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Chapter 5. Editing Techniques > Getting Started

1. Getting Started

Basically, there are two types of projects: those with time limitations (the duration of the video), and those without. Working without time limits is certainly easier; you lay out all of your footage, add the necessary garnish (titles, fades, logos), and render your project.

Of course, even if your project has no stated time limit, often sheer watchability imposes its own limitations. If you want audiences to enjoy watching your video, you’ll need to remove the extraneous to highlight the relevant. Obviously, when your project has a strict time limit—whether it’s two, five, or ten minutes—identifying what to leave in and out is, without question, the most important editing function.


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