When it comes to film production time is money, so you’re going to want to make sure that you’re spending enough time on each step. Chances are post-production will take up the majority of your time throughout the entire production. That’s because there is a lot that goes into it. You have to edit the footage, add in graphics and special effects, select music, and more. You need to consider sound effects, animations, and color correction. All of these steps are important, but they can also take a lot of time.
When you save time during a production, you’re going to save money. Which is important for any business producing a video, but how do you save time in post-production?
Tips and tricks to saving time during post-production
As a professional studio we have a lot of wisdom on the entire film and video production process, and we love to share our knowledge. Here are some insider tips from a professional video production company on how to save time in post-production:
Use proper equipment when filming.
This may seem like an obvious one, but using the right equipment for the job will save you time in post-production. If you’re not using the proper equipment, you’ll likely have to spend more time editing the footage to make it look right.
The right equipment can mean anything from proper lighting to working microphones and audio cables to using a high-quality camera to shoot your film. That way you won’t have to spend as much time tweaking things like lighting, saturation, editing out any audio crackles, or fixing any other issues that can come from using lower-quality equipment.
If you want to learn more about filming equipment, read What Kind of Gear You Need to Produce a Film.
Shoot extra footage.
This may seem counterintuitive, but shooting extra footage can actually save you time in post-production. Why? Because it gives you more to work with when it comes time to edit the film.
If you don’t have enough footage, you may end up having to use footage that isn’t as good as you’d like, which can mean more time spent editing. But if you have too much footage, you can always cut it down. It’s better to have too much than too little.
Another thing to think about when it comes to having too much footage (which is not possible, we assure you) is that you’ll be able to easily repurpose the footage for other marketing and content ventures! Check out our previous blog post on How to Repurpose Your Video Content.
Edit as you go.
Editing as you go may not be possible for everyone, but if it is, it can save you a lot of time in post-production. This means editing the footage as you shoot it, rather than waiting until post-production to do all of your editing work.
Doing this can help you catch any mistakes early on, which can save you time later. It can also help you get a feel for the footage you have and what you need to shoot, which can save you time and effort in post-production.
Read Everything You Need to Know to Be a Video Editing Wizard.
Creating templates for your post-production workflow can save you a lot of time. You can create templates for your graphics, music, sound effects, website, and more. This way, you don’t have to start from scratch each time you’re working on a new project.
If you’re just starting out, make sure to save any templates you create as you go. You never know when you might need to use it again!
Invest in post-production software.
There are a lot of post-production software programs available that can save you time. Some programs offer features that automate tasks. Others come with pre-made templates that you can use. Investing in post-production software can save you a lot of time in the long run.
Outsource post-production tasks.
Outsourcing post-production tasks is a great way to save time. You can find freelancers or post-production companies who can handle specific tasks, such as graphics or music selection. This way, you can focus on other aspects of post-production, such as editing the footage.
Many hands make light work! To save yourself even more time when outsourcing, making a list or database of freelancers and companies to outsource to. Keeping it up to date will help you hire someone faster and really streamline the process!
Streamline your post-production workflow.
Streamlining your post-production workflow can save you a lot of time. There are a few ways to do this. First, you can create a post-production checklist to make sure you’re covering all your bases. This will help the entire team know exactly what needs to happen and keeps communication open and flowing.
Second, you can invest in post-production software that automates repetitive tasks. These can be a huge time-saver. Last, you can consistently outsource post-production tasks to freelancers or post-production companies. This way, you can focus on other aspects of post-production, such as editing the footage.
Work with a professional video production company.
Working with a professional video production company can save you a lot of time and money. A professional video production company can handle all aspects of post-production, from editing the footage to adding graphics and sound effects. This way, you can focus on other aspects of your business or other projects.
Post-production is an important step in creating a video or film. By following these insider tips, you can save time and money during post-production.
Where can I find post-production professionals to work with?
Knowing where to look in order to find professionals to help you in post-production tasks can be daunting. If you don’t know where to start your search, here are a few places:
- Social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. You can search for post-production professionals or companies that offer post-production services.
- Online job boards, such as Indeed, Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com. You can post a job listing and receive bids from post-production professionals.
- Video production directories, such as ProductionHUB and Reel Directory. You can search for video production companies that offer post-production services.
Or, you can just contact us here at C&I Studios!
We offer post-production services and would be happy to help you with your project! We have professional crews that are well-versed in post-production tasks such as editing, graphics, and more. We know how important post-production is and we want to help you create the best video or film possible.
C&I Studios is a full-service production company. We have production studio rentals located throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, New York, and Fort Lauderdale. We are easily accessible to a wide variety of shooting locations and businesses. We offer a variety of post-production services, such as editing, color correction, sound design, and more.
Want to learn more about ways to save time and money during your film production? Check out these previous blog posts below!