Video Editing: It’s Not Always Sexy

The majority of my editing work isn’t sexy, or even necessarily interesting. What I try to stress before starting any project is that a video should be necessary. When the best media to deliver a story is video, I’m your girl.

Much of what I do at work is just training colleagues to set them up for video success. Whether that means teaching them to use a microphone, or the difference between showing/speaking information. It’s a waste of everyone’s time to have me sitting next to someone recording with PowerPoint or Camtasia, so I coach as much as possible (and sometimes collaborating for a first draft) and then edit away.

Here’s a good example of that process. This video was created out of a desire to educate viewers on a particular topic. I’ve been working with different microphones and training material for colleagues, and this is the first time that I was able to hand over the mic (a Rode NTG-2) and received back 100% usable audio right away. All I had to do was clean up the speech, tidy the PowerPoint slides and export for YouTube.

Boom. Done. Education.

It may not be sexy, but it’s still satisfying.