Creating Your Editing Outline
In order for the editor to begin to assemble your project, you must provide a paper outline detailing the placement of all the various elements in the order in which they will appear. Although there are eight major elements in every video, you will only have to be concerned with the first five. The editor will assist you with the rest.

1) Original Video & Audio

Your actual video taped material shot with your camcorder. Hopefully, this is truly the original and not a copy. Editing from a copy of a videocassette will produce poor results.

2) Graphics

This can be anything from pictures to photos to drawings...what is also called flat art. This material will need to be scanned into our computer before the editing process can begin. Ideally, your graphic material should be between 4 x 6" and 8.5 x 11". Nothing larger and nothing much smaller.

3) Titles

Before your program begins or after it ends you may wish to include one or more pages of titles. These are best laid out on paper, first, in the order they will appear. Make sure all spelling is correct...especially names of people!

4) Captions

Similar to titles, captions are what might appear over the video material (usually at the bottom) once the program has begun. Captions are used to describe or highlight what is being shown on the screen at that moment. The name of a person, an event, a process, etc.

5) Narration

Depending on the video, narration may be the first or the last element to be added during the editing process. Consider the use of professional voice-over talent if your video is to be used for business.

6) Music

Music can add greatly to a video. When used for background or as a bridge, music can become the glue that connects your program together. We have a music library for which we have paid a licence fee to rerecord. This library is available for use in your productions, as well. We will not accept any copyrighted material, however.

7) Effects

Usually used between scenes or to introduce a new section, chapter, idea etc. Effects and transistions can also be used to pick up the pace of a video by moving multiple elements in and out of the picture, rapidly. Effects are part of the post-production process and will be selected for you by the editor. If you have a special request, we can discuss this with you.

8) Animation

Common in industrials and educational videos, animation is often used to demonstrate a process or procedure that is better shown than described. Animation requires careful planning and, because of the preparation time involved, careful budgeting, as well. Animation must be discussed with the editor well before the final post-production stages.

The four steps to creating your outline:

1) Begin by logging all your original video material. Starting at the very beginning of each tape, make a listing of each shot in the order in which it appears on that tape. Be sure to describe what is on the screen so it is clear to the editor. You should also number each shot so that you can refer back to it, accurately, in your outline. (We strongly suggest you have us make window burns of all your tapes. A window burn is a dub of the original videocassette containing a time readout [minutes/seconds/frames] of where the tape is at any moment on the screen. This simplifys the logging process and increases the accuracy of the edit)

2) Gather together any graphics or other flat art and place numbers on the back of each of these.

3) Starting at the beginning, make a listing, line by line, of the order in which you would like the elements edited into your program. Using the shot numbers you made during the logging process, insert  these as scenes into your outline.

4) Place each title or caption in a small box to make it stand out and add these, in order, as well. Be sure to include your graphics using both a brief description and the numbers on the back.

Continue with this process until all the elements have been inserted into the outline, in order. Bring your outline and all the elements required to the editor. An estimate of the work involved will be prepared and discussed with you before the job is begun. At that time, the editor may suggest alternatives to save time or reduce the cost of the work involved.