Chapter 15 Editing Your Film

Once you have completed shooting your film, the next step is to edit it. Fortunately, modern editing software allows you to do this on your own computer at an affordable price. In this chapter, I will introduce you to various editing software programs that enable you to edit your movie without leaving your desk.

This chapter will also provide an insight into the world of nonlinear editing, which involves controlling the story, changing the sequence of events, and manipulating time to create the best effect. Effective sound editing is also crucial when it comes to combining dialogue, sound effects, and music, and this chapter covers everything you need to know about that.

If you’re using digital technology, you should be able to handle most or all of your post-production on your computer, without the need to visit a professional digital post house.


15.1 Basics of Editing

Editing is not simply about piecing together shots to create scenes. It’s an art that requires an understanding of the story and the most effective way to convey it. The editing process controls the overall feel of your film and can either make or break the illusion you are trying to create. To edit well, you need to know precisely when to start and end a shot, when to cut to a reaction shot, and when to stay on the main character.

When editing a film, there are several elements to consider, including pacing, scene length, the order of shots and scenes, cutting on action, matching shots, varying the angle and size of shots, and showing simultaneous action.

The length of shots and scenes can affect the pace of your entire film. You want to avoid scenes dragging on for too long, as it can make the movie seem monotonous. By arranging your shots in a particular sequence, you can significantly impact the meaning of a scene. Additionally, cutting on action can help make transitions appear seamless and less noticeable.

Matching shots is essential when editing. You want to join static shots with other static shots and moving shots with other moving shots. If you cut from a fast-paced car chase to a sudden static shot of a car sitting at a stoplight, the sudden change can be jarring to the viewer. To avoid a jump cut, you need to vary the angle and size of your shots or use cutaways to tie different shots together.

Showing simultaneous action can be accomplished by cross-cutting between scenes happening at the same time or using a split screen to display parallel action. These techniques were often used in television shows.

In conclusion, editing is a vital component of the filmmaking process, and understanding the various elements involved is essential to creating a successful film. Pacing, scene length, shot sequence, and matching shots are just a few of the many elements that filmmakers need to consider when editing a movie. With practice and a good understanding of these concepts, you can create a seamless and impactful film that engages your audience from beginning to end.


15.2 Choosing an Editor for Your Film

When it comes to post-production for your film, one of the important decisions you need to make is whether to edit the movie yourself or hire an editor. It’s not uncommon for directors to avoid editing their own films because they are too emotionally invested in the material and desire an outside perspective to bring fresh ideas and insights to the story.

For larger studio productions, a picture editor will often start assembling shots and scenes together while shooting is still underway, while a sound editor will handle dialogue and other sound elements. However, for independent films or smaller projects, you will need to find an editor on your own.

One option is to place an advertisement seeking an editor in the classified section of various film and trade magazines like Backstage ( You can also search online at websites like to find editors in your area. When selecting an editor, it’s important to look for someone with a track record of working on successful films and ask to see samples of their work.

Working with a skilled and experienced editor can be incredibly beneficial for your film. They can bring a fresh perspective to the project, offer creative solutions to problems, and help you achieve your artistic vision. However, it’s important to remember that finding the right editor is a collaborative process, and you should communicate your goals and expectations clearly to ensure that you are both on the same page.

Choosing an editor for your film is a critical decision that can impact the quality and success of your project. An editor is responsible for bringing your story to life and ensuring that your vision is accurately conveyed on screen. Here are some essential factors to consider when choosing an editor for your film.

Experience and Expertise The first thing to consider when choosing an editor is their experience and expertise. Look for an editor who has worked on films similar in genre or style to yours. An experienced editor will be familiar with different editing techniques and will know how to handle complex visual and audio elements.

Reputation The editor’s reputation is also crucial. Check online reviews and ask for references from other filmmakers or industry professionals. A reputable editor will have a track record of delivering high-quality work, meeting deadlines, and communicating effectively with their clients.

Compatibility The editor you choose should be someone you can work with comfortably. Film editing is a collaborative process, and you want to find an editor who can understand your creative vision and help you achieve it. Communication is key, so choose an editor who is receptive to your ideas and can offer constructive feedback.

Editing Style Every editor has their own unique style, and you want to choose an editor whose style aligns with your vision. Look at samples of their work to see if their editing style matches the tone and style of your film. Pay attention to how they handle pacing, transitions, and sound design.

