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  • Looking for tips to deal with "Option Fatigue"

     Eric Santiago updated 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • alex ezorsky

    July 17, 2021 at 5:02 am

    I’ve been using Premiere Pro for 15 years editing corporate shorts for clients and doing creative sketch comedy on the side. For corporate work I can blast through because there’s usually a script and it’s simple. But for creative sketch comedy there is usually tons of ad-libbing and multiple takes and the art of the bit is really in the editing. I keep finding myself trying to science more humor out of a scene by trying tons of options for how to order the clips. For example there’s take 1 of person A and take 3 of person B’s response and it’s pretty genuine but longer. But take 2 of A and take 4 of B is quicker. And then of course all the close vs wide options. I tend to stack these options for easy enabling/disabling and I get so many stacks I start to lose my mind. I’ve also tried stringout sequences where I paste the clips that makeup the scene I want to science and then horizontally duplicate the cluster and tweak for each permutation. But then when swapping my current favorite cut of the scene back into main sequence I get more headaches when having to delete, make room for and replace dozens of clips.

    When do you save options and when do you not? How do you resist the temptation to leave a place for alternative ordering in some sort of organizational format? Oh the permutations!!


  • Eric Santiago

    July 19, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    I had to do something similar with a feature film.

    I was using FCPX and heavily relied on the Compound Clips.

    Which is the same as creating nested sequences in Premiere.

    The only saving grace is that when using CC in the timeline (since it’s magnetic) the incoming clips would ripple accordingly.

    Now, this only works if you can convince the director to CC all the scenes that have multiple options and leave the solid scenes alone.

    It was a nightmare as an “Assistant Editor” but I learned a lot from that film.

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