In this tutorial I’ll cover three mistakes that almost all beginner editors make; and I don’t mean this: I’m familiar with these mistakes because I was once guilty of making them too. A common mistake when you start editing is cutting too early It is important to know a fair amount about your available footage before you make your first cut. “And that’s probably the nicest looking footage we have.” If you don’t know what you have and what’s good, you run the risk of editing yourself into a corner. So find all the gold and uncover it first. Don’t just watch the footage; your brain can’t hold on to these fleeting shots unless you work with them. This process is called selecting, and that can be different for every editor. Some take handwritten notes as they watch the footage, others build extensive select reels and yet, there are some that dance to it… I don’t know if that works, but maybe I should try that. Whatever your process: Important is that you actively work with the material. “Five moments that I like.” Because once you start editing you want to have all these shots readily available to you, so that the magic happens. Rookies usually don’t use split edits, also called J- and L-Cuts. Notice how the dialogue starts right as we cut to the actors’ face. “I was so lonely. Until now.” “So you think I’m that the right lady?” “Maybe. Do you think I’m the ideal man?” “I haven’t told you the truth though.” “I knew it.” That makes for a choppy an awkward cut. Now let’s take the scene and let the dialogue prelap the visual. “I am just going to roll back the video…” Suddenly, it’s as if the cut seems to disappear. “Let’s see if I’m right.” – “I haven’t told you the truth though.” – “I knew it.” I demonstrated J- or L-cutting in a recent video. The key is to understand the purpose and meaning of the conversation to decide whether a split edit is appropriate. Michael Grabowski tells his students that they are simulating a third person watching a conversation take place. The cut is the person turning their head to see and hear the other person talking. “There is another girl.” “No. That is not true.” Sometimes someone starts to talk unexpectedly, or quickly and we hear the voice before we have a chance to turn our head to see the person. That’s the split edit. “There is another girl.” – “No. That is not true.” Perfect. Now this doesn’t feel awkward. *Applauding* I wanted to know what you think are some of the most common rookie mistakes, and the number one response: having no or very chaotic workflow. That includes file and media management, bin organization, correct sequence and compression settings, outputting… all that mumbo jumbo. I’ve been editing for a while now and I barely managed to maintain a decent workflow. “And these are all the different shoots.” For example I recently ingested my footage and immediately started selecting. Then I realized “Oh, this is a multi-camera shoot.” Wouldn’t it be better to group all the clips together? I basically had to start over and lost a couple of hours of work. So here’s my advice: Test your workflow all the way through the chain, take a couple of shots, import them, sync the audio, test build a multicam, put them in different bins, cut a select reel, use a little storytelling to actually try to cut a mini scene that simulates the real project. Then do color and sound and go all the way to the end product like a Blu-Ray Or a DCP, so that you catch any snags. Along the way document your workflow. That hour of testing can save you days of work that needs to be redone. Recap: Don’t start your edit until you know your footage. Use split edits appropriately to simulate an organic flow of a scene. Know and test your workflow before you get in too deep. Like I said, you guys brought up a whole array of Rookie mistakes And I sorted them into five categories. If you would like to go through them, I’ll leave yet another link in the video description. If you liked this video, please click like and subscribe. If you didn’t like this video, please click like and subscribe. I’ll see you on the next one. Thanks for watching.