Cost The cost of hiring an editor can vary depending on their experience and the scope of the project. Discuss pricing upfront and make sure that you have a clear understanding of what is included in the fee. Ask for a breakdown of costs, including any additional fees for revisions or additional editing.

Collaboration Tools In today’s digital age, it’s essential to find an editor who is comfortable using collaboration tools to communicate and share files remotely. Make sure your editor is familiar with software such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Vimeo, as these tools can make the editing process more efficient.

In conclusion, choosing an editor for your film is a crucial decision that requires careful consideration. Look for someone with experience and expertise, a good reputation, a compatible editing style, and the ability to communicate effectively. Don’t forget to discuss pricing and collaboration tools, and always trust your instincts when making your final decision. With the right editor, you can create a film that exceeds your expectations and captivates audiences around the world.


15.3 Assembling A First Cut

The initial step in editing a film involves assembling a rough cut, assembly cut, or first cut, which presents the story in continuity since scenes are typically shot out of order. Similar to writing a screenplay, assembling the footage is akin to crafting the first draft, providing a perspective and an overview of the story. Once the basic cut is complete, the next step involves shaping, trimming, and refining the footage until the film feels complete. Much like dancing, there is a rhythm to editing that makes everything flow and fall into place.

It’s common to feel discouraged when viewing the first cut, as the pacing may feel too slow and the performances may appear dull. Even renowned studio directors have expressed concern after reviewing their first cuts. However, it’s essential to keep chipping away, shaping, and adjusting the film until it shines. This process includes cutting out lengthy, uninteresting exits, overly long pauses between lines, or scenes that aren’t working and won’t be missed if entirely cut out. Additionally, you may consider reshooting or adding entirely new scenes to enhance the picture as a whole.

It’s crucial to note that the raw form of the movie is still visible at this stage, as the color correction, sound effects, music score, special effects, and other elements are yet to be added. In essence, it’s similar to molding something out of clay; one has to keep refining and chipping away until one likes what one sees.


15.4 Building A Director’s Cut

The director’s cut is the ultimate expression of the director’s vision. The director’s cut is the final version of the film, created by the director, and is often considered the most authentic and definitive version of the film.

Building a director’s cut is a complex process that involves many stages, including assembling an assembly cut, rough cut, and final cut. The director’s cut is created during the final cut stage, where the director makes the final decisions on what footage to include in the film and how it should be arranged.

The first step in building a director’s cut is to assemble an assembly cut, which is the most basic cut of the film, showing the story in continuity. This is done by placing the shots in the order they were filmed, regardless of whether they were shot in sequence or not. This provides the editor and director with a rough idea of the story and the pacing of the film.

Once the assembly cut is complete, the director can begin shaping the film by trimming, cutting, and rearranging shots to create a rough cut. This is the first version of the film that resembles the director’s vision. The rough cut provides the director with an opportunity to see the film in a more complete form and identify any issues that need to be addressed.

The next step is the fine cut, where the director works with the editor to fine-tune the pacing, rhythm, and tone of the film. This involves tightening up the pacing, removing unnecessary scenes or shots, and making sure that the visual and audio elements of the film work seamlessly together.

During the final cut stage, the director makes the final decisions on what footage to include in the film and how it should be arranged. This is where the director’s vision is fully realized, and the film takes on its final form.

Building a director’s cut is a challenging process that requires a great deal of skill, creativity, and patience. It requires the director to work closely with the editor to ensure that the final product is a true representation of their vision.

In conclusion, building a director’s cut is a complex process that involves multiple stages of editing. It requires the director to work closely with the editor to ensure that the final product is a true representation of their vision. With dedication, creativity, and patience, a director can create a director cut that is an authentic expression of his/her artistry.


15.5 Finalizing a Final Cut

It is common for studios to screen a version of a movie to a test audience, a group of individuals brought in to watch the film and provide feedback. Following the screening, the audience members complete a questionnaire, and the studio or director, if they have final cut authority, evaluates all the comments received to determine if re-editing is necessary.

Once all the editing is complete and approved, the final version of the film is locked and approved by the studio or the director, especially if they have final cut authority, which is often the case for independent directors. With the final picture locked in, post-production work on sound can commence, and the composer can begin timing the scenes that will be scored with music.

