What is a “paper edit” and how can it save me money on a video editing project?

What is a “paper edit” and how can it save me money on a video editing project?

Providing a “paper edit” is an easy step you can take to reduce the studio time required to edit your project. By explaining exactly what you want included in your final video, you eliminate guesswork time and save money.

Get the project you expect by following these simple steps. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. For example, you have 3 DVDs of home movies that you want to pull clips from and rearrange onto a single disc for family members.
  2. Put each DVD into a standard DVD player or computer and write down the times you want on each clip from start to end in hours, minutes, and seconds. You may need to use the “Display” button on your remote if your DVD player does not have a physical clock-counter.
  3. Once you have all the clips written down you can organize them into the order you’d like.
  4. You can also use the paper edit to specify any photos, titles or graphics you might want incorporated.
  5. Including notes about each clip’s content helps the editors know that they are capturing and editing the correct footage.
  6. Bring the 3 DVDs and photos to O.K. Video along with your paper edit and we’ll put it together for you.

Paper edits are especially useful for:

  • Sports Recruitment videos
  • Dance/Performance highlight videos
  • Home Movie & Memory videos
  • Corporate/Organization videos recorded by others for O.K. Video tol edit

Paper edits can be made with most types of images:

  • Photographs of all sizes (number the photos –gently – on the back)
  • VHS tapes (make sure to rewind the tape fully, eject it, and put it back in your player before starting)
  • DVDs (if your DVD has multiple tracks, be sure to note the track number and chapter in addition to the clip times)
  • Hi-8/Digi-8 tapes (same instructions as VHS)
  • Computer files like MPG, MP4, MOV, WMV (most computer players display timecode which can be used for paper edits)

Example Paper Edit:

Clips To Capture:
Mary’s first birthday – 15:23 – 18:55
Christmas 1987 – 1:03:10 – 1:17:43

John playing soccer – 20:15 – 22:98
Easter 1988 – 1:25:05 – 1:31:27

Christmas 1990 – 33:05 – 41:40
John and Mary on playground – 52:28 – 56:33
Aunt Susan comes to visit – 1:12:55 – 1:14:04

Final Paper Edit:
Title “Family Gatherings”
1.) DVD 1 1:03:10 – 1:17:43 (Christmas 1987)
2.) DVD 2 1:25:05 – 1:31:27 (Easter 1988)
3.) DVD 3 33:05 – 41:40 (Christmas 1990)
4.) DVD 3 1:12:55 – 1:14:04 (Aunt Susan comes to visit)

Title “John and Mary – The Early Years”
6.) Photo of toddler John holding baby Mary
7.) DVD 1  15:23 – 18:55 (Mary’s first birthday)
8.) DVD 2  20:15 – 22:98 (John playing soccer)
9.) DVD 3  52:28 – 56:33 (John and Mary on playground)

Doing this legwork will eliminate the need for you to decide in studio the amount and order of the clips you want edited together, and ultimately save you some significant money.

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