbook

Have fun with the next project!

u/thisismynsfwuser · 4 pointsr/editors

I haven't started this one but a few friends in the biz highly recommend it

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/editors

The color tools in MC are fine, you can probably correct your whole show there. A book like this will give you the sort of starting point you need, even though the examples are in Color.

If your show has some cash upgrading to Symphony could help as it has color tools that help you work quicker.

u/scsm · 3 pointsr/editors

The past month I got a G13 along with a Cintiq knockoff. It's amazing. The G13 is highly customizable, you can have custom keybindings, keystrokes, anything.

With the right hand I use the tablet and my left is on the G13

u/EXPLAINACRONYMPLS · 5 pointsr/editors

I went to film school and took Avid classes and that didn't come close to preparing me to use it professionally. Literally takes years. But, if you really want to get after it, here's two nice books:

I bet if you read either one cover to cover you'll be ahead of the game

u/Uncouth-Villager · 1 pointr/editors

I suggest reading Avid Uncut by Steve Hullfish. The book has a great companion website with practice materials.

It helped me a lot when I was first diving in.

u/Supposably · 1 pointr/editors

um, why are you deleting the multicam files?

I seems like you're stringing out multiple clips for each angle and then exporting the sequence and creating multiclips from those stringouts.

Why don't you export non-self-contained files for your stringouts.

Also, pluraleyes and sequneceLiner. Just make sure that all your cameras are recording good audio and time of day timecode.

This is also a pretty good book that's cross platform on the subject of multicam shoots.

I realize this is an Avid question, but it seems you could be saving yourself a lot of headache by automating some of the more difficult tasks in FCP.

u/Brendan_Fraser · 1 pointr/editors

Three things:

No Money? - Watch all of this guys videos. His lessons in 12 will also transition into 14.

Some money? - Buy this

Want to learn it all? Friend of mine highly recommends this set of courses:

u/reeltwo_dialogtwo · 1 pointr/editors

I swear by my Sony MDR-7506s

If I'm working with these on, I don't hear people around me call my name. Plus the quality is great, and if the ear cups ever wear down they'll send you replacements.

u/CutNSplice · 2 pointsr/editors seriously.

To me, scopes are useful for three things: troubleshooting issues like undesirable color cast, comparatively between multiple shots to ballpark match values, or to maintain spec compliance.

Beyond that, does it look good on a calibrated monitor?

Yes, the human brain is sensitive to how healthy skin looks but it's also contextual. You could have skintones that read near neutral gray but if the scene is substantially cooler, they'll appear correct.

Human skin, no matter the shade, doesn't vary much in hue which is why some vectorscopes do have a skintone target. It also assumes the shot in question has been lit for, or corrected to, neutral (typically 6500K edit: probably 5600K which is considered photographic white rather than display white).

u/ydnab2 · 1 pointr/editors

If desk space and finances can accommodate, you can enhance the workstation with this programmable gaming peripheral. You can change profiles and hotkeys/macros per profile, making the process a bit more open and, personally, more comfortable.

u/bking · 20 pointsr/editors

Noise-canceling is an absolute no-go. You want the cleanest signal possible, and the fewest points of failure.

You'll also get pretty sweaty in the QCs.

Sony 7506 are a gold standard for people in audio, and a lot of editors. They're comfortable, easily serviceable and ridiculously accurate.

u/agent42b · 2 pointsr/editors

About 30% 'low budget indies' (5M range), 30% reality TV, 20% kids tv, 20% news.

And yes, it obviously does vary between market sectors -- but if you listen to podcasts from even hollywood editors -- they say the exact stuff that I mention here. In fact, the higher up the TV ladder you go, the more you are told to 'do what you're told.' Example: the famous 'fitness in post' series by an editor from 'glee' and 'empire.' Another older example that talks about this (among many other subjects) is "When the Shooting Stops, The Cutting Begins"

The point I am trying to make is that editors shouldn't be so sensitive or offended by the notion that 'art' may not be the centerpoint of their personas. It may be the reason they became editors -- but it's probably NOT the reason they get hired or become well liked in the industry. It's okay to realize this.

u/WBedsmith · 1 pointr/editors

Well, now I'm just jealous. Another good book to read is Make the Cut (I promise I'm not a shill). It talks a lot about AE protocol and professionalism in the workplace, whereas a lot of AE guides are 100% about the technical aspects of the job.

u/squamata · 3 pointsr/editors

I learned Avid using two books: Avid Editing by Sam Kaufman and The Avid Assistant Editor's Handbook by Kyra Coffie.