The fate of many Hollywood actors is often unfortunate as their scenes end up on the “cutting-room floor”. This term originated in the past when editors would physically cut out the unwanted scenes from the film and dispose of them on the editing room floor. Nowadays, very few scenes are completely discarded, and instead, they are stored on a computer hard drive. These unused scenes are often included in the bonus section of the film’s DVD or streaming release, which may also feature comical outtake flubs made by the actors.


15.6 Listening to the Sound Editor

Aside from editing the visuals of your film, assembling and editing the sound elements is equally important. This task is usually performed by the sound editor, who may also be the picture editor and the final post-production sound mixer for independent films. The sound elements are organized into separate audio channels, or tracks, and are then mixed down into a final soundtrack that blends all channels together. Some of the sound elements that are edited include dialogue (which may have separate tracks for each actor), sound effects (which can have unlimited tracks), music (usually one or two tracks), and ambiance (background sounds such as birds chirping, an air-conditioner humming, ocean waves crashing, and so on).

Editing dialogue is crucial, and the sound editor has to consider a variety of factors such as overlapping conversations or starting a character’s dialogue over the end of another character’s shot. The next chapter delves further into dialogue and sound editing.


15.7 Linear versus Nonlinear Editing

Editing is one of the most important aspects of filmmaking. It is the process of selecting, arranging, and manipulating shots to create a coherent and compelling story. In the early days of filmmaking, editing was done by physically cutting and splicing the film. Today, digital editing has become the norm, and two main methods exist: linear and nonlinear editing. 

Linear editing is the traditional method of editing that involves editing the footage in sequential order. This means that the editor must first capture the footage and then assemble it in the order in which it was shot. Once assembled, the editor can add transitions and effects, but the sequence of shots cannot be changed without redoing the entire process. Linear editing was the only method available until the advent of digital non-linear editing systems.

Nonlinear editing, on the other hand, uses a computer-based system that allows the editor to manipulate the footage in a non-sequential way. With nonlinear editing, the editor can access any part of the footage instantly, without having to rewind or fast-forward through the footage. The editor can also move shots around, add or remove shots, and adjust the timing and length of shots with ease. This allows for greater flexibility and creative control in the editing process.


15.7.1 Linear Editing

Linear editing is a method of assembling shots in consecutive order without the ability to rearrange them. Shots cannot be interchanged or reordered, and this method is typically used for real-time shots or when the order of the shots does not matter. However, with the advent of computers, nonlinear editing has become much easier and more popular. It is now rare for anyone to edit linearly. In the past, linear editing was done directly onto videotape. The footage would be transferred from a player to a video recorder deck, and shots would be added to the end of the previous shot. However, since videotape could not be physically cut like film, it was impossible to remove or add just one shot in the middle of the edit. This meant that the editor would have to start over from the beginning. Today, no one edits on videotape anymore, and nonlinear editing is the preferred method due to its flexibility and ease of use.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Linear Editing

Linear editing has some advantages. First, it is a simple and straightforward process that is easy to understand and learn. Second, it is a faster process since the footage is edited in real-time. Third, linear editing systems are often cheaper than nonlinear systems. However, linear editing has some disadvantages. First, it is limited in terms of creative control since the order of the shots cannot be changed once edited. Second, it is time-consuming to redo the entire process if a mistake is made. Third, it is not easy to make changes or revisions once the process is complete.


15.7.2 Nonlinear Editing

The introduction of digital nonlinear editing, first developed by George Lucas’s Editorial system, has revolutionized the world of editing. It allows a single editor to quickly experiment with various versions of a scene, which would have taken a team of editors many hours or even days to accomplish. In nonlinear editing, each shot and scene can be treated as a separate entity and can be moved around like individual building blocks within the editing timeline. Even the opening scene can be shifted within seconds to the end of the timeline. This approach is more efficient and flexible than linear editing, enabling greater creativity and experimentation.

While the order of shots in a movie is often determined by the natural sequence of events, such as the order of dressing oneself, nonlinear editing offers the possibility of changing the psychology of a scene by rearranging the order of shots or events. For instance, consider three shots in a particular order in a film:

  1. A baby crying
  2. The family cat hanging from the ceiling fan
  3. A baby laughing

Starting with the baby crying suggests that the cat has stopped the baby from crying, and the child is now amused. However, changing the order to start with the baby laughing creates the effect that the child is now frightened by or of the animal, as the scene concludes with the baby crying. Quentin Tarantino used a similar technique in Pulp Fiction, placing the ending of the film at the beginning and letting the story unfold until it picks up at the end.

