Every great carpenter has a workshop full of tools used for their craft. The tools used to carve wood and the reference materials needed to know the right angles are always just a few feet away from the carpenter as they work. If you’re a video editor, you’re basically a digital carpenter. You create works of art out of chunks of raw material. You also need a workshop full of tools and reference materials. But instead of a workshop it’s all on your computer.

The following list will get you started on building your own carpenter’s workshop for video editing.

 

The Ultimate Video Workflow Guide

Frame.io recently published the most epic video workflow guide out there. This 100,000+ word guide takes you from capture all the way through delivery. It goes through each step along the way, provides case studies and real life examples, and dives into too much detail to remember in one reading.

Link to Frame.io’s Video Workflow Guide

 

Premiere Pro Resources

Adobe’s Premiere Pro Tutorials

Adobe has dozens of free tutorials for beginner and advanced editors available. Each has sample projects and elements you can download to follow along with and repeat the steps. If you’re just getting into using Premiere, this is a great place to start. If you’re a longtime user, this is also a great place for you to refresh your skills or pick up a new tip.

Link to Adobe’s Premiere Pro Tutorials

 

Learn Premiere Pro in 20 Minutes

If you don’t have time to sift through a bunch of beginner tutorials, here’s a popular and quick tutorial on learning Premiere Pro in less time than it takes to watch an episode of The Office. The tutorial was made by Kris Truini of the Kriscoart YouTube channel. The tutorial covers the basics of importing, editing, trimming, working with audio, color grading, and adding text.

Link to Learn Premiere Pro in 20 Minutes

 

Premiere Bro

Premiere Bro is a site dedicated to Premiere Pro. It stays up-to-date with the latest announcements from Adobe, the freshest tutorials published, and any hot deals out there for Premiere Pro users. If you want to stay current with what’s happening in Premiere Pro and whether or not you should upgrade to that newest version, Premiere Bro is your place.

Link to Premiere Bro

 

 

FCPX Resources

Apple’s Final Cut Pro X Resources

Similar to Adobe and Premiere Pro, Apple has a collection of approved resources for FCPX. It is comprised of user guides, certified training, tutorials, books, white papers, online communities, local communities, and more.

Link to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X Resources

 

90 Minute Class in FCPX

Need to jump into FCPX right away and don’t know where to start? Take 90 minutes and watch this overview on all the Final Cut Pro X basics by David Cox of Tech Talk America. Learn topics like where to store your footage, A Mode vs. P Mode, rendering, changing the speed of your shots, and more.

Link to 90 Minute Class in FCPX

 

FCP.co

FCP.co is the place for the latest news on Final Cut Pro X. Find the newest tutorials, user stories on how they used FCPX to edit their video, and the FCP Forum which hosts a huge repository of questions and answers about FCPX.

Link to FCP.co

 

Elements

Pixabay

Every video editor needs a library of stock images and videos to pull from. Pixabay is a fantastic place to start gathering those elements from. Pixabay has over 1.6 million royalty-free stock images and videos. Need a 4K drone shot over a beach town and for free? Pixabay is your place.

Link to Pixabay

 

Unsplash

Continue to add to your stock assets library with Unsplash. Unsplash has a near endless amount of completely free and royalty-free photos. They are perfect for backgrounds for green screens or textures for graphics.

Link to Unsplash

 

 

Soundsnap Roundups

The writers here at Soundsnap have created a ton of useful resources to help you out already. Here’s a few of our favorites:

 

Social Media Communities for Video Editors

Social media websites are a wonderful place for video editors to get answers and connect with one another. Here’s a handful of communities you can reach out to when you need to find the right tool for your job.

 

Facebook Groups for Video Editors

ASK AN EDITOR

With over 12,000 members, ASK AN EDITOR is a community where editors of any experience level and ask questions about their craft.

Link to ASK AN EDITOR Facebook Group

 

Blue Collar Post Collective

Blue Collar Post Collective, also known as BCPC, is another online community video editors flock to. Not only can you ask questions on their Facebook group but you can also join in on their local meetups across the US and UK.

Link to Blue Collar Post Collective Facebook Group

 

Twitter Hashtags for Video Editors

#postchat

#postchat is the most popular hashtag for video editors on Twitter. There used to be a weekly #postchat chat and every once in awhile someone takes up the torch and restarts the weekly gatherings. But anytime you use #postchat in a tweet you’ll alert the community and usually get a response.

Link to #postchat on Twitter

 

#mochat

If you lean on the motion graphics side of things, #mochat is your best friend on Twitter. For years, every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET there’s been a #mochat. Unfortunately the moderated weekly chat is coming to an end but the #mochat community on Twitter is still strong and they are there for any of your motion graphics questions.

Link to #mochat on Twitter

 

Reddit Subreddits for Video Editors

r/editing

The r/editing subreddit is specifically designed for professional video editors to share their thoughts and get their questions answered.

Link to r/editing subreddit

 

r/videoediting

If you’re an amatuer video editor or someone new to the art, r/videoediting is the subreddit you want to subscribe to.

Link to r/videoediting subreddit

 

 

The list above was meant to get you started gathering the resources for your digital workshop. Video editing is always evolving so it’s important to stay on top of the changes that are going on. By reading this article you’ve already taken a huge step in the right direction.