If you created a comprehensive plan that helped you capture everything on film, then you're successful post-production stage just needs a little of the following:

  • proper care of your newly imported and stored film clips
  • innovative sequencing and finessing of your footage in the ever-beautiful application: Final Cut Pro X
  • thoughtful exporting of the final product with the venue in mind
  • uploads to the venues of your choice for film distribution

Let's break down the steps of post-production, which is mostly in the hands of the editor...

1. Importing: the process of pulling your media files from your camera onto your computer or hard drive

2. Sequencing: the process of bringing your media files into FCPX (see tutorials here) and laying them out in the timeline to create the basic story

3. Finessing: the process when the editor makes sure that the order of clips and the post-production tools all work perfectly together to transmit an experience. This often takes the most time because it takes a fine hand to edit a video properly.

4. Exporting: the process of squeezing your whole timeline into one movie file of the right compression, resolution and format

5. Uploading: the process of putting your movie file onto the internet

What's "finessing" you say?

Once a video is roughly pieced together, the average amateur filmmaker will wipe their hands and say, "Done!"  But you are no ordinary filmmaker! The finessing step focuses on the post-production tools an editor uses to support the story and take it from good to great.

Click on the image below to see my Educreations video on using these six tools to make cinematic films.


Take a look at some videos you consume regularly, that have impacted you recently, or that you find to be of high quality and worthy of a share? What can you notice about their editing, details, or production?

Also take a look at what genre it is: marketing, vlog, an academic resource, entertainment, etc. Each genre has its own conventions that are good guidelines, and there are always exceptions to those that should only be employed with a strong purpose.

When you make a film, think about the conventions of that genre to focus your detail work with text, audio, effects, format, and color.

Overall, the most common problem among students creating work is an awareness of these details and a level of consistency.