Video Editing Workflow and Checklist
Step by Step recipe for editing a video with wildlife clips taken during a field trip.
During editing a video clip, I frequently render the whole video, upload it to YouTube, privately viewed only and watch it on different devices while taking notes. Once, the clips have been stabilized, I start rendering the video and upload it to YouTube to review on multiple devices (TV, Phone, Tablet, Desktop, Laptop)
- Playback 24 fps
- HD 1080 24
- Optical Flow, Standard Faster
- Target loudness level -14 LUFS
Step by Step:
- After import with Photo Mechanic remove trash clips
- Adding all raw clips to a folder and split them into sub-folder by topic
- In DaVinci Resolve new project import the clips as media
- Drop all of them on the timeline in chronological order.
- Cut and trim raw clips to the segment that may be used.
- Apply color group of clips of each chapter.
- Re-order the groups of clips to align with the story.
- Stabilize, rotate, and zoom each clip to get best out of it. Trim if necessary. [Render v0.1 - Stabilization]
- Optionally if possible: Adjust clips so that horizons align between two clips.
- Modify speed of clips where appropriate but keep in mind the final length of video of 5-8 minutes [Render v0.2 - Speed]
- Adjust color, brightness, contrast of each clip. Start with white balance. [Render v0.3 - Colors]
- Add music track and adjust sound [Render v0.4 - Sound]
How many times did I upload a video, published it, and then noticed a minor error? A final review on a uploaded video should prevent it from happening.
- No spelling errors?
- Color grading consistent?
- All clips stabilized?
- Sound within -2dB to -5dB at -14 LUFS?
Montreal, December 12, 2021