When filming with a camera, the footage is captured in a linear fashion, such as a birth process filmed in order. However, nonlinear editing enables the order of events to be changed in real-time, allowing for greater creative freedom. With digital technology, it is possible to shoot in a linear fashion and edit in a nonlinear style, offering the best of both worlds.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Nonlinear Editing

Nonlinear editing has several advantages. First, it provides greater creative control and flexibility, allowing the editor to experiment with different shots and sequences. Second, it allows for easier revision and changes since the editor can access any part of the footage instantly. Third, it is faster to make changes since only the affected shots need to be adjusted. However, nonlinear editing also has some disadvantages. First, it can be more complicated and requires more technical knowledge. Second, it can be more expensive than linear editing systems. Third, it can be slower since the computer needs to render the changes made.


In conclusion, both linear and nonlinear editing have their advantages and disadvantages. Linear editing is a simpler and faster process, but it lacks creative control and flexibility. Nonlinear editing provides greater creative control and flexibility but can be more complicated and slower. Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on the filmmaker’s needs, resources, and preferences.


15.8 Editing Your Film On Your Computer

Editing your film on your computer has become easier and more accessible than ever before thanks to advancements in digital technology. In the past, filmmakers had to rely on linear editing techniques using tape decks and physical film splicing to create their movies. However, with the development of digital non-linear editing (NLE) software, the editing process has become much more flexible, efficient, and creative.

The first step in editing your film on your computer is to import all of your raw footage into NLE software. There are numerous options for NLE software available on the market, each with its own unique features and capabilities. Some of the most popular options include Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid Media Composer.

Once your footage is imported, you can begin the process of organizing and structuring your film. Non-linear editing allows you to rearrange shots, add or remove scenes, and make changes to your film’s overall structure without the need for physical splicing or rewinding of tape. This provides a tremendous amount of creative freedom and flexibility for filmmakers, allowing them to experiment with different ideas and approaches to their films.

Another benefit of editing your film on your computer is the ability to easily add special effects, color grading, and sound design to your film. Many NLE software options come with built-in tools for adding these elements to your footage. However, if you require more advanced effects, there are also third-party plugins available that can be added to your NLE software.

In addition to the creative benefits, editing your film on your computer can also be a more efficient process. With digital editing, you can quickly make changes and revisions to your film without the need for reshoots or additional post-production work. You can also work on multiple versions of your film simultaneously, allowing you to experiment with different cuts or versions of your film without the need for additional time or resources.

One of the challenges of editing on your computer is the hardware requirements. Depending on the complexity of your film and the NLE software you’re using, you may need a powerful computer with a high-end graphics card, plenty of RAM, and fast storage. Additionally, you may need to invest in additional peripherals such as a calibrated monitor, speakers, and a reliable backup system to protect your data.

Another consideration when editing your film on your computer is collaboration. While digital editing allows for more flexibility and efficiency in the editing process, it can be challenging to collaborate with others on the same project. Fortunately, many NLE software options offer cloud-based collaboration tools that allow multiple editors to work on the same project from different locations.

In conclusion, editing your film on your computer offers a tremendous amount of creative freedom, efficiency, and flexibility for filmmakers. With digital non-linear editing, you can rearrange shots, experiment with different cuts, and add special effects and sound design to your film with ease. While there are hardware and collaboration considerations, the benefits of digital editing make it a worthwhile investment for any filmmaker looking to create professional-grade films.


15.8.1 Using Hard Drives 

As digital filmmaking becomes increasingly popular, more and more filmmakers are turning to computers to edit their films. When working on your film on your computer, one of the most important things to consider is how you will manage your data. Hard drives are an essential tool for managing and storing the vast amounts of data required for filmmaking.

The first thing you should consider is the type of hard drive you will use. There are two main types of hard drives: internal and external. Internal hard drives are built into your computer and can be used for storing your operating system and programs, as well as your project files. External hard drives, on the other hand, are separate devices that connect to your computer via USB, Thunderbolt, or other ports. They are ideal for storing large amounts of data, such as raw footage, audio files, and other media.

When choosing an external hard drive for filmmaking, there are several factors to consider. The first is the capacity of the drive. Filmmakers often require large amounts of storage space, so it’s important to choose a drive with enough capacity to store all of your files. A good rule of thumb is to choose a drive with at least twice the capacity of your raw footage.

