Edit Better: Hollywood-Tested Strategies for Powerful Video Editing

Imagine pushing a magic button in your video editing software labeled “better”. Any project you edit turns out exactly how you planned, every single time. Your audience is absolutely spellbound, wiping tears from their eyes, laughing out loud, or sitting in stunned silence as they see the world in a different way for the first time.

Bad news: That button doesn’t exist. Good news: Edit Better shows you how to get there anyway.

Edit Better was made for video editors who consider themselves advanced hobbyists or growth-minded professionals, artists who know that the tools of editing matter far less than the knowledge of how to use those tools powerfully.

This audiobook does not illuminate the workings of Avid, Final Cut, or Premiere, and is not a meditation on film editing. What it is: a provocative, wide-ranging collection of strategies and tactics for the creative application of TV and video editing, no matter your editing tools.

Author Jeff Bartsch lays out both big-picture strategies and practical, boots-on-the-ground tactics for powerful communication. Going far beyond mere button-pushing, Jeff good-naturedly blends communication theory, marketing, behavioral psychology, neuroscience, and nuts-and-bolts details of editing application from years of experience in Hollywood, the storytelling capital of the world.

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3 Comments

  1. Highly recommend, but was annoyed with its tone My background probably amounts to a year of part -time editing of commercials. I listened to the audio version. The information here is very good and broad. Many tips in the book were obvious to me, and some things I’m sure were obvious to other editors were not obvious to me. Point being, if you are an editor or want to become one, I can guarantee you will learn very valuable stuff here. A highly recommended read or listen. 

  2. This book plugs a much needed gap There is a gap between what is taught in many media/communications departments of universities across the country and what knowledge is needed to shoot/edit video in the real world. This book fills that gap and should be required reading for anyone coming out of school looking to get into the video field. In this book, Jeff shares “road tested” editing concepts and ideas in an easy-to-digest format that covers everything from the importance of pre-planning, to structure, transitions,…

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