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Old July 6th, 2008, 08:35 PM   #1
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highlights edit chronological?

Hey I'm working on a highlight video and I'm wondering if you all strictly edit them in chronological order? I only shot ceremony, photos, reception....so should I edit in the order I shot essentially? or should I mix up all the shots?
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Old July 6th, 2008, 09:44 PM   #2
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I would say rather what works best with the footage you've shot, what flows together well and if there is a story to follow. I have edited chronological order on most part of the highlights I've done so far, but if I've found that there is some great bits that work well together then I have swapped things around. Sometimes chronological might even be a hindrance but it all depends what you have on tape.

If you watch the examples on this forum you'll find a lot of different variations as far as timeline goes.

Pretty sure there is nobody has written the book of Highlights that says you should do this or that and even if there was a book then rules are to be broken :)
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Old July 6th, 2008, 10:12 PM   #3
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thanks for clarifying for me.

I'm going to go mostly chronological and mix in other stuff throughout.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 10:31 PM   #4
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I think the best advice I could give you is to edit to the music--you have to feel it in your gut that it's the right edit, that it flows to the pace of the music.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 03:40 AM   #5
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Edit in chronological order ? Not always.
I shot a wedding recently where the bride turned up before the guests !
Not exactly military planning then !
She was then hid away in the hotel room until the ceremony started.
So i'll jig the footage about to make it look like she arrived on time, ie after the guest's and groom etc.

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Old July 7th, 2008, 11:57 AM   #6
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I think it depends on the length of the clip.

For instance... a highlight of 10 minutes with footage "time shifted" had better have some great supporting video that tells "some" kind of story so it makes sense and keeps folks from dozing off (or worse yet, being blinded by all the senseless sizzle).

Something in the range of 1-2 minutes on the other hand (like a trailer) is mainly "scene" oriented so it can go all over the place.

To me, a "highlight" is actually a recap of the days events so I'll keep mine just under 5 minutes and sequence everything chronologically.

No right or wrong answer... just my 2 cents here.
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