Another factor to consider is the speed of the drive. When editing video, you need a drive that can keep up with the demands of your software. A slow drive can cause dropped frames, lagging, and other issues that can slow down your workflow. Look for drives with fast read and write speeds, such as solid-state drives (SSDs) or high-speed spinning drives.

It’s also important to consider the durability and reliability of your hard drive. Filmmakers often work in challenging environments, such as on location or in extreme weather conditions. A hard drive that is rugged and built to withstand these conditions is essential to ensure that your data remains safe and secure. Look for drives that are shock-resistant and have rugged enclosures to protect against bumps, drops, and other hazards.

When working with hard drives, it’s important to back up your data regularly. Hard drives can fail, and if you don’t have a backup, you risk losing all of your work. One way to back up your data is to use a second hard drive as a backup. You can also use cloud storage services or external backup drives to keep your data safe.

In conclusion, hard drives are an essential tool for managing and storing data when editing your film on your computer. When choosing a hard drive, consider factors such as capacity, speed, durability, and reliability. And remember to back up your data regularly to ensure that your work remains safe and secure. With the right tools and techniques, you can manage your data effectively and create high-quality films that tell your story.


15.8.2 Choosing Popular Editing Software

In today’s digital age, filmmaking has become more accessible than ever before. With the availability of affordable cameras and editing software, anyone can create a movie with just a few clicks of a mouse. But choosing the right editing software can be a daunting task, especially with so many options available in the market.

Computers are essential tools for modern filmmakers, but without the right software, they are just empty vessels. Luckily, there are many movie-editing software options on the market that can turn your computer into a full-fledged post-production editing suite right on your desk. From paid professional-grade programs to free software bundled with some computers, there is an editing solution for every budget.

Nonlinear editing, or NLE, is the industry standard for digital film editing, allowing for seamless rearrangement and manipulation of footage. Most editing software programs follow a similar basic structure, consisting of a bin to hold individual shots, a timeline to assemble them in any order, a main window to play back your edited footage, and options for titling, effects, and transitions.

While most editing software can handle 2K high-definition files, many can also work with digital files up to 4K resolution. However, editing 4K footage can be a taxing process for your computer’s CPU, so it’s important to ensure that your operating system, memory, and other specifications are up to the task of handling large files. With the right software and hardware, your computer can become a powerful editing tool for your filmmaking projects.

The followings are the most popular editing software and its features to help you make an informed decision.

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro: Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the most popular video editing software available on the market today. It offers a comprehensive range of tools and features that allow you to create professional-looking movies. Its user interface is easy to use, making it ideal for both beginners and professionals. Some of the key features of Adobe Premiere Pro include multi-camera editing, motion graphics, and color correction.

  2. Final Cut Pro X: Final Cut Pro X is another popular video editing software used by professional filmmakers. It is exclusively available for Apple devices and offers a wide range of tools for editing and post-production. Some of the key features of Final Cut Pro X include advanced color grading, multi-cam editing, and 360-degree video editing. The user interface is intuitive, and the software is optimized for use with Apple hardware.

  3. DaVinci Resolve: DaVinci Resolve is a free video editing software that offers a wide range of features and tools for professional filmmakers. It includes advanced color correction, audio editing, and visual effects. It also offers a range of tools for color grading, which makes it an ideal choice for filmmakers who are looking to enhance the visual appeal of their movies.

  4. Avid Media Composer: Avid Media Composer is a popular video editing software used in the film and television industry. It offers a comprehensive range of tools for editing, post-production, and finishing. Some of the key features of Avid Media Composer include advanced color grading, multi-camera editing, and real-time collaboration.

  5. iMovie: iMovie is a basic video editing software that is exclusively available for Apple devices. It is ideal for beginners who are looking to create simple movies without the need for advanced editing tools. It offers a range of templates and effects that make it easy to create professional-looking movies.

Choosing the right editing software is an essential part of the filmmaking process. Each of the software mentioned above has its strengths and weaknesses, and the choice ultimately depends on the specific needs of the filmmaker. It is recommended to try out different software and see which one works best for you. With the availability of free trial versions, it has become easier than ever to experiment with different editing software and find the perfect fit for your project.


