Montage

Montage is a French word and when translated means to edit – to assemble a composite of images, text, music and sounds linked by effects into a condensed presentation of information. The word is formed when Monter ‘to mount’ is combined with -age (a suffix) ‘action or result of something’. If you watch French films or television programs, ‘montage’ in the credit roll refers to the Editor or Post Production team.

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Editing is the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle of any film or video and is one of the most important aspects of any production.

To achieve the final cut, editors work from a script, and edit together vision, narration, effects, graphics, text, music and natural sound into a logical sequence. Editors use their creative and technical expertise to produce the final presentation, and styles of editing are applied to convey atmosphere, pace and excitement, suspense, humour or mystery. 

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In film, different specialists contribute to postproduction. For example, visual effects designers, continuity, animators, sound engineers, musical composers, the director and producers. But the number of people involved also depends on the type of production and the budget. On average, one editor edits all aspects of a television program (30 minutes to over an hour in duration), and a sound editor will complete the final sound mix before broadcast.

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In documentary production, one person can wear all the production caps and be the cinematographer, sound recorder, writer, presenter and editor. While in commercials, independent producers liaise with the client to complete different types of presentations.  

There is a lot to consider when editing a video and software packages often touted as simple to use, can spring a few traps for the unwary digital traveller.

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I specialise in postproduction and if you are planning to include a surf-safari video, wildlife documentary, small biz promo, cinema commercial or video explainer for business or social ventures, I invite you to contact me at Salty Wave.

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If you’re looking around for someone to recapture lost paradise in a neat vehicle for your network of friends and family, connect with Salty Wave Productions.

Going away on a holiday can be just as great on the return or going back to where you began – in video.

Look at the classic surf film “The Endless Summer

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Released in the 1960’s, it is still one of the most talked about films of its genre in modern times. It was produced by Bruce Brown who filmed a couple of surfers travelling around the world searching for the perfect wave.

A lot of people have emulated his take on the surfing narrative but your take on the day makes your spin way different.

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Most people have access to a camera via their mobile, a go-pro, tablet, i-Pad or DSLR + video cameras with the built in advantage of uploading the goods onto your favourite social media channel; send up to the cloud; or external storage via lab top, USB, drive or disc.

Flickr is a great option because you can set the app settings to upload images captured on your mobile phone to your Flickr account. You can select whether the videos and images remain private and at a later time, select the ones to upload to Facebook or Instagram for everyone to see.

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This is handy for those trekking anywhere, especially overseas, because all your images are saved securely, in case the camera or mobile phone is lost, broken or stolen.

There are some pretty good storage choices out there if you are looking around, but the best option is to think about what you have already and then build on it from there. You don’t need the most expensive item to store media.

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Affordable deals are available for storage devices at retail outlets and online. I usually compare prices and target a product with enough storage to hold images and videos – usually terrabytes not gigabytes.

Gigabytes are great for documents – MS and PDF – but in the long term, 1 terrabyte = 1000 gigbytes = 1000 000 megabytes. Terrabyte storage is getting cheaper, so it is a better long-term option for storing photos and videos.

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If you have these clips of your surfing, kiteboarding, bodyboarding or windsurfing adventures from all over the place and you know what the professionals are doing on TV and the web, there’s no reason why you can’t have an amazing safari video similar to or even better than what’s already out there.

Editing a video can be time consuming, if you don’t have the technical gismos or the time to spend on it.

A 5 minute or 30 minute surfing video, highlighting all your tricks and spins on the water, is a great way to capture happy days. Even the worst moments experienced during a holiday – flat tyre or broken board – can be the most enthralling tale in its telling.

It’s your move and whatever you do, you’ve got those memories to take with you.

Connect with Salty Wave Productions for more information about video production.

Written by Gabrielle Ahern
Salty Wave Productions
http://www.saltywave.com.au
Web Video + Commercial + Documentary