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The Video Editor's Guide to Soundtrack Pro by Paul Lee, Sam McGuire

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1THE VIDEO EDITOR

What does it mean to be a video editor? It means finding order amongst the chaos. There are infinite possibilities to every edit you make and, while there are accepted practices, there is no right and wrong, just subjective interpretation. This is why editing is an art form most analogous to writing music mixed with writing fiction. The viewer knows if they like it or not, but it is up to the editor to guide them to a particular thought or emotion. Do you want them to be jolted into a perception or eased into a realization? Do you want them to feel uncomfortable or do you want them to feel content? The editor has this power to manipulate. Film as we know it is editing. The reason we love films and are engaged in the storytelling ...

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