I’ve learned a lot through this project, and thought I might be able to help someone who is interested in doing something similar. I’ve already blogged one list of tips here, but below is a another list of things that might be helpful to know:
Video editing tips:
1. Practice using the software- This is a no-brainer, but make sure you practice using the editing software you will be working with before you really dive into your first project. Having said that, you will really learn a lot as you work on your project so if you aren’t under a really strict deadline or time crunch, feel free to just learn as you go.
2. Don’t be afraid to mess up- There were times when I was hesitant to make changes to my videos, and I guess that was probably because I was afraid I would mess something up and never be able to get it back to the way it was. As long as you save all of your footage and audio, however, you can always get it back. Feel free to play around and see what looks best. That’s the only way you will find out!
3. Create a storyboard- This should be one of the very first steps in the process. One of my professors advised me to create a storyboard for each video I was editing, and it really did help me to stay organized. There are some great templates out there that you can print out or you can just draw your own on a blank piece of paper. (It helped me to write down all of the really good quotes in each video, making sure to keep notes on which Premiere project the quote came from, what time it was said, and where the separate audio was located on my computer. This turned out to be such a life saver quite a few times.) Creating a storyboard for a video means exactly what it sounds like. You’re just writing out the story ahead of time so that when you are editing, you know which quote to look for next. It will save you a lot of time and confusion in the end.
4. Edit in multiple projects- Whether you’re using Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, or some other editing software, I think it is really helpful in the long run to edit in multiple projects for each video. What I mean by this is that it can be really confusing if you edit all of the raw video segments and audio segments in one project, and having multiple projects just makes things a little less cluttered. Might not sound that way, but it does.
Web design tips:
1. If you are planning to purchase a pre-designed theme from a website like Theme Forest, for example, look for a theme that has thorough and easy to follow documentation. It’s also a good idea to look for a theme that has been rated well by previous users. Another thing to check for is whether or not the theme creator offers customer support. This can be huge!
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you have friends or professors that know how to build websites, reach out to them for advice.
3. This isn’t a big deal for some themes that you might choose to use, but for me it was helpful to have at least some knowledge of code structure.