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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.

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Finally an audiobook about editing video!

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!

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Fantastic

Killer book. Insightful and funny!
As a pro editor I was reminded of things I didn't know ans was tonight things I need to try.

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Used what I learned, and I DID edit better

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.

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An audiobook on editing can work and its brilliant

If you are just starting to learn the art of video editing this book is a must. The focus isn't on the technical details, but rather about processes, strategies, approaches, and what to look for in shots to make your cuts smooth and seamless. The author lays out 74 rules, broken down into sections, and you will want to take notes on each and every one.

The narration was great. It was engaging and a pleasure to listen to. Of all the books I have listened to, and read, on film making in the past few months, this is one of the best.

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All around must listen**

As an aspiring cinematographer I currently wear all the hats from the writing, cinematography, editing and sound design. I don't know why this book is only called "Edit Better" because the name does not do it justice on the amount of nuggets you can obtain from this. Jeff does a fantastic job conveying the valuable information he has to share, in an easy to understand manner, while keeping the story inticing and including some humor! This is EXACTLY what I needed to solidify the foundation of ideas I figured out on my own, in addition to TONS of helpful information that I was not aware of. Thank you for this, Jeff!

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The best book on editing

This is a wonderful book! Really useful for editors, videographer or filmmakers. Great structure, good sense of humor, great tips!

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Skip this and watch Youtube videos instead.

What would have made Edit Better better?

I'm disappointed in the book largely due to the fact that the writer seemed credible and the reviews were great, but really, the author mentions that he's still working on this book and can use your help if you want to give him some of your ideas for future versions. It's like he's trying to get his audience to write his future book for him through this outline.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Bartsch again?

Maybe version 20 of this book, once it's actually written with substance.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He's sitting on his island in his kitchen.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Edit Better?

I'd cut all his quirky banter, self-aggrandizing, apologies, and disclaimers and just stick to the point of the book: Teaching. It sometimes feels like a one-sided hang out session.

Any additional comments?

Every other page, he says things like "Some people probably think this is too basic to mention..." Yes! Because it is!! And stop drawing attention to the fact. It doesn't help.

Here's a line from the book VERBATIM: "This book doesn't completely address anything on any subject." He's completely right. Everything just scratches the surface of areas you've already known about and it's disappointing when you're wanting to apply 'Hollywood-Tested Strategies'.

I finished the entire book by waiting and waiting for one little golden nugget, but never found it.

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A few gems in a lot of banter

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I would have loved to hear more of a creative approach to shaping a good story or narrative with editing.

What could Jeff Bartsch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I felt like many times he said it wasnt a technical manual yet he spends a ton of time talking about EQ and compression.

Any additional comments?

It just wasnt what I was hoping for.

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Second Half Of Book Is Excellent

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.

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Exactly what I was looking for.

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.

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  • 04-16-18

Very helpful insights

Thanks for offering your perspective and demystifying elements of the magical indescribable art of editing.