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  • The King and Dai - Elvis film I edited won Best Welsh Documentery We just won Best Welsh Documentary Film at the Welsh International Film Festival. It's been a long road but finally the documentary is finished. We also did a screening ...
    Posted 24 Jul 2017, 12:31 by Ben Edwards
  • The Loft Life - Loukas Morley (3 mins) Edited for Loukas Morley. I told James Murray-White, who shot it, to get him to sit down and wax poetic about what he did and wood. Seems to of ...
    Posted 24 Jul 2017, 12:17 by Ben Edwards
  • Mark Todd New Zeeland Olympian Recently shot a video for the new Zealand Herold.  It consisted of an interview and cutaways and was edited by The herold.  The video can be viewed at http://features ...
    Posted 9 Oct 2016, 05:53 by Ben Edwards
  • The House That Kids Built Recently finished cutting a 20 minute documenters 'The Schholhouse Project' about school-kids (from the sage of 7) who built a house.  Kids with power tools, what is there not ...
    Posted 11 May 2016, 10:03 by Ben Edwards
  • Video and audio streaming made easy Recently I have been doing video and audio streaming.  Thought i would share with you my experiences.For either of these you need a internet service provider who provide a ...
    Posted 22 Mar 2016, 06:25 by Ben Edwards
  • Elvis has landed - The King and Dai! For the last few years I have been editing a documentary about the Elvis Porthcawl Festival.  We have just picture locked.  Just did a couple of days with Exec Editor ...
    Posted 24 Jul 2017, 12:19 by Ben Edwards
  • funkybackup - Mac Timemachine type backup for Linux I am punting this blog post and the script up so people can benefit from it and to get feedback.  It comes with absolutely no greentree and is currently being ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 10:25 by Ben Edwards
  • Notes from a Editor to Camera People I was recently asked for feedback from a Cameraman from and editors perspective for a job I was editing.  I have also asked other editors for things that help in ...
    Posted 20 Jul 2015, 02:26 by Ben Edwards
  • Converting DCPs to MP4 (Making MP4 from DCP) BAT file It is possible to convert unencrypted DCPs to H.264 MP4 (or other types of video files).  This guide is for windows.To do this you first need to run ...
    Posted 2 May 2015, 17:15 by Ben Edwards
  • Beginners guide to Digital Cinema Packages (DCP) DCPs are how Digital Cinema Servers play films. a DCP is the digital equivalent of a 35mm film print. They are actually a directory/folder with a number of files ...
    Posted 14 May 2015, 15:59 by Ben Edwards
  • Cutting Scenes for Documentary There are no rules, just guidelines, the below is a approach I have assembled from talking and working with some very experienced editors (special thanks to Mark Atkins who has ...
    Posted 15 Nov 2013, 07:03 by Ben Edwards
  • Best Lenses for DSLR Video (Parfocus Lenses) Years ago was taught how to focus when shooting video, I have come across many people who also use this method and it is generally accepted as THE way to ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2012, 09:55 by Ben Edwards
  • Encoding for Prores on windows and AVC-Intra Been using Premiere Pro on Windows and one thing that is missing is Prores.  There are alternatives (such as Avid  DNxHD) but they tend to be handled as 32bit in ...
    Posted 28 Sep 2012, 07:27 by Ben Edwards
  • Story Design Here is a another section of my essay about documentary Storytelling I did for my MA, 1 Crisis, Climax and Resolution Each act should end in a crisis with each ...
    Posted 20 Sep 2012, 08:12 by Ben Edwards
  • Story Structure is Story Various authors have tried to define a set of basic plots, Brooker defining seven (Brooker 2004), but for McKeen there is only one plot, The Quest. An event throws a ...
    Posted 20 Sep 2012, 08:11 by Ben Edwards
  • Approach To Editing The following is a section from my MA dissertation. For this dissertation I interviewed feature and Broadcast editors. I Hope it is of some use. The first section contains comments ...
    Posted 10 May 2012, 10:26 by Ben Edwards
  • Should you edit a film you also direct As part of the research I did for my MA, where I am specialising in Picture Editing, I interviewed several editors.  One of the things that was discussed was if ...
    Posted 5 Apr 2012, 09:57 by Ben Edwards
  • How to export video fast from FCP 7 for roughcut or final product OK, this may be a bit late in the day as FCP 7 is on its way out but I recently did a conference where I had to export multiple ...
    Posted 27 Mar 2012, 10:47 by Ben Edwards
  • Interview with Berle Cherney on using Still Photographs in Video The below are notes from an interview I did with Berle Cherney who spent over 20 years creating stills sequences in film and video, working with many people including Ken ...
    Posted 17 Mar 2012, 10:10 by Ben Edwards
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