The first one comes with a DVD with some scenes I believe, and it's really helpful to use the footage they give you to cut. I had an internship where afterwards I literally just sat down with this book for a couple hours each day, taking notes and practicing on the Avid in front of me. The second one is more up to date but obviously geared towards assistant editors more, and is a little more technical.

u/sethgoldin · 2 pointsr/editors

Highly recommend Scott Arundale’s book:

Modern Post: Workflows and Techniques for Digital Filmmakers

u/videoscott · 2 pointsr/editors

As far as sound quality goes, the Monoprice DJs are a fantastic bargain. When it comes to comfort however, I just cannot stand to wear them for any length of time (I know that's subjective, and will be different for each person). For me, the problems are too much tension pressing the cans into the sides of my head, and very stiff foam and vinyl. I can wear the 7506s or the less expensive but very similar Sony MDR-V6s all day. YMMV.

u/urbanplowboy · 1 pointr/editors

I'm not actually a full-on color guy, just an editor who does a lot of color work when necessary, but most of my knowledge comes from reading this book and just learning from trial and error working on lots of projects. Perhaps others can point you to more useful content.

u/doctordangus · 2 pointsr/editors will teach you the broad basics, but assistant editing is another beast in itself. This could be your bible.

Avid Assistant Editor's Handbook

u/_Sasquat_ · 10 pointsr/editors

> I just don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to color correction. Forget about color grading.

Alexis Van Hurkman's book

I know you want a tutorial, but get this book. It's not hard to read or digest.

u/trinoculusfilms · 2 pointsr/editors

My two all time favorites:

When The Shooting Stops, The Cutting Begins

First Cut, Conversations with Film Editors

Also check out the documentary "The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing"

u/masterofquan · 2 pointsr/editors

Read "When The Shooting Stops: The Cutting Begins" by Ralph Rosenblum. He edited for Sidney Lumet, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. This book is criminally underrated.

u/ticklehater · 8 pointsr/editors

I'm a bit worried for you, AE is not an introductory position. You have a lot to learn very fast. A book such as this will help get you up to speed:

u/ISeenEmFirst · 10 pointsr/editors

I've been an AE for a few years but I just read Make the Cut. The info is slightly dated (mentions of tape workflows) but the vast majority of it holds up. I've only done reality/doc and because of this book I was able to step in at the last minute for a scripted project without issue. Highly recommended.

u/Lumburg76 · 1 pointr/editors

It's a great starter book and great base understanding of what is going on. If you really want to nerd out, look up white papers on compression/codecs. The math in those is beyond me and honestly, not needed. Compression is not a one size fits all type of thing. Best practice is to do a 10s or so clip to see what happens before you export a longer clip. H.264 has made it easier cause it is a beautiful codec, but people ask for all kinds of dumb shit sometimes. Extremely fast motions are always going to be the hardest to get right. Also, the medium matters. Almost everything broadcast needs to be interlaced (they should have taught you about scanlines, if not, you need brush up on how images are created for TV screens) . Anything for a computer screen needs to be deinterlaced. If you tv source is progressive, then that is deinterlaced too. If all else fails, deliver same as source and make them figure it out. It is always best to start with the best quality you can, compressing up is always going to be a quality lose, so you want to compress down as much as you can. (I'm on the network side, so it is always my problem to fix). If you are making a DVD from an HD source, DVD is still SD, so letterbox that shit. (Boo to anamorphic)

Sorry for rambling, these are just the most common mistakes I run into all the time.

u/mh6446 · 2 pointsr/editors

Buy In the Blink of an Eye and read it cover to cover if you haven't already. If you have, re-read it. Once you've read it, read it again and memorize it.

Then, edit. Edit and edit and edit and edit. Find some footage, and cut it until you're blue in the face. Experiment with how changing the cut forward or backward by just a single frame can completely change the feel and mood of a piece.

FORGET ABOUT EFFECTS. Effects don't make a good editor, a solid cut between two shots makes a good editor. I'm a little old-school in my philosophy, but I'd rather see a solid cut over a mediocre transition or effect any day.

I can't stress this enough, if you're just starting out - quit worrying about your effects. Just focus on learning how to make a "perfect" cut, and then worry about effects.

Editing definitely has some "theory" to it, and you need to learn it. But I've found the best way is to just cut and cut and cut. Take some footage and cut it, and then switch it around and learn how you can completely change the meaning of a piece just by the cutting. You'll be amazed at how much power you really have.