There is a huge difference between how we edit the epic moments and funny moments. When editing the funny moments we need to spend more time figuring out creative ways to edit the clips, while with the epic moments we need to spend more time on advanced visual effects and music syncing.
Music is the second most important part of our epic moments montages (after great clips). We spend around 2 hours searching for music to use. It’s generally movie trailer-esque music since that’s the style of video we’re going for. We, of course, have commercial rights for the music we use.
Once we’ve picked out the music (usually 2-3 song) we import it into Premiere and add markers to the beat. This feels like a waste of time when you’re doing it, but afterward, you’ll notice how helpful it was. Not only does it make it easier to sync to the beat afterward, but it also gives us a visual reference on how much we need to trim a clip before the next beat.
2. Sorting clips
Unlike our funny moments, we sort the clips after we’ve prepared the music. This is because we add clips to the music and not music to the clips.
We start by filtering out the clips we don’t want to use. The person who is editing that video gets to decide which clips he wants to use and we often disagree since we have different tastes. Unused clips are saved for later so the editor who disagreed and thought it should have been used can use it for the next episode.
Once we have the clips we start sorting into groups based on what type of clip it is (combat, vehicles, grenades, etc.). Inside these groups, there are subgroups based on how good the clip is.
Once we have the clips sorted we start syncing the music. We don’t use music just as background noise, we sync every single gunshot, explosion, cut, etc. to the beat of the song.
This is done mostly through time remapping. A lot of viewers might not why the videos feel like they flow so naturally, but that is because of the work we put into syncing visuals to the music. It just makes everything higher quality.
4. Recording cinematics and B-Roll
Red Arcade is not a content aggregator, we have a strict policy of transforming the footage you send us into something original with creative value. One way we do this is by recreating scenes from clips and recording those reenactments to give a new perspective to the clip. So we basically merge our original recordings with the clips from our community to further transform the material.
When doing this in Fortnite for example we go into creative or playground mode and reenact the scene. Then we go into replay mode and spend a while trying to get the perfect shot. This is quite difficult in Fortnite since they don’t let you save camera positions or set keyframes, so when you see this in our videos it’s a recording of us manually moving the camera with the controller. It takes a while to get the perfect shot.
Once we have the recordings we want we merge them together with the original clips in Premiere.
5. Text and subtitles
Next up we start adding text and subtitles. We usually add all the subtitles we want before animating it.
6. Animating text and subtitles.
We spend a lot of time animating the text and subtitles because it has a huge impact on the quality of the video.
We start with motion tracking. Motion tracking is used a lot in our videos. We like it because, due to the time it takes, it’s not something you see on a lot of other channels. We often motion track frame by frame to get it perfect, meaning we move the position of the text every single frame the object moves. Our videos have 60 frames per second, so that’s a lot of keyframes.
After we’ve motion tracked and placed all the text where we want it we add in and out animations to the text as a cherry on top to make it perfect.
7. After Effects
Now we’re done in Premiere and move on to the more advanced visual effects in After Effects. What we use After Effects for varies a lot from video to video but it’s usually for 3D effects or rotoscoping. We’ll go more in-depth on specific use cases in one of the behind the scenes videos.
8. Final Touches
We finish up with adding transitions and other effects, then exporting a preview version of the video for review. It’s reviewed by a minimum of 2 people. We leave comments with suggestions on what should be changed or improved. This is important to maintain the high-quality videos we want.
After changes are made we render out the final video and upload to YouTube.