15.8.3 Color-Correcting Your Edited Film

Color correction is a crucial step in the post-production process of any film. It is the process of adjusting the color and tone of your footage to create a visually appealing and cohesive final product. In this article, we will discuss the importance of color correction and provide some tips and techniques for effectively color-correcting your edited film.


Why is Color Correction Important?

Color correction plays a crucial role in creating a visually stunning final product. It can help balance the color and tone of your footage, correct any color imbalances or inconsistencies, and enhance the mood and atmosphere of your film. A well-executed color correction process can make your film look more professional and polished, and can help convey the story and emotions of your film to your audience.


Tips and Techniques for Color Correction

Get the right software

To color correct your film, you need a video editing software that allows you to adjust the color levels of your footage. Some popular software options include Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer. These programs offer a range of color correction tools and features that can help you achieve the desired look for your film.


Understand the basics of color correction

Before you start color-correcting your film, it is important to understand the basics of color correction. This includes concepts such as color temperature, saturation, contrast, and exposure. By understanding these concepts, you can make informed decisions about how to adjust the color levels of your footage.


Begin with a color-grading plan

Before starting the color correction process, it is important to have a plan in place. This plan should outline the look and feel you want to achieve for your film. This can include a specific color palette, tone, and atmosphere. Having a clear plan in place can help guide your color correction decisions and ensure that your final product is cohesive and visually stunning.


Use reference images

Using reference images can be a great way to guide your color correction process. Find images that have the look and feel you want to achieve for your film and use them as a guide for adjusting your footage. This can help you identify the specific colors and tones you need to adjust to achieve your desired look.


Work with scopes

Scopes are tools that can help you analyze and adjust the color and tone of your footage. They can help you identify any color imbalances or inconsistencies and make precise adjustments to your footage. Some common scopes include waveform monitors, vector scopes, and histogram scopes.


Correct the exposure

The first step in color correction is to correct the exposure of your footage. This involves adjusting the brightness and contrast levels to make sure that the image is properly exposed. If the exposure is too high, the image will be too bright, and if the exposure is too low, the image will be too dark. Adjusting the exposure will also help to reveal more detail in the shadows and highlights of your footage.


Balance the color temperature

The next step in color correction is to balance the color temperature of your footage. This involves adjusting the color levels to make sure that the whites in your footage appear white and not yellow or blue. This can be achieved by adjusting the temperature and tint sliders in your video editing software.


Adjust the saturation

The third step in color correction is to adjust the saturation levels of your footage. This involves increasing or decreasing the intensity of the colors in your footage. This can be done to create a more vibrant and colorful image or to create a more muted and subdued image.


Fine-tune the colors

The final step in color correction is to fine-tune the colors of your footage. This involves adjusting the individual color levels such as red, green, and blue to create a more balanced and visually pleasing image. You can also use tools such as curves or color wheels to adjust the color levels in a more precise and nuanced way.


Don’t overdo it

While color correction is important, it is also important not to overdo it. Overcorrecting your footage can make it look unnatural and detract from the overall visual appeal of your film. Use your reference images and trust your instincts to ensure that you are making the right adjustments for your film.


Using LUTs

A look-up table, commonly abbreviated as LUT, is a software tool that provides precise settings for a specific digital camera. Manufacturers such as Red Dragon and Arri Alexa offer customized LUTs for their cameras. LUTs can be loaded into the camera before shooting or into the editing program when starting to edit a movie. These tables are reconfigured sets of calculated numbers that produce a color-corrected and graded image that can be further customized to individual preferences. Using a LUT is preferable to starting from scratch with a raw, washed-out image directly from the camera. For instance, Final Cut Pro X has hundreds of preconfigured LUTs that can be easily applied to footage. In some cases, applying a LUT can eliminate the need for manual color correction, and only minor tweaking shot-to-shot may be necessary to ensure consistency throughout the film.

Most editing programs have built-in color correction software, but there are also many software programs available for purchase that offer pre-set color looks or the option to start from scratch. Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista by Red Giant Software are two examples of such applications. These software programs contain circles of color that allow users to choose the correct colors and shades by moving the cursor around the color wheels. Many third-party companies offer color-correction plug-ins, including FXFactory’s Color Cone, which enables users to bend shades and play with colors on the spectrum to achieve precise and aesthetically pleasing results.


