Using visual vectors when editing.

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In The Editing Bay

Once you have finished your digital video recording you are ready to get to your computer and begin editing. Cutting together what you have just captured with your camera can seem like an insurmountable task, especially when you are trying to maintain continuity both for your story and the visuals. Video, as a visual medium, relies on visual ques to communicate the tone and progression of the project. One aspect that is important to use for this editing are Visual Vectors, which are inherent both in the environment and the action you have recorded. There are four types of visual vectors - graphical, motion, diverging, and continuity.

Graphical Vectors

Graphical Vectors are vectors that are inherent in the inanimate objects of the scene. These include the lines and shapes of all the buildings and things in an environment. These are visual signals to the audience that define the nature and feeling of an environment and how it relates to the action occurring there. One important way to maintain continuity between video clips is to maintain the Graphic Vectors by making sure that lines and angles remain the same, or similar in nature, to the ones before it if they are the same scene. This will allow the audience to always feel that they are in the same place.

Motion Vectors

The most important Visual Vector to look for in continuity is Motion Vectors. These vectors are generated from movement on the screen, like someone walking from one side of the screen to another. You have to use Continuing Vectors in relation to these, which means that each clip cut together should maintain the same direction of motion. Do not change the direction of motion or cut to a clip where the motion has suddenly stopped because then the Motion Vectors will have been broken and the audience will feel lost. The same goes for Diverging Vectors, which is when the motion of two objects is the opposite of each other. If this is established in the scene it will break continuity if this is suddenly reversed.

Special Attention

As long as you take a special attention to what will keep the visuals consistent then you can trust that the audience will be able to connect with the visual and plot-flow throughout your video. Keep an eye on maintaining Graphical, Motion, and Diverging Vectors, just as much as you keep continuity with dialogue and action. These elements are just as important to this medium.

This post is part of the series: Video Editing

Different articles that address video editing.

  1. Avoiding Editing Catastrophes Pt. 1 of 2
  2. Creating the Perfect Editing Space
  3. Things to Avoid in Your Editing Computer
  4. The Importance of Digital Video Editing
  5. How To Use “Continuity Editing” To Tell Your Story
  6. What Is “Complexity Editing?”
  7. The Basics of Non-Linear Video Editing
  8. Components of a Non-Linear Video Editing Program
  9. Maintaining Your Computer for Digital Video Editing
  10. Knowing What to “Cut-Out” When Editing
  11. Editing Techniques: The Rule of Six
  12. Things to Do Before Installing New Video Editing Software
  13. Things to Avoid When Digital Video Editing
  14. The Editing Order in Video Production
  15. Using Visual Vectors When Editing
  16. Video Transitions for Editing Digital Video