Film To Edit

Film To Edit

“Film to Edit”
by Elite Staff Member Patrick Clark, The Harvest

There are many tips out there to help you film your hunts better with proper camera operation, settings, and many other tools. The best advice I ever received was to “film to edit”. I didn’t really know what to think when I was told this phrase until I found myself editing the very same footage that I had recorded earlier. After each video I produced I found myself not only improving my filming ability but also filming to edit. One of the many ways I did this was by insuring a solid rest, proper focus, dry runs of the shot, and even giving myself a three second pre roll before interviews as well as ending. One big shortcoming by many videographers is hitting the record button and they start talking either too soon to not allow any possible camera shake to dissolve, out of focus or body language to be apparent coming off quirky or rushed.  By “filming to edit” I have been able to cut down on the wasted footage and improve the quality aspect of each clip. Each person I hunt with and film I always tell them to count 3, 2, 1 in their head before speaking allowing any possible transition in the editing process between clips to absorb some of the time before you speak so when the video transitions to the next clip you don’t hear audio before we see your face. This is one way that I have personally improved my filming ability. 
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Another “film to edit” tip would be that when you start editing your own footage you become your own critic and find yourself saying “too shaky, should have used the tripod, focus was just a hair off”. These are the thoughts that go through my head when I edit my footage and it allows myself to better my filming ability the next time I’m behind the camera. Out of all the tips I have received over the last four years I would say hands down “film to edit” was the best lesson I ever learned.

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