FINISHING AND DELIVERY | 7 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL VIDEO PRODUCTION
Our seven-part blog series detailing the essential steps to help nail your video production content marketing is nearing the end.
Having already covered strategy, scripting, pre-production, production day and editing and animation, we’ve arrived at step 6 – finishing and delivery. You’re so close to seeing your masterpiece in all its shining glory!
What exactly happens at this stage?
Well, finishing, as the word suggests, is about completing your video, adding those final touches and the art of finesse. You’re at a significant point in the process – fantastic script, a successful shoot and raw material that’s been edited into a storyteller’s dream. Now it’s time to add the last bit of polish to make your video shine.
First things first, this is still a stage where some technical steps need to be followed before your video masterpiece is complete and ready to be shared with the world.
Like photoshop, but for moving images, grading improves a picture’s overall quality through performing adjustments, such as lighting on it. The amount of grading required depends on the project, as some will require more than others. Some projects might feature content derived from various sources (such as different businesses), shot at different times, or with different cameras. This might mean that features such as skin tone, lighting, and overall film quality seem ‘off’. However, the grading process’s beauty is that it allows editors to make the finished product look and feel consistent.
2. SOUND MIX
Sound mixing maintains the project’s overall prominence without overtaking other audio files used within the video. This part of the process could also include sound design, which can occur at this, or an earlier editing stage.
What is the difference between sound design and sound mixing?
Sound mixing is a technical element, while sound designing is the pixie dust added to enhance the overall project. The sound design combines audio aspects such as sound effects and music to improve your project. In contrast, mixing is about balancing it out and equalising it so that the audio is at the right level.
For example, sometimes footage shot in slow motion is done without audio, so sound needs to be added afterwards to bring the scene to life.
In the next part of the finishing process, versioning is particularly important if your project is bound for delivery to another country. It might mean changing the voiceover, creating subtitles or altering motion graphics in another language. However, this would often be discussed in pre-production to make the versioning process as cost-effective as possible.
There are many different places to showcase your video in today’s technology-driven age, as there are ways to make it. And that’s a lot. Social media, shopping centres, digital signage at sporting events, TV – get the drift? But it’s important to note that each medium has specific requirements for delivering your video to ensure quality viewing.
The main elements to consider are the aspect ratio, meaning the size and shape of your screen. Some formats may require square video or Ultra HD. But some may be short in height or on the other end of the scale – cinema screens. Again, this is a discussion for pre-production, so the executed footage will work whichever way.
At the finishing stage, the editors could provide a cut version of the video to suit other mediums. However, the team should discuss different cuts during pre-production.
Another factor to consider during the delivery stage is the format your video could be required in to suit other mediums. This will involve technical aspects such as pixel dimensions, codec (file type) and file size. As an example, for cinema, video files need to be in a super-high-quality format or Adobe to enable projection on the screen.
There are also processes to go through for your content to be given publishing approval. Television commercials, in particular, need to go through an approval process (similar to a rating process), called ClearAds, to be given a classification, which determines what sort of programming they can be shown in. This is particularly important if the subject matter is sensitive. In these instances, pre-approval can be sought at the script stage of video production to ensure the content is valid and verifiable.
In a nutshell, the ‘finishing and delivery’ stage of video production is about polishing your video before showcasing it to the world. Look at it like being ready to apply hairspray over your up-do but still having an opportunity to add some more curls or change the style if you want. In this instance, hairspray is sound design, sound mixing, colour grading, and other technical aspects such as file type and size. These are all critical steps to takes your video to the next level as it gets closer to publishing. Speaking of which, you’re almost there – next up, we’re talking all about the distribution of your masterpiece.
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You name it; we do it. A one-stop-shop, Adelaide Film Works’s full-service offering as a video agency includes pre-production, logistics, location scouting, casting, scheduling and more, and we’re only a quick phone call, or email, away from providing our expert advice and guidance.