I've had a great time with this course, and highly recommend it to others who are looking to learn about or fine tune their video editing.
My aunt is in the process of putting her house on the market, so it was a perfect opportunity to test the waters compiling a real estate demo video. I'm using this experience as a dry run, to get a feel for how I would go about a project for a paying customer. I'm still tackling a few different learning curves (flying a new drone, testing camera settings, working in post for the first time), but I think they are each progressing nicely in turn. Drone work will improve with practice... I know there are a few yaw maneuvers and camera pans that could go a little more slowly and smoothly. I think I'm getting a knack for editing, which again will continue to improve with practice. Really what I'm looking for from the community, would be suggestions on camera setting and post processing (color correction) tips. These two topics still seem like "black magic", and are my biggest area of opportunity for improvement.
Below is the link to the video on Google Drive, followed by the questions posed within the tutorial.
What NLE did you use to edit your piece? Final Cut Pro 10.3.
What resolution did you edit in? 4K for edits and then 1080p for final video.
Did you decide to showcase all of your capabilities with UAS or just a specific area? If a specific area, which one? (i.e. Motion Picture Filming) I'm not really sure what this is asking. "All areas" I guess, since I'm not sure what constitutes "specific areas".
How did you decide on which music track to use for your piece? It's a real estate demo reel, so I didn't want the music to be overwhelming, but I also didn't want some generic looping background. Most real estate videos have a "corporate" sound which can resemble elevator music, so I was looking for something more cinematic and orchestral. I wanted a smooth flowing background, with an occasional distinctive beat to mark transitions.
How did you decide on the feel you would want your piece to take on? I was looking for a balance between warm and inviting to showcase the home, but building to something more grand to showcase the waterfront.
What is the story you are telling through your footage? In the beginning I wanted to introduce the house, and drop some teasers that an epic backyard would be unveiled. I really wanted to capture different parts of the waterfront view as seen from the house, which is the perspective that a potential buyer would see everyday. Finally, most of the later footage showcases the backyard, and the amenities that could be used for outdoor recreation. I wanted an emphasis on the deck, so potential buyers could envision themselves utilizing that outdoor space.
What are 3 important lessons you learned from editing this video that you know will help you in future videos?
- I should have used a storyboard. Onsite I was just walking around trying to collect cool looking shots. But that made editing much more difficult to find clips that transitioned nicely from one feature to the next (water to backyard, backyard to pool, pool to deck, deck to etc). Five minutes of storyboarding probably would have saved me an hour or so in editing while attempting to layout a logical flow. Plus, because I was jumping around, the lighting changed on the front of the house between batteries. Near the end, I transition between two shots of the front of the house, which is probably not noticeable to most people, but a discerning audience will see the difference in lighting.
- Just keep rolling. A few times I noticed a jerky input, or a shadow of the drone, or some other undesirable feature. Since most of the clips are relatively short, I learned I can cut out the feature, and use a cross dissolve to blend the two shots together. The backyard is an example, where the duration was too long and I didn't want to speed up the film, so I just took one second clips and blended them all together. The pan up of the deck stairs was another example. The yaw turn was very aggressive, so I just cut it out, blended the two halves together, and ended up with a really nice reveal shot of the upper deck.
- Get your camera settings right. Color correction is not a magic bullet, in fact I have a much deeper appreciation for how much is involved getting a vibrant video after this project. That being said, garbage in equals garbage out. There were several great shots with smooth drone work, which were ultimately unusable because the video was too dark or light. Maybe a more experienced video editor could have salvaged them, but I couldn't get them to resemble the tone of the rest of the footage, so they ended up in the circular file.
- Justin -