Key Skills to Successful Workflow

There are many stages of post-production. Organization and backup are key foundations in order to have post-production success. The first step in post-production is to organize all the clips and all of the videos that you’ve shot into bins or folders and rename the files. This ensures that none of the files are corrupt and everything is perfect. Backing up your data is one of the most important steps in post-production. You do not want to get stuck with lost data, and potentially fully lost information. Once you understand the foundational pipeline of post-production, everything will be a breeze. The first thing to do when you have all of your footage ready is to put it somewhere. It is best to have two external drives. One should be dedicated to video projects you are currently working on. The second one as a backup for the projects, so they are linked together. That way if anything happens to the main drive you can always recover the data from your backup.

The key reason to develop your post production workflow is that if you’re shooting a film, you are going to have a lot of footage and most of it is going to be disorganized. You could be shooting on multiple days and you may have multiple takes. Some takes are good, and some takes are bad, but ultimately you are only going to be using one take in your final edit. You also have audio that you have recorded on sets, which is called production audio. All these things combined need to be organized or you will encounter a lot of stress not knowing where to find certain clips or audio you are looking for.

Another part of the post-production workflow is the assembly process. You need to sync all your audio to your editing software. The audio is recorded separately from the video. The editor will need to sit down and sync all the audio to the video and keep everything ready for the final edit.

Organizing the footage, backing up your data, assembling your files, and syncing audio are all included in one major stage of post-production, which is editing. Editing is the command center of your work flow, as it’s what tells everybody else what to do. If something goes wrong while editing, that mistake is going to lead into every subsequent part of the process. As you start to complete the editing process, you will end up with a final timeline of all your footage and audio in place. Once the editing process is complete, you then can divide the workflow into the visuals and the audio.

These are some of the important concepts to improve your workflow. Organization and backup are crucially important. There have been many stories where a person lost all their videos files and was not able to recover due to them not having a backup. There’s a lot of work that has to go into the preparation stage before you actually start putting the video together. Having a consistent organized workflow will allow you to excel in all areas of post-production.