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Film and Video Editing

Media Minds offers a course in film and video editing. Film editing comes under the post-production process of filmmaking. Film editing incorporates combining of shots for creating completed motion picture. Film editing is an art of storytelling. The course curriculum is well designed and tailored with the intention of equipping students with high standard education in film and video editing.

Film editing is often regarded as an 'invisible art' because when an editor gets involved in editing task, he/she may not even be aware of their editorial work. A good editor creates logical sequence between two shots without harming the original script. As film editing is an art, it can be used in different ways. An editor can be creative while executing his/her task. A skilled editor can create various expressions in a film using different ways including:

  • Become a laboratory for experimental cinema
  • Sensually provoking montages
  • Build a point of view on otherwise obtuse events
  • Draw out the emotional truth in an actor's performance
  • Make an illusion of danger where there is none
  • Guide the telling and pace of a story
  • Create a vital subconscious emotional connection to the spectator

Film and video editing are not the same, but there is an overlap. The techniques of editing for film and video differ in some aspects. Video editing, is a process of editing piece of special effects, video footage and sound recording. Video editing is the base of film editing. If one is good at video editing then he/she will be able to do film editing. Students are given practical exercises in video and film editing. They are taught differences between video and film editing. Students learn linear and non-linear editing.

A director can communicate fictional and non-fictional events by using video and film. The aim of editing is to control events, which resulting in better or worse communication. The purpose of editing is to give a finished touch to a film, where some segments are excluded and some others are added to create a perfect communication through a visual art.

Course Structure
Each film for a director is no less than a commercial project. Therefore, care ought to be taken at the time of producing a creative project. Every film has to go through two phases including writing and editing. First, a script is written for a film, then it goes to shooting stage and then the blue print goes to the editing table for furnishing the final project. In the process of a filmmaking, an editor plays the role of a catalyst. The non-linear editing system is very useful where you can get back instantly and frame in a video clip without tailoring the original files. Non-linear editing system is user-friendly interfaces and cost effective.

Film and Video Formats
The course introduces different workflows of film and video format. Video is an electronically generated image whereas celluloid film is an optically acquired image. Video technology has various formats including DI processes, 4K, 2K, HDTV and 6K formats. Today, technical understanding is very necessary for an editor.


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