Imagine pushing a magic button in your video editing software labeled "better". Any project you edit turns out exactly how you planned, every single time. Your audience is absolutely spellbound, wiping tears from their eyes, laughing out loud, or sitting in stunned silence as they see the world in a different way for the first time.
Bad news: That button doesn't exist. Good news: Edit Better shows you how to get there anyway.
Edit Better was made for video editors who consider themselves advanced hobbyists or growth-minded professionals, artists who know that the tools of editing matter far less than the knowledge of how to use those tools powerfully.
This audiobook does not illuminate the workings of Avid, Final Cut, or Premiere, and is not a meditation on film editing. What it is: a provocative, wide-ranging collection of strategies and tactics for the creative application of TV and video editing, no matter your editing tools.
Author Jeff Bartsch lays out both big-picture strategies and practical, boots-on-the-ground tactics for powerful communication. Going far beyond mere button-pushing, Jeff good-naturedly blends communication theory, marketing, behavioral psychology, neuroscience, and nuts-and-bolts details of editing application from years of experience in Hollywood, the storytelling capital of the world.
©2014 Jeff Bartsch (P)2014 Resolve Entertainment, Inc.
I have been looking for exactly a book of this kind for months now. All of a sudden; there it was in the New Releases section.
The narration by Jeff is great – he's fresh and frank – not too much, not too little.
What excites me the most, is this books focus on what makes an edit (i.e. the individual cut between two clips) work – or not work.
It's exactly the book I've been looking for.
I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that I only give 5 stars for out of this world, life-changing books (like for example Nathaniel Branden's 6 "Pillars of Self-esteem" and such). On a regular scale, this book is definitely 5 stars!
I'm a video editing hobbyist doing video projects mostly for fun and also for a few clients.
There were several things that I just learned from experience and just felt right when I do them while editing. Though I couldn't really put a finger on why I specifically do some things, e.g. cutting, choosing scenes, audio,etc. This book put those learnings out onto my awareness. Now I can consciously do better edits knowing the reasons behind my every action.
Narration was natural! and the bits of humor helped it not to be boring.
I work on audiovisual projects as a hobby. The information offered in this book helped me get a better idea what I need to pay attention to when editing.
The book provides a set of ground rules for anyone who just started learning about editing, or anyone who feels like they are missing something fundamental when trying to edit a piece.
The rules and ideas are all explained well, it's not something that needs the followed blindly, the reasoning behind them also comes through and it's up to the readers judgment on how to apply them. All ideas are to the point, distilled from years of real life experience.
What I really like is that a broad range of subjects are covered, not just picture. None of them in depth, but the essential ideas that anyone can pick up and put to use are there.
Good job Jeff, and thank you for sharing your experiences.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
The funny thing about this book is that it's written by a (film) editor, and it's main weakness is the editing. The second half of the book is really good, filled with lots of excellent advice, ideas, anecdotes, and though-provoking discussion. And it works well as an audiobook (although I found myself taking notes, and have now also ordered the physical book). I'm about to begin on a pretty big editing project, so I look forward to using the new knowledge that I've gained from this (and other) books.
The bad part about is that there is a lot of fluff in the book as well (namely, the first half of the book). The book would be 100% better with all that stuff. It's not helpful, nor insightful imo. But anyway, I do recommend the book. Bartsch knows what he's talking about and shares his extensive and impressive experience with his readers.
Buckley Wilde, Seattle WA USA
Hard to finish. I kept wishing the writer would stop re-explaining the value of his points. He's a pleasant guy and probably a good editor. But advice was obvious and based on general observations.
The narrator was the author.
Cut the constant reasoning and preliminary explaining. Get to the point and stick to directives.
I kept feel that listening wasted my time. I wished I could get a refund.
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