Color correction is a crucial step in the post-production process of any film. It can help balance the color and tone of your footage, correct any color imbalances or inconsistencies, and enhance the mood and atmosphere of your film. By following these tips and techniques, you can effectively color-correct your edited film and create a visually stunning final product that tells the story you want to convey to your audience. Remember to have a plan in place, use reference images, work with scopes, use color grading software, adjust color and tone separately, and avoid overcorrecting your footage. With these techniques, you can create a visually appealing and cohesive final product that you can be proud of.


15.8.4 Posting Your Film On Your Computer

Once you have completed the process of editing all the dialogue and picture elements for your film using your computer, the next step is to synchronize the sound and picture. If your final product is intended for television, DVD, or digital streaming, you can carry out most of your final preparations on your computer, including color correction and titling. However, if you plan to release your film theatrically, you will need to have a digital cinema package (DCP) created by a post-production house. For more information on DCP, its function, and its workings, please refer to Chapter 19.


15.8.5 Exporting Your Edited Film From Your Computer

Once you have finished editing your film, the next step is to export it from your computer. This process can be intimidating for beginners, but with a little bit of guidance, it can be a straightforward and rewarding experience. In this article, we will discuss the steps involved in exporting your edited film and offer tips on how to ensure that your export is of the highest quality possible.

Step 1: Choose your export settings

Before you export your film, you need to decide on the export settings. This will determine the quality and size of your final file. Some of the settings you may need to consider include the resolution, frame rate, and video codec. It is important to choose the right settings to ensure that your final file is high quality and compatible with the platform you plan to upload it to.

Step 2: Select the export location

Once you have chosen your export settings, you need to select the location where you want to save the exported file. Make sure you choose a location that has enough storage space and is easy to access.

Step 3: Export your film

The next step is to export your film. This process can take some time, depending on the length and complexity of your film. It is important to be patient and wait for the export to complete before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Check the exported file

Once the export is complete, it is a good idea to check the exported file to make sure it looks and sounds the way you intended. Watch the file from beginning to end and make sure there are no glitches or errors.

Tips for Exporting Your Film

  1. Choose the right export settings: As mentioned earlier, it is important to choose the right export settings to ensure that your final file is high quality and compatible with the platform you plan to upload it to.

  2. Use a high-quality codec: The codec you choose will affect the quality of your final file. Choose a high-quality codec such as H.264 or ProRes to ensure that your final file looks and sounds great.

  3. Consider the file size: Large files can take a long time to upload and may be difficult for viewers to download. Consider the file size when choosing your export settings to ensure that your final file is a manageable size.

  4. Test on different devices: Before uploading your film, test it on different devices to ensure that it looks and sounds the way you intended. This will help you identify any compatibility issues that may arise.

  5. Keep a backup: Once you have exported your film, make sure to keep a backup of the file. This will ensure that you have a copy of the film in case something happens to the original file.

Exporting your edited film from your computer can be a straightforward process if you follow the above steps and tips. Remember to choose the right export settings, consider the file size, and test your film on different devices to ensure that it looks and sounds great. With a little bit of patience and attention to detail, you can export a high-quality film that you can be proud of.


More technical tips:

Once your final cut is complete, the next step is to figure out how to export your film from your computer. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this. One popular method is to create a QuickTime file. This type of file can contain a variety of digital codecs, including ProRes, H.264, and MPEG-4 MOV files, and can be exported to an external hard drive or authored onto a standard DVD or Blu-ray disc. Most TV networks and streaming platforms will accept delivery of your movie on an external hard drive, and a QuickTime file can also be uploaded to websites like YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook for online viewing. Additionally, film festivals often have private and secure sites where filmmakers can upload their movies for review instead of sending a physical disc.

If you need to export your movie directly to digital tape, such as Digibeta tape, there are a few options. You can rent a Digibeta tape machine and output the QuickTime file yourself, or you can have a professional post-production facility transfer the QuickTime file to digital videotape for you. It’s usually best to have a post-production house handle this process, as they will ensure that everything is done correctly.

With the rise of digital technology and streaming platforms, entertainment options have expanded greatly in recent years. Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney Plus offer tens of thousands of movies and TV series on demand, while YouTube and Vimeo allow anyone to upload their own films for public viewing. While the sheer number of streaming services and content available can seem overwhelming, it also means that there is a growing demand for new and diverse content.

If you’ve ever struggled to send large digital files to someone via email, there are also online services like that allow you to upload and download files up to 25GB for a small monthly fee. 

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