Remote Editing: How does it work? ⋆ Supporting Your Art
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Remote Editing: How does it work?

Remote editing is something I have always offered to Norfolk organisations however, it has become a central part of my work this year. For obvious reasons I haven’t been able to go out and about and film this year. It has made for some really exciting and creative work. Find out more about the process below.

How does remote editing work?

Essentially it’s much the same as any other editing work! It certainly starts the same. The client and I will have a conversation about what the video is for, where it’s going to end up. If it’s a legacy video for a specific project we will also discuss that project so I can ensure I am representing it accurately. Once all of that is agreed, I await the footage.

Computer with editing software open

An edit in progress

The biggest difference of course, is that instead of heading out and filming – photographing the project myself at this point, the client does it themselves.

Once the footage or photos are captured they send me the footage and any other assets needed. This could be logos, information about fonts and other styles guides for the project and anything else they would like to be added.

Then I get to work!

What kind of things have you worked on in this way?

I have created a couple of legacy videos in this way. As long as you are taking photos or video throughout your project then this is always an option! You can find out more about the video I did for the Music Hub for their Big Sing virtual project. There are more case studies where I have worked this way coming soon.

I also recently worked with The Come & Sing Company to edit together video resources they are creating for schools. They sent me the video and then I put it together. It saves them time and I get to be creative and ensure the videos have fun elements.

Those are quite simple videos. Lockdown also bought some more challenging work! The Music Service asked me to put together an orchestral performance by the Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band. This meant taking lots of individual videos of students playing, they then mixed the music and then I could edit together the performance. This was complex but so brilliant! I did another similar project that featured the Music Hub’s teachers.

Norfolk Music Hub Logo

What is good about it?

I really enjoy it. It’s a great way to ensure every organisation can have a strong legacy video for their project even if they don’t have the budget to have someone there documenting throughout the project. Legacy videos can be invaluable tools for impact reporting and also for supporting future funding bids.

It also leads to interesting creative output. We wouldn’t have done the orchestra videos in the way we did without the present situation. If they had wanted to create a video of the orchestra playing a song we may have just done it in one location as a wide shot. However, the way they chose to do it meant that their students and teachers had opportunities during lockdown. They were playing music and most importantly they were playing “together.” It was such a lovely thing to do.