Chapter 6Post-Production

For non-fiction video producers, storytelling often does not truly begin until the post-production stage. During reporting or pre-production, you gather facts and determine the focus of your shooting. During production, you shoot interviews and b-roll. But editing, or post-production, is when you combine, arrange, highlight, sequence, and eliminate footage to craft compelling visual stories.

When I started editing video early in my career, I used analog tape editing systems that required video stories to be put together linearly. These systems consisted of two tape decks: a source tape deck and a master tape deck. To put my stories together, I would cue up the desired raw footage in the source deck, play that clip and ...

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