3 must-have Editing tools for professionals

Scenes could have been shot poorly and performances might have been less than inspired, but with the right editing an ingenious editor can always assemble the film into a seamless whole, writes Suchetana Bauri.

What does an editor do?

To put it very simply an editor’s job is to put together footage shot by a a film crew, according to the script. However, the skill in editing is more nuanced, one has to work around performances and know how to balance emotion against fluidity, tone of a story and continuity of the focal point of an image across cuts, thus maintaining the continuity of the emotional arc of the story. Having said that, despite the skills and aesthetic sense, editing software is just as important in an editor’s career.

Adobe Premiere Pro

This movie editor has been ‘built from the ground up’ for budding editors. Rima Mazumdar, Editing faculty at Annapurna College of Film and Media, said, “It allows editors to meet the demands of modern post-production, quickly and intuitively. It can handle almost all types of file formats, including raw files. We just need a highly configured system and we can work with even raw RED files without transcoding.” It not only supports 4k but also 6k resolution, that too with full-color science built-in.

Avid Media Composer

This is another software that you should consider if you are a professional film editor. Rima says, “The AMA feature eliminates the time-consuming importing task so we can focus on editing right away. Working on Avid is a delight for a film editor since it has got all the tools to carry forward the timeline to the conform and grading platforms easily. Transferring audio files from Avid to Pro Tools is seamless.”

It has got Dynamic Media Folders, which enables transcoding, copying, and consolidating automatically in the background, without disrupting your editorial flow.

Final Cut Pro

This is another Apple product, which (like its other product categories) has also ‘revolutionised’ film editing. Rima says, “The magnetic timeline helps even a non-technically qualified filmmaker to edit his or her own films without having to worry about assigning and selecting audio and video tracks. This also has the capability to handle various raw file formats with background transcoding.”

But if you are editing video at home then you can very well make do with I-movie, Windows Movies Makers, Sony Vegas Pro.

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