Expanding Time: Video Editing Tips

By Jill Heinerth

Slow motion kelp blowing in the current can be best achieved by shooting at a high frame like 120 fps. You can then speed ramp this footage when editing, or, if shot in 4K, harvest into the frame to focus on a particualr part of the image .

If I had one hope, it would be for more period underwater. When Mobula rays surround me, or ocean lions swarm, I donat want to surface. I wish I could expand time into an endless and exciting underwater journey. Sometimes the moments you catch on video are so powerful that you want to extend those too. Proper editing techniques can help you prepare the viewer for a remarkable moment and dramatically drag it out a bit to enhance the viewing experience. Sometimes astonishing things happen very fast underwater, making it hard for the audience to absorb the action. The following techniques will expand time, devoting the spectator a chance to catch their breath after they gasp at the beauty!

HighA ResolutionA andA Slo-Mo

Slo-Motion is the most obvious way to highlight an exciting moment. It is always advisable to shoot in the highest resolution available so that you can reframe your shot. Still, your camera may restriction your ability to slow the action down if you are in 4K mode. Many cameras offer the most prominent 4K resolving merely at 30 frames per second( fps ). If you slacken the tempo of your timeline, that footage will appear jerky, even at three-quarters speed. Below 24 frames / second, our brains have a tough time blending the progressive frames into moving footage. It is better to shoot in a lower resolving such as 1080 p with 60 -1 20 fps. There is a lot more material( frames) available when you slow the footage. It going to be able appear dreamy at half speed. Of course, the other option is to buy a camera that is capable of 4K at 60 fps.A

SpeedA Ramp

Try editing using a speed ramp to slow the footage. Select the frame that is the most important, such as the moment when a shark bites down on a fish. Ramp the speed down to the moment and even pause on that frame before resuming full speed action again. You can take a lesson from watching sports like football. They often demonstrate a full speed rendition of a play and then do an instant replay that ramps down in speed until the moment when the receiver catches the football. People are accustomed to watching instant replays, so donat be afraid to edit your footage in that way.

FakeA CameraA Movements

If you have shot your video in 4K, “youve had” the latitude to resize, zoom, or float into your shot. Try a slow animate resize or quick zoom to highlight something special. Pushing in to amplify details will heighten feeling. If you do that promptly, it can be quite exciting. If you slowly drift in to shot, it will feel most intimate. These camera movements, accomplished with software in the edit suite, offers an opportunity to visually articulated what might not be evident otherwise. Use a atilt-downa to reveal a pressure gauge that is getting low. aPush-ina on the eyes of a diver. If they are raising their eyebrows, it will be good for a laugh from the audience. A change in magnification can also hide a leap cut. If the person speaking to the camera on the boat deck is long-winded, cut out some of the middle content and push in 120% where you cut. In this style, the jumping cut is used to your advantage instead of looking like a clunky edit.


Transitions help create editorial continuity, establishing connections between outgoing and incoming images that might not otherwise connection. When starting a new scene, if you fade in from black, it will give the impression of the passageway of period. Dipping to black in the midst of a sequence will do the same thing. Cutting away to short clips such as the boat helm or dive flag flapping in the wind will also expand time. The audience understands that these quick edits reveal a new dive or a leap forward in time. If you want to jump to a new day, you can edit in a sundown image and dip to black. Come up from black with the anchor deploying from the prow, and you have transported the viewer into a new day. Cross-dissolves can also be used sparingly and I advise to be very cautious with the use of fancy transitional parts. You are rapidly cheapen a video if you go too far with transitions. A well-edited sequence can be made with properly motivated straight cuts.

Next time you want to draw out your whale shark footage so that you can look at the exquisite constellation of passing white places, take pleasure in the moment in the edit suite. Slow down the footage until the last flick of the tail passes by your camera. It will help your audience savour the unforgettable memory from your special dive.A

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