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#1 gearbow_36218



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:01 PM

High I am a hobbyist and enthusiast trying to look at spending more time with my editing to take my video quality up a notch.  


My question is do you typically edit your footage then add the music such as i have been doing or start with your chosen music track and try and edit to your music?  Thanks.  https://www.youtube..../gearbow/videos

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:11 AM

- first select the usable clips
- second you choose a music background
- Third you edit your clips trying to assemble a story or just a simple sequence that makes sense.

For a video with just a music background seems obvious to cut on the beat but actually it's not so simple. It depends.
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Posted 07 January 2018 - 10:18 AM

Really depends. If you have a good piece of music go ahead and lay it down in the track and cut over it. I do both. Sometimes cut the selects together then add music. If there is no voice over or sound ups then it could be faster to just cut with the music track you prefer.

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#4 jessea



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Posted 07 April 2018 - 03:44 PM

If a piece of music moves you, then of course you can lay it down and cut to it, but the key is not to sacrifice the quality of your imagery just for the sake of the music. Be willing to cut anything if it doesn't serve the story you're telling or it's not the best of your work. It can work the other way, too: I almost always end up adjusting & modifying the music so that I can hit the beats I want and tell the story better.


Looking at your videos, you've got some really great footage but I'd cut it right down... you could cull alot of your shots and go alot tighter on what remains and they'd be short, sweet and really dynamic.





Edited by jessea, 07 April 2018 - 03:45 PM.