Fired up Final Cut Pro last night after quickly filming some drone footage around where I live here in Long Beach. My goal was to figure out how to best align editing cuts with the beat of a song. This appears to be a very useful skill in spicing up video content when putting it in the context of telling a story.
I like the hyper kinetic feel – and admittedly this first attempt is a bit too spastic. But that’s ok for now as I was trying to get a sense of how anyone would edit. I used markers and the blade tool to cut out pieces of different shots to interact with each other.
The first thing I noticed is that “feel” of the clip is important – and if you just do a long version of many cuts (like this one) it just turns into a tortuous exercise to watch. The second thing I noticed was that it takes a long time to do relative to probably cutting and editing a simple story line. You are literally cutting every beat or so and after 50 seconds, that can be a lot of edits.
One of my FB debate personalities dropped these rules to consider when editing. They seem reasonable and smart enough, so reposting here for archive sake.
Rule 1: Never make a cut without a positive reason.
Rule 2: When undecided about the exact frame to cut on, cut long rather than short
Rule 3: Whenever possible, cut in movement
Rule 4: The fresh is preferable to the stale.
Rule 5: All scenes should begin and end with continuing action.
Rule 6: Cut for proper values rather than for proper matches.
Rule 7: Substance first — then form.
Here is the source where those rules came from: