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Music Video Post-Production

jeremy | Monday September 21, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Music Video, Other Topics, Production Zone, Video Production

You have shot your video. You have a lot of pictures on DV tape, or hard disc, and you now have to edit these pictures to your chosen music track.

In other words you have completed production, and are ready to go into post-production.


Post-production is everything you do after the production of the video. The production is getting all the shots in the can. Post-production means editing the shots to the music, and it also means marketing and promoting your video to an audience. This can mean dubbing it onto a DVD, posting it on Youtube, creating a blog, or organising a viewing of your music video to an audience in a lecture room with a large screen.

You are likely to be editing your pictures on a computer using editing software such as Adobe Premiere, or Apple’s Final Cut Pro. There are several versions of both types of software available. Other makes of software, such as iMovie, and Windows Movie Maker also do the job of editing video pictures and sound, but need a video capture card.

You are probably making a music video without members of the original band or the artist present, and you do not therefore have any problems synching up the lip movements of a singer(s) with the music.

If you have shot pictures of a singer(s) miming to music the first thing to do is to synch up pictures of the singer’s lip movements with the music. Hopefully they will very nearly match.

An editing screen looks like this. The pictures and sound are on different timelines calibrated in seconds and minutes. You can move each line of sound - audio - and each line of video separately. You can slow pictures down, make transitions such as dissolves, and intercut sequences and shots.

Simple Editing Exercise

Before editing your own pictures it’s a good idea to have some experience with the process of editing pictures. This exercise takes between 1 and 2 hours.

  1. Choose a song from Youtube.
  2. Go to Google Images and